I don't like the 8 team format, but I disagree with some of your other points. Even in the old 16 team format, if you lose your first 2 games you don't trophy. I don't understand your complaint?? Frankly, if you believe it's easier to win the State Championship now, you're not paying attention. The winner still has to win 4 in a row, beginning with a loser out Regional game.