Sideline Pass: Jim Bradford 4/2

Jim Bradford

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: April 3, 2015 - 9:04 AM



We are now four months (and change) removed from the crowning of the state champions in Kansas.

On one crisp, but beautiful fall day, Shawnee Mission East and Bishop Miege brought home state titles.

It doesn’t seem like four months ago, but it has been that long. And now, we are knee-deep in football offseason, where championship teams are born and state title hopes are hatched.

It’s hard to believe that we are still five months from the start of the 2015 football season.

One thing is for certain, after watching some of the worst college basketball I’ve seen in years played in front of me and millions of others, high school football — and football in general — can’t get here fast enough.

Oh, there were some competitive gamers played this winter, but even bad basketball teams can play competitive games and for the majority of the college basketball season that’s what happened.

Heck, we may even see a couple of pretty darn competitive games this weekend, but that doesn’t mean that the level of play will have gotten better.

It’s just been bad. Not good bad. Just bad.

One team that qualified for the NCAA tournament earned their bid by winning their conference tournament by scoring 39 points. Not in one half. In one GAME.

I suffered through watching an NIT game at the gym last night where one team scored four points in the first 10 minutes of the game. A college game. Division I. The clocked had ticked below 10 minutes before thy finally hit a three and nearly doubled their points on one trip down the floor.

It’s embarrassing.

Let’s out this into perspective. Last fall, Shawnee Mission East averaged nearly 42 points a game and Bishop Miege averaged close to 46 points a game.

And a Division I college basketball team earned a spot in the big dance by scoring 39 points in a win.

Ugh.

Come on high school football. Get here and help us wash this nasty taste from our mouths.