Alfred Lord Tennyson is credited with the quote "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." So, the question I have, is it better to playoff and lose than to never make the playoffs at all? My answer to the question is yes! I would take a trip to the playoffs every year and take the loss in the playoffs than not to be good enough during the regular season and not make the post-season tournaments. People always talk about backing into the playoffs. I don't care if I back in, sneak in or come crashing through the front door. I WANT IN! The other random thought that bounced around the DeSilver living room recently is how hard is it to get players restarted after a long break. All the schools in the area are coming back from at least a two- to two-and-half- week layoff from games. Most teams have practiced during that time but not many teams have actually got game time. The trick becomes keeping the kids motivated and ready to play when the season tips back off. The only experience I have had with that, personally, is that when you make the State Championship Game in Class 6A, there is always a week between the Semi-final game and the Finals. It was a challenge to keep kids on task for an extra week. I can't imagine what it would be like to stretch that into two or three weeks. You have heard the term "herding cats." Is that what this becomes?