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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Same old, same old

We're at the state semifinal round of the high school football playoffs, and congrats to Brother Rice, Catholic Central, St. Mary's, Country Day and Lake Orion for representing the county well and being on the doorstep of Ford Field. But looking at the remaining teams, Kosmo can't help but see that one problem with high school football is magnified. Usually in other sports, there are different teams in the final stages of the state tournament each year. Look at how Lake Orion and Macomb L'Anse Creuse North were in the basketball quarterfinals last year. Also, look at the fact no team has ever repeated as Class A or Division 1 baseball state champion. In football though, it seems to be the same teams year after year, which might seem pretty boring to a lot of casual high school sports fans. Kosmo can't blame those people for wanting to fall asleep while following this weekend's action. Mind you, Lake Orion has only recently started to make regular trips to the semifinals (third time sinc 2008) while Country Day doesn't get there every year, so their runs are at least somewhat compelling. The same can't be said for Brother Rice, St. Mary's and Catholic Central. All three made the state finals last year and all have combined for about a million appearances in the state final in their histories. Of course, Kosmo knows that's a testament to their programs and realizes that what else are those teams supposed to do? Lose? Absolutely not and each team is different year in, year out. But speaking from a casual fan's perspective, it just tends to get stale and boring. After all, the state semifinalists in Division 1 are the past four state champions. It would be nice to see some new compelling teams and stories emerge every once in a while, but again, it just seems less frequent in football than other sports.


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