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Cheap Seats Daily: Women’s Football Rocked By First Rankings Brouhaha! DC Divas Screwed by Computer!

The BCS's got nothing on women's football. Look what happened to the DC Divas.

The Divas kept their season going with a 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Passion in the first round of the IWFL playoffs on Saturday at the PG Sports and Learning Complex. The Divas went into the game as the top-ranked team in the IWFL, after having assumed they'd secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs with an 8-0 regular season.

But despite the victory, the undefeated Divas will have to play the conference championship game on the road. The Divas knew they'd have to play the conference championship away from their usual home field, since the PG complex was already booked with junior olympics events on July 11, the date mandated by the league.

But they thought their travels would be short. After the win over Pittsburgh, Divas management had announced its matchup with the Militia would be held at the Broadneck High School stadium in Annapolis, and started selling tickets for the game.

But then the Divas learned that the Massey Ratings, the computer ranking system used by the IWFA to determine seeding, had suddenly foisted the Militia to the top spot in the league.

Apparently the New Englanders' 34-14 win over the Dallas Diamonds in their first round game wowed the digital judges a lot more than the Divas' 10-point victory.

"We found out early Sunday morning when the league recalculated the standings that we'd be going to Boston," says Divas owner Paul Hamlin. "That's tough to take, and we're quite frustrated, but we knew that this year the league could be re-seeding the teams in the middle of the playoffs."

So the Divas will now board a bus late next week and head to Somerville, MA., home of the Militia's Dilboy Stadium. Kickoff is 6 pm.

According to Massey's computers, the home field advantage is worth 3.2 points.

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