Maybe a nice, long NBA break is not such a bad idea at all

Things are moving at such an incredible pace that you can hardly catch your breath from one startling announcement to another so trying to figure out what one means seems futile because it’s likely to change within hours, if not days.

But in my own neck of the woods – and it’s a narrow view of things and certainly not vital in the great scheme of things but it’s what I do so I have to do it – news that the NBA is bracing for three months off and a summer resumption with a July finish to this oddest of seasons was indeed an attention grabber yesterday.

I’m not surprised in the least and I’m sure it makes most sense to really step back and let this crazy time unfold as it will and, because of that, I’m all for it.

Whether or not it comes to pass is completely unknowable and I think that’s the most scary thing about this entire crisis the world is facing. Things change so rapidly – never, ever for the better – and it’s exhausting and frightening and like nothing any of us has ever lived through before.

That, however, is for deeper thoughts and more powerful minds later on.  How we eventually come through this as a global society, how we deal with we all must do to sacrifice and change our habits for the greater good is going to be fodder for discussion and study for years and years to come.

What’s of some importance – and maybe that’s too strong a word – is what will become of the job I do and the league I’m at least on the periphery of.

And it ain’t good. Or maybe it is.

Maybe a three-month hiatus right now is best for all concerned, taking a longer view than originally thought seems wise given what’s transpired since the middle of last week and planning for a resumption that far out might make more sense than lurching day to day and trying to react to a global tragedy that seems to change almost hourly.

Look, as I said the NBA, or the NHL, or the MLB or the MLS or golf or tennis or curling or the Olympics or any of it, really doesn’t matter.

Putting in place some plan to perhaps resume sometime in June might be precisely what’s needed right now. Put a resumption so far in the future that maybe people can concentrate more on what they have to concentrate on than games that are far in the distance isn’t a bad thing at all.
But, as we’ve seen with all of this coronavirus stuff for months, it’s a rapidly changing crisis and who knows what’s next.

All right, I think we all understand that there might not be quite enough stuff going on anywhere to sustain being here each and every morning, right?

So why don’t we try this for the time being, something like we did for our Summer Hours time last year.

We’ll go Monday, Wednesday and Friday here with Sunday being the usual mailbag for at least this week and see what how we handle it.

Maybe it’s a shortened version every day with a list leading thing off, maybe something will happen every other day that fills the void.

I don’t know because there’s never been a time like this since we began this whole endeavour 12 or 13 years ago.

We’ll figure it out as we go along.

But if you’ve got stuff for the mail or ideas for me or whatever, we’re as close as clicking on askdoug@thestar.ca and I’ll be glad to hear from you.

Seems there was a bit of real live sports news yesterday when the NFL, bless its collective heart, decided to extend its season and expand its playoffs because we all know that asking athletes to put their brains and bodies on the line for an extra week or two of incredible violence and bone-jarring collisions has to be the right idea, isn’t it?

I seriously don’t get that sport. And unless this new 10-year CBA includes a vastly improved health program for retired players and even those who have been out of the game for a decade, I just don’t get it.

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So I had to go for a little meeting yesterday afternoon – couldn’t be avoided – and walking into a joint where every other table had no chairs and was out of commission so people wouldn’t be sitting too close to each other was kind of jarring.

Entirely effective and I quite liked it but jarring at the start nonetheless.

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