As Washington Valor players rejoiced around the Arena Football League’s Foster Trophy on the field at Royal Farms Arena on Saturday night, the owner of the team, Ted Leonsis, was grinning — even while his other team, the Baltimore Brigade, walked back to its locker room empty-handed.
“Both [Baltimore and Washington] had a great summer, a great year, but there’s something magical about the run the Valor went on,” Leonsis said.
A team that went 2-10 in the regular season and ended up becoming champions would be impossible in the NFL. A four-team format in the AFL, however, means it’s open season until the very end.
Spurred by a midseason coaching change, the Valor...