Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat it Too — SoCal Championship Format


By Craig Robbins

March 11, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) — This past January, we witnessed Jameis Winston lead his Florida State Seminoles football team to a BCS national championship, by beating the Cinderella-storied Auburn Tigers. Just a month ago, the Seattle Seahawks embarrassed a high-powered Denver Broncos team, led by, possibly, the greatest regular season quarterback in history (Peyton Manning). In 2014, champions were crowned on all levels.

What if things were different? Should Florida State have been required to now play North Dakota State, winners of the FBS championship (formerly 1-AA)? What if the “world champion” Seahawks were now forced to play the winners of the Grey Cup (Canadian Football League championship)? Sounds absurd, right?

In Southern California semi-professional football, the crowning of a SoCal champion has not happened since 2007, as the eventual national champions, Foothill Firehawks defeated the vaunted San Diego Thunder. Since then, a game of such, unfortunately, has not taken place, reason being: field disagreement, financial matters, or even which teams are worthy enough to play, given Southern California having more than two leagues at a time. Whichever reason is to be deemed culpable, fans have missed on this game.

According to multiple unnamed sources, the owners within the LCFL have agreed to not play in any SoCal championship. Since the last SoCal championship, teams have since joined other leagues, and owners have gone on to start leagues of their own. It is perceived that those respective teams that have opted to not participate within the LCFL, where you’d face the Blackhawks, Steelers, previously the cobras, and now the high-publicized Apaches, they’re looking for an easier pathway to the final stage of the semi pro coronation.

It is rumored that owners whom have had prior relationships with the LCFL or it’s leaders, and have gone on to another other league or start their own up, have made valiant attempts to sabotage the LCFL an its legacy. Since 2006, the LCFL has been rolling along, weathering dethroning, teams frequently opting for other homes, yet maintaining the integrity of its brand. The league is definitely the most recognized semi professional league for those on the outside of the spectrum, so why run away from it?

The irony in all Of this: teams want to shy away from the history of the LCFL, and its traditions, and start up their own league, but when their season in their, now, new league is over, subsequently, respective team from the outside league wants to be a part of an old form — a Southern California championship, which involves the winner of the LCFL.

Should a team like the Inglewood Blackhawks, whom are recognized on a national level, waste its time on a measly regional championship…especially if it runs the table in the pre, regular, and post season? Something to ponder. Heck, if a team other than the Blackhawks wins the LCFL, what’s the point in focusing on post season games locally? You would have already beaten some of southern California’s best talent (Blackhawks, Steelers, Apaches, Tide, etc.), in what many believe is the best league on the field, business-wise, etc, there wouldn’t be any need to bother — more so to stroke one’s ego.

To play in a Southern California championship or not? That is the question.

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