The 2016 campaign began with 12 teams, with two new teams, the Orlando Rattlers and the Miami Blackhawks, among our league of teams. Neither would qualify for the post-season. One, the Rattlers due to on-field performance issues, and the other, the Blackhawks due to a serious gaffe in "administrative housekeeping" in an event that was later comically dubbed, "Briefgate".
At the conclusion of the 2016 regular season, each team that qualified for the playoffs based on their on-field performance automatically completes phase-1 of the FFA's two phase post-season qualification process. The second phase is an audit of each phase-1 qualified team's administrative compliance, financial status with the league and active roster certification.
All but one team, the Blackhawks, submitted their player ID book for roster certification. The Blackhawks ownership lost their player ID book when the team owner's briefcase was reportedly stolen from an unknown location the same day he was en route to FedEx to ship same to the Commissioner's Office as required by league rules. And, because there was no copy of such made prior to the theft of his briefcase, the Blackhawks were elininated during the phase-2 post-season qualification process.
Despite "Briefgate", the 2016 season was loaded with excitement and some great football.
The Tampa Bay Patriots, Miami Magic City Bulls and the Orlando Rage won their respective divisions. The Bulls and Patriots finished with perfect 10-0 regular season records, while the Rage finished at 8-2 and had to fight off a resurgent South Florida Wolverines (7-3) team to win the East.
The Patriots earned a first-round bye due to allowing the least amount of points during the regular season. The Bulls, Gladiators and Sun Devils were all winners in the Quarterfinal round.
The Semi-Finals appeared to be destined for some tight games, however the opposite turned out to be the case as both undefeated teams, the Bulls and Patriots, proved to be too much for their opponents.
For the sixth time in nine seasons, Alliance Bowl-IX returned to the friendly shores of Daytona Beach. The game began with the Bulls racing off to a 20-point lead at the half. But, the Patriots roared back in the second half to close the gap to as close as 7 points before the Bulls took control in the 4th quarter to secure their fifth league title, their 3rd in the last 4 years.
In the 9th Annual All-Star Classic, League President Terrence Page guided the Team Florida All-Stars to victory over the Team Alliance All-Stars capping off his second consecutive All-Star game win...and did so by utilizing only "six` plays" written down on a single sheet of yellow notepad paper as he did the previous season.
Posted below are the post-season results and page link to the regular season scores, standings, and stats of 2016.
Quarterfinals... 04/16/16 (Tampa Bay Patriots have a bye)
Miami "Magic City" Bulls 55, Southeast Florida Reapers 0
Southwest Florida Gladiators 21, South Florida Wolverines 18
Key West Sun Devils 46, Orlando Rage 28
Tampa Bay Patriots 22, Key West Sun Devils 6
Miami "Magic City" Bulls 74, Southwest Florida Gladiators 30
Alliance Bowl-IX Championship ... 05/14/16
Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium
Daytona Beach, FL
Miami "Magic City" Bulls 34, Tampa Bay Patriots 20
2016 FFA Scores
2016 FFA Standings
2016 FFA Stats