The Peterson Principle: 7/13/2020

By Tim Peterson
I’m writing this column on my mobile device because my laptop took a dump. Why, of course it did. It’s 2020.

Kobe dies in a helicoptor crash, a virus known as COVID-19 spreads throughout the land and the next thing you know sports, and the world as we know it comes to a screeching halt. Not enough? No not even close.

A bad cop in Minnesota kills a black man for no reason which results in protests nation wide, looting and rioting in the streets and ultimately violence against police and protesters alike.

Anybody in our lifetime ever seen anything like this? Well there’s more. Millions are now filing unemployment claims and hundreds of businesses and restaurants which were forced to shut down because of the virus, are now closing down permanently.

Hey, I’ll be honest I’m going to miss Soup Plantation. And if Taco Treat doesn’t open soon we got a problem.

Anything else that 2020 can hit us with? Well yeah, have you been attacked yet by murder hornets? Yeah that’s what they’re called. Murder hornets. Sounds like a nickname for a junior college in the mid west. What are they exactly? I don’t know but I really don’t want to find out. No investigative reporting here on that one.

2020 is only half way through. Just last week there were reports that another virus has been detected that is 10 times worse than the previous one. Fantastic. Just what we all need. What’s next? Alien abductions?

So what do we do when it comes to sports? Baseball has a start date but with players testing positive left and right and others opting out one has to wonder if they will make it through the season if it gets underway at all? Buster Olney of ESPN says the chances are zero percent. NBA and MLS are both in an Orlando, Florida bubble but COVID-19 tests are still coming up positive. One MLS team, Nashville, already dropped out of the MLS is Back Tournament and games this past week have already been postponed. Not good.

NFL training camps open later this month or do they? A ton of restrictions and precautions need to be put in place before the players arrive. Is the NFL prepared for that? Let’s be honest here, there’s no social distancing in football.

On the high school level CIF will announce its decision for a Fall sports schedule on July 20. But it doesn’t end there. As one former local high school coach/ AD told me it has nothing to do with the CIF. It’s up to the schools. And when it comes to football, in his opinion, the schools won’t want to take the risk of playing. Even if CIF approves a football season beginning in the Fall the schools can say no, we’re not doing it. When the Junior colleges in California announced this past week that all sports were done for 2020 and will resume in January, in his opinion it was game, set, match.

At this point it might be the best idea. We shouldn’t fight 2020 anymore. We try to fight back and it counters with a bigger blow. Maybe someone is trying to tell us something. Don’t mess with 2020 anymore. Just wash your hands of it. Call 2020 game over and let’s strap it up again in 2021.

The motto is you get knocked down and get right back up and keep fighting. But at what point are we knocked out and the fight is over? At what point is 2020 declared the winner? Hey you win some, you lose some and go get the next one. Let’s go get 2021.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim.midvalleysports@gmail.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

27 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 7/13/2020"

  1. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 19, 2020 - 12:02 pm | Permalink

    @ RAMS FAN: Thanks to you as well. Let’s hope that we can have on-campus instruction and high school sports by January, and good luck to all the people who are currently jobless.
    In the meantime, we have to work together to mitigate the damage to people’s lives and their health.

  2. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    July 19, 2020 - 7:43 am | Permalink

    @All
    Thank you all for a healthy discussion and dialog. This pandemic is a very serious issue and most are agreed on steps to address it. I am some what surprised that we are all getting our news from pretty much the same places yet our interpretation of that news varies greatly. Lock downs are a over reaction to information that is being clarified almost daily. Wear a mask, yes. Social distance,yes. Wash your hands frequently, yes. Limit indoor dining,yes. Shut down beaches,no. Shut down parks,no. Allow mass protests and rioting, a big fat NO! Be safe every one and hopefully we’ll be through this by November 4.

  3. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 18, 2020 - 10:30 pm | Permalink

    @ Question Mark: You’re on the right track, buddy; I would just like to add some clarity to your comments.

