Consider this my "get off my lawn, you crazy kids" rant. In a nine-team league, why in God's name do you schedule multiple sets of "home-away" games between teams in the first month of the season? For example, my Als have played four different teams so far -- Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Hamilton. But our next game is against ... Calgary. Which makes the smallness of the league feel even worse. You don't want to remind your fans that the league is small. You want to do everything you can to avoid repetitive matchups. I don't want to face Calgary again until we've had a chance to play the rest of the league: Edmonton, BC, Saskatchewan, and Toronto.