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Who's No. 1? WNY's good problem to have

You hear it when a baseball manager is trying to decide between two top starting pitchers, when a football coach has two good starting quarterbacks. For all the consternation over picking one, "it's a good problem to have."

Such is the case with Western New York football's amazing 2008: four undefeated state champions, two large schools and two small schools. But there's only room for one at the top of each of The News' final polls.

Which brings us to ...

It also makes for some fascinating fantasy football -- who would win if the teams played? All four teams are tremendous because they are talented, deep and well-coached. Excellent quarterbacks, running backs, defenses, special teams, and weapons all over the field. The matchups are mega-intriguing. It certainly makes for quite the What-If? Championship Game, and it's quite fun to think about how the matchups would go.

But for this discussion, let's keep the emphasis on fun. These teams are all undefeated state champions. Still feels quite surreal, doesn't it?

We'll let you know our picks when we release a final "How The News voted" installment later this week.

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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