    The 1918-19 influenza pandemic is believed to have infected around 500 million people, a number which represented around one-third of the world’s population at the time. The pandemic killed somewhere between 50 million and 100 million, which means that 10 to 20 per cent of those who were infected died.
    An enormous number of people lost their lives, no matter how you look at it.
    I think the uncertainty about the death toll is due to several factors: public health systems were spotty and much less sophisticated, travel and communication were considerably slower and more difficult, and much of the world was ruled by colonial powers.
    Dr. Fauci is correct, as you said. We are currently repeating some of the mistakes made during the H1N1 pandemic of a century ago. Back then, many countries and jurisdictions around the world were slow to close down and mandate mask-wearing, and many reopened too quickly.
    Around 675,000 Americans died because of that last disastrous pandemic. Based on the fact that our population is presently three times larger, the death toll would be equivalent to roughly two million today.
    If we can only do the right things now, we should be able to keep our currently mounting death toll much lower than that. The 140,000 lives we’ve already lost to the coronavirus in this country are far too many because, in my opinion, many of our deaths were preventable.

  4. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 18, 2020 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

    @ Go Stangs: Well said. The rugged individualists, the antigovernment types, and all of the selfish or undisciplined people who refuse to wear masks or practice social distancing do not have the right to infect everyone else.
    We have to emphasize the common good over individual “rights” when we’re in the midst of a pandemic caused by a highly infectious and deadly disease.
    Wear face masks when you’re in public, maintain the social distancing, and wash your hands often. The problem would be much less serious if everyone had continuously taken these precautions to protect themselves and others until effective treatments or vaccines can be developed.

    The pandemic will not go away any time soon; new cases of the coronavirus in the United States have increased by 50 per cent in the last two weeks.
    California has been experiencing a big upsurge in the disease, especially in its southern counties. It’s even worse in Florida and Texas, states where new cases are increasing so drastically that there’s a chance their total numbers could surpass ours—despite the fact that our population is much larger.
    We must greatly increase our coronavirus testing—and remedy its errors and shortcomings—so we can quickly find out who’s been infected. Until then, we have to take all the necessary precautions so that fewer people become ill and we can get the number of cases down to the point where effective contact tracing and quarantines are even possible.
    We will not be able to fully restart our businesses, schools, and public activities unless we can accomplish these things.

  5. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 18, 2020 - 2:27 pm | Permalink

    @Perspective: Do a little research before you post That WWI flu with no TV did not end the world. It did end 33% of the word, no biggie right?. US was lucky in only 1 in 11 or so Americans died in 1918 but in this one sadly many were youngsters. The most people died in the 2nd wave in the fall and winter like Fauci is warning us about in this one. BTW the laughed at by the Republicans Dr. Fauci said that Covid could rival the 1918 pandemic if we keep acting like its a little flu. 140,000 dead Americans buts its fake news right. I mean I feel great.On a side note last week the famous Chuck Woolry another ex game show host took to Twitter to called people that wear masks idiots or something like that. Yesterday he reported he own son has Covid then closed his Twitter account.

  6. Go Stangs's Gravatar Go Stangs
    July 18, 2020 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    @VP – I believe in it. I believe it is as serious as “they” say. I believe that people who refuse to wear masks are idiots, and that those who think that they dangerously restrict breathing have weapons-grade stupidity. But…when a guy who is Covid-19 positive dies in a motorcycle crash and is counted as a Covid-19 death (and an official tries to justify it by suggesting that it could have impaired his driving, therefore it is not unreasonable to count it), I get why people who are prone to skepticism on the matter can make some incorrect leaps.

  7. Some Perspective's Gravatar Some Perspective
    July 18, 2020 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    Watching television’s coverage of this so-called crisis, you’d think the world is ending in 10 minutes. But the vast majority of people feel just fine, and justifiably wonder why they’re being forcibly locked-down. Could it be that we are being over-saturated with information on this situation? There was a far worse virus in the WWI era, but since radio and television didn’t exist, there was business-as-usual…..and, while there were deaths from that plague, the world didn’t end. Yes, we’re still here, ready and eager to use modern technology to spread panic as well as the actual germs.

