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Derby News Network Power Rankings - September 2010

DNN WFTDA W/L Next Notes
1 Gotham
(+1)
1 E 2010 7-0
2009 7-2
TBD With thoroughly dominating performances averaging triple-digit margins against three top-ten teams in August, Gotham once again nudges Oly out of the top slot. Gotham and Oly remain the only Top 25 teams without a loss in 2010.
2 Oly
(-1)
1 W 2010 9-0
2009 12-0
TBD Last serious test was in early June, where they brought down current #10 Texas. We won't see them in action again until Westerns kick off on October 1.
2 W 2010 8-1
2009 8-7
10/23 vs Steel City An August trip to Chicago showed that RMRG is as dangerous as ever with a commanding 95-point win over #11 Windy City.
4 Philly
 
2 E 2010 11-3
2009 9-2
11/20 @ Carolina Played more or less to expectations in a busy 4-bout month, and hold steady as they prepare to try to repeat at late September's Eastern Regionals.
5 Denver
 
3 W 2010 7-1
2009 12-3
TBD Had almost no trouble with #14 Madison in August, up 125-19 at the half on the way to a big win. Like most of the other Western teams they'll be taking September off as Westerns loom on October 1.
6 Rat City
(+1)
5 W 2010 6-5
2009 5-7
TBD Rat City is one of the few to move this month, swapping spots with Rose City as they defeated them solidly at Hometown Throwdown.
7 Rose City
(-1)
4 W 2010 7-4
2009 5-3
TBD Portland's girls had an unexpectedly rough time at the Hometown Throwdown, needing some last-jam luck against Bay Area to avoid going 0-3. They lose a spot to Rat City and suddenly find themselves the underdog in their upcoming rematch at Westerns.
8 Bay Area
(+6)
6 W 2010 10-5
2009 5-5
TBD Bay Area becomes the team with the largest ever swing over time on the Power Rankings -- a high of #5 in May 2009, a low of #22 in April 2010, and a return to the top ten this month with a very strong showing at Hometown Throwdown.
9 Charm City
(-1)
4 E 2010 5-6
2009 13-5
9/11 vs San Diego Came out victorious in a back-and-forth classic against Boston in August, but lose a slot to Bay Area's big jump. The Baltimore girls have one more tuneup before Eastern Regionals as they take on black sheep San Diego on September 11.
10 Texas
(-1)
1 SC 2010 4-5
2009 11-2
9/25 @ Windy City Delivered an expected beatdown on regional rival Dallas in August, 209-35, but are pushed down to the very edge of the top ten by Bay Area moving up.
11 Windy City
(-1)
1 NC 2010 3-3
2009 10-2
9/10 @ [TBA] A big 95-point loss at home to Rocky Mountain might galvanize WCR going into tournament season, as they'll be hosting the Championships this year. For now they slip back out of the top ten as they ramp up for the early September North Central tournament.
12 Boston
(-1)
3 E 2010 4-7
2009 10-9
TBD Went blow-for-blow with #9 Charm City for the whole 60 minutes in an August meeting, and might very well get a rematch late this month at Eastern Regionals.
13 Detroit
(-1)
2 NC 2010 9-2
2009 8-6
9/10 @ [TBA] Did slightly better than expected against #4 Philly (120-89) and slightly worse than expected against #18 Kansas City (138-109); those results more or less cancel out, with Detroit's movement based on being passed by Bay Area.
14 Madison
(-1)
3 NC 2010 1-7
2009 7-4
9/10 @ North Star Madison's lopsided losing record doesn't seem to really reflect their skill level, as three of those losses have been by a couple of jams against tough teams. Denver, though, steamrolled them in August. They have a good shot at a second trip to the championship tournament if they can play their game at Sept. 10-12th's North Central playoffs.
15 San Diego
 
- 2010 11-1
2009 8-3
9/11 @ Charm City The sole non-WFTDA team in the rankings had no trouble at all against a local team from Tucson in August, 212-57. SDDD gets a rare chance to show their stuff against a top-ten WFTDA league when they take on #9 Charm City in September.
16 Steel City
 
5 E 2010 9-3
2009 11-3
10/23 @ Rocky Mountain Steel City finally got a substantial win over a Power Ranked team when they smacked down #22 Brewcity by 126 points. They'll try to take that momentum against #9 Charm City in the first round at Eastern Regionals, with a shot at the Championships on the line.
17 London
 
- 2010 2-2
2009 5-0
10/2 @ Pickup Teams With very little data to help place them relative to the stateside teams, London continues to hang out around the middle of the pack.
18 Kansas City
 
