Flag football teams from across North America competed in Gay Bowl XIX last weekend in New York City, and some familiar faces took home the big trophies.
The Washington Generals won their second consecutive Gay Bowl title, beating the Los Angeles Starz, 32-27, in the final.
It’s the fourth Gay Bowl title for a team from Washington, D.C. Interestingly, of the 18 Gay Bowls that have named a champion, 17 of them have been won by just four cities: Los Angeles (4), New York (4), San Diego (5) and Washington D.C. (4).
The women’s side has been totally dominated by just one city: Denver. The Mile High City has won all eight women’s division championships since its inception in 2012. This time Denver Mile High Club Blue beat the San Diego Breakers, 26-0, in the championship game.
In other divisions, the Atlanta Kings beat the DC Commanders, 27-24, in the B-Division championship game. The DC Delta Force beat the Utah Fire, 13-6, to win the C Division championship.
That means that a team from Washington, D.C., was in the title game of all three open divisions.
Also taking home some hardware from DC was Brett Siefers, a Washington-area official who was awarded the Golden Whistle Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and officiating. Siefers has been officiating the Gay Bowl since 2014 and also works high school football games.
“Brett is one of the most level-headed officials I’ve ever seen,” said Lance Burage, director of officials for the National Gay Flag Football League. “And he always goes out there to whatever game he is assigned and refs it like it is the Super Bowl.”
Three NGFFL members were inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame: Darrel Bayani of San Francisco, Tyler Foerster of San Diego and Chicago, and Jodie Turner of Denver.
Congratulations to all of the champions and award-winners, to New York for hosting a successful tournament, and to everyone who competed and volunteered.