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Your article regarding the difficulty that St. Joe's and other large Catholic schools have in scheduling football games should have included some lessons on "reading between the lines," and comparisons with other sports.

First off, let's be honest. There is a struggle between Section VI and the Msgr. Martin Association over where the Catholic school student/athletes come from, and over participation in the Sectional playoffs. The public schools have proceed to follow unwritten "guidelines" when it comes to scheduling football games -- don't do it. If the public schools want to be the best then they should schedule the best team possible. The claim is that their schedules are already full, but that can be remedied. It seems the public schools (and maybe their school boards) are trying to penalize the Catholic schools, or they fear a loss might prevent them from going to the Sectionals.

The second issue is a comparison with other sports and their schedules. It seems that in basketball, hockey, and baseball the public schools have no problem scheduling the Catholic schools. I realize that football has a smaller limit, but if they can be open to schedule basketball games then why not football games

One additional factor is the Buffalo News weekly football poll. It is not possible to compare teams unless they play each other or have common opponents. The News likes the poll because it sparks controversy over who's No. 1. I suggest that the News issue the poll twice a year; midway through the season and after all the games have been completed.

Until there is true competition the poll will only spark useless arguments like last year's "battle" between Clarence and St. Joe's.


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