3 SC 2010 5-4
2009 9-4
TBD Like Detroit, Kansas City both under- and over-performed at the ARRGageddon event -- coming within 29 points of Detroit and staying 40 points ahead of unranked Arch Rival. With those results more or less a wash, KCRW holds steady.
19 Cincinnati
 
4 NC 2010 9-3
2009 10-5
9/10 @ Brewcity The result of Cincinnati's August head-to-head with Kansas City tracked with their back-to-back rankings going into it, as Kansas City won by 40. If anybody is going to surprise their way past one of the top three in the North Central, though, Cincy might be the one to do it.
20 Atlanta
 
2 SC 2010 11-3
2009 8-8
TBD Atlanta got a pretty good scare from unranked Carolina, who took a lead into the last 10 minutes against Atlanta in late August but couldn't hold it. It's unclear whether that outcome was an outlier for Atlanta or for Carolina just yet, so Atlanta holds for the moment.
21 Montreal
 
6 E 2010 11-3
2009 5-6
10/2 @ San Diego Montreal continues to hibernate after their busy and successful 2010, but they'll be back late in the month to go up against Boston in the first round of Easterns.
22 Brewcity
 
5 NC 2010 7-3
2009 6-4
9/10 @ Cincinnati The Milwaukee crew's spot looks a bit shaky after they absorbed a 171-45 shellacking at the hands of Steel City. They hang in there with the help of an 80 point win over North Star in July, but they'll have to have a strong turnaround quickly if they want to advance past Cincinnati in the NC playoffs.
23 Jet City
(+1)
7 W 2010 5-2
2009 5-1
TBD No action in August but they pick up a slot as Providence drops off.
24 Tampa
(+1)
6 SC 2010 5-10
2009 7-5
11/6 @ [TBA] Like Jet City, no action in August but they pick up a slot as Providence drops off.
25 Dallas
 
4 SC 2010 11-7
2009 7-3
9/18 @ Pacific Although they were crushed by #9 Texas in August, Dallas inches back on the rankings as Providence drops out, based on Dallas and Tampa's 104-101 thriller in July.
Key:
E WFTDA East region
W WFTDA West region
NC WFTDA North Central region
SC WFTDA South Central region

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West Coast is the Best Coast!!!

6 of the top-10 leagues in one region? Dude. Western Regionals is going to be hands-down the most EPIC tourney this season! I can't wait 'till October!!!!

http://wickedskatewear.com/Westerns.aspx

BayAREAAAAAA!

xo
-Moxxxie

HELLARAD
www.wearehellarad.com

My Shirt

I wore my shirt yesterday & had to explain it to no less than 3 non derby people. =P

I love it.

Maybe it should say "Westerns

Maybe it should say "Westerns the only Nationals"

what's nationals?

http://www.uproaronthelakeshore.com/

we're international now.

my point exactly.

my point exactly.

For that matter...

"Western Regionals" are now called "West Region Playoffs."

Yay, Canadia!

Ketchup chips and poutine for all, eh?

Vinegar on your fries and mayonnaise on everything else!
*** Translated for MTLRD to comply with Canuck laws ***
"Régional de l'Ouest" sont désormais appelés "Ouest Playoffs région."

Hourra, Quebec!

copeaux de Ketchup et de la poutine pour tous, hein?

Vinaigre sur les frites et mayonnaise sur tout le reste!

Hardwork pays!

They're getting straight up A's!
BAY AREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

WHAT??? ROBUSTLY BUT

WHAT??? ROBUSTLY BUT POLITELY, IT'S AN OUTRAGE I TELL YOU!!!

ooo I get to point out an error....

My geek radar just went off the chart!

Re: your point about the Chicago Outfit
" Their very recent entry into the WFTDA, though, means they'll be the only team in this list not appearing in their 2010 regional tournament."

not true!

London Rollergirls was also unable to get the sanctioned bouts in time to qualify for regionals. Sadlings. :(

In our defense...

... "in this list" was referring to the "On the Bubble" list, not the Power Rankings list. Unless something REALLY unexpected happens, we won't be seeing San Diego at regionals either :)

...I can see your point, but

...I can see your point, but I guess it read differently in my 5-8 hours ahead induced delirium.

Your accuracy rate.....

is ASTONISHING!

I've been thinking of buying some stocks. If you study the market with the same intensity as you study derby, I'll buy your picks!

Thank you DNN, for keeping track of all the ins and outs for me!

WOW what high scores will do for you.

