2008: For the first time in league history, the
last-place team doesn't win the No. 1 pick. The newly-formed Blue Ridge
Bombers (replacing the South Boston Gang) win the first pick, despite
posting the fourth-best record. The next three teams -- the 14th place
Las Vegas Rat Pack, 13th place Sardine City Straphangers and 12th place
New Jersey Team Buddah -- each drop a spot to pick No. 2, No. 3 and No.
4, respectively. The Carolina Mudcats and Vancouver Iron Fist pick as
expected, No. 5 and No. 6. The Arkansas Golden Falcons and Hillsborough
Hired Hitmen swap the last two spots, with eighth-worst Arkansas
picking 7th and seventh-worst Hillsborough picking 8th.
2007: Every team but one -- last-place Honolulu --
plays musical chairs. The Sharks get the first overall pick, followed
by 12th-place D.C. and 13th-place Phoenix (now Sardine City) in a swap
of positions. Then the shocker as 8th-place Philly -- which missed the
post-season only by losing a one-game play-in -- jumped up all the way
to No. 4. The three-spot improvement is the biggest gain in draft
lottery history. Eleventh-place dropped one spot to No. 5, followed by
another big jump -- Hillsborough, the 7th place team, moves up two
spots to the No. 6 pick. Ninth-place Hoboken drops one spot to No. 7,
leaving the big loser as 10th-place South Boston, who finished with the
league's fifth-worst record but got the No. 8 pick.
three picks go as expected, but then the next four teams shake things
up. The 9th-place Rat Pack and 8th-place Mudcats move up two spots
each, to #4 and #5 respectively. The teams that get screwed
are 11th-place South Boston, falling two spots to #6, and the
10th-place Bushslappers, dropping two spots to #7. The 7th-place
Cutters are then left with the #8 pick as expected.
2005: The results go
almost exactly according
to the percentages, with last-place Hillsborough, 13th-place Westwood
and 12th-place Phoenix getting the first three picks as expected;
10th-place Harrison then lucked up one spot into the #4 pick,
bumping 11th-place Hoboken one spot down to the #5 pick. Ninth-place
Philly got the next pick as expected, but then 7th-place
Columbia moved up one spot to the #7 pick, dropping 8th-place Vancouver
one spot to the #8 pick.
2004: The first
lottery had plenty of upsets.
The only exceptions are Tijuana, which
finished last and therefore had the most balls in the draft, and indeed
the first pick; 12th-place Columbia and 10th-place Hoboken also picked
in their expected spots. The biggest shocker was Harrison, despite the
second-worst record, falling four spots to #6.
Taking advantage of the Rats'
fall was 11th-place Phoenix, which jumped up two spots from #4 to #2;
and 9th-place Philly,
which moved up from #6 to #4. The only other change happened with
7th-place Vancouver and 8th-place Brooklyn, who switched the last two