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Second-Place Showdown

In honor of the 43rd President of the United States (heh, heh, heh), The Al Gore Cup is a forum for teams that finished second and most likely feel that they're more deserving than all of the other first-place teams to be in the championship bracket.

 

Teams are seeded 1-4 based on regular season records and play a best-of-seven semifinal round followed by another seven game series to crown the winner.

 

The winner receives a bonus of 1 million Benchwarmer Bucks.  The runner-up gets 500,000.

 

The 2007 Entrants (in order of seeding):

  • New Jersey (80-70) - Bottom Feeder champ in 2006, they move up a notch in 2007.
  • Trinidad (80-70) - Last season's Robinson Division winner couldn't keep up with Buffalo this year.
  • Sydney (79-71) - 4th-place finisher in the previous 2 seasons - they relinquished the division lead to Gettysburg in Week 24.
  • SO CAL (74-76) - Late season push moved them into 2nd place after 3rd in 2006, 4th in 2005.

Semifinals - SO CAL vs.New Jersey; Sydney vs Trinidad

 

Finals - SO CAL vs Sydney - SO CAL won the season series 7-5.

2007 Gore Cup Winner - Sydney in 7 Games

 

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Finals

Game SO CAL vs. Sydney

1

  R H E  
SO CAL 5 8 0

Box

Sydney 4 12 0
WP - Oswalt (1-0)  LP - Smoltz (0-1)

HR - SC: Zimmerman (1); Syd: Thome (1), Uggla (1)

SO CAL leads 1-0

2

  R H E  
SO CAL 6 8 1

Box

Sydney 4 6 0
WP - Lackey (1-0)  LP - Matsuzaka (0-1)

HR - SC: Teixeira (1), Zimmerman (2), Hermida (1); Syd: Thome (2), Drew (1)

SO CAL leads 2-0

3

  R H E  
Sydney 7 12 2

Box

SO CAL 4 5 1
WP - Hudson (1-0)  LP - James (0-1)
HR - Syd: Delgado (1), Thome (3); SC: Young (1)

SO CAL leads 2-1

4

  R H E  
Sydney 8 11 0

Box

SO CAL 4 13 3
WP - Marquis (1-0)  LP - SC BP (0-1)

HR - Syd: Beltran (1), Delgado (2), Thome (4), Matsui (1); SC: Rolen (1)

Series tied 2-2

5

  R H E  
Sydney 6 11 2

Box

SO CAL 3 12 2
WP - Looper (1-0)  LP - Lester (0-1)
HR - Syd: Delgado (3), Thome (5), Uggla (2)

Sydney leads 3-2

6

  R H E  
SO CAL 3 7 1

Box

Sydney 1 8 0
WP - Oswalt (2-0)  LP - Smoltz (0-2)

HR - Syd: Delgado (4), Matsui (2)

Series tied 3-3

7

  R H E  
SO CAL 5 7 2

Box

Sydney 7 9 0
WP - Matsuzaka (1-1)  LP - Lackey (1-1)

HR - SC: Teixeira 2 (3); Syd: Beltran (2), Drew (2)

Sydney wins 4-3

   


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Semifinals

Game Semifinal One Semifinal Two

1

  R H E  
SO CAL 7 12 0

Box

New Jersey 2 8 2
WP - Oswalt (1-0)  LP - Maine (0-1)

HR - NJ: Lee (1)

SO CAL leads 1-0

  R H E  
Sydney 4 15 2

Box

Trinidad 3 6 1
WP - Smoltz (1-0)  LP - Trin BP (0-1)

HR - Syd: Young (1), Uggla (1); Trin: Kotchman (1)

Sydney leads 1-0

2

  R H E  
SO CAL 4 7 4

Box

New Jersey 3 6 2
WP - Lackey (1-0)  LP - NJ BP (0-1)

HR - SC: Hermidia (1); NJ: Pujols  (1)

SO CAL leads 2-0

  R H E  
Sydney 7 13 0

Box

Trinidad 5 6 3
WP - Syd BP (1-0)  LP - Haren (0-1)

HR: Syd: Delgado (1), Thome (1); Trin: Sanchez (1)

Sydney leads 2-0

3

  R H E  
New Jersey 5 6 0

Box

SO CAL 7 6 0
WP - SC BP (1-0)  LP - DiNardo (0-1)

HR - NJ: Lee (2), Drew (1); SC: Young (1), Hermida (2)

SO CAL leads 3-0

  R H E  
Trinidad 5 11 1

Box

Sydney 2 7 0
WP - Bannister (1-0)  LP - Hudson (0-1)

HR - Kouzmanoff (1); Thome (2)

Sydney leads 2-1

4

  R H E  
New Jersey 8 14 0

Box

SO CAL 7 9 2
WP - NJ BP (1-1) LP - Olsen (0-1)

HR - NJ: Tejada (1); SC: Young (2), Jones (1), Hermida (3), Olivo (1)

SO CAL leads 3-1

  R H E  
Trinidad 5 12 0

Box

Sydney 2 8 0
WP - Hernandez (1-0)  LP - Marquis (0-1)

HR - none

Series tied 2-2

5

  R H E  
New Jersey 9 9 3

Box

SO CAL 5 5 4
WP - NJ BP (2-1)  LP - Lester (0-1)

HR - NJ: Duncan (1), Posada 2 (2), Cano (1); SC: Olivo (2)

SO CAL leads 3-2

  R H E  
Trinidad 3 10 0

Box

Sydney 5 11 0
WP - Syd BP (2-0)  LP - Shields (0-1)

HR - Trin: Berkman (1); Syd: Johjima (1)

Sydney leads 3-2

6

  R H E
SO CAL 5 10 1

Box

New Jersey 3 8 0
WP - Oswalt (2-0)  LP - Maine (0-2)

HR - SC: Jones (2); NJ: Lee (3)

SO CAL wins 4-2

  R H E  
Sydney 5 11 0

Box

Trinidad 2 6 0
WP - Smoltz (2-0)  LP - Trin BP (0-2)

HR - Syd: Beltran (1), Matsui (1); Trin: Sanchez (2), Willingham (1)

Sydney wins 4-2

     



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