Our favorite time of the year is almost upon us. The freezing temperatures NY’ers have been dealing with this year only makes us want the season to get here faster. 2014 was the year of the Emperors and Gold, as both teams continued to add to their already crowded trophy cases, while the rest of the league continued to wonder what they had to do in order to get past these two perennial favorites.
The planning for 2015 season is already underway, with the first captains meeting scheduled for February 28th @ 1pm at McDermotts Pub located @ 2634 East Tremont in the Bronx. A captain or team representative will be required to attend for each team. There will be lots of topics to discuss ranging from the 2015 season, rule changes, as well as discussion for the NYESL’s very own Hall of Fame. If you want your teams concerns or ideas to be heard every team must be represented at these meetings.
The offseason has been an interesting one. The NJ Devils have disbanded after just one season and most of the guys will be teaming up with the Saints. 2015 will also welcome a new team to the fold. League Commissioner Eddie Espada, along with Adam and Frankie, decided to branch away from the Royals and start their own team in the Brew Crew. This won’t be your ordinary new team on the block as they have added several key players and are sure to turn some heads on opening day. And to much of the dissapointment of the league, the Royals are still aliving and kicking, adding youth,speed and hands to their already potent offense. The Gold introduced a few new faces during the Columbus day tourney and showed they are far from done. The Gold got back to their winning ways and proved they are still a force in this league. The Emperors will bring back their 2014 championship roster to defend their title. The Emperors used to be all about defense, but proved to all the naysayers that their offense is just as good, if not better. Leland will also return the core of their team and should compete for the top spot as they do every season. But can they get over that hump and win the championship that has eluded them since their inception? The Ravens and Diamondbacks will look to bounce back after dissapointing seasons. The Ravens got off to the slow start which was difficult to overcome, and the Diamondbacks couldnt overcome their inconsistencies to be the threat the league thought they could be.
2015 is already shaping up to be an interesting one. We all look forward to renewing our rivalries, and beginning new ones as well. But more importantly, I think everyone is looking forward to getting back to doing what we love to do. Now all we need is for the weather to cooperate so all this damn ice can melt.
From the oldest guy on the Royals at the tender age of 32, I look foward to seeing my stickball brothers again.