It’s really no wonder that some folks want an expanded high school football playoff plan for Michigan. They keep hearing “bowl eligible,” the phrase that seems to measure a successful season for many college football teams. Six wins and you might get a bowl invitation, even if you’ve also lost six games.
Whether it’s college football, the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB or . . . qualifying for postseason play defines a good season , or at least defines something other than a bad season.
So it’s really not a surprise that limiting the MHSAA Football Playoffs to 42 percent of football schools – all those which win six games and a few that win five – is unsatisfying to some of our constituents.
But it is disappointing that those involved in educational athletics don’t insist on a better way of measuring success. Like making the most of one’s talent. Like showing improvement from one year to the next. Like increasing the number of players on the team, and their grade-point averages in school, and their citizenship in the community.