The Alaska Coaches Association released its large-schools and small-schools all-state football teams after the high school season ended over the weekend, and there were considerable differences in the sizes of those squads.
Cut to the chase: The small-schools coaches got it right, the large-schools coaches continued in their tradition of bloating the team in everyone's-a-winner fashion.
There are 11 offensive players and 11 defensive players allowed on the field at one time. Nonetheless, the large-schools coaches picked 20 guys -- yes, 20, that's not a typo -- on the "first-team'' offense and 19 on the "first-team'' defense. They managed to control themselves to 17 players on second-team offense and 16 on second-team defense. That's 72 players in all.
The small-schools guys kept it under control: 11 -- shocking, no? -- on first-team offense and 13 on first-team defense, and 11 on second-team offense and nine on second-team defense for a grand total of 44 picks.
(That's not counting special teams and utility players).
So, we got this straight? Large-schools coaches voted in 28 more guys to positions on the first and second teams than did small-schools coaches.
Oh, and, no, there are not more large-schools teams than small-schools teams. It's actually marginally the other way around -- 16 small-schools teams in Alaska, 15 large-schools teams.