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Why wreck a good thing

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By Todd Martin

When the Shelby County boys’ basketball team takes the court against Anderson County Saturday night, how many will be there to notice it?

I’ve talked to a lot of people that don’t even realize that the game is being played Saturday.

Usually the gym is packed, hot, and you can’t find a seat.

The girls’ game kicks things off, and the heat, both literally and in conjunction with the student sections and rivalry, boils over into and through the boys’ game.

Fans live and die with every shot, every foul and every pass.

But this year, playing the game on a Saturday before schools even get back in session seems like a bad idea.

As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

This year there’s no doubleheader, just a boy’s game. The peculiar timing of the game could mean a smaller crowd.

In fact, with the Kentucky-Louisville game the next day, and Jan. 3 still full of college football bowl games, I expect a smaller crowd.

It’s a shame really.

Normally we get a taste of the district tournament. The players get that atmosphere that they won’t see again until March.

I suppose it was Anderson County officials' idea. It is their home game.

Maybe they’re worried about a repeat of last year’s district title game. A supposedly overmatched Shelby County squad comes in and dominates from opening tip.

Maybe they’re a little worried about what they have.

The Bearcats are supposed to be the No.1 team in the 8th Region, just on the cusp of the top 20 in the season’s first Courier-Journal Litkenhous Rankings. They have the region’s top-rated player in C.J. Penny.

They should want to showcase their team, pick up the usual big gate receipts from a Shelby-Anderson game.

I can’t imagine the reason for switching this game, but I hope one thing happens.

When the game moves back to Shelby County next year, lets make sure it is fixed.

Doubleheader. Friday night. Packed gym.