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A life without sports

first_imgIn the world of sports, we are in a time without precedent and without a compass. We are lost in the woods, with no idea how to find our way out.The NBA was the first domino, canceling its season, followed by the NHL, the NCAA’s men’s and women’s March Madness tournaments, Major League Baseball spring training, scouting trips by the NFL, NASCAR, and everybody else. Across the world, India is shutting down cricket while UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) has postponed the 2020 European Football Championship until 2021 and England’s Premier League is closed.Now we prepare for a life without sports, a stunning development.Sports kept going during two world wars and the 1918 influenza pandemic. Sports have always helped keep up morale and some modicum of normalcy during times of crisis.During the first World War, Woodrow Wilson said, “I hope that sports will be continued as a real contribution to the national defense.” Franklin Roosevelt spoke similarly during World War II.The influenza pandemic of 1918 infected 500 million people, one-third of the world’s population at the time, and killed an estimated 50 million including 675,000 in the United States. Unlike the coronavirus, high mortality rates occurred in the twenty-to-forty-years-old age range, and officials became wildly concerned, with public gatherings strongly discouraged. While MLB’s season ended right before the pandemic erupted, the 1918 World Series saw the banning of the “spitball” due to health concerns.And yet, it wasn’t cancelled—despite multiple players dying after contracting the flu, and the famed Babe Ruth contracting it twice.Even 9/11 only delayed NFL games by one week. This is different because, instead of sports becoming a distraction from national calamity, sports teams could have become a traveling road show of disease clusters, a band of Patient Zeros, traveling from city to city, infecting fans along the way. This is why it took Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19, and spreading the disease to his All-Star teammate Donovan Mitchell, to wake the sports world up to the reality that it was not immune. In one day, the NBA went from merely saying that players should fist bump instead of high-fiving fans, to shutting the whole multibillion-dollar operation down.This was the correct decision when it comes to public safety, but it comes with its own set of costs, like the low-wage stadium and arena workers who now have no income at all. Several players have stepped up—including Zion Williamson, the nineteen-year-old rookie for the New Orleans Pelicans—and pledged to pay the stadium workers out of their own pockets.But it really should be the billionaire owners who step up and offer paid leave to all employees, as a smattering of franchise owners have done.Most of these teams play in publicly funded sports cathedrals that were built with promises of job creation. It was always a specious argument since the sports world offers mostly seasonal work. But now is the time for sports-team owners to make good on their assurances that stadiums would help working people, not leave them destitute. Tony Ressler, the majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks, announced in mid-March that he would guarantee the wages of arena staff. “We have a pretty clear set of priorities in this kind of remarkable time that we’re living through,” Ressler said.“Protecting our fans, protecting our employees, and protecting the reputation of our league, all of which is important. But let there be no confusion: that means taking care of all of our employees, our full-time, our part-time.”  What is truly remarkable and utterly unacceptable is that all franchise owners across sports have not followed suit. These billionaires need to show some sense of responsibility. They should not have to be shamed into doing so.For now, we do not know how long we will be a world without sports. The best we can do is stay healthy, follow the advice we are getting from trusted sources—that is, not from the President—and wait for the time when we can join together once again in collective joy.  That’s more than sports. That’s just being human. But to experience that once again, we first need to survive.last_img read more

Five thoughts: Downtown restaurants, Veteran’s Memorial, Roundabout, cremation and Quinn

