USFJ-AFL division title games postponed UPDATED
Weather and transportation issues caused by it forced both the North and South Division title games to be postponed in the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League playoffs.
Typhoon Muifa pummeled Okinawa with wind gusts of up to 97 mph and dumped 41 inches of rain in 24 hours, Coaches Kevin Stansel of defending league runner-up Joint Task Force and Gerald Sharber of South regular-season champion Foster agreed to a week's delay in their game, to 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Kubasaki High School's Mike Petty Stadium.
Personnel evacuating equipment from Okinawa to Yokota Air Base west of Tokyo took up most of the vehicles that defending league champion Yokota had hoped to use to drive Friday to Misawa for the North championship game, pitting the Warriors at the Jets. That game will now be played Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. at Misawa's Hillside Field.
There's a slight chance that the newly configured playoffs may force a pushback of the Torii Bowl title game, scheduled for Aug. 20 at the site of the North champion, either Yokota or Misawa. Not because of either team's inability to host the game; but because the South Division champion would not know to which local it would travel until a week before the game, instead of two weeks.
That may force a pushback of the Torii Bowl to Aug; 27. Fault lies not with any team, but Ma Nature, who doesn't like to be toyed with anyway.