Posted by Tony Mustam, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm
The SCVAL de Anza all-star team has 5 Quarterbacks getting "First Team" or better (MVP and Outstanding)!!. In total, there have to be more than 60 names getting "First team" or better. Do football teams still use 11 players on each side, with a few specialists (K, punter, returners, utility). Selecting all-stars usually requires tough choices. Here, there were no choices. Might be easier to list who didn't get awards in the SCVAL de Anza division. Go SHP!
Posted by PALY Guy, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Dec 5, 2012 at 9:42 am
You know how many SHP players would be 2nd string in the DEANZA....too many to list. While the DAL list may have many names, this league is the strongest in CCS besides WCAL. Enjoy you DIV title but keep your opinions in the weak PAL league!
Posted by Tony Mustam, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Dec 5, 2012 at 11:01 am
Hey PALY guy,
I was trying to be diplomatic...there are actually more than 75 players named "First Team" or better; 5 QBs, 12 DLinemen; 12 LBs..the list goes on. I don't know how many SHP players would be Second team in the DAL - my guess is that all DAL players, other than the almost 80 named "First Team" or better, are on the "Second team" It's not about stronger/weaker, it's about integrity. Don't make the all-star process a joke (13 OLinemen! - ribbons for everyone). The PAL-Bay has only 28 different players named First Team or better - seems a bit closer to reality.
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Dec 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm
I read Tony's comments as he intended.
The old-school standard for all-league honors was that you had 11 individuals named to the offense first team, 11 to defense and then a small group for special teams. Then you repeated the process for second team. Honorable mention was then just a catch all list.
However, my impression is that the SCVAL has moved away from that model and places both 1st and 2nd team on the 1st team - they don't have a 2nd team any longer.
Posted by Willie, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Dec 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm
Things have changed over the years. Use to be there were 8 leagues. Winner of each league went to CCS playoffs. Everybody else went home. Now they have 40 teams make the playoffs. Teams with losing records make playoffs. It's about making money these days.
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Dec 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm
@ Willie: I disagree with your end-game statement.
The playoffs cost money - they do not make a profit on it at all, it is a net money loser until the CIF pays the cost differential - which comes from membership fees.
I agree that sub .500 records should not be in the playoffs.
The reason for the multiple divisions is so that you can have a competitive playoff system and where school size is evenly matched. Further, now there is a state championship (just like basketball, women's volleyball, track, tennis) and aligning schools by size (+ open division) ensures competitive games throughout the playoffs. Or would you rather just see De La Salle play Mater Dei every year?