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How come the Eastern Regional Division played an unbalanced schedule of games (and last season the Midwest Regional Division did), in which these divisions were not exactly a fair round-robin, whereas in the top two divisions it is a fair double round-robin?

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Cool to see Minneapolis and St. Paul on top of the table, hope one can get it done!

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11 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

How come the Eastern Regional Division played an unbalanced schedule of games (and last season the Midwest Regional Division did), in which these divisions were not exactly a fair round-robin, whereas in the top two divisions it is a fair double round-robin?

 

Apparently somebody forgot to check if the spreadsheet's logic was still working with the number of teams increased numbers of teams in the division.

 

Looking sheepishly in the mirror at the perpetrator. :)

 

Thanks for pointing it out.

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The lowest-seeded Trenton Cannons almost pulled off the miracle run of the tournament with their potent goal-scoring attack..  The eventual Ultimate Division champion Shipwrights took the Cannons too lightly, and Boston fell in the first round 5-3.  Trenton then hosted both Cleveland outfits, downing the Longlegs 6-3 and then Forest 2-1.  It was another Ohio team for an opponent in the semi-finals.  The Cannons proved victorious with a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Scarlets.

 

On the other side of the bracket, the Milwaukee Brewmasters squeaked by their visiting opponents by a single goal in each round.  Their first victory was a 4-3 win over the Eastern Division’s Fall River Spindles.  Then it was a 2-1 triumph over Penultimate Division’s Louisville Lt. Colonels.  Then it was as 2-1 defeat of the Minneapolis Millstones.  In the semifinals, they stopped the surprising run by the KC Fountains with a 2-1 victory.

 

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The title game was a wide-open affair.  Richie Zerbel started the scoring in the 22nd minute with a header off of a “patent-pending” longball from the immortal Pat O’Dea.  The Australian played Randy Hall just after halftime to put the Brewmasters up by 2.  Six minutes later, Pat O’Dea launched a screaming shot from 40 yards that the Cannon keeper John Washington could only watch go in the goal.  In the 78th minute, the Cannons cut the lead to 1 with a Toby Jones penalty kick after a foul by Maurice Webster. Robby Garrison scored again for Trenton on a free kick 2 minutes before the end that beat a napping Oskar Feil to the near post.  The Brewmaster defense solidified for the last few moments, and the Cannons had no more scoring opportunities.  The Brewmasters were the 3-2 victors, and they claimed a second American Football Association Cup.

 

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On 11/28/2018 at 6:12 AM, Goldengoose05 said:

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Washington DCAC made sure that their stay in the Eastern Regional was a short one.  DCAC took the top spot easily, 6 points ahead of the other squad qualifying for promotion, the Pawtucket Millwheels.

 

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The two clubs from the Twin Cities battled for supremacy in the Mid-American Regional.  In the end, it was Minneapolis Millstones who seized the divisional championship over the St. Paul Boreads.  The Millstones also won the derby series with the Boreads (3:3 & 4:3), enabling them to fly their flag at Fort Snelling for the next year.

 

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Alameda Vampires eked out a 1 point lead at season’s end over their longtime rivals, Oakland Hornets.  The title bestowed upon the Vampires the right to host and participate in the Columbia Challenge.

 

Is the Penultimate Division going to have 14 teams since two are being promoted from the Midwest and Eastern Region(Balance out the Leagues in the Future, I'm Guessing)?

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14 hours ago, zoads82 said:

 

Is the Penultimate Division going to have 14 teams since two are being promoted from the Midwest and Eastern Region(Balance out the Leagues in the Future, I'm Guessing)?

 

Yes, the Penultimate Division will grow to 14 teams.  The Eastern and Mid-American Regional Divisions will also grow with promotions from the Sectional Divisions.  I'll be revealing who those teams will be soon.

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Oak Park was the scene of the first Columbia Challenge to feature the winner of the Western Regional Division.  The Alameda Vampires acquitted themselves well against the Ultimate Division Champions from Boston, the Shipwrights.  With all the scoring happening in the first half, the Shipwrights jumped out to a 2:0 lead.  Novak pulled one back for the Vampires two minutes later.  Baker padded the lead for Boston in the 33rd minute.  Alameda narrowed the lead to one on a fantastic header from Christopher, but that is how the scoring ended.

 

In the other semifinal, the AFA Cup Champion Milwaukee Brewmasters had an easy time against the Penultimate Champion Cleveland Forest.  Again, all the scoring came in the first half.  After that, Milwaukee relented on pressuring the Cleveland goal, and trusted in the defense led by the indefatigable Pat O'Dea.

 

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In the third place game, the host Alameda squad got off to a quick start from goals by Novak and Harper.  After that, Forest found their rhythm and answered wih a Higgins goal in the 25th minute.  Cleveland was then aided by the deaperture of Alameda's Hobbs, who earned a red card for a brutal foul on Tyson Day.


After that, the flow of the game was almost exclusively at the Forest goal.  Joyce tied the game shortly before halftime, and then put Forest in the lead with a powerful volley in the 60th.  Jason Sanders completed the scoring in the 72.  Despite the two losses, it was the common consensus that the Westerners were up to par with their eastern counterparts.

 

In the final, the Milwaukee Brewmasters seemed to have an answer to everything that the Boston Shipwrights had to hurl at them.  Pat O'Dea seemed to be everywhere - he squelched attacks, he ran down through balls, and he initiated Brewmaster attacks with his patented precise longballs.  In the 24th minute the Shipwright defense cracked under the rapid counterattacks and surrendered a breakaway to Orlando Weber.  Ten minutes later, Hy padded the lead off of a give-and-go with Auld.  

 

After that, Milwaukee played the possession game, and the Shipwrights were hard-pressed to even get a touch of the ball.  Boston did manage to get one goal back off of a Vance French free attack.  After that, the Shipwrights lacked any further opportunities.  Milwaukee held the ball for minutes at a time, making the Shipwrights run themselves ragged in vain attempts to reacquire possession.  When the final whistle sounded, the Brewmasters had a second piece of hardware to go with the AFA Cup.
 

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At the Football World Championship in Italy, the Shipwrights could not assuage their disappointment from losing in the Columbia Challenge Trophy tourney.  Boston lost all three of their matches to the English, German, and Dutch entries.  They only managed to score a single goal.  The hosts from Milan advanced on goal difference over Madrid FC, and then they captured the title in a thrilling 3:2 victory over Newcastle United of England.

 

Here are the results of the Derbies.

 

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Finally, the minor leagues results.  The four sectional league winners in each Region, Midwest and Atlantic, advanced by random draw to one-game playoffs.  Two team winners from each Region earned promotion to their respective Regional Division.

 

The two teams promoted to the Mid-American Regional Division are St. Louis All-Saints and Waukesha Town 1866.

 

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The two teams promoted to the Eastern Regional Division are Scranton City Electric and Carnelian FC.

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Announcing the newly promoted Eastern Regional Division team, Scranton City Electric

 

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(I probably saw a logo like this somewhere, but I can't recall whose it might have been)

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4 hours ago, Goldengoose05 said:

Announcing the newly promoted Eastern Regional Division team, Carnelian FC

 

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