Arizona High School Football: Raingear Not Included

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I've railed about the idiocy that is the Arizona Interscholastic Association before, and with good reason.

But nothing compares to fuck shit stack of a decision the state's high school athletics governing body made today when they decided to POSTPONE EVERY FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAME scheduled for tonight and Saturday because of ... egads!!!!! Rain.

Yes, rain.

Not lightning. Not duststorms. Not snow, frigid temperatures, or anything really dangerous.

Nope, just rain.

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I've covered high school football games in Arizona since 1995, and I have NEVER seen a game postponed for anything other than lightning. Rain? Really? What the fuck?

I recall a string of what had to be four straight years that I covered high school soccer playoff DOUBLEHEADERS in driving rain at Rincon High School in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Those games were abysmal in terms of quality, but the AIA made them happen because it didn't want to have to adjust its schedule.

So now, instead, its a complete 180: if it's not sunny and 75, the games cannot go on.

This decision only affects one local team, as Salpointe Catholic was the last one of our 30 or so schools left in the postseason. But instead of the Lancers hosting Glendale Deer Valley at Marana High School — the decision to play there is yet another example of the AIA's lack of brain power, as had Deer Valley been the higher seed the "neutral" site would have been at the school closest to Deer Valley, not 30 miles away — tonight the game will be at 6 p.m.

Which means that, assuming Salpointe wins, they'll get less than four days to recover from injuries and to gameplan for the Division II state final, which is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., at Arizona Stadium.

But there might be a stiff breeze that night, so all bets are off on that kickoff time and date standing up.

Not surprisingly, AIA spokesman Brian Bolitho didn't answer his phone when I called. Doubt he will at all today, because it'd be hard to deny this isn't purely a money decision. There's probably a clause in the contract with whoever is filming/live-streaming all these playoff games that says they don't want their fancy cameras to get wet.

Because covering the cameras with tarps isn't an option, I guess.

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