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Sean’s Playoff Neighborhood of Make Believe

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Once again, we are getting toward the end of the season and I really don’t see any real resolution in store for us when we get to the end of the season.

Yeah, I know there are those who’d just looooove to see a true No. 1 champion crowned. Yeah, it would have been nice to see Greenwich 07 take on Ansonia 07. But I’m pragmatic enough to understand, in the end, there’s just no fair and reasonable way to crown a No. 1 team without making a mockery of high school-level sports.

That said, I think everybody knows what I’d like to see for a playoff system. I’ve said it on this space for at least the last year. It goes something like this:

One more week, three state championships.

Six is far, far, faaaaaar too many for a state such as ours. There just isn’t that much of a difference between our football teams to crown six state champions.

SO! What do we do? Well, we combine LL and L, MM and M, SS and S into three (their points are already calculated as such) and then take the top eight from each division and play down.

From now until the end of the season, I will go all Mr. Rogers on y’all, jump on a trolley and send us on a trip into an idyllic, Connecticut playoff neighborhood of make believe I like to call: Bowleyland.

(Hey, it’s my playoff idea. I can name it anything I want. Name your playoff proposal after yourself!)

Without further ado, (ding! ding!) let’s go…


Here’s how the Imaginary playoff brackets were shaping up before Thursday night’s games. Remember. Top eight get in. 8 plays 1. 7 plays 2 …etc.

CLASS L
TEAM (W-L)…………..Opp*…..Pts………….Avg.

1. Glastonbury 8-0……230…..1,030…….128.75
2. Hamden 7-1………..300…..1,000…….125.00
3. Southington 6-1……260…….860……..122.86
4. New Britain 7-1…….240…….940……..117.50
5. Newington 7-1……..230…….930……..116.25
6. Masuk 7-1………….210…….910……..113.75
7. Newtown 7-1……….170…….870……..108.75
T8. Cheshire 6-2……..240……..840……..105.00
T8. Xavier 6-2………….260…….840……..105.00

——Other Contenders—–
10. Ridgefield 6-2……..210…..810………101.25
11. W. Cross 6-2……..210…..790………..98.75
12. Simsbury 6-2……..190…..790………..98.75
13. Windsor 6-2……….180…..780………..97.50
14. Crosby 6-2………..170…..770…………96.25
15. Bunnell 6-2………..130…..720………..90.00
16. Amity 5-3………….170…..670…………83.75

So if the season ended today… No. 8 Cheshire or Xavier at No. 1 Glastonbury; No. 7 Newtown at No. 2 Hamden; No. 6 Masuk at no. 3 Southington; No. 5 Newington at No. 4 New Britain

CLASS M
TEAM…………………..Bon*…Pts…………Avg.

1. New Canaan 8-0…..310….1170……146.25
2. Darien 8-0…………..260….1110……138.75
3. Brookfield 7-0………220……940……134.29
4. Hillhouse 8-0……….250….1060……132.50
5. Cheney Tech 8-0….140……930……116.25
6. St. Paul 7-1………..170……860……107.50
7. Weaver 6-2…………190……830……103.75
T8. Ledyard 6-2……….190…..790………98.75
T8. Avon 6-2…………..190……790……..98.75

—– Other contenders——
6. Bethel 6-2…………140……..750……..93.75
7. Berlin 5-2………….150……..650……..92.86
8. Watertown 6-2……110……..720……..90.00
5. Bristol East 5-3….120……..660……..82.50
6. Platt 5-3…………….50……..580……..72.50
7. Hand 4-4…………..130……..550……..68.75
8. Wilton 4-4…………110……..540……..67.50
9. Wethersfield 4-4…110……..540……..67.50
10. Middletown 4-4…120……..510……..63.75
11. Branford 4-4………90……..490……..61.25

So, if the season ended today… No. 8 Ledyard or Avon at No. 1 New Canaan; No. 7 Weaver at No. 2 Darien; No. 6 St. Paul at No. 3 Brookfield; No. 5 Cheney Tech at No. 4 Hillhouse.

