Nice post. Yes, that's the way it should be. And I sincerely believe your last sentiment.watchersince68 wrote:I was driving to last weeks game going west on Civic Center Dr with the family all in red. I saw two nice looking young men in Servite shirts walking, presumably going to watch our game against IMG. I pointed at them and they saw me and made eye contact. I rolled down the window and said "I thought you guys didn't have a football team anymore?" They promptly yelled back in good fun "just wait til next week". And that's the way it should be.
And as humble as I can be I do not believe Servite will score on the first string defense.
I WANT to see Servite better.
I know this will inflame the Monarch partisans, but this is a little like Barry Bonds of the early 2000's saying he wishes his competition was better. St. John Bosco went Sosa/McGwire in 2013 and Mater Dei, tired of losing the spotlight, decided to one up them. And I know you sincerely think we're just jealous and bitter, but I can tell you from a real stakeholder's perspective--and let's remember that these are first and foremost places of Catholic and academic formation--that we just aren't. We know who we are and we are not going to play that game. Of course we want to be as competitive as possible, and we are moving in that direction....but we will not try to keep up with the Joneses. Are there some alumni who wish we would try to match what Mater Dei is doing? Sure, but I believe those are outliers.
As long as Mater Dei persists in fielding all-star teams made up of 4-star transfers, you will continue to beat us--and perhaps badly. But that doesn't define us. 90% of the schools in Orange County would love to have our team. Just because a couple of teams have decided that anything less than a CIF and State title is unacceptable will not dictate our direction.
Look, even the best squads in recent Servite history--the 2010 CIF champs, the 2014 team that was pre-season ranked in the top 5 nationally--would stand little chance against the current Mater Dei team. That's just ridiculous.
So we look forward to better days in 2019 and going forward. Best of luck tonight. No injuries and good sportsmanship all around.