matthew101802 wrote:Crazy Puny Man wrote:Le TARDIS wrote:The problem with some teams is that they "expected" to win and were then not gracious in the process at times.
I don't think you can make that claim if your only evidence is that they cried afterward. Just because they were disappointed does not necessarily mean they were expecting to qualify.
When I was in 8th grade and missed nationals by 1 point, I was very disappointed. I wasn't expecting to go, though, because my school had only gone to nationals 3 times in its history up to that point. Still, it didn't stop me from being bummed.
I agree. I don't think any team 'expected' to win, but they hoped to win. You can't blame MM for this, it was a tie for a bid to Nats.
I completely agree with you. I don't blame any school for their emotions that day. It was a very tough competition and every team that went there deserved to go and deserved the opportunity to try and earn their personal best. I apologize if anyone misinterpreted what I had commented earlier. The whole point is, SO is fun, its hard work, but it's rewarding and can open a lot of doors even at Middle School (those applying to selective enrollment High Schools). I have a lot of respect for the teams that were there, especially MM, DW, South,and Grayslake. Those kids did their best. Let's move on and applaud everyone for their efforts in SO.