REALLY SAD

I was on my computer at work Tuesday morning following Twitter like I was waiting for the presidential election results to come in. The Minnesota High School League board of directors were meeting to decide about what to do about fall sports.

I was following John Millea of the MSHSL and Lou Raguse from KARE 11 television on Twitter. They both were tweeting about what was happening in the board meeting. It was almost like listening to a play by play. I was a nervous wreck reading their tweets. What was fall sports going to look like? Was there going to be fall sports? Maybe they will decide to do fall sports normally. I kept refreshing my Twitter page to find out the latest. It was encouraging to learn a few days earlier that Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota were going to start fall sports on time with few restrictions. Would Minnesota follow them?

The first decision that was made was to have cross country, girl’s tennis and swimming and diving start on time with COVID restrictions. The number of meets and matches were going to be less, among other restrictions. Next up was volleyball. I knew volleyball and football were going to be difficult decisions for the MSHSL board. I really didn’t know what to expect. The last high school sports broadcast that I did was way back in early March. I was at Williams Arena with the Minneota Vikings girl’s basketball team, they played one state game on Thursday then Friday everything was cancelled because of COVID. I was very anxious starring at my computer screen awaiting the decision. John and Lou were doing a fantastic job tweeting.

Lou Raguse from KARE 11 was the first to tweet that volleyball and football were to be postponed until spring! That meant no high school football and volleyball this fall! “No Friday night football!” I yelled from my office at the radio station for everyone to hear. To be honest, I didn’t see that coming at all. My mind was racing with so many emotions. I went from anger, to thinking about the kids and coaches and feeling so bad for them. I wanted to understand why that decision was made. I didn’t like the decision at all. I was really upset and very sad.

After texting a few coaches and reading comments on social media I calmed down a bit. The season was not cancelled but postponed. This spring hopefully, we can play some volleyball and football. How that is all going to work out, I don’t know. What I have learned about this COVID pandemic is that our lives will never be the same as before. We need to adapt to what’s happening around us. COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon.

My fall sports broadcasting schedule will be very different this year with no volleyball and football to broadcast. You will be hearing lots of cross country, girl’s tennis and swimming and diving on Q92! I will have to do my homework on swimming and diving, which I know nothing about. It will be an interesting fall! I know the health and safety of students and staff come first, but this is really hard to wrap my head around. I don’t know what to think anymore. I like to think that I am a positive person, I like to stay positive. I look for the good in everything, but this is difficult for me. What I do know is that I am really sad about what is happening. Really sad!

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