When I said 'step aside', I didn't mean they'd get second and opt not to go. I meant they wouldn't qualify. And my prediction was almost wrong but right, nevertheless! Congrats to S&A, though MM is in about the roughest position possible.
They're not in the roughest position possible...they've had wonderful opportunities for the past several years. It's nice that other schools who work just as hard are rewarded for their efforts. Wouldn't it be great if several schools had the opportunities to attend Nationals the way MM has for all those years?
totally agree. everyone given the same tests. everyone got the same chance. south went a couple of times. think thomas middle school went in the 90's according to a teacher. i didn't know grayslake went. i know we would like to go! why should it always be the same teams going? hey, good luck at nationals to the guys who are going! bring me back a t-shirt.
By "roughest position possible," he is only referring to this year's context, and is not talking about any prior history the schools may have.
In a sense, they are, having missed nationals on a lost tiebreaker, and even on the tiebreaker they lost by 1 gold medal. You can't really get much worse than that.