sammy swordsman wrote:.I do admit that I enjoy following the elite "club teams vs their national schedules, and find those game compelling.
A forthright statement that may well apply to the majority of fans who enjoy high school football. To me, many of the positions taken in these types of debate; i.e. change vs progress, quit moralizing, you're greedy or narcissistic, most people agree with me etc., create more heat than light.
If ya like that home town feel, go to watch Yorba Linda HS play anybody, the whole community is there. Same with any number of other high schools in, or out of , the area. On the other hand attending any of the rivalry games in the Trinity league is pretty special as well, big passionate crowds locked in by decades of hard fought contests. Frequently the kids on the field represent a generation or two of families attending the same school.
But if you're the kind of person that just can't watch open division football without being angered by how the teams have been assembled, well...don't watch. On Friday nights organize coffee klatches or some other social gathering and reminisce about what has been lost in high school sports. Group think is soothing, but not for everyone...