- Grove City, Pennsylvania

November 1, 2012

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Complaining about District 10 decisions is fruitless effort

By Corey J. Corbin
Allied News Sports Columnist

OPINION — THEY SAY THE definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

With that being said, all of us high school sports fan in Northwestern Pennsylvania are insane.

Here’s why.

Several times a year, we eagerly anticipate the release of brackets for a District 10 sponsored tournament that they don’t give criteria on how to qualify other than be a league champion – which is something coaches complain about districtwide.

The coaches have a valid point, because each year, they’re not exactly sure what to tell their players on how they’ll qualify for the playoffs.

Then every year, the district releases the brackets and we all whine and moan about this team or that team being left out in favor of another team.

We want a play-in game to determine who should qualify, but when a play-in game is built into the playoff schedule, we complain about having to play in a play-in game.

Or we complain about this team or that team playing in their own backyard (ie. General McLane playing at Edinboro University all the time). Yet, don’t complain when our school plays within a few minute drive of our school (like Valley schools playing at Hickory, Sharon or Farrell or Grove City heading down to SRU).

It’s a vicious cycle. I’m sure there are people out there right now that’re upset with the football pairings that were released last weekend just like some will get irate over the basketball and baseball brackets.

We can whine and moan ’til we’re blue in the face about all the ‘stupid’ things the district does when making decisions about the postseason, but it’ll never change.

While it’s admirable to make a stand against a perceived injustice, I just don’t understand what the Kennedy Catholic soccer coaches were trying to accomplish by resigning in the wake of the District 10 soccer committee altering their original boys soccer brackets, forcing the Golden Eagles into a play-in game with Fairview rather than have Kennedy play Mercyhurst Prep as originally announced.

Nothing will change by you three resigning over the screwed up decision the district made other than Kennedy will have a new coaching staff next fall.

It’s not like you quitting your job will to cost the guilty D-10 administrators any sleep.

 I bet those same D-10 committee members went about their day without a care in the world after learning of the resignation.

By now, we should know District 10 officials are not going to change how they do things.

There has been little to no change in the mind baffling decisions they made 10 years ago as the ones they’ll make in February when we’re awaiting the basketball pairings.

Expecting them to change after years upon years of making the same dumb decisions is the very definition of insanity.

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