(On a side note, here I don’t mind a tech school team like Cheney Tech getting in because they deserve to get in based on their record and, really, they don’t knock any clearly deserving team out.)

CLASS SS
TEAM W-L…………….Bon*……..Pts…………Avg.

1. Cromwell 8-0………330……..1150……..143.75
2. New London 7-0….240……….990……..141.43
3. Seymour 8-0………230……..1100……..137.50
4. Ansonia 8-0……….230……..1070……..133.75
5. N. Branford 7-0……220………930……..132.86
6. Montville 8-0………190……..1030……..128.75
7. Rocky Hill 7-1…….270……..1010……..126.25
8. Plainfield 6-1………130………770……..110.00

—–Other Contenders—–
6. Wolcott 6-2…………180……..840…….105.00
7. St. Joseph 6-2…….150……..830……..103.75
4. NW Catholic 5-2….170……..710……..101.43
5. Hyde 6-2……………190……..800……..100.00
8. Foran 6-2…………..140……..800……..100.00
9. Ellington 6-2……….150……..770……….96.25
6. Griswold 6-2……….130……..770……….96.25
10. Tolland 5-2……….120……..640………..91.43
11. St. Bernard 5-2…..70……..610………..87.14

SO. If the season ended today… No. 8 Plainfield at No. 1 Cromwell; No. 7 Rocky Hill at No. 2 New London; No. 6 Montville at No. 3 Seymour; No. 5 North Branford at No. 4 Ansonia.

Now… back to the grim reality.

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Sean Patrick Bowley

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23 Responses

  1. johnny ribbs says:

    dammit this really works well. you’ve got my vote.

  2. steve says:

    Excellent idea (again for the ?th year). Too bad it falls on deaf ears…again.

    Couldn’t agree more that six is way, way too many divisions, especially in the S/SS category. This way we might actually get to see some competitive games and have certain teams actually tested on their way to a (potential as opposed to pre-ordained) championship.

    I really do not understand why the CIAC hasn’t given this or similiar structures serious consideration. Start the season a week earlier, do away with one game, whatever…but make the playoffs and subsequent crowns meaningful at all levels again.

  3. cpt crunch says:

    I think its more then fair to crown six state champs. if your going to only allow the top four teams to play for it then its fair because in all other sports the top 75% of teams compete for a state crown . in baseball theres teams with 500 records playing for a state crown. in all other sports teams with bad records make post season play but in football sometimes one or two losses knock you out of post season play. if you drop to 3 classes in football then the top 16 from each should make the states. I want anybody to tell me why only 24 football teams out of 150 or so make post season play but in all other sports 75% of the teams get to play.

  4. SPB says:

    This isn’t all the other sports. It’s football. There are only 10-11 regular season games. One a week. You can pretty much determine who the best teams are in a 10You start including everybody and their grandmothers in watered down playoffs, then what’s the point of playing the regular season? For playoff positioning? Screw that. Keep every football game meaningful.

  5. Rob says:

    I don’t think football should lower its standards to fall in line with other sports.

    A bball team that goes 8-12 does not deserve to make the playoffs.

  6. fb says:

    hahahahaha ansonia hahahahahaha what idiots voting them so high all year….so stupid

  7. hamden football says:

    Because football is a sport for people who believe that life isn’t always fair, you have to earn everything you get and that winning a State Championship should really mean something.

  8. PBL says:

    One thing that bothers me.It’s based on points.Yet there is no strength of schedule.

    What I am trying to say is a team can go 10-0 & not have played anyone good.Yet a team can go 8-2 play a seriously tough schedule, yet with those 2 losses that team is possiblity left out of the playoffs.

    You would have to solve the points.The points you get should be based on strength of schedule.Which would force everyone to play tough games which means playing outside your conference, which means better more meaningful games.

    We all know conference title games are meaningless.Teams should have to play X amount of conference games & X amount of non confrence games, depending upon how many games would be in a seaon.Just makes more sense.Than there will be no excuses for cupcakes getting in the playoffs.

