The 2016 MLU Postseason is here, thus it’s time a Conference Championship sized week of fantasy trash talking as semi-informed Picks and Predictions by the MLU “Experts”. Each week, we’ve predicted the outcomes of MLU games. We’re not very good at frisbee, but we’ve got that fire for competition. Let us indulge ourselves and pretend this matters!

Tim “Maps” Brubaker | Vládca z Smerov

Prediction record: 30 – 9

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-16, Portland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: 20-18, Philadelphia

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Matt Esser (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Raphy Hayes (Portland)

“On the West Coast, short of a Herculean effort from House and Klein, the Stags will secure their first trip to the MLU Championship. While those two have combined for 22 points and 7 blocks against the Stags this year, the team will be without El-Salaam, Feeley, and McKibben who account for 21 points and 4 blocks against the Stags. While the Stags also have a few names on the injury report, the potentially most devastating loss is only listed as probable. Raphy Hayes has 16 points and 7 blocks against the Rainmakers this year and it’d be hard to say another vintage performance from Hayes wouldn’t lock this game up.

The East Coast injury report is a bit of a balancing act. For Boston we have Hartwiger, Hooker, Westbrook, Hatchett, Kittross-Schnell, Inselmann, MacNaughton and more listed as inactive. However, for only the third time this season, Tannor Johnson is active and fresh off a record breaking 15 points, 13 goal performance. For the Spinners, things are much less gloomy injury-wise. Only Wickens and Mehta are inactive while three probables hang on the board. Matt Esser comes into this matchup with 9 points, 3 blocks, and no turnovers against the Whitecaps and he’s tied for fourth on the Spinners in points against Boston. MacNaughton and Foster lead the scoring charge for Boston but have sub 87% completion percentages. Put this together and the game will be won on the Spinners D-line. Both teams should score but the Spinners should get a few more break opportunities and as long as they can get the turn (triple cover Johnson?) and convert some breaks the Spinners will be heading to their first MLU Championship.”

Email Tim at Timb@mlultimate.com or tweet him @TimboMLU.

Luke Ryan | Statistical Research and Analysis Coordinator/Master of the Universe

Prediction record: 33-6

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 21-15, Portland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: 19-17, Boston

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Billy Sickles (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Cody Bjorklund (Portland)

“Cody Bjorklund in his two playoffs games has scored 3 goals and 3 assists… That is a pitiful record for the leagues all time leading scorer. I expect the Stags to come out swinging and be up by at least 3 after the first quarter. Finally punching their ticket to the championship game.

All signs point to this being the Spinners year. Momentum is on their side and the rookie additions have made this team one of the best in MLU history. I honestly have no reason why the Whitecaps should win this game. Which is exactly why they’re going to.”

For Luke’s fantasy advice and statistical musings follow on twitter @MLULukeR.

Tom Levy | MLU Digital Content Manager

Prediction record: 29-10

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 21-15, Portland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: 19-17, Philadelphia

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Billy Sickles (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Cody Bjorklund (Portland)

“The Spinners and Stags will meet in the 2016 MLU Championship.  I am convinced of this.  They are the two best teams. They are the hungriest teams.

The 2015 Spinners lost to a superior Whitecaps team.  This season, the Spinners are a 4th quarter collapse and a tough overtime away from beating undefeated.  Will field the better team at a stadium where they have never lost.  This team is hungry, and 2016 is their year. #GetDizzy

The Stags have been the best team in the Western Conference since 2014. They got their first taste of cross-divisional play this season against Boston, and it left them wanting more. They remember losing to Vancouver in 2014.  They remember losing to Seattle in 2015. Seattle is a very good ultimate team, but this is Portland’s year. #AntlersUp”

Follow Tom on Twitter @MLUTomLevy. Hold the Door.

dusty rhodes | writer

Prediction record: 32-7

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 21-17 Portland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: 20-18, Philadelphia

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Matthew Esser (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Raphy Hayes (Portland)

“Look, I could be wrong on both of these but… I get a specific feeling when I watch the Stags and the Spinners play, and it is not the feeling of also-rans. It is the feeling of titans clashing for dominion over all they can see. The Spinners have gone from 4th to 3rd to 2nd to 1st. The Stags will host their third consecutive playoff game. As far as stories go, these two teams have yarns yearning to be spun into tapestry. The Whitecaps have the scent of ‘been-there-done-that’ while the Rainmakers have the surprisingly unoffensive odor of ‘missed-their-shot-last-year’. In the end I’ll simply be happy to see the three remaining games in the 2016 MLU season as another year culminates with a contest for the crown.”

