1. I agree with you that it's a good thing the Irish took the bye. (Typically, they don't!). And I hate the rationale that "It helps keep the team fresh", because it really doesn't. It's more of a way to get JV players experience than it is to keep the varsity fresh. And it's far better to have the other 2 teams get the opportunity to play a good game before having to face the Irish.
2. I hate the format that allows all these teams to avoid each other. I understand it, but it makes for really lopsided districts; which isn't good IMO.