If Shrine Game isn’t going away, here are some changes
bare with me.
Change No. 1: Draft
A selection committee picks the best 36 players from each state (the number currently selected), and on one day during the winter, the coaches from each side would get together to pick their teams. Of course, Vermont would always get the first pick.
While this would make the game more interesting, it might not solve the problem entirely, as the coaches on each side could just use all the New Hampshire kids as starters while the Vermont kids stand on the sideline.
Change No. 2: Player swap
There’s a card game that’s popular among college students where the top player gives his two worst cards to the last-place player, and the last-place player gives up his two best cards. New Hampshire could do something similar, giving Vermont its two best players, while the Granite State picks up the two worst from the Green Mountain State.
OK, so maybe that’s a little insulting to those two Vermont kids, but is it any worse than what happened on Saturday?
Potential Rule Change
No. 3: All-star game series
For the last three years, New Hampshire has had its own in-state all-star game (CHaD East-West NH All-Star Football Game). Maine and Massachusetts also have an in-state all-star game, while Vermont does not.
So how about this? The three New England states play their in-state game at the end of June, and the winners of those games, plus Vermont, move on to play each other (NH champ vs. Vermont, Mass. champ vs. Maine champ) some time in July. Then the winners of those games meet for the first weekend in August for the New England Championship.
Too much? Perhaps, but again, it can’t be any worse than what happened on Saturday.
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