first_imgEmail Send you contest answers, topics, and Q/A to  [email protected] us on Twitter. 2. Veteran’s Memorial… I was glad to see that plans are still moving forward with the Veteran’s Memorial spearheaded by Wellington attorney Jack Potucek (see story here).Jack PotucekThere has been debate at the latest City Park Board meeting over where to put the Memorial. The locations being discussed included: Woods Park, the two cemeteries in the community, Sumner County Courthouse, Sellers Park, and Century Park.May I make a suggestion? Place the Memorial where the maximum number of people can see it.When I was driving through western Kansas on my way to the Ulysses football game, I noticed several memorials and monuments in many of these small communities. I liked it and it gave me a favorable impression of the town. You can instantly tell what towns have good leadership and what towns don’t.My problem with having the proposed Veteran’s Memorial at Prairie Lawn Cemetery or Woods Park is only a select people will see it. The courthouse is a good place to have it but it’s a bit of a cliche. “Let’s be like Winfield because they have a Memorial in front or near their county courthouse.”I don’t like the idea of placing it at Sellers Park. Here’s why. That park is an athletic zone. It would look out of place near the skateboard park and the athletic facilities. I always thought the train looked out of place where it was located and somewhat forgotten. I was totally for the idea a few years back of moving the train to what was then Lions Club now Century Park.My preference for the new Memorial would be Century Park. I love how that park has been developed. You could illuminate the Memorial and it will be eye-catching for those who are driving through U.S. 81 and 160. I’m not sure the southwest corner of the park is the best location. I’d like to see it closer to the highway to make more of an impact.But it would be a great centerpiece for the community to showcase to those whose only mission in Wellington is to travel through our town to get from point A to point B. 4. Cremation… Jerry SeinfeldComedian Jerry Seinfield was in Wichita Thursday for a performance at the Century II. I didn’t see him but I read in the Eagle about his take on cremation that was laugh out loud funny:“Cremation – that’s like you’re covering up a crime. Quick, burn the body! Scatter the ashes all over the ground! As far as we’re concerned, nothing ever happened here!”I’ve never quite understood the appeal of cremation myself. I’d like to think that as long as my body is lying on some gurney someplace there might be a chance my heart would start beating again. Baking my body seems a little too permanent.I also think the coolest way to go out of this world would to be the center of a “whodunit” murder mystery — a “who shot Cueball” scenario where more than a dozen suspects in town might be the murderer.Then 10 years after my death, some new evidence come to light and they have to exhume my body for DNA testing or something. That would be so cool. I hope it would be turned into a media event.Of course, exhuming my body might come at considerable cost to the city. But what would I care. I’m dead. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014…1. Downtown restaurants… With opening on Monday, there will be nine restaurants in the area.With the opening of Rocco’s Restaurant, in the former Lunchbox location, Monday, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. Downtown Wellington will have eight restaurants in the vicinity. Since moving here in 1992, I can’t remember Wellington having that many.There is Rocco’s serving Italian, El Chili Verde serving Mexican, Fabiola’s serving Mexican, Barefoot Jerry’s serving American dishes; The Dore serving American dishes; Wishing Well serving homestyle food; Best of the Orient, serving Chinese; The Donut Shop serving great donuts; and Big Cheese Pizza serving pizza. That’s quite a selection – all businesses owned by local people. It’s as if we have our own food court.Ultimately, the onus is on you the customers to keep these businesses thriving. Downtown Wellington can only survive if it provides something unique that you can’t find elsewhere in town. But it is a two-way street. You, the customers, have to support these unique businesses.The downtown has always been the lifeblood of the community – and that hasn’t changed.If you’re hungry go get something to eat downtown. And while you are there kill two birds with one stone and get a little of your Christmas shopping out of the way.And if you aren’t downtown, Penny’s Diner, Andy’s Restaurant, The Great Wall, Pig Shack, Good Taste Chinese, Mi Casita and the various fast-food restaurants are sure to satisfy your tastebuds. Quinn McCue5. Quinn’s thoughts…1. Event thought This week was the Scholars bowl league finals results: eighth grade got 4th and my grade (7th) got first and I was MVP! I was so happy.2. Event Thought I went to go see the mocking jay .  I enjoyed it extremely.3.Topic from Wanda Sue: What do you see as your mission in life.: I think to brighten people’s days up some how. Because I despise seeing anyone sad.4.No Q/A. None were submitted. Thought 3 was more of a Q/A than a topic thought.5. Contest  This technology was supported by 22 zoning and connected grants from an agency led by Steven Chu. 3. Roundabout thoughts… Speaking of which, a new trend has been bugging me. I have noticed people are putting cardboard signs advertising their garage sale on the central island of the A Street Roundabout.The other day there were about five of them on the island.This makes Wellington look tacky and trashy.If you want to advertise your garage sale you can do so on Sumner Newscow. We get plenty of hits.The City of Wellington needs to enforce a rule about signage in and around the roundabout. The city has been strict with businesses where they can place their billboard signs. The same enforcement should be used here. I equate temporary signs on the roundabout to littering. Plus is it even safe to do so?The City and the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce could move forward with some type of beautification with the roundabout island. Yes, there is always the potential of some trucker plowing through the middle. But I would think with a little landscaping, he/she would be less prone to do so.When it comes to appearance in and around the roundabout, we could do better. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (20) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Patsy Dare · 298 weeks ago Thanks for the plug for our local restaurants. And congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade scholars bowl students and especially to Quinn. Quinn, you are a ray of sunshine! Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Guest · 298 weeks ago #1 Wellington needs a really goooood salad bar. There really isn’t a place to make a kick butt salad since the Steak house closed. There are some sorry excuses for salad bars in Wellington I’m not wasting my money on. #2 I’m with you Cue, Century Park is the perfect place for the Memorial Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down No one special · 298 weeks ago Summer Regional has a good salad bar in the cafeteria. Open 11:30 to 2:00 Monday though Friday. Report Reply 1 reply · active 298 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Darren · 298 weeks ago Oh, this is the way we milk the cows Milk the cows, milk the cows This is the way we milk the cows So early Saturday morning Here we go round the mulberry bush The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush Here we go round the mulberry bush So early Sunday morning Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Darren · 298 weeks ago This is the way we paint the fence Paint the fence, paint the fence This is the way we paint the fence So early Thursday morning This is the way we groom the horse Groom the horse, groom the horse This is the way we groom the horse So early Friday morning Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Darren · 298 weeks ago This is the way we feed the chicks Feed the chicks, feed the chicks This is the way we feed the chicks So early Tuesday morning This is the way we sweep the porch Sweep the porch, sweep the porch This is the way we sweep the porch So early Wednesday morning Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Darren · 298 weeks ago I so wanted to plant a Mulberry bush since day one at the roundabout. This so fits Wellington kansas, Here we go round the mulberry bush The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush Here we go round the mulberry bush So early in the morning This is the way we bale the hay Bale the hay, bale the hay This is the way we bale the hay So early Monday morning Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 298 weeks ago “appeal of cremation ” Not everyone wants to, or is able to burden their family with the cost of a burial. Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 298 weeks ago Quibble: It’s not a train, it’s a locomotive and tender. A train is what is pulled by a locomotive or locomotives. The whole consist of locomotive and cars can be also be considered a train. But never just the engine (and tender for a steam locomotive since they are usually semi-permanently coupled together.) Report Reply 1 reply · active 298 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 298 weeks ago I, too, am 100% with you, Cue, on the locations for the memorial. Century Park is the perfect place for those traveling through Wellington, preferably located where it would be highly visible from the east. Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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