The Baltimore Brigade, with a record of 4-8, announced earlier this week they had clinched a playoff berth. But that was not the case.
"Due to an oversight in the AFL Playoff scenarios, Baltimore was misinformed that they had clinched a playoff berth earlier this week," the team said in an email.
Well, that sucks!
So how did this all happen? A rep from the team and a league official say there was a misunderstanding of playoff tie-breakers involving three or more teams. As it stands now, Baltimore, Washington, and Cleveland could all end the season with a 4-10 record.
Playoff spots are then determined by: 1. head-to-head record among the teams in playoff contention, 2. strength of schedule, and 3. best net points in all games.
If it's not settled after consulting all these criteria, there's a coin toss (!).
By virtue of its 3-2 record against Baltimore and Washington, Cleveland has locked down a playoff spot.
The good news is the Brigade (4-8) can still make the postseason by winning its next game against the top-ranked Philadelphia Soul, on July 29, or if the Washington Valor (2-10) lose that same day against the Cleveland Gladiators (4-9).
The Valor and Brigade square off on Aug. 4, with potential playoff ramifications if the above scenarios do not play out.
The Arena Bowl, the league's version of the Super Bowl, is scheduled for Aug. 26.