1987...30 in percussion...can you spell "conspiracy?" Cadets and SCV were both great. SCV was vintage but still modern enough...Cadets were cutting edge in visual. Still took 30 in percussion to beat SCV by 0.1...just saying (as I adjust my tinfoil beany)
1988...Madison proved that closing statements are the most important.
1989...SCV...I seem to be in minority feeling the 2nd edition of POTR had the greater emotional edge
1990....Cadets I am fine with cleaner than anyone else and a solid all around design. From the videos I've seen Star performed out of their minds on finals but seemed to be caught in the "too far back to be taken seriously"
1991...Star no contest
1992...Cavaliers...Star a little to polished and lacking GE but should have been 2nd. Cadets great finals night GE but tuning in the brass is no way championship material
1993...Cadets with their most epic show ever. Star with the most legendary show ever. Coin flip and I'd be happy either way. One more night though and I think both lose to Phantom Regiment...that finals run was something special.
1994...BD nothing was beating this juggernaut
1995...Cavies just clean enough to push high GE number with a design that was in a different league than Cadets and BD
1996...Finals night belonged to Phantom...any other night BD
1997...SCV had the emotional edge...Cadets had the demand...BD had performance and I am fine with BD winning
1999...Seeing SCV live finals night they owned Camp Randall Stadium
2000...Close but Cavies had the better performance finals night
2001...Cavaliers had the better designed show and more GE. I had BD first with their level of performance and brass though
2003...BD another show like 1994 and was not going to be denied
2004...Wanted BD back then but agree with Cavies winning now...such a cool show
2005...Cadets in a blow out
2006...Toss up between the top 3. Fan favorite BD show, Cavies were at the top of their game...Phantom probably had the best run on a finals night. OK with Cavies on this one.
2007...Cadets if they ever shut up. BD was not perfect but had the better run finals night and the performance captions reflect it.
2008...Sparticus was awesome but BD was the better corps. BD takes the founders trophy
2009...Loved this BD show. Crown was great as well but never cleaned it enough to push BD
2010...BD was not losing with this show
2011...Cadets win on GE alone
2012...Honestly I had BD winning by 2+ points. Crown was beautiful musically but the visual program was lacking a big punch...color choices I felt really hurt them.
2013...One of the few BD shows I've like since 2010. Had them with a slight edge over Crown but am OK with Crown winning
2014...BD...felt Cadets at the chops to challenge but every single design choice "He Who Shall Not Be Named" made doubling down on the patriotic vomit doomed them to third place
2015...Not a huge fan of either BD or Crown this year. BD definitely performed better at finals. Honestly Bluecoats had the strongest run at finals but "too weird" to win
2016...Once Bluecoats cleaned up they were in the GE driverseat and never looked back
2017...Worst BD show to win but SCV seemed a bit flat at finals when BD came to play. SCV had the better show but the better performance was BD at finals...still can't stand the visual package.
2018...SCV in a walkoff! I would put Babylon up against any 99+ point show and still bet on it. BD and Bluecoats were both really strong and kept SCV from breaking 99
2019...Cool visual package from BD but the music really left me flat, super clean run at finals. Bluecoats really had the total package and performance level was on par with BD...not sure why the GE numbers did not separate them more from BD. I give this one to Bluecoats for #2.