Mr. Barry is correct Charles - we are just exchanging some friendly pleasantries. It's just some gamesmanship on our parts. Mr. Barry and I go way back like Cadillacs. I know what the Brookwood State Championship-winning machine is all about, first-hand. Mr. Barry is, in my opinion, the best Quiz Bowl coach this state has ever had. He may be the best in the entire Southeast, though I am a bit biased for sure.
Back to the topic at hand, though, I really don't know who will win State this year. I couldn't even strongly argue for a favorite. It's just too hard to predict from one year to the next or even one semester to the next. For example, if you asked me from August to February last year, I would have said Chattahoochee was going to win, but we were outplayed and outcoached in the State Championship by a Brookwood team, albeit without the exact same lineup, that we had beaten several times over the course of the year (some of them by large margins).
Since Brookwood's A team and CHS's A team have been in flux this year, I think it will all depend on which team gels quicker and plays to their full potential in March. Of course, you have to throw in Walton, who appear to be getting stronger tournament by tournament. And that leaves Norcross and Centennial, 2 teams that don't get a lot of publicity but have 2 of the best players in the state in Ben and Harrison, respectively. Honestly, any of those 5 teams could get hot and take the title as best in State 5A. I don't know if Northview, Parkview, Grayson, Roswell, or Alpharetta have enough players yet to make a deep run, but you can't count out any of those teams for an upset here and there.
If I had to pick the top 4 finishers at State today (at the end of 2007), this is the order I would pick:
1. Brookwood (they hold the top spot largely because of their history, their coach, and their ability to consistently improve as the year goes on)