The 2016 MLU Season is in full swing, thus it’s time to you all to fantasy trash talking  as semi-informed Picks and Predictions by the MLU “Experts”. Each week, we predict 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 | MLU Stastistics and Development Consultant

Prediction record: 15 – 2

Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 22-15, Philadelphia

Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 18-17, San Francisco

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-15, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Matt Glazer (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: James Yeager (San Francisco)

“Seattle cruised to a victory less than a week before this matchup, but conditions are much different this time around. The Nighthawks will be home, playing their first game of the weekend, and have several players back for this game. While Seattle may be getting El-Salaam back, they’ve got a few probables and inactives including McKibben and Klein. That said, the matchup will be a good deal closer than last week, but the Rainmakers should still get a win here. Last week’s game against Portland showed the Nighthawks can play for a win, but until they can raise their 40.3% OSE and cut down on their league worst 158 turnovers the L column will keep getting bigger.”

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

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

Prediction record: 15-2

Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 25-15, Philadelphia

Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 18-16, Portland

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-17, Vancouver

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Ethan Peck (Spinners)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Erik Hunter (Nighthawks)

“The Spinners will be without Michael Panna and Nick Hirannet this weekend. Their services, or the entire Philly O-Line’s services, won’t be required this weekend anyway. Spinners win big. Again.”

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Tom Levy | Wylis of Content

Prediction record: 15-2

Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-17, Philadelphia

Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 18-17, San Francisco

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-17, Vancouver

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Billy Sickles (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Erik Hunter (Vancouver)

“The Portland Stags roll into the City by the Bay, with 5 wins and no losses.  They face the San Francisco Dogfish, a one win team that has yet to form it’s identity…. Déjà Vu! Just like in 2015, the Dogfish end the Stags winning streak at 5.  And by the same score for good measure.”

Follow Tom on Twitter @MLUTomLevy. Hodor.

dusty rhodes | writer

Prediction record: 14-3

Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 26-17, Philadelphia

Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-17, Portland

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 25-19, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Isaiah Bryant (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Henry Phan (Seattle)

“Portland is already on upset alert. Portland is already ready for the Dogfish. Portland is a land of freedom and hills. Portland is a port. Portland is not so much ruby as it is tawny. Portland is not staggering. Portland is as Portland does, and Portland does wins. This game is no different. The only question is “Hey porter, shall I have my Dogfish baked or sautéed?”

@dustweetrhodes

William Curb | Portland Stags Content Manager

Prediction record: 15-2

Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 21-16, Philadelphia

Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 17-14, Portland

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-17, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Billy Sickles (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Erik Hunter (Vancouver)

“I have no doubt that the Rumble will put on a better game this time around against the Spinners, and with both Nick Hirannet and Michael Panna out it could even be close. The Rumble have put on two good games against the Current so far this season, but have been no shows against the Spinners and Whitecaps thus far.”

You can follow me on Twitter @WilliamCurb.

Geoff Poster | Warden of the East

Prediction record: 14-3

Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 20-16, Philadelphia

Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-18, Portland

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-15, Seattle

Western Conference Star of the Week: Cam Bailey (Seattle)

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Matt Glazer (Philadelphia)

“Third match-up in a row between Seattle and Vancouver, only this time it takes place north of the border. Evan Klein might be missing for the Rainmakers, but Khalif El-Salaam is not and Seattle should continue its trend of beating the Nighthawks. However, the game will be closer than the 9.5 average differential so far.”

Follow me on Twitter @Geoff_Poster.

Garrett Miley | MLU Social Media Coordinator

Prediction record: 15-2

Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-17, Philadelphia

Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-18, San Francisco

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-16, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Billy Sickles (Spinners)
Western Conference Star of the Week: James Sheridan (San Francisco)

“It’s going to happen again. The San Francisco Dogfish will knock off the undefeated Portland Stags. A long trip for the Stags from Portland to San Francisco and no Riley Meinershagen make it as good of a time as ever to pick against Portland.”

You can follow me on Twitter @GWMILEY

Paul Des Marais | MLU Elder Statesman

Prediction record: 15-2

Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 24-18, Philadelphia
 
Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 17-16, Portland
 
Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 18-16, Vancouver
 
Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Marques Brownlee (New York)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Cody Bjorklund (Portland)
 
“Even though Philly won’t be full strength, they’ll tap their deep bench to win this road matchup.”
 
 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: 14-3

 
Philadelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-18, Philadelphia
 
Portland Stags vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-19, San Francisco
 
Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 28-15, Seattle
 
Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Marques Brownlee (New York)
Western Conference Star of the Week: James Yeager (San Francisco)
 
“I don’t see any reason why Seattle shouldn’t be able to build upon their 10 point beating of the Nighthawks last weekend. Vancouver will still be looking for their first win after this weekend’s loss to the Rainmakers.”
 

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