Quit trafficking in suspense


It’s postseason time and, no, this isn’t going to be a piece about seeding football sectionals.

I’ll save that for another column.

No, this is about the process in which we all learn about where our favorite teams start their postseason journeys.

During Sunday’s selection show, I ran across a tweet from Dave Campbell, the sports editor at the Madison Courier.

I only know Dave through social media, never actually met him, but I can tell we’d be fast friends after his tweet about the IHSAA’s sectional pairings show. 

"Hot take: I’d rather the IHSAA just announce the pairings at one time," he said. "I don’t need a whole production."

I couldn’t agree more.

I’ve been involved with high school football in Indiana for some time either as a player, coach and now preps sports reporter/editor. Not that long ago, the only way you could find out who your sectional opponent was was from your coach on Monday. 

Now, it’s evolved into what it is currently. 

Don’t get me wrong, I kind of like the whole show, but it doesn’t need to block out two hours of a football Sunday.

I don’t need to hear from the various IHSAA commissioners giving me the same sound bites they give at each of these shows year after year. 

Just give me the brackets and let’s move on with our lives.

And I get it, the IHSAA has sponsors they need to please and ads they need to run every 10 minutes or what have you, but two breaks for each class is a little ridiculous. I also get the production isn’t geared towards me; it’s for the players and fans, but they’ve got lives they’d like to get back to as well. 

Here’s what I’d do:

Give two classes worth of brackets, take a commercial break and then rinse and repeat until it’s over.

Once all of the teams are slotted nicely into their sectionals, take the remaining time to have the pundits break down each matchup or interesting pairing. 

Again, maybe I’m just being a tad too whiny, but I feel like it’s a disservice to the kids and coaches — especially in the higher classes — to have to wait while whoever is running the show expounds on a particular draw.

Save that for the end.

Make the production more like how CBS used to unveil the brackets for March Madness. 

Give me the goods and then break it down.

Although whether or not Charles Barkley knows anything about college hoops remains to be seen, but that’s another topic for another time.

Again, I think the pairings shows are great and I’m glad the IHSAA takes the times to do them for all sports.

It wasn’t too long ago that only football and basketball teams got the production and it’s nice for the rest of the sports to be treated the same.

But the process needs speeding up. 

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