Forget the metric system — no more Roman numerals.



In case you haven’t heard, the National Football League has dropped its use of Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 5. That number, the league’s marketing division contends, is more pleasing to the eye than “Super Bowl L.”

However, the NFL will bring back Roman numerals next year for the 51st Super Bowl, which begs the question: Does “Super Bowl LI” look that much more attractive?

If you read that title out loud just now, or even if you’re a fan of Chinese martial artist Jet Li, your mind is already made up.

If you’re neither of those, riddle me this: Why should people still be required to know Roman numerals?

Like most of you, I was required in school to learn all of them — up to 10,000.

The Olympics use them — in fact, that is from where Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt borrowed the idea for Super Bowl V in 1971.

Movies still occasionally use them, but they have worn out their welcome as studios break the sequel-meter with franchises like “The Avengers,” “Friday the 13th,” “Saw” and “X-Men.”

As a proud owner of an original “Return of the Jedi” lightsaber, I refuse to call “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” “Episode VII,” and I’ve never heard anyone who does.

Otherwise, since the 14th century, the use of Roman numerals has been in a long, slow decline until they have become largely confined to academia — mostly outline headings and volume and chapter numbers in books.

After five years and plenty of complaints and confusion, the Arizona Interscholastic Association will be dropping Roman numerals from its five major “division” groupings of state secondary schools as well as its regional subgroupings, or “sections.”

Once the spring sports season ends in May, most Camp Verde and Sedona Red Rock high school teams will go back to the Central Region of the 2A Conference, while the majority of Mingus Union High School sports join the Grand Canyon Region of the 4A Conference.

Heads up, Sedona soccer lovers — your high school’s boys and girls teams are the lone exception so far. The Scorpions play in Region 1 of the 3A Conference with Page High School and Anthem, North Pointe and Veritas preparatory academies.

No Roman numerals required; no translations needed. Simple.

Thank goodness.

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Sedona Juniors head coach Danni Barker has adjusted her expectations for the Saturday, Jan. 23, debut of her younger club volleyball team after losing three close matches with her older girls.