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Sep 19, 05, 10:00 PM #91Originally Posted by buzzy
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Sep 19, 05, 10:04 PM #92Originally Posted by BigStud
Sep 19, 05, 10:06 PM #93Originally Posted by ladiesbballcoach
Sep 19, 05, 10:15 PM #94Originally Posted by ColonelCrazy
Sep 19, 05, 10:18 PM #95Originally Posted by BigStud
Sep 19, 05, 10:19 PM #96
Originally Posted by ColonelCrazy
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I guess the smaller arena with a loud crowd does make it electric. However, you can't tell me its more electric than any of the Sweet 16 games especially Friday and Saturday.
Sep 19, 05, 10:23 PM #97Originally Posted by ColonelCrazy
Sep 19, 05, 10:24 PM #98Originally Posted by cshs81
Sep 19, 05, 10:25 PM #99Originally Posted by cshs81
But there are games I've watched at EKU that would go down as some of the best HS games i've ever watched.
Is it as good as the Sweet 16 no, but is is special and mean alot to ALL A schools absolutley.
Sep 19, 05, 10:27 PM #100Originally Posted by BigStud
I've been to more All A State tournaments than Sweet 16's, honestly. Nothing in high school sports compares to the Sweet 16, at least not in Kentucky.
Like I said, the All A is a great thing for small schools, and as theguru mentioned, it has kept some of the schools off of the KHSAA's back...
Sep 19, 05, 10:29 PM #101Originally Posted by BigStud
I'm sure that the All A means a lot to small schools...as it should. But I don't think that it should mean more than a regional title, and I'd imagine that many teams use the All A as a type of preparation for the Big show in March.
Sep 19, 05, 10:30 PM #102Originally Posted by ColonelCrazy
I have experienced many sweet 16 and you all are looking way to far into my post. I have never taken anything away from the sweet 16, I just took it to heart when people were trying to make the ALL A out to be a joke. Usually the winner of the ALL A has a legit shot at the Sweet 16.
Sep 19, 05, 10:32 PM #103Originally Posted by theguru
Thats what bothered me, becuase an ALL A state title means alot to these schools and they take it serisouly. No reason to discredit the title. I don't discredit Class A football teams for not beating the top big schools.
Sep 19, 05, 10:34 PM #104Originally Posted by ColonelCrazy
Sep 19, 05, 10:36 PM #105
I've had the good fortune to be on the floor at Freedom Hall, many years ago as a player, and more recently on the floor of McBrayer Arena at EKU for the All A State Championship, and in Rupp Arena for the Sweet 16.
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In all fairness, there's nothing I've experienced that approaches the atmosphere of Rupp Arena for a high school state tourney. It is one of the finest venues in the nation.
Even so, the All A at McBrayer Arena approaches the atmosphere and excitement of the Sweet 16 at Freedom Hall years ago.
I accept that it is not a "sanctioned" state tournament per se, but it is as big as it gets for many small schools, both public and private. It is taking on an excitement all its own.
IMO, the KHSAA stands to lose a great deal of revenue, and the monopoly they currently have in high school sports if they choose to separate public and private schools. If they were to do this, there would be very little to prevent the private schools from forming their own governing body totally independent of the KHSAA. Thus, all membership fees, broadcast rights, equipment contracts, tournament revenues, etc. from private schools would remain with private schools.
Even with all the pressure and desperation from the public schools, I can't imagine how the KHSAA would ever be so short sighted.