[eDebate] Ranking Teams for Purpose of Presets

Josh Hoe jbhdb8
Wed Sep 20 13:41:59 CDT 2006

The argument was that you shouldnt have two As hit two As.  Every B hits an
A every A hits an A in the system Aaron suggested.

In addition, some have made the argument that it still is unfair because the
person deciding As and Bs could cheat.  To accept this argument you have to
believe that the tournament director (who most times has no horse in the
tournament race) is more corrupt than random matching is unfair.  If that is
the case, such corruption is inevitable because you could not trust the
random pairing either.

In addition, its inevitable in the rest of the rounds anyway - tournament
brackets are HL or HH within brackets etc.


On 9/20/06, scottelliott at grandecom.net <scottelliott at grandecom.net> wrote:
> I think an A-B system for the first two rounds is fine. however, i think
> that a
> system that specifically precludes the top tema from hitting each other in
> the
> first two rounds (i.e. Michigan A would never debate Emory A in rounds 1
> and 2)
> would be at the expense of teams that are deemed to be "lesser," or,
> create a
> self-fulfilling prophecy.
> For Example (just an example, not really sure if Michigan A is worthy of
> being
> compared to say, Northwestern A or Emory A (just a joke!)): If Michigan A,
> by
> virtue of it being ranked as an "A" gets two walk overs in rounds one and
> two,
> it is pretty well set for the rest of the tournament. Yes, power matching
> helps
> mitigate, but two rounds in your pocket is sweet.  Similarly, if
> directional
> Lousiana school du jour is ranked with a "B" and gets pounded by
> Northwestern A
> and Emory A (because they too cannot hit one another), this team is now
> down 0-2
> and has a hard time of climbing up the back of the bracket.
> Scott
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