There are either great fans in Trenton, New Jersey and Casper, Wyoming or we really got this seeding thing wrong. For the second time, a No. 1 seed has fallen to a No. 16 seed, as the Connecticut Defenders, the bat doubling as the submarine, was throttled by the No. 16 seed Trenton Thunder.
The truth is that the Trenton Thunder should have never been a No. 16 seed, but we were going by their old logo and once we became aware of their new logo, it changed the dynamic of this first round matchup. That being said, we're still shocked the Defenders lost.
I should also mention that the Defenders weren't aware of th competition until it was underway yesterday, thanks to the fact that several e-mails that I had sent before this whole thing started bounced back to me. So maybe it's all due to the power of getting the word out as well.
Congratulations to all those who have advanced--the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, the Trenton Thunder, the Salem Avalanche, the Wichita Wingnuts and the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Here are today's matchups. Please note, although the polls will remain up and the tally will still be active, the winners will be determined by 9 a.m. ET on Saturday.
On Monday, we'll complete the first round with the following matchups: #8 Clearwater Threshers vs. #9 Worcester Tornados, #5 Greensboro Grasshoppers vs. #12 Quad City River Bandits, #4 Williamsport Crosscutters vs. #13 Charleston River Dogs, #6 Gary Southshore Rail Cats vs. #11 Chico Outlaws, #3 Lakewood BlueClaws vs. #14 Lehigh Valley IronPigs, #7 Toledo Mudhens vs. #10 Everett Aquasox and #2 Clinton Lumberkings vs. #15 Lake County Captains.