As another football season approaches, Kosmo is reminded that more re-alignment is in store for the OAA following this season with the Bloomfield Hills schools about to merge.
Given that, Kosmo has some ideas of what should happen.
Of course, none of what Kosmo says actually will happen. There's not a chance on this Earth.
There are too many coaches, principals and other administrators that would voice displeasure.
To be truthful, the guy who has aligned the OAA the past few years, Troy district AD Mike Jolly, does a terrific job.
Kosmo doesn't know how he does it with all the conflicting voices from all the schools wanting what's best for them and best for them only.
But unlike Jolly, Kosmo doesn't have to listen to any voices because this is all his opinion and no other ones matter.
This is how the OAA SHOULD be aligned next year, too bad if some get upset.
By the way, Kosmo finds it ironic that some administrators and coaches preach about work ethic and never to quit, yet they wave the white flag regarding playing great teams.
What ever happened to getting better through playing better competition? What is the message being sent to these kids?
Anyway, Kosmo digresses.
First of all, the Divisions should be based on what the best teams are, just like it is in basketball. You don't see weaker teams in the OAA Red because they are close in geography (which does make sense for baseball/softball with the 4 p.m. start times) or because of school size.
It's traditionally the best teams like Clarkston, the Southfield schools, Pontiac, etc.
The same should apply for football.
Here are Kosmo's Division alignments.
Red - Clarkston, Lake Orion, Farmington Hills Harrison, Rochester Adams, Southfield, Troy, Troy Athens, Rochester.
Yes, Kosmo knows Troy, Athens and Rochester would hate this, but each are larger schools with ability to get better and ultimately stand up to the other powers. How great would this league be week in and week out with all the great matchups?
White - Farmington, Oxford, Stoney Creek, West Bloomfield, Birmingham Seaholm, Birmingham Groves, Bloomfield Hills (combined), Southfield-Lathrup.
Blue - Auburn Hills Avondale, Pontiac, Berkley, Hazel Park, Ferndale, North Farmington, Royal Oak, Oak Park
There you have it. Hate on Kosmo all you want. He doesn't care. This is what would be best for the league as a whole and a community that deserves the best high school football. Too bad it won't happen, but a seer can dream.