As We Expected, T.L.A. the Stronger Division

It seems like just yesterday I was putting together my season previews and announcing that the Oklahoma Division will most likely have a winner that is just over .500, and the T.L.A. division would be a dog fight filled with very talented teams.

After week seven is all said and done, we will already be at the half way point of the 2010 DFL regular season.  When you look at the standings moving into the midway point, you see exactly what I was writing about in August.

The Oklahoma Division has seen the Punishers start 3-1, only to fall the last two weeks.  The Ruckus started ugly at 0-3 and have put together three consecutive wins.  The Outlaws are trying to get some consistency and are coming off a win that forced a three way tie for first with each of the teams mentioned above, all having a record of 3-3.

Let’s not forget, the Pats and Roughnecks are only a game back at 2-4.  The Oklahoma Division is up for grabs and it will most likely come down to the last week of the regular season before we know which two will represent in the playoffs.

The T.L.A. division isn’t as close at this point.  While the Tornado and Shock, both 2-4, still have a legitimate shot at making a run down the stretch, The Sharks and Chickens look to be on their A-games, followed by the Badgers. 

Yes, the Badgers are on a three game skid, but they have the talent to turn things around.  It all starts with their matchup this weekend with the Sharks.  If they can give the Sharks their first loss of the season, the Badgers are right back in the mix.

As I just mentioned, the Sharks are 6-0 and looking strong.  They have a solid team at all positions and are the early favorites to win the 2010 DFL Championship.

After starting 0-2, the 2009 Champion Kickin’ Chickens have turned it around and are on a four game winning streak.  They were written off early after the bad start, and that perhaps gave them some motivation to get back on track.

The T.L.A. Division includes the top three scoring teams in the DFL thus far (Sharks, Chickens, Badgers), and when it comes to interdivision games, the T.L.A. Division owns the Oklahoma Division.  Until the Roughnecks upset the Badgers this past weekend, the T.L.A. Division was 5-0 when facing a team from the Oklahoma Division. 

Even with the one loss, the T.L.A. Division has shown that they are the teams to beat.  In all reality, they should be.  The T.L.A. Division sports three of 2009′s four owners that made the playoffs, with the fourth owner no longer in the league.

The second half of the season looks to be a good one as things will heat up in the race for a playoff berth.

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