Sunday, June 22, 2008

Elephant's Playoff Hopes Still Slim But Grow Brighter

Your 2008 Catania Elephants
American Football Team
6 Wins - 4 Losses

Our Goal and Hopes are Still Alive

Well, our off the field luck continues!

In Italian Football League action last night, the Bolzano Giants completed their perfect 10-0 regular season by beating the Bologna Doves 40-13.

Additional results of Saturday night gave the Bergamo Lions an 8-2 record by beating the Ancona Dolphins 49-7 and the Parma Panthers improved to 7-2 after edging the Palermo Corsari 28-13. The Milan Rhinos and the Palermo Sharks play today in a game with no playoff implications.

Saturday's results actually put 6-4 Catania back into fourth place a half game ahead of 5-4 Bologna.

The playoff situation has now become crystal clear.

Obviously, the Bolzano Giants at 10-0 are the #1 seed and will host the #4 seed, either the 6-4 Catania or the currently 5-4 Bologna Doves on Sunday, July 6th at 8:30 p.m.

The #2 seed will be the 8-2 Bergamo Lions who will host the #3 seed Parma Panthers, currently 7-2 on Saturday, July 5th at 8:30 p.m. 

Our playoff situation is simple, their will only be one game left on the IFL regular season schedule after today's Rhinos vs. Sharks game. That game will be played next Saturday, June 28, at Parma. The host 7-2 Panthers take on the 5-4 Bologna Doves. The Panthers will retain the #3 seed whether or not they win this game, a definite psychological edge to the Doves.

If the Doves win and finish with a 6-4 record identical to Catania's, they will be the #4 seed by virtue of beating us in the head-to-head meeting in our 9th game.

If the Panthers win, then the Doves finish with a 5-5 record and the Elephants would travel to beautiful Bolzano as the #4 seed. This scenario would afford my bride, Laurie, the chance to finally see us play a game as she is scheduled to arrive in Catania on July 3rd.

One more week of waiting...

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