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23 April 2020 Views From The Booth Sports


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Greetings From The Booth!

OK, now I’m just plain angry. Problem is, I don’t know really who or what to be angry at, and I don’t think I’m alone.

I’m angry that I can’t turn on Bob & FP or Charley & Dave and see or hear my Nats…

I’m angry that I can’t go to Nats Park and get a hot dog and a beer and see a ballgame with my friends…

I’m angry that in April, events scheduled for the fall are now getting canceled…

I’m angry that I can’t get a haircut…

I’m angry that I can’t drive over the mountain and have Saturday breakfast with my wife at the Kac-Ka-Pon Restaurant in Wardensville, WV…

I’m angry every time I hear “the new normal,” “social distancing,” “flatten the curve,” or some doctor on TV starting a sentence with “so”…

And, I’m angry that we all seem to be curled up in the fetal position until 2025, when the “experts” tell us we can come out from under the bed…

The narrative constantly changes. We started with the aforementioned “flattening the curve.” We were asked to do that for 15 days. I know this because VP Mike Pence held a laminated card up every afternoon reminding me. Then, we were asked to do this another 30 days. With the exception of New York, whose circumstances are much different than the rest of the country, we have done that. Now, the focus is on “testing.” We’re being told that we can’t move forward until everyone is tested. And right on the heels of this is the prediction of the “second wave” of Covid-19, that may or may not happen.

With some 22 million Americans out of work, if we wait for zero coronavirus cases and zero deaths, even a fast-tracked vaccine, there won’t be an economy to come back to. The time is now to, while being smart and using some common sense, find a way to get back to a way of life that includes sports, movies, restaurants, concerts, festivals and haircuts. Life comes with risk, and it’s time to get back to living.

Changing gears somewhat, tonight (Thursday) is the start of the NFL Draft. Because of the pandemic, it is the only semblance of a live sporting event anywhere to be found. Also because of the virus, it will be a “virtual” event, with the NFL “Comish” Roger Goodell holed up in his basement, with the various GM’s and team personnel also at remote locations.

Hopefully, through the miracle of technology, the NFL will be able to pull this off. Test runs were done earlier in the week, and there were glitches. So for no other reason, I will be watching tonight to see if the draft logistically goes well, or turns out to be a total train wreck.

As for the draft itself, note to the Washington Redskins: don’t screw this up. There is some talk that the ‘Skins may trade down, or take Tua Tagovailoa as their first round pick. Two words: Chase Young. the Ohio State standout very well could be the best player in the draft, and would certainly be a great addition to a defense that will be fun to watch this coming season under new DC Jack Del Rio.

We can only hope that there’s a football season in our near future…

Until the next visit, GO SKINS, GO HORNETS!

RW


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