View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 10/7

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: November 7, 2013 - 3:47 PM

Every year when the brackets are decided on both sides of the state line it’s easy to look at them like a NCAA Men’s Basketball contest. You take a look and start to want to fill it in.
It’s tempting there is no doubt. Just to see how smart you are you want to pencil the games all the way to the state championship. It’s even more fun than a NCCA bracket because there are six classes in Missouri and five more in Kansas. More opportunities to test your knowledge and guess before the games actually take place.
That is very tempting and I’ve had several people say PrepsKC should hold bracket contests. That is an interesting idea and like our Belfonte Picks With the Pros, we could make it a chance to see how you do against me or other PrepsKC writers or staff members.
That would probably be fun to a certain extent but I look at it from a different angle. When you fill out the bracket, you start rooting for your picks not the games in general. The beauty of the postseason is while we might have an idea what will happen we don’t know for sure. We have to wait to see just which teams take the next step and which teams’ seasons come to an end.
That is the great thing about the high school postseason. There is triumph at every level. Every team achieves something even if it doesn’t hold the trophy at the end of the year. Sometimes just getting to the postseason is a victory, while other times a certain round is the best thing that has happened to a school in a long time.
A team like Excelsior Springs has a long football tradition, but it has only played an 11th game five times before earning that game last week. The Tigers have won state titles but this is the first time since 2000 they earned the 11th game. Look at St. James Academy. This is the ninth season of football and they finally have broken through and earned a spot in the playoffs.
St. James and Excelsior are more than just lines on a bracket. They are teams with stories. I would much rather follow that then just see how smart I think I am because there is no fun finding out I’m really not that smart at all.