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  1. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    I do my best.
  2. KMEA Commenter

    2020 Finals Predictions

    My Picks: 1A 1.) Washington County 2.) Hancock County 3.) Cumberland County 4.) Williamstown 5.) [REDACTED] 6.) [REDACTED] 2A 1.) Beechwood 2.) Murray 3.) Russell Independent 4.) Mercer County 5.) [REDACTED] 6.) [REDACTED] 3A 1.) Estill County 2.) Russell County 3.) Adair County 4.) Pulaski County 5.) [REDACTED] 6.) [REDACTED] 4A 1.) Harrison County 2.) Bourbon County 3.) South Laurel 4.) Anderson County 5.) [REDACTED] 6.) [REDACTED] 5A 1.) Lafayette 2.) Madison Central 3.) Larry A. Ryle 4.) Paul Laurence Dunbar 5.) [REDACTED] 6.) [REDACTED]
  3. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    Is that definite though? Because that's such a horrible idea I can't believe it's true. I'm still holding out hope for Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. #startthemovement #KMEAOMEAInvasionAngle
  4. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    KMEA "Selection Show?" Live on PBS? I would watch that. (As long as Charles Barkley gets to co-host.)
  5. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    You're probably right that "if you're not top 4 you're not a true finalist" is a little harsh. I didn't mean it as a comment on the value of the kids themselves, however. I just mean that, in my head, I'm going to look at the top 4 from semi-finals as the bands that "would have made it" under the system I've been used to for decades. I don't think that's a crazy way to think, and I hardly think I'm alone. I am impressed you have the cognitive dissonance to berate others as "rude," "degrading," "disrespectful"(?) and telling us we need to "grow up" all because you didn't like the way we phrased an opinion on a message board. But you do you.
  6. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    Also, no...I literally said exactly the opposite above.
  7. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    No, nobody is "downgrading" kids. I did, however, downgrade your comment. It's fine to disagree. But to me, part of the magic, part of the challenge, and part of the honor of state finals was always trying to crack that top 4. It made prelims that much more exciting. It made the distinction of getting on to the field for finals that much more significant. It's simply not the same to make finals based on a 5th or 6th place finish. Maybe some day that perspective will change, but you have to keep in mind that everybody has been operating on a "top 4" wavelength for decades now. That's not going to change overnight. I can't erase decades of history, and neither can KMEA.
  8. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    You make a fair point. I will say, if a band makes it in to finals from 5th or 6th place, and finishes in the top 4 in finals, that...helps.
  9. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    Totally agree. Expanding to 6 bands cheapens the whole process. If you aren't top 4, you aren't a true finalist.
  10. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    I always heard Paul Brown was a huge fan of Kentucky marching bands. It's the perfect fit.
  11. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    There is ample surface parking and three parking garages between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark...all in easy enough walking distance of Paul Brown Stadium. Probably because they host much larger events there than KMEA Finals. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS854US854&q=Parking+Riverfront+Cincinnati&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=39096365,-84511396,234&tbm=lcl&ved=2ahUKEwj1ut7xvcrnAhVPLs0KHZwyCmUQtgN6BAgLEAQ&tbs=lrf:!1m4!1u3!2m2!3m1!1e1!1m5!1u15!2m2!15m1!1shas_1wheelchair_1accessible_1entrance!4e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:3&rldoc=1#rlfi=hd:;si:;mv:[[39.098829353174935,-84.50628487459056],[39.093791814407886,-84.51825825563304],null,[39.096310628778255,-84.5122715651118],17]
  12. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    Well, there is no baseball at that time. No basketball. And you would obviously be doing it on a weekend with no Bengals game (though they play on Sunday anyway). There's not really a hell of a lot else going on down there...those parking garages are pretty much there to accommodate events at the stadiums on the waterfront. So I don't know what "secure" means in this context, but there should be ample public parking for finals if there is consistently enough for much larger events at the stadiums...right? If not, then I don't know there would ever be enough parking for Bengals/Reds/UC basketball games, and to my knowledge parking has been adequate for all of those larger events. I understand you doubt it, but I'm really not sure why you doubt it. I think it would be hilarious to have the Kentucky state championship in Ohio. Obviously bands in Northern Kentucky would love it....and they are very much a part of the Cincinnati region. And, frankly, if the two major universities with sufficiently large stadiums in the Commonwealth won't step up and host, then why should we thumb our nose at a stadium right across the river that is willing to host? (And if I recall correctly, before KMEA finals, it was common practice for a band winning the KY Governor's Cup at the Contest of Champions to be considered the "state champion"...despite the event being held in Tennessee.) Of course, all of this is probably a moot point, since I'm not aware of any effort or offer from Paul Brown Stadium to host. But it's interesting to consider.
  13. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    There are tons of surface lots and parking garages in right on the riverfront in Cincinnati where the stadium is (the Reds' stadium and a basketball arena are there too, all in the same area). Certainly enough to accommodate a KMEA state finals crowd.
  14. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    You bring up an interesting idea. Could we do state finals...out of state? What about Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati? Or Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati? MTSU in Murfreesboro? Better than traveling to Murray for many bands. Still bad for the far western bands, but they're going to get hosed in almost any scenario (other than Murray and to a lesser extent WKU). If UofL and UK won't step up and provide a nice, big venue, maybe somebody else will.
  15. KMEA Commenter

    SMBC 2020 Location

    This is a fair point. Google Maps says 5 hours, 49 minutes from Ashland to Murray. Of course, you gain an hour on the way there. Definitely an overnight trip, but that's routinely the case for bands in the far west traveling to Lexington and Richmond for finals (for example, it's 4 and half hours from Murray to Richmond; it's 5 hours and 11 minutes from Hickman to Richmond). And it's only an hour and half further from Ashland to Murray vs Ashland to Bowling Green. Bottom line, bands on the extreme ends always have to travel far. Something centralized is best, but if they won't do it, then it would be cool to see Murray get a shot. (I know it probably won't happen.)
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