While I am quite happy that the top 14 bands in 4barsrest poll (out of 18 competing bands) are represented in the British Open...it seems there are always a few bands that are a bit past their prime, but still in the contest because, in some ways, it is difficult to get relegated out. I was thinking that since in the Senior Trophy 6 bands are down, 3 are up/ Senior Cup 3 up/ 3 down and Grand Shield 3 down/ variable up...it might be nice to add some symmetry to things. What is the British Open 6 got relegated...Grand Shield 6 up/ 3 down....Senior Cup 3up/3down...and Seniot Trophy 3 up 6 down? It would be much more even...plus the British Open wouldn't be as static. Also, the difference of one more band up or down for these exceptions (like this year or next) wouldn't be as big a deal. Plus the British Open is the only one of the contests where you can go down and up in the same year and not skip a beat! What do you all think about keeping the top bands more accountable?! I don't know that YBS would have gone down under this system over last year's (or perhaps this year's) result...but how cool would that be to see them (or other top bands that slip in the Open) at Blackpool?!