  9. SPB says:

    The points do as good a job as they can judging strength of schedule (giving bonuses for opponent wins). Anything other than bonus points for wins and school size is subjective.

    Just wait and watch how this system shakes out each week. Everybody who deserves to get in, does. Best of all: teams will rarely, rarely get screwed with one loss.

  10. PBL says:

    I really love your playoff idea(Meant to say that in my last post).

    I still like the idea of letting teams in this State play more out of conference games.Split it 60/40 would make the year instresting.

  11. RAY BROWN says:

    FB—–WAS IT AS STUPID AS VOTING BROOKFIELD OR MASUK OR HAND OR BUNNEL OR BERLIN OR BUNNELL OR LA LA LA LA–UPSETS HAPPEN ANSONIA IS STILL THE BEST FOOTBALL PROGRAM IN THE STATE BAR NONE.

  12. Brian says:

    Bye-Bye Ansonia, play one decent team a year and this year couldn’t even win the one.

    As far as bar none Ray, what about Greenwich??

  13. Dave k says:

    Ray Brown
    welcome to reality. Ansonia lost to a better team. The run is over. They will end up a three loss team when seymour and Cromwell beat them.

  14. Cats 1 says:

    Crosby is a good team. I wouldn’t say they are better than Ansonia overall, but they were better on Friday night and that is all that really matters.

    Ansonia starts a new streak on Thursday when they lose 2 in a row, this time to Seymour.

  15. Gman says:

    Lets be fair here!! If Ansonia ran the table then everyone would say the NVL is a lousy league. Now that they lost everyone will say Ansonia is overrated. We can’t have it both ways. My own opinion is that Ansonia is a good team but not a great team. I mentioned before that the SWC would take a hit if Newtown won out and I still feel that way. You can’t lose to an average Shelton team, even if it was the first game, and expect to vie for #1

  16. CP3 says:

    Was that a Cromwell shout out on the CT Post blog?

    Watch out Ansonia

  17. hamden football says:

    Gman: both could be true

  18. RAY BROWN says:

    BEING UNDEFEATED EVERYYEAR AND GETTING UPSET ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS ISNT TOO EMBARRASING—————-WHATS BAD IS WHEN YOUR 7-0 AND YOU LOSE BY FIVE TOUCHDOWNS ——–NEWTOWN NO.1? R U KIDDING

  19. FP Shea says:

    Does any one think Ray literally cried when Ansonia lost?

    Definitly a possibility

  20. SteveSmith12 says:

    “BowleyLand’ makes alot of sense, i like the idea..except for one part, the tech schools..do they belong to be mentioned alongside power schools? take a team like bullard havens, who played a watereddown schedule and made the STATE PLAYOFFS and then got beat pretty badly…hey its no offense to the kids, but there should just be a sperate playoff division for all tech schools…without knowing anything about the cheney tech program, is it fair that theyre in great position to make the ‘M’ playoffs with a 8-0 record, their opponents have 15 wins total! like come on, the tech schools all play each other, they have their own division to begin with to prevent 50-0 losses every week, so why do they get to be involved in the states? they take spots away from other teams who play in strong divisions…

  21. Big HSFB Fan says:

    I think strength of schedule should be factored in. How about 3 or 4 years ago when ND Fflds only loss was by 6 points in opening game and they were shut out of playoffs by teams from smaller (weaker?) leagues.

  22. PBL says:

    Like I said one way to solve this would allow ALL teams to play outside of their conference.

    10 game season should be 6 conference & 4 out of conference games.

    11 game season either 7 in & 4 out or better yet 6 in & 5 out.

    Points than should could be based not only on conference games but how tuff your out of conference schedule games are.Not only class size but how that team ranks strength wise.

    Than there is no excuses if one or two certain conferences are weak.Your team has to play better schools at least a couple games in a season no matter what.

    You could of had games like Ansoina/Greenwich for sure.Seeing both would never face off in the playoffs becasue of class size do it during the regular season for points towards states.

    Certain teams like we see this year could not get away with cupcake schedules to sneak into the playoffs.

  23. k.p. says:

    ansonia is still #1

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