With the ECOL split into two divisions, you would think you're playing to win your division, therefore only your division games count. Not so fast.
Each team must play a mandatory cross pool game that will count against your division record. I don't understand this. Don't see how you can have New Philadelphia competing with Dover in the Scarlet Division and they don't play the same teams. Of course they play the same Scarlet Division opponents, but then it can all come down to the cross-division game. Dover's game is at home against Claymont, while New Philly must play at Coshocton. Explain how this is fair. By the same token, Cambridge's cross-division game is against Meadowbrook. I believe the games stay the same for three years before the league assigns you a new cross-division game. I have no problem with a mandatory cross-division game but when you count it toward your division record, that's where I have a problem.
2011 Cross-Division Games
River View at Zanesville.
Ouch! Deal with that for three years. Isn't this why we went to two divisions in the first place? To avoid league games such as this.
New Philadelphia at Coshocton
Claymont at Dover
That's one gimme for Dover for the next three years.
Marietta at Rosecrans
Cambridge at Meadowbrook
Just gonna keep my mouth shut. After three years, this will not be our mandatory, count in the standings game. We will likely continue to play the Colts, but it will not count in the ECOL standings for either team.
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