  8. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    July 17, 2020 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    @VP No one said it’s a hoax. No one said it doesn’t exist. People are dying from Covid. The question is how many are dying FROM it as opposed to dying WITH it. Big difference. The reporting is counting for just two examples, a person dies of a gunshot wound with covid is counted as a covid death. A person dies in a car accident with covid it’s counted as a covid death. Those are examples of people dying WITH it not FROM it.
    @Anonymous, See examples above. 100,000 plus deaths from covid is exaggerated. So many experts, not just Trump experts, but MSM experts agree covid deaths are being double and triple counted and more. Testing is basically a joke when you have people not even taking the test being reported as positives.
    @Facts If you believe anything that’s reported in or from the LA Times you’re very naive. Where do you think the LA TImes Corona Virus Tracking Center gets their numbers? From the same agencies that are counting tests 2,3 or 15 times. To suggest that governments are under reporting just defies logic and facts. I have a large circle of people I know between work and personal and I know 1 person who was diagnosed with covid. I work at a auto group with 225 employees and not a single case diagnosed. Our employees are in contact with literally thousands of people a month. Don’t you think that’s odd? Since the beginning we established normal precautions through out the dealerships to minimize germ transferal. Nothing extra ordinary. Just using some common sense like you would exhibit during flu season.
    People are dying from covid, I agree, and it is serious for elderly and immune compromised people. But you isolate those people to protect them. You don’t isolate and quarantine EVERYONE!

  9. Facts's Gravatar Facts
    July 17, 2020 - 5:28 am | Permalink

    The L.A. Times Corona Virus tracking center lists 346,000 confirmed cases in Ca. It also says this number does not represent the unknown cases that could be 10 times higher or more. To say governments are over reporting is just insane. The whole tracking system is skewed to under reporting which makes the virus so dangerous. Viruses don’t care about your freedoms or the economy or politics. They do what they do best and this one infects and in the end kills some.

  10. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 16, 2020 - 11:42 pm | Permalink

    @ Rams Fan
    I guess the 100,000+ dead is a skewed number also

  11. VP's Gravatar VP
    July 16, 2020 - 10:47 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe that people don’t believe in Covid-19. It’s not a hoax, people are dying. They are not making up people dying. Can you explain why people do not believe that people are dying from Covid-19, am I missing something.

  12. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 16, 2020 - 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Rams fan talks just like Trump. “This important famous Dr. called me to tell me I’am doing a great job and has the facts to prove it. I will show you these reports right after I show you my taxes.”

  13. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    July 16, 2020 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Ron it’s a numbers game. Comparing Brazil’s population at 212 million to the USA’s 320 million common sense would tell you our number will be higher. But by a percentage of total population our numbers are better than most countries. The simple fact is our numbers are so far skewed we will never know what’s accurate. Many experts have admitted double and triple counting positives. Featured on the MSM the other night was a story about an elderly man in the hospital and was not going to be released until his covid test was negative. They tested him 15 days in a row before they got a negative. All 15 positive tests were counted as separate positives. I know 3 people in separate parts of the country who went in for testing and left before the test was administered for one reason or another. Several days later all 3 were notified their tests were positive! Texas labs were found to be leaving tests out in room temperature before being tested, a big no no! So our true numbers will never be known and whatever decisions are being made by Newsom and the rest of the Governors are based on faulty data. Take precautions just like it was a normal flu season and we’ll be fine.

  14. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 15, 2020 - 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, some other countries are emulating our failures in combating the coronavirus here in the United States.
    Brazil, Russia, and Mexico are among those that are experiencing rapid increases in the number of cases, and Brazil is second only to the U.S. in total coronavirus deaths.

  15. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    July 14, 2020 - 11:36 pm | Permalink

    @Some Perspective, assuming your statistics are accurate. Can you ask the guy from Mars, what does most of the countries in the world shutting down have to do with our politics? I believe it is this sort of conspiracy theories, along with people’s defiant reluctance to wear a mask, that has made the virus difficult to control in our country.

