Just like the dinosaurs in the second Jurassic Park movie, the Bonfire Wiffleball Association survived the catastrophe of having no home field to play on and still managed to play a complete game during Week 2. The game took place at Trailer Field in Savage, MN. A mix of familiar faces and new names filled out the rosters as all strove to take the top spot in the Power Rankings. Here is a rundown of the updated rankings after the game was played (note: I was not present so these rankings will be short, unlike the second Jurassic Park movie).
1. John Cronin - John won his game, improving his record to 3-1 on the season. He added 1 K and 2 HR, making him either league lead or tied for the lead in both categories (albeit, it took Joe Cronin 1 less game to tie for the HR lead and he undoubtedly would have held on to his lead had he played in this game.) With no big knocks against John and no big performances by other players, his top spot is safe this time around.
2. Joe Cronin - Joe wasn't present for this week, but his HR numbers hold him strong in the second slot for now. He also benefited from not playing because he was not able to have a big pitching meltdown which would have caused slide down this week's rankings.
3. Howard Cronin - Howard also didn't play this week, but his pitching prowess is renowned throughout the league and he can afford to take a week off without suffering any hit to his ranks. Another week off may prove more damaging to his rank, as it would allow others the chance to catch up to him in the K department.
4. Pat Cronin - Pat capitalized on his oft-noted potential and contributed 2 K and 1 HR during his team's win. His "Player of the Week" performance vaulted him up 5 slots to the number 4 spot in this week's rankings.
5. Amanda Cook - A contentious choice at this spot which will be hotly debated among league participants. What is more important for Power Rankings, team performance (Wins) or individual performance (HR & K)? Our carefully structured method for rankings weighs team performance a little higher, so Amanda takes the 5th spot in the rankings for holding a record of 2-0, while contributing only 1 K towards her individual performance.
6. Andrew Cronin - According to our previously stated methodology, Andrew also is fully deserving of the 6th spot because of his record of 1-0 while contributing zeroes across the board in the individual counting stats categories.
7. Karen Cronin - Karen rebounded well from her week 1 performance and almost pulled her team through to victory, but they fell 2 runs short. She holds the 7th spot because of her K numbers 6 K (2 K/G) and her uptick in power (1 HR).
8. Randy Cook - Randy was not present at the game this week, but his impressive debut performance last week with 3 K and a 1-1 record hold him strong in the league's top 10 for now. Hopefully he makes a return appearance soon so that he can maintain his spot.
9. Joe Hubly - According to some, Joe is the rightful heir to the 5th spot due to his counting stats of 5 K and 1 HR and his great potential, but his 0-3 record caused him to take a fall down to the 9th slot. In addition, he didn't show up to an unannounced away game so we needed to dock him for that, if only to contribute to his "overcoming obstacles" story line when he undoubtedly breaks out for a big performance later on this year and joins the conversation for MVP.
10. Brian Cronin - Brian cracks the top 10 this week with his debut performance. While he lost the game, he contributed 2 K, 1 HR, and the play of the week; an impressive defensive play where he barehanded the ball and made a quick flip to nail the runner out at first. We have high hopes for future appearances to league events.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Cook, Carl Cronin, Thomas Randolph