It's been a busy week in the WTAP Sports department. Over the last two weeks, Jim and I spent every waking moment agonizing over the selections in the inaugural WTAP-Burger King MOV All-Star Basketball squads.
We did not take these decisions lightly. Once our dart board was hand-crafted by station engineers, we then took turns throwing darts. And just to add another wrinkle, we wore blindfolds.
OK so we may have not gone that route, but by judging some of the reaction that we received, some of you were NOT happy with the choices. And that's a GOOD thing. Selecting all-star teams are always a difficult endeavor. As someone who's never been good enough at anything, I can tell you first hand how much I can identify with being the odd one out when it comes to any kind of best-of list.
Since the second week of December, Jim and I spent more time in local gymnasiums than a high school janitor. We attended anywhere from two to seven high school basketball games a night for almost three and a half months. We were pretty confident we knew the area players well enough that we could formulate an all-star team.
We also wanted to involve area fans, and allow them the opportunity to submit nominations. At the same time, we had a disclaimer that we would be making the final decisions.
We also understood that whatever choices we went with, there would be a backlash of sorts.But honestly, we did receive more positive feedback than negative. Was it the most seamless contest in the world? Yes. OK, maybe not; it wasn't without its kinks. But we'll learn from it and make it even better next season! We've received terrific feedback all throughout, which will only serve to strengthen the process next time around.
Thanks once again to the coaches for getting us all that we needed to finalize our decisions. And thanks to the fans for submitting their nominations and for voting!