We’re halfway through Season 9 of the Simulation Football League. With six rounds of games in the books, it’s a good time to start taking a look at the playoff permutations as we begin the home stretch.
In the hunt
The Western Conference playoff race was blown wide open with defeats for front runners the Mexico City Aztecs and Houston Hyenas to the Sioux Falls Sparrows and Alaska Storm respectively. All four of these teams currently occupy playoff spots.
After a promising start, the Oklahoma City Renegades have dropped back into a three way tie with the Vancouver Legion and Dallas Ruffnecks split by net points. Oklahoma City has lost four games straight, the second worst streak in the SFL behind the winless St. Louis Gladiators. Dallas recovered to a 2-2 record but have since dropped back into a post Championship defeat slump. Vancouver would go on to take advantage of this by defeating Dallas just a week after their first franchise victory against the San Antonio Vaqueros.
Speaking of the Vaqueros, it didn’t take long for them to recover from their disappointment against the Legion to secure their first ever victory, beating OKC at home in a close fought contest. They remain well in with a shot of reaching the playoffs if they run the table.
In the hunt
The Tallahassee Pride remain at the lead of the pack, with the defending champion Queen City Corsairs and upstart Atlanta Swarm following alongside them at the head of a tough to beat pack of teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Baltimore Crabs are looking to bounce back from missing the playoffs last season in nail biting fashion. They remain on course to do so despite a setback defeat at the hands of Atlanta. They are tied with the Chicago Wildcats, who were tipped by many to compete for playoff contention behind the arm of league MVP E.T. King and coach of the year Shann Varner. Chicago have fallen into a hole of late since their nail biting defeat to the Pride in week three, but they remain confident that they will reach the playoffs in their expansion season.
It’s been another season of upheaval for the St. Louis Gladiators, who are searching for their first win of the season with a retooled staff. James Richards remains at the head coach position with Liam Crowter taking over the role of Offensive Coordinator from Aidan Friday. Another team which has undergone a great deal of upheaval is the Carolina Skyhawks, who have fallen from grace after their Cinderella story run to the playoffs last year.