Things learned, observed in USFJ-AFL Week 9.0: Seahawks done
All that blather from me the other day about crystal balls, tea leaves, Ouija boards and point differentials to determine the regular-season winner of the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League's North Division ... you can forget all about.
Coach James Price notified league commissioner Joe Howell via e-mail this morning that the Yokosuka Seahawks have suspended operations for the rest of this season, citing a lack of available players to sustain the team through its last scheduled regular-season Saturday vs. Misawa and the playoffs.
That gives Misawa the win by forfeit, making the Jets 4-2 and giving them the North Division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs without having to take the field, let alone make the 10-hour drive to Yokosuka. Yokota, the defending league champion, finishes second at 3-3 and Yokosuka closes at 2-4.
That also eliminates the need for a first-round playoff game on June 22. Yokota will travel to Misawa to play for the North Division title. The winner hosts the South Division champion in the Torii Bowl on July 13.