  16. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    July 14, 2020 - 2:11 pm | Permalink

    If it isn’t for the stock market being propped up by termites holding hands, 2020 would be a complete washed.

  17. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    July 14, 2020 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    The SGV Jr. All American Conference has canceled their 2020 football & cheer season.

  18. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 13, 2020 - 11:50 pm | Permalink

    @ Anonymous: God bless the Vietnamese for having the will and the ability to manage the coronavirus pandemic in a proper manner. It appears that we’ve collectively lacked the will or discipline in this country, and we need to start going in the right direction quickly.

    @ PC: Our professional baseball team is called the Dodgers because, during their time in Brooklyn, they were known as the “Trolley Dodgers,” as well as by other names. They’ve been officially known as the Dodgers since 1932.
    The Trolley Dodgers nickname was informally applied to the team by fans and sportswriters starting in 1895. Its origin related to the fact that the trolley lines in Brooklyn had become electrified in 1892, and the electric-powered cars were faster and more dangerous to pedestrians and others. (The cars were previously drawn by horses.)
    People in the New York City borough of Brooklyn needed to be more careful when crossing streets or intersections where there were trolley lines. They had to be sure to avoid, or “dodge,” the trolleys.
    The Dodgers, who’ve been in L.A. since 1958, are still aptly named because we have to dodge a lot of traffic on both the freeways and surface streets here.

    Source for historical information: “History of the Brooklyn Dodgers” on Wikipedia.

  19. Some Perspective's Gravatar Some Perspective
    July 13, 2020 - 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Each and every year, 610,000 Americans die from heart disease. The COVID19 numbers, which are compiled using questionable methodology, don’t come close to that level of fatality. I asked a guy from Mars to explain it, and he said it’s an election year.

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 13, 2020 - 9:41 pm | Permalink

    @ PC
    You must have slept through American History class. Runaway slaves were never referred to as “dodgers”.
    You also don’t know your Dodger history. Dodgers name came from fans dodging the new trolleys in Brooklin

  21. VP's Gravatar VP
    July 13, 2020 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    In tribute to the president of the US LA’s new name could be Draft Dodger (DD).

  22. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 13, 2020 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Who knew our long time enemy Viet Nam is making our country look like a bunch of idiots. Country of 100 million has a handful of cases all imported and no deaths. Must be a pack of lies right? You can’t trust Johns Hopkins world stats can you?

  23. PC's Gravatar PC
    July 13, 2020 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    There’s a cabal out there trying to get rid of the Dodger nickname. They say it’s racist because the origin of the Dodgers came from what runaway slaves were called by there owners “dodgers”. Any body got a new nickname?

  24. In Gratitude's Gravatar In Gratitude
    July 12, 2020 - 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Great to know that when the calendar flips over into the new year, the virus will be in the rear view mirror. I was wondering when it will be safe to toss my mask, and now I know.

  25. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 12, 2020 - 11:00 pm | Permalink

    2020 has got to be the worst year our country has experienced since 1968. During that disastrous year, the Vietnam War was raging, there were massive antiwar protests, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were killed by assassins, and there were riots in many of our cities.
    The only other years that could possibly come close to comparing are 2001, because of the terrorist attacks that occurred on 9/11, and 1992, when the Rodney King riots took place and we were in an economic recession.
    Let’s hope and pray that times will be better in the relatively near future. In the meantime, we have to take care of ourselves and each other. Keep wearing face masks in public and maintain proper social distancing because those measures have been saving lives.

  26. Writing On The Wall's Gravatar Writing On The Wall
    July 12, 2020 - 10:49 pm | Permalink

    You hit the nail right on the head on this one Peterson! Your perspective is more than valid; it’s smart. Trying to salvage 2020 is as futile as trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together. Here’s a new nursery rhyme for y’all:

    2020 sat on a wall
    2020 had a great fall
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
    Couldn’t put 20 together again

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