When the Eagles and Destroyers "officially" folded - I presumed that each IFL team would be ranked 1-6 and with all participants making the playoffs (to lengthen an already shortened season). The top seed (overall) would host #6 and so on. It would give teams some cross-over match-ups that otherwise wouldn't take place and allow part of the competition that we all paid for to occur.
This wasn't the case, and like many have mentioned the "season" ended up being a half of schedule at best. If you take a look at our schedule(s) - we had FOUR TEAMS (Hitmen, Mustangs, Destroyers and Eagles) fold before we ever saw them on the field.
That being said - there are six quality organizations in the IFL right now, not many leagues can say that 100% of their participants are solid franchises. We didn't win a league game this year, but we competed each week, offered a first class facility and were able to go 3-0 in non-conference play (two wins coming against the GLFL DII champs).
Good luck and good health to all of the teams still battling in the 2012 season. I've been playing at this level for all but two seasons since 2001 and I'd like to thank each of you for the memories over the past decade.
I would be fine with the current playoff format or what you guys are wanting the only issue I have is why wait until playoff time to bring this up? The six teams that played through the entire season have known that the eagles and destroyers folded weeks ago.. So just because now a team that 'deserves' to be there isn't it is now a problem? If it really bothered a particular team that much it would've been discussed right away and not when they realized they didn't make it. I feel there should be a bylaw in place that if a team(s) were to fold then here is the format for X amount of teams and I would have that in place for each number. So 8 teams would be top 2 teams each divisions, 7 would be bla bla bla, 6 would be bla bla bla, and so on.
Yeah Jason and Drekey I was directing that message toward the person who started the thread not you guys. I agree with both of you guys on the subject just wish we would have had alternative solutions for if teams fold in place.