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April 28, 2008 at 10:11 AM

What’s your take on consolation games?

With the news Friday that the Class 3A girls and boys basktball tournaments are heading back to Tacoma, primarily because of budget considerations, I am interested in your thoughts about the need for consolation games at state.

I am not necessarily a fan of the “one-and-done,” single-elimination format for basketball. For teams coming from Eastern Washington, it’s a long, expensive trip for that (although Eastern Washington teams traditionally fare well). But what about a two-game guarantee? Teams that lose in the first round would get one consolation game the following day, then that’s it.

It seems most coaches favor the current format. But, I have to tell you, I have sat through countless consolation games with only a handful of fans in the stands. Sometimes, even the cheerleaders don’t show. If schools are not going to support their teams in the loser’s bracket, maybe some of those games should be eliminated.

Many other sports, like soccer and baseball, for instance, feature single-elimination state brackets once they reach the round of 16 — other than games to decide third and fourth places after the semifinals.

What’s your take on consolation games, especially in basketball?

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