Credo ut intelligam wrote:Exactly. Many were saying last year that 2017 was the year to beat Bosco; with all their returners they were going to be the team to beat in 2018. Perhaps the quick addition of Bryce Young and Dollars and Criddell made some forget just how big it was going to be to lose Daniels, Brown, and St. Brown. The revenge factor for Bosco was likely exacerbated by Mater Dei's jawing with and scheduling of IMG, as if the Trinity League was a forgone conclusion and the Monarchs simply wanted to burnish their impending National Championship bona fides.
It's easy for me to say, since Servite is nowhere near the conversation (softball for Omar), nor do we want to be, but for the sake of sanity I hope Mater Dei and St. John Bosco will cease this unhealthy obsession with "winning the Natty", which at the high school level is mythical at best. From California to Texas and Florida, and throwing in Georgia and the Mid-Atlantic region, there's arguably a dozen teams in any given year that could call themselves the best, so what's the point, since it can never be settled on the field? Let IMG be the Oak Hill Academy of HSFB. Who cares about them? The focus should be on competing and winning League, and occasionally winning CIF. Even the "getting to State" or bust mentality has warped the perspective. The lopsided scores in and out of league, the giddiness over "running clocks", the fact that only one matchup per year has any meaning, has sucked the excitement out of what should be a compelling Trinity League season. And now the contagion has spread to JSerra, which was established in the first place to be a faithfully "Catholic" school (that lasted about ten years). Stop the arms race and the status-seeking as a "national program" or a "destination school." It's absurd and can only be sustained by continually bringing in 4-star transfers from other schools, which will ultimately boomerang with compromised standards, increased resentment from the rest of SoCal HSFB, and, ultimately, CIF action.
This will likely fall on deaf ears, as the intoxication of success is just that, but still my two cents.
Well put Credo. But yes, I don't see any change in the status quo other than maybe a couple more teams joining SJB and MD's game plan, resulting in a couple more interesting match ups during the year. It's just the way it is, unless the template for these two programs doesn't yield the popularity and $$ anticipated when the plan was set in motion.