My opinion of the tournament is mostly good. It is truly an event.
It is no secret that I am not fond of Baker competition. I believe that it either works or doesn't, and there is no in-between. In a format like double elimination best-of-seven, I think it works great. It is very intense and the fans really get into it.
That said, I can't stand the baker qualifying the day before that. They bowl 32 games, each one pretty meaningless in and of itself. It is not terribly exciting, especially as the day wears on.
I think they should change the format to make Thursday's baker qualifying to be some sort of round robin match play. This accomplishes a few things. First, each school gets to bowl against every other school, and not just "with" them. The way it is now, a team can get into the bracket, bowl two teams and then go home. At least this way the University of Utah can bowl against St. John's and see how they stack up. The way it is, Utah was done before St. John's ever got to the bowling center on Friday.
They can do 2-game baker sets kind of like the team challenge does, then give bonus pins for winning games and series. Now teams have more of an incentive to bowl better, and fans can get into it more because each individual game means more.
If this doesn't work for them, I'd still like to see them bring back some kind of 5-man team games in some capacity or another. I just find it incredibly stupid that for the entire season, they bowl a vast majority of their games in the 5-man format, then to decide the national title they do only baker. To me, this is like shooting free throws to decide the NBA title.
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