Bob Mayhugh - Fire Ants in 5
Bryce Crittenden - Fire Ants in 5
Chris Baker - Fire Ants in 4
Corey Graham - Fire Ants in 4
Don Morrison - Fire Ants in 5
Doug Karnes - Fire Ants in 5
Dustin Nielson - Fire Ants in 4
Beginning of a run....to the 2nd round
Eric Schneider - Fire Ants in 6
Another exciting 1v8 series. Philly has the edge on scoring talent, but these teams match up very evenly on the back end. Gonna give it to Norm because he owned same in the season series.
Gary Graves - Fire Ants in 5
If the Rapids use a backup goalie, this prediction can be flipped. Ants are very tough :-(
Guy Flaming - Rapids in 7
You can't buy a Continental Cup but perhaps you can buy a round or two. Half of the Rapids roster is headed to unrestricted free agency so there has to be a sense of urgency in Denver. Meanwhile, the Fire Ants are better in almost every statistical category and probably expect to be advancing. They might, but I'm picking the massive upset.
Henry Skey - Fire Ants in 6
Big congrats to Sam for his first playoff appearance! I don't think he takes out the reigning champ this year, but considering how quickly the Rapids are improving, I could be wrong!
Ian Constable - Fire Ants in 5
Jeff Prozeller - Fire Ants in 6
Not much can stop Norm
Kasim Husain - Fire Ants in 6
The prize for first in the World is not to play some also-ran, as the Rapids are sneakily good enough to keep up with the Ants. That said, I think the season series tells the tale here, as Denver is going to fall to the favourites, though they won't make it easy on Norm.
Kirk MacRae - Rapids in 6
Rapids have paced themselves and the Ants have been pushing for meaningless hardware. Norm gets knocked out early by the newcomer.
Mark MacRae - Fire Ants in 5
The champ is back and aiming to repeat. On the other side of this, Denver has been sand-bagging all season and could be trouble, but I just don't see them stealing more than one game versus the Ants.
Matt Burch - Fire Ants in 5
Upset alert! I gave the Rapids a win!
Matt MacInnis - Fire Ants in 4
Michael Oram - Fire Ants in 5
Mike Franceschini - Fire Ants in 7
So you've got stupid Norm and his stupid overachieving team against the guy who made his presence known at the 2017 Super Summit as he re-tooled his team from nearly 3,000km away. Needless to say, the Rapids under-achieved this season, but the playoffs are a fresh start and on paper, they are a very deep team. This boils down to who is manning the controls (if anyone) in Denver, but I think the Rapids win game 1 and discombobulate Norm a bit.
Ryan Torrie - Fire Ants in 4
So starts the conquest for last year's rematch with the Norsemen.
Sean Gallagher - Fire Ants in 6
I can't say much about Denver because they pushed all-in and beat me out for the US-dominated playoff spots in the World Conference, but I can talk about Philly. And Philly is too good to lose this matchup, even if Norm refuses to make tweaks to his lineup like a normal obsesses SICHL GM should. Seriously, what is the matter with you?
Sheetal Khera - Fire Ants in 5
Repeat for the Ants?
Tom Baker - Rapids in 7
All in with this upset.