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Give them all a trophy and call it good. There are too many classes in all the sports. This plan will solve the issue.
Play outoors in November we did back in 75.
Um, what about Xcel Energy Center? The boys basketball tournament was held at the St. Paul Civic Center for years, while the girls tourney was at Met Center I believe. Maybe the X could play host to at least one of the basketball tourneys, in addition to the hockey tourney and of course Wild games.
WI holds their football championship the week before Thanksgiving outdoors, so why is this a problem?
[Merkle outlined one jarring option: playing quarterfinal games at metro-area college gymnasiums rather than at Williams Arena and Target Center.
"Trying to keep our current format is our first option," Merkle said. "The question is whether or not that's even going to be viable. And how far do you go manipulating everything to keep the current format? If we have games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and they are all over at different sites, at what point do you lose the tournament feel?"]
The only people who care about a "tournament feel" are grownups. Kids want to play in playoff games. Given the option of reducing rounds or losing that "tournament feel," i suspect nearly every athlete would chose to maintain the same number of rounds.
And while we're at it, these events need to be played in venues that more closely match the attendance they are drawing. HS basketball really doesn't draw well enough to be in an NBA arena. I think local college venues or the Sports Pavilion at the U wolld do just fine and make for more energy in a venue with a higher pct. of seats filled.
Back in my day, only the worthy teams made the playoffs - if a school didn't take a sport seriously, they didn't deserve a spot in the postseason. Not every kid got a ribbon either, and the kids who misbehaved got sent to reform school at Red Wing or St. Cloud. There weren't any latch-key kids, and we paid for our own lunches. Can't they play some games at Parade Stadium?
Uh, pepople, the buildings have to bid on the tourneys. And the X still has problems like the target center as they will b hosting(in alternate years) the Big 10 hockey finals. So once again the Big 10 going for the money grab in hockey causes unintended consequences
What a bunch of softies we have become...
Nothing wrong with playing the Prep Bowl outdoors.
I think it would also help boost the Gopher football program by bringing the Prep Bowl games to the University.
Play at St Thomas. More than enough seats there.
I agree with the short interview on the trap league. If anything, we need to be promoting MORE gun training and gun safety. Just because we are saying the word "gun" in a school sponsored activity does not make it dangerous or unsafe. This would be like not teaching our kids how to swim because there was a drowning.
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