Round 1 Recap / Semifinals Preview

Round 1 Predictions Recap

Predicted Winner Predicted Loser Actual
Mubarakstan UoMs Bloomfield Cowboys Mubarakstan UoMs
Pepperell Patriots Malden Cavaliers Pepperell Patriots
Round 1 Record 2-0 (1.000)
2017 Record 67-39 (0.632)

Round 1 Recap

I’ll go ahead and say it, the first round of the BMuz playoffs was a dud. 

#3) Mubarakstan UoMs (99.6) defeated #6) Bloomfield Cowboys (67.5)

For the first time during their current seven-game winning streak, the UoMs scored less than 100 points. Despite the off game, Aasim won his first-round matchup and will move on to the semifinals for the second consecutive year (and fourth time overall).

Qasim was let down by his prized midseason acquisitions, Tom Brady, Brandin Cooks, Jerick McKinnon, and Lamar Miller, leading to a quick, first round exit. Despite plus matchups for many of his players, only one player in his lineup (Michael Crabtree) scored more than 10 points (and barely so). The delayed suspension of Zeke Elliot proved costly for Q. However, the Bloomfield Cowboys reemerged as a BMuz title threat this year and should contend again next season.

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#4) Pepperell Patriots (94.5) defeated #5) Malden Cavaliers (65.9)

Haroon’s Patriots took down Ebad’s “happy to be there” Cavaliers in an absolute snoozefest. With the win, Haroon won his first ever BMuz playoff game. He is now on a six-game winning streak as he heads into the BMuz semifinals for the first time.

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Semifinals Predictions & Preview

For the fifth time in BMuz history, the top four seeds will take part in the BMuz semifinals. With NFL games this Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, we’ll have an entertaining few days to see which two teams emerge as our BMuz finalists.

Predicted Winner Predicted Loser
#1) Old Tappan J-E-T-S #4) Pepperell Patriots
No matter who loses, Shazroon wins. Trade/life partners face off for a chance to be in the BMuz championship game. The J-E-T-S will be looking to snap their four-game playoff losing streak by winning their first playoff game since 2013. Rumors of Aaron Rodgers’s return from the IR are evoking painful memories from last year when AP returned in the semifinals, only to put up 0.8 points. Meanwhile, Haroon’s young RB duo are both concussed and will need to be cleared prior to this week’s games. For Haroon, a lot is riding on the health of Joe Mixon and Tevin Coleman. Haroon’s last loss came against Shahzad (89.9-87.9) in Week 8. Shahzad will be looking to bookend Haroon’s winning streak by beating him this week.
#3) Mubarakstan UoMs #2) Chicago 7-6ers
For the second consecutive year, Ahsan and Aasim will meet in the BMuz semifinals. Last year, the 7-6ers won a close one behind Brandin Cooks’s 32.7 points. This year, Aasim brings a more formidable squad to the matchup as he looks to win his first semifinal game in four attempts. Both teams have been playing well recently, led by their RB1s (Gurley and Ingram) as well as their aging RB2s (Lynch and Gore). Ultimately, this matchup may come down to a breakout performance (my bet is on Travis Kelce or Stefon Diggs). For now, I think Aasim’s magical run continues.

 

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