All what I am saying is that in the end, NO MATTER HOW the playoff draw is done, the best teams win the vast majority of the time. And when they don't, it's the same as if the most objective and thoughtful seeding ever had been done. In other words, it just doesn't make any difference because upsets happen in sports no matter where the events take place. The best teams win whether games are played on the road, at home, in the best venue, or in a telephone booth. What "higher seed" lost to whom in the earlier rounds is moot. No one cares about any team but the championship winner in the end. And there will only be four in Md high school basketball. Nearly all others will be quickly forgotten, another cruel aspect of sports.
Seeding is a scheme stolen from tennis to help insure that matches people really want to see are not thwarted in the early rounds leaving little or no interest in later rounds of the better playing the not so better. That's not the issue in Maryland high school basketball. So if last season's scheme was done to save travel / tournament cost then that to me soundly trumps say Manchester Valley traveling four/five hours to play AlCo due to season play records, especially when they probably had no common opponents to truly draw seeding and it was all about Ws and L's.
You think only in terms of the confines of Baltimore City and not the broader issue of the state and state of high school sports. You just may be right, Edmondson won it all and may not have been the best 1A. But they probably beat the better 1A team for the title, AlCo - an outback western MD team second only to Dunbar I believe in state basketball titles, and on a neutral floor. Go figure! But your Baltimore confine thinking would probably say Lake Clifton, New Town or Joppa were the better 1A teams over Edmondson and thus those teams were handcuffed by the playoff scheme, right!
With respect to my NCAA basketball tourney comment, those teams were "seeded" and they pretty much played all the tourney games in pre-planned venues and not in the home and opponent's venue by seeding as you prefer and think is so fair. I don't think it's at all fair and sporting for some undefeated power to play some .500 team in the power's venue and then get to repeat it as a #1 seed until the final title game. There's nothing sporting and fair about that in a single game elimination tourney in my opinion. That's a stacked deck to me.
Edited by DayWalker, 13 April 2014 - 09:10 AM.