@dustweetrhodes

William Curb | Portland Stags Content Manager

Prediction record: 32-7

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 23-17, Portland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: 22-19, Philadelphia

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Billy Sickles (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Raphy Hayes (Portland)

“I feel like I could have pick names out of a hat and felt as confident in my predictions as these. While both teams I picked should be slated to win (by record at least), I honestly don’t know if I can trust that. The Stags have historically performed terribly in the postseason (although this is the year, I can feel it) and the Whitecaps have had such a strong strangle hold on the east that I don’t know if the Spinners can pull it off. Says a lot when the team you think has to pull it off already has home field advantage.”

 You can follow me on Twitter @WilliamCurb.

Geoff Poster | MLU East Coast On-Air Talent 

Prediction record: 33-6

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-18, Porland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: Winner 21-20, Boston

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Christian Foster (Boston)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Cody Bjorkland (Portland)

“I’ve been predicting this all season so I’m not going away from it now. Philadelphia got the home field, but Boston will go back to the championship game. The Whitecaps (while still missing a handful of guys) haven’t played Philadelphia yet at full strength this season and the two games they lost were by a combined 6 goals. Their roster is the closest to full as its been all year against the Spinners this time around. In addition to a full roster, the emergence of Tannor Johnson, who we all know had 13 goals and 2 assists against New York last week, will be a huge factor. It’s easy to forget but Johnson was inserted in the last Boston/Philadelphia match-up without even practicing, and scored 4 goals, dished out an assist, and knocked down a block. This will be close all game, but Boston will pull away to win, maybe even in overtime.

 
On the other side of the country, Portland will finally make good on the saying, “Third time’s a charm.” The Stags have beaten the Rainmakers every time they’ve faced off this season and look like a team on a mission to finally get over the hump and into the MLU Finals. The absence of Khalif El-Salaam is a big factor against the Rainmakers that Portland should be able to take advantage of. It’s been said before that Portland would go on to the finals the previous two seasons, but this is the year they actually do it.
 
Get ready for the Boston/Portland re-match.”

Follow me on Twitter @Geoff_Poster.

Garrett Miley | MLU Social Media Coordinator

Prediction record: 31-8

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 23-18, Portland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-21, Boston

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Christian Foster (Boston)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Peter Woodside (Portland)

“This is the year it happens. The Portland Stags will finally advance to the MLU Championship after two consecutive years of falling just short and losing in the postseason. Seattle will be without the services of Khalif El-Salaam. El-Salaam changes the dynamic of his team more than any other player in the league and without him, Seattle doesn’t have the firepower to keep up with Portland’s record-setting offense.”

You can follow me on Twitter @GWMILEY

Paul Des Marais | MLU Elder Statesman

Prediction record: 30-9

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-18, Portland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: 22-20, Philadelphia

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Tannor Johnson (Boston)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Timmy Perston (Portland)

“Even though I picked Johnson to be the Eastern Conference Star of the Week, Philadelphia will earn the win for their first MLU Championship bid. Philly has been the most consistent team in the East this year and will have to continue the unified style they’ve built over the past few seasons to fend off the surging superstar Tannor Johnson.

 
Seattle hasn’t show much against Portland this season. Without their team leader and master of celebrations Khalif El-Salaam, I don’t expect them to return to Philadelphia this year. Then again, this is the Stags in the playoffs…”
 
 You can follow me on Twitter @PaulDesMLU but the people I follow are more interesting.

Matt Ruby | MLU West Coast On-Air Talent

Prediction record: 33-6

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-18, Portland

Boston Whitecaps vs.Philadelphia Spinners | Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-21, Philadelphia

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Matt Glazer (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Raphy Hayes (Portland)

“Last week, a game that meant nothing. This week, a game between the same two teams that means everything. Portland’s 20-10 romp over Seattle was just the taste of what Seattle can expect in the Western Conference finals. I think the outcome will be closer, but Portland should be in control from wire to wire and punch their ticket to a matchup with Philadelphia, my other pick for the MLU Championship. It’s been a long time coming for the Stags, but I think this is the year they bring an MLU Championship to the West Coast.”

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