Re: ... The East is The Beast Update ... Are you putting blinders on and ignoring what is going on for the pure sake of extolling the virtue of your tragic numbers? Sure, a 2.5 PPG pace is not only hard but extremely unlikely, especially if you're looking at a team to have to keep that pace over a 10 game span. Yet once you're down to a mere four games all bets are off. If the Fire win the next 2 they will be in control of their destiny, finishing against DC and Columbus. Taking them seriously at that point will be kind of missing the signs that are present now. They play 3 teams fighting for the playoffs in those last 4 games: Houston, DC and Columbus. Whether you like it or not they are now in the playoff race, they may lose the next 2 and be out of it - but so can Columbus.