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AIA should go back to computer schedules and avoid unneeded headaches

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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 4:27 pm

At this point, football scheduling is almost as entertaining as the games themselves.

In the last two-year block, computers created most of the matchups, and coaches couldn’t wait to grouse about it.

Then the freedom games were handed over to the schools, and some programs — notably Mountain Pointe — couldn’t find enough opponents to play.

On Tuesday, the 5A conference representatives convened and changed teams’ schedules to find everyone games — which, of course, had more coaches riled up.

When this process began, I thought the schools should have full autonomy over their freedom games. There would still be the computer-selected section matchups, but after that, the teams could then iron it out and everyone would be happy.

Well, we tried that, and it’s still not working.

So, you know what? Just have the computer do it all.

All the professional sports do computer schedules. Sometimes your NFL team gets a nice draw, sometimes it doesn’t.

People will still whine, but at least this won’t drag on and force extra meetings for time-strapped administrators.

The fact is, there are teams all across the sports landscape who get the short end of the stick: The Blue Jays, Rays and Orioles, for instance, have to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox each year in the A.L. East, an unfortunate byproduct of their geography.

With local football scheduling, the computers won’t be intentionally trying to hurt some teams and help others, so it really is luck of the draw.

This would likely negatively affect East Valley teams because they would have to play their powerhouse brethren more often. Then again, the demographics of the area already give these programs the edge, so why shouldn’t they be playing against similar opponents?

Every time the scheduling system is tweaked, there is a vocal group of objectors because it’s impossible to please such a diverse crowd.

So let’s just realize that and pay it no mind.

Have the computer do the schedules. Let the coaches bellyache. Then play the games.

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