Saturday morning quarterback sans football
Revised on: 12.2.2018 at 06:48 p.m.
Posted on: 11.30.2018 at 11:51 p.m.
By Franklin Davis
Well without high school football being played locally anyway. The colleges play what almost could be considered playoff play-in games this weekend. I say almost because winning doesn’t guarantee you are in and losing doesn’t mean you are out.
- I will say that win or lose today (Saturday), Alabama and Clemson along with Notre Dame should be in College Football Playoff. If the goal is to put the best four teams in or even if the goal is to put the most deserving teams in. The Tide and Tigers have been dominant all year. Other sports have playoff formats that reward teams who get hot at the right time and win multiple tournament games. some sports even have a best of three to better identify the champion. Tell me, how many Final Fours have truly had the BEST four teams from the season as participants? Only ONCE since 1985 (2008; UNC, Kansas, UCLA ,Memphis) have the four #1 seeds reached the Final Four. With only 12-13 games football has and does look at the full body of work. And this is necessary because it would be virtually impossible to have a 16-team playoff (or even 6 or 8-team) without major changes to the regular season that would do a disservice to the non-playoff teams.
- Once the local teams are gone (Columbus County or on a broader scope 3 Rivers Conference teams) how much do local high school football fans care about the remainder of the playoffs? I always look to see how a team that eliminated a local team does. Is that teeth grinding I’m hearing from the southern end of the county after SW Onslow topped Wallace Rose Hill 29-20? Surely most SC Stallions fans believe turnovers kept them from advancing and possibly defeating WRH in the third round at home.
- Some local squads have hit the hardwood. Too early to tell how competitive our schools will be. For certain it is impossible to take any measure of possible success from games against Thomas Academy. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO ISSUES WITH THOMAS ACADEMY! My question is other than a couple of non-conference wins, what exactly do the public high schools get out of these contests? 40-60 point blowouts are the rule, not the exception. However, maybe Thomas Academy and Paul Brown Academy know what they are in for and choose to agree to these games anyway. Personally, I don’t believe NCHSAA members should be allowed to play non-members with the exception of out-of-state schools who are members of their state organization that rules over public schools. Different eligibility rules are one reason.
- Mark May 2019 on your calendar. That is when the NCHSAA will review the decision to allocate schools in classifications by the most recent 20-30-30-20 split or make a change. A move back to equal numbers in each class could affect Whiteville, Fairmont, East Bladen and West Bladen’s classification., possibly back to 1A. If St. Pauls holds steady at 1,027 students, the Bulldogs could be heading towards Fayetteville and a 3A league in the 2021-2022 season. Average Daily Membership numbers form May 2020 will be utilized for realignment.
- Shake up a bottle of carbonated drink and remove the top. See how hard it is to get the cap back on? Sometimes the simplest action or word can cause that to happen when you don’t expect it. Think about it and choose your words carefully. Even then, you still might not be able to get the genie back in the bottle.