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Goofy grid proposal

May 13, 2011
By Dennis Grall - Sports Editor ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Several Upper Peninsula schools have played Wisconsin high school football teams over the years, with Escanaba among those getting much of that action.

In two years that option may not be available if a proposal is approved by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, and it would really leave Esky in a serious scheduling position.

A proposal that would go into effect for 2013 provides an opportunity for every Wisconsin high school to qualify for the postseason tournament. It would limit the regular season to seven games, all against state conference opponents.

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A committee discussing the proposal will meet Thursday.

It is hard to believe anyone would believe such an assinine plan would even be discussed, let alone be approved. Postseason playoffs should be a plum, a reward, a goal for all teams to strive for but only for the worthy to attain. In other words, make the playoffs mean something and make the state championship game something only the best teams can reach.

Do we really want to see mediocrity be awarded in such easy fashion? That is not the way most of us were raised. We were all taught and trained to give our best at whatever we do, at play or at work.

In sports, if you give all you've got but are still unable to win, that doesn't mean you lose. It means someone was better, or maybe luckier, that day and deserves to win the game, the trophy, the championship.

There is nothing wrong with giving everything you've got and still falling short. This ridiculous proposal simply allows everyone to retain a title shot beyond the stage of proving in the preliminary games they weren't good enough to be the top gun.

And just think of some of the fantastic games in the early rounds, with 7-0 teams facing 0-7 teams. That outcome would be decided even before the kickoff.

* Two football coaches with ties to Northern Michigan University are returning to the sidelines.

Jerry Glanville, a former NFL head coach, has been named head coach of the United Football League's Hartford, Conn. Colonials. Marty Schottenheimer, another former NFL honcho, is head coach of the league's team in Virginia Beach.

Former NMU head coach Doug Sams is the new offensive coordinator at Edinboro, Pa. University.



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