The evils of RPI

Thursday night should have been a proud night for a few area Seniors just like Friday November 4th. However, it was not but rather disturbing to see an 8-2 Doherty team call it a season.

Yes based on the new system to dictate teams in the post season an 8 game winner will be left watching teams with an inferior team record of (3-7) in Bear Creek and Fountain-Fort Carson (Fountain, CO) that Doherty beat 34-13 with a 3-7 record enter the final 16.

In 4A there was a lot of chatter over the past three days about RPI but none bigger than a blunder in the bracket released Sunday.

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-12-42-35-pmThe updated bracket was finally released. However the RPI was down for hours. Loveland lost out to Vista Ridge.screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-1-32-28-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-06-at-1-36-49-pm

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-1-41-32-pmIts a numbers game now. No longer about wins and losses. So math teachers might be the only ones happy that football players are forced to learn algorithms. The saddest news was the bracket announcement that was later retracted and forced Loveland out and put Vista Ridge into the playoffs. Something that may have been avoided had the data been shared for all to check. No one will really know if the data across the board is correct. However, we know the system needs to be adjusted.

Those wishing to write the organization in charge here is the address:
Colorado High School Activities Association
14855 E. 2nd Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011
Phone: (303) 344-5050
Remember Basketball is the next sport that may be affected so your comments should be concise and direct. Remind them this is about kids and the process in place is faulty.

Loveland was (9-1) Loss was 14-0 to Broomfield the 4A Longs Peak conference champion.

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-2-30-59-pmYears ago the president of our multi-million dollar company always said, remember to always KISS your audience! (Keep it Simple Stupid) He also stated Never make a promise you can not deliver on and if you make an error admit it and take responsibility for your actions. Alway improve your system and do not let your baggage be a stumbling block. So only a few teams will remember the 2016 season as the year of the blunder. Now it is time to construct a well thought out letter to the authorities to correct RPI so future teams, athletes, coaches and parents will not experience an abrupt end to a season that had so much potential.

 In 1A Rocky Ford (6-3-0) RPI 25 beat RPI 16 Ellicott  42-26 and missed the cut. In 2A teams that missed out were Bishop Machebeuf (7-2-0) RPI 19 and Eaton (6-3-0) RPI 17. In 3A Thomas Jefferson RPI 20 and an (8-2-0) record. Loveland in 4A well documented and 5A it was 8-2 Doherty and 7-3 Fossil Ridge.