ABADIE: Sports may be on hold but let's be productive with the time we have

By ANDREW ABADIE,

The cancellations in the sports world due to COVID-19 have really created this an eye-opening event for a lot of reasons. 

Sports in general has always been an escape for people, but now we don’t have that. Sports have been an escape from mundane daily life, catastrophes and even war – but not a virus. 

 

Needless to say, like all sports fans and sports reporters, I was also upset over everything that has occurred. No NBA, MLB or college sports is honestly a punch to the gut. 

 

The virus will also change the dynamic of high school and college sports with recruiting and players having extra years of eligibility, which will take several years to level out. While this will stink for those athletes, as a fan, it could create a new a dynamic for college athletics or at the very least pressure the NCAA to expand scholarships. However, that a discussion for another day. 

 

The best case scenario right now for us in the Pine Belt is that high school sports could still play shortened season or pick up again in the summer, but that’s just wishful thinking. Most likely, assuming this doesn’t blow over by then, then we aren’t looking at sports until the fall, which will be roughly six, long sportsless months. Optimistically, we can try and look forward to the summer Olympics. Maybe they won’t postpone or cancel the summer games.

 

How does this affect PineBeltSPORTS? I don’t have the answer to that, but it’s my goal to give you a sports section for as long as I can because I know it will create some normalcy. With that said, if you have any stories or ideas for no matter what sport, please send them my way. Let’s get creative; if not, it’ll make these next few months feel even longer. 

 

Now, in a broader picture, I’m here to give the best rational way to look at this situation regardless of what else could happen. I’m not going to get into whether this is either an under or overreaction. I’m here to suggest how to deal with the hand that has been dealt to us. 

 

From the way things look and what the trends have been, further quarantines could happen and more time away from school and work could be coming. My suggestion is to use this time wisely, so I look at this as a time of opportunity.

 

A few months ago, I wrote about Kobe Bryant’s death, and part of my message in that column was to make the best of your situations. 

 

We as a society get so caught up in the whirlwind of what happens day to day that we forget to look around and cherish the people with us. We’ll be having more of that in the coming months, so use that time wisely to spend time with your parents and kids. 

 

We are all going to have extra time on our hands, so why not use it productively instead of making a bad situation worse? Go read that book, start to get in shape; at the very least enjoy being around your loved ones. 

 

With the way things look, this could go on through the summer, so let’s all make of the best of your situation. This is one of those times.  

 

The cancellations in the sports world due to COVID-19 have really created an eye-opening event for a lot of reasons.

Sports in general has always been an escape for people, but now we don’t have that. Sports have been an escape from mundane daily life, catastrophes and even war – but not a virus.

Needless to say, like all sports fans and sports reporters, I was also upset over everything that has occurred. No NBA, MLB or college sports is honestly a punch to the gut.

The virus will also change the dynamic of high school and college sports with recruiting and players having extra years of eligibility, which will take several years to level out. While this will stink for those athletes, as a fan, it could create a new a dynamic for college athletics or at the very least pressure the NCAA to expand scholarships. However, that's a discussion for another day.

The best case scenario right now for us in the Pine Belt is that high school sports could still play a shortened season or pick up again in the summer, but that’s just wishful thinking. Most likely, assuming this doesn’t blow over by then, then we aren’t looking at sports until the fall, which will be roughly six, long sportsless months. Optimistically, we can try and look forward to the summer Olympics. Maybe they won’t postpone or cancel the summer games.

How does this affect PineBeltSPORTS? I don’t have the answer to that, but it’s my goal to give you a sports section for as long as I can because I know it will create some normalcy. With that said, if you have any stories or ideas for no matter what sport, please send them my way. Let’s get creative; if not, it’ll make these next few months feel even longer.

Now, in a broader picture, I’m here to give the best rational way to look at this situation regardless of what else could happen. I’m not going to get into whether this is either an under or overreaction. I’m here to suggest how to deal with the hand that has been dealt to us.

From the way things look and what the trends have been, further quarantines could happen and more time away from school and work could be coming. My suggestion is to use this time wisely, so I look at this as a time of opportunity.

A few months ago, I wrote about Kobe Bryant’s death, and part of my message in that column was to make the best of your situations.

We as a society get so caught up in the whirlwind of what happens day to day that we forget to look around and cherish the people with us. We’ll be having more of that in the coming months, so use that time wisely to spend time with your parents and kids.

We are all going to have extra time on our hands, so why not use it productively instead of making a bad situation worse? Go read that book, start to get in shape; at the very least enjoy being around your loved ones.

With the way things look, this could go on through the summer, so let’s all make the best of your situation. This is one of those times.