Throwdown stats I looked at

63-46 at the half BAD Gotham
124-12 second half (Now that is some IMPRESSIVE DEFENSE)

89-17 at the half Rose Gotham (Impressive defense again)
101-46 second half

67-22 at the half Rat Gotham
78-33 second half

Oh well so you can beat someone by a bunch....., but when you hold them in the teens, skate clean, and still throw up the digits that deserve a standing ovation.

So the top 5 teams losses are to who?

Philly (Rat, Rose, Oly)
Rocky Mt (Oly)
Denver (Philly)

My point is Philly has taken and given a beaten in 2010 and I really see the Eastern Regionals being exciting once again. And RMRG they have averaged +111 over 9 games and of course Gotham is impressively breaking scoreboards with their +122.8 avg over 7 games.

But I can see DNN logic

Oly had a +56 avg over Charm,Boston and Mad
Gotham had a +124 over the same three.
Hell Rocky had a +137 over Charm who beat Boston and Texas.

But wouldn't that drop the Undefeated Currently Reigning Champions to #3?

**Pulls hair out**

I am glad you do this, because I have better things to do, like planning to go to the Championships and hopefully Westerns too.

dude

I think I know something that might help with that...condition. It's called beer.

Just Thought it Could Use a Little Restating

From the Power Rankings intro article blurb thinger:

"..we had a pretty good run in August -- 20 hits and 2 misses for a monthly accuracy of 90%..."

Gotham never lower than #2 since Feb 09, thats neat...

mizzcommunication wrote:

From the Power Rankings intro article blurb thinger:

"..we had a pretty good run in August -- 20 hits and 2 misses for a monthly accuracy of 90%..."

I guess that is good marketing, I guess I could say I have 100% accuracy since Jan 09, with a
20-0 "pickem' they won't lose" record. lol that's pretty good, huh.

I just think its crazy to knock a 20-0 team who own the hydra from #1 and replace them with a team who didn't win their regionals and lost in the second round of Nationals.

DNN wrote:

From the March10 Power Rankings blurb thinger: "A skin-of-their-teeth, last-jam escape against a fierce Rose City team and a long, tense battle with Philly before finally taking control show that Oly isn't unstoppable, but until somebody can actually seal the deal on them, they're still the best. Their WFTDA win streak is now at 13...."

Actually 20 now.....

I know, I know who would win today, "....with a 20-0 "pickem' they won't lose" record...and 100% accuracy since Jan 09" you know who I would say. lol

But Oly has some tough games at Westerns to play first, so we will see when the time comes.

Neat and Tidy

G. No-Evil wrote:

"I guess that is good marketing, I guess I could say I have 100% accuracy since Jan 09, with a
20-0 "pickem' they won't lose" record. lol that's pretty good, huh.

I just think its crazy to knock a 20-0 team who own the hydra from #1 and replace them with a team who didn't win their regionals and lost in the second round of Nationals."

But it's not a record thing that they're looking at, really, they're looking at how strong of a performance Gotham had against other top 10 teams from the (uber competitive insert your assumed guess of what my opinion is about regions here) Western Region. The premise of removing a 20-0 team from the top position belongs to the whole "what will happen this month" with the league and not with perceived mental instability. You'll actually see this lower down in the rankings as well (especially in the middle, it happens all the time that leagues with better records get ranked below other leagues because of an impressive victory and a perceived win at their next scheduled bout), and people get equally as butt hurt about it.

So if Gotham comes out strong and picks off 3 other highly ranked leagues from the Western Region, it's going to indicate that perhaps they have the potential to do what 20 other leagues haven't yet.

And also...I strongly suspect...is also being used to build some suspense and anticipation for Championships, where hopefully these two geographically opposed leagues will finally meet. I mean, if the DNN folks just made bland decisions that everyone agreed with, would we really check back here daily? *w*

Cheers to robust conversation! (And someone letting me know what format I use to make actual quoty quotes round here? I'm a longtime reader, mostly no0b poster)

Vodka.....

Its always takes vodka. ;-)

it may be after nationals...

but the outfit will burst that bubble soon enough. we're taking on naptown again in december and this time, it won't be a stumble. :)

<3-ing her new team,
elle.

RUFKM???

I agree that last year, Western teams definitely stormed Nationals....But I guarantee that the Top 3 teams after this years regionals will be 2 eastern (Gotham/ Philly) teams & 1 western (Oly).

I'm also looking for the yearly, significant upset from a team like BAD or CharmCity during this years regional tournaments....

Let the games begin!!!!!
-Rev

That'll be funny until Gotham

That'll be funny until Gotham wipes the floor with everyone at nationals (or WFTDA Championship but that doesn't roll off the tongue).

from your mouth...

or (more accurately) fingers to insert-deity-name-here's ears.

