Well, that should settle it, I would think.
Schools are now closed until at least May 15. Seeing as athletes would need a week to prepare before games could begin, that puts us at May 22 before any sports could resume.
That is, one week before the final weekend of the spring season (Memorial Day weekend), with the state track and field championships and the state championship games for baseball and softball.
Kind of a tight window to squeeze in the regular season and the first several rounds of the playoffs, in my opinion.
So much for my insisting that starting the season on April 24 would be too late to save spring sports, while hoping to be wrong.
I have heard people suggest extending the spring sports season well into June in order to allow graduating seniors to play some sports, but I don’t know if that’s feasible. And the MPSSASA hasn’t been talking.
The last MPSSAA update was posted on its web site on March 27.
Frankly, the spring sports issue has been resolved. Now the fall season is on the clock.
But if schools are still closed in the fall, it’s likely we’ll be dealing with such dire circumstances, the absence of football won’t be noticed.
Something I’ve noticed this past week: suddenly seeing people on social media and newspaper columnists sorta mocking people who want the shutdowns to end.
From “Anne Frank spent two years living in an attic; surely you can spend a couple of months sitting on the couch watching Netflix,” to “Your fathers were called off to war; you’re just being asked to stay home,” the tone is clear: stop whining about being bored, proles, and just shut up and do what you’re told.
Which is a huge insult. People aren’t complaining because they’re bored; they’re concerned about their livelihoods. About having a home in a couple of months. About feeding their families.
For many people, the coronavirus remains a threat in abstract. Sure, it’s all in the news, they see the reports on how many have died, and may even know someone infected.
But to many, it’s still a vague threat, like dying in a car accident or being killed by a random shooter or having a heart attack: there are lots of things that can kill you, but society doesn’t shut down for them.
On the other hand — sitting at home because the government ordered your employer to close, no money coming in, a your employer having gone out of business or facing the strong reality of going out of business, wondering how you’re going to make next month’s rent or mortgage: those are real, concrete threats that are definitely going to have an impact on your life.
The company that owns the apartment complex where I live posted notices: evictions for not paying rent have been suspended, but the rent is still due eventually; that is, if you can’t pay the April rent, you won’t be evicted. But now you’ll owe double rent in May.
I’m not saying precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus aren’t needed (although I’m starting to believe the shutdowns are excessive and there’s no way, no how I’m going to allow Google to track my movements).
I just think some sanctimonious folks (Anne Frank? Seriously?) could stop lecturing people on their selfishness when they’re genuinely worried about possibly being jobless and homeless in a couple of months.
Instead of showing worthless programs about how rich celebrities are dealing with shutdowns while stuck in their opulent homes, how’s about networks focus some attention on the real victims of the shutdown?