Flag Football AFI: Modi’in Thundermuffins No. 1 Seed in Top-32 Playoffs

Mevasseret misses cut for first time in seven years.

Action from this past week’s AFI flag football.
Action from this past week’s AFI flag football. Seth Herman

The AFI Men’s Flag Football League wrapped up its regular season this past week, and the top-32 is set. Overall, there were a few surprises — Mevasseret was left out of the top-32 for the first time in seven years, Mercaz lost a tiebreak for the final spot, and Bais also missed the cut. 

But most of the top-32 is filled with familiar faces. Defending champion Briut Modi’in Thundermuffins lead the way as the top seed, while dangerous Imrei Cobras — who beat the Thundermuffins by a whopping 35 points in last year’s round-robin stage — is seeded third. The team with the most titles in AFI history — Big Blue — is ranked fourth, and veteran Mishaan Levits Plumbing is seeded ninth. Perennial power Derech Etz Chaim rounds out the top-10. 

Last week’s action featured several games with playoff implications, which turned out to be virtual playoff games. MMJ needed to win two games to get into the top-32, and they rose to the occasion and picked up the necessary points against Mash-ters. Purple Reign, on the other hand, needed to win to advance, but dropped a pair of close games to Philip L. Stein & Associates and fell out of contention. Clippers beat OJ twice to sneak into the top-32, while Joey’s Boys and The Merger both dropped two games, to DEC and Big Blue, respectively, but still earned their way into the playoffs on the strength of their previous accomplishments.

Extended streaks

Week 7 in the Women’s AFI Flag Football League saw Mishaan Plumbers and Metro Yachad pad their undefeated records with big victories over Ziontours and Yachad Midmo, respectively. Both teams are undefeated, and both are hoping to translate regular season success into playoff triumphs. Other big winners this week included Michdonalds and Paige’s Lakers, but aside from that, the games were considerably closer. Three games were decided by two points each: Lindenbombers edged Coney Island Warriors, Kosher Casual beat Sharfman’s Flatter Football, and Midknights defeated New York Bake Shop. And in one other game this week, Jays defeated Crossroads by a 32-18 margin.