'Internationals' doesn't

'Internationals' doesn't really roll off the tongue either.

"Hey, you goin' to Internationals this year?"
"Fuck yeah! I'm going to have to sleep in my car, but it'll be worth it!"

Originally From Slack

Worlds works, but I'm still a fan of Earths.

My vote

Let me put in a bid for "planetaries."

Now that *does* roll off the tongue

You can't call it Worlds

Trust me.

The rest of the Earth brings out a major collective eye roll whenever any sport org in the US calls their championship "worlds".

Until there are more international leagues represented at that level, it can't ever be Worlds.

I think that would hold true

I think that would hold true for any predominantly English speaking country, or if the international teams that were included in the championships were all predominantly English speaking.

And the governing body would have to be named something like Federation Internationale du Roller Derby (maybe with "des Femmes" at the end if the international body only represented women's roller derby). Preferably located in The Netherlands or Switzerland.

Go another way

I say we just call all 5 tournaments "Playoffs" and call the championship round would be the "finals".
But then again, I'm from Quebec and I like hockey.

We could also call it The Hydras or something more original, like "The Final Countdown".
Queue 80s cheese, please.

FIRDdF, huh?

Busta Armov wrote:

I think that would hold true for any predominantly English speaking country, or if the international teams that were included in the championships were all predominantly English speaking.

And the governing body would have to be named something like Federation Internationale du Roller Derby (maybe with "des Femmes" at the end if the international body only represented women's roller derby). Preferably located in The Netherlands or Switzerland.

Anywhere but Rome, heh.

World Series

That may be the case when, at the high point in MLB's international expansion, there were two teams in one country other than the US. Indeed, not a "World" Series. Now there is a team in each of two other countries, and more on the way with the Apprentice program.

Call it World Championships. The Canadians and Brits will come, followed by the Aussies and the Scots, and eventually the French and the Germans.

Who cares if people don't like it? Roller derby is not about feelings and focus groups.

Scotland

errr....dude, Scotland is part of Britain. :)

Dreadfully sorry.

c / Brits / English

MNRG!

I'd say we have a pretty strong argument for 24th. ZING!

You want it on record?

Here you go:

Sometimes, when we make assumptions based on indirect evidence, we are wrong.

In the case of Minnesota, we were really, really wrong. Way to prove it :)

See you in Chicago!

As much fun as it can be to be right...

... it is *way* more fun to be spectacularly wrong about something like this. What an outstanding weekend you've given us!

Wow

Yeah great job guys. Huge upsets like that are what make it fun to watch.

I dunno what you guys are

I dunno what you guys are talking about. I totally knew this was going to happen the whole time ;p

When it all comes together

There is no reason you guys should be beating yourselves up about this, the whole derby world did not see this coming (and neither did you Gnosis). Teams can work all season long and not show much improvement and then one day something clicks and it all comes together. It's a beautiful thing to watch. Congrats Minnesota. And thank you DNN for allowing the rest of us to see.

totally agree southbay! just

totally agree southbay! just having some fun! We are totally excited to be playing windy city tonight and elated to be going to nationals! thanks for the support from everybody! its been overwhelming in a great way! SO proud of my team!

hugs and slugs
Juke

Big changes.

You know, only two tournaments will be complete by the time that we see the October rankings. Although I will, of course, love to see the MNRG representing nicely in DNN's reckoning of the state of the derby...there's a lot of changes that I see coming.

Madison and Detroit - are they at parity at this moment in time? What of Brewski, who had two nailbiters (one on either side) with Cincy and Naptown? For that matter, think of Naptown's position - a team clearly beaten by Detroit but showing that they can hang with some damn fine teams...

Spare more than a thought for the North Stars, who got shot down by Madison, yet solidly beat Milwaukee. I look forward to the takes on these bouts as well as what the East brings us.

As always, I wish you the three the best in figuring out the top-25 puzzle that you work on every month.

-Garrison

Rocky Mountain #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gotta be, right!?! Who else beat a team that had never lost before?!?

agreed

It's hard to compare Gotham and Rocky at this point. Pure gut call for the boys. Can there be two #1's? Does it really matter? Thirty-two shopping days left.

srsly it was the Besterns today....

Mumble wrote:

It's hard to compare Gotham and Rocky at this point. Pure gut call for the boys. Can there be two #1's? Does it really matter? Thirty-two shopping days left.

so ugh no.. there can't be two # 1s silly. But today shows that the very BEST played today. so #1 and 2 got to be from West.

;-)

you saw it in HD I hope.

Thank you Blaze Media and DNN.

BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE

Are we going to see new Power Rankings before Championships?

Absolutely

Tune in tomorrow!