PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – MARCH 29
By Leo Haggerty

DO THE MATH

I cannot believe that all, and I mean all, of the White House press corps didn’t pick up on a statement made by President Donald Trump at the March 27th COVID-19 briefing.  To say The Fourth Estate really dropped the ball on this one is an understatement.

President Trump stated, and I quote, “In the next 100 days, we will either make or get in some form over 100,000 additional units.  In the next 100 days we will receive over three times number of ventilators made during a regular year in the United States.”  I immediately sat up and took notice of what was being said when I heard that.

Let me save you the trouble of pulling out your cell phone to count 100 days on your calendar from March 27.  That date would be June 30.

Here is the question I would have been begging to ask at that press conference.  Mr. President, with the time line you just gave for new ventilators at being 100 days from today, that tells me that you expect the pandemic to still be in existence when the nation gets ready to celebrate our Independence Day in early July, correct?  That answer would have been extremely interesting.

So, how does that statement, that involves the entire nation, apply to sports?  Simply do the math.

Using that statement as a barometer, the earliest any sporting event could occur would be the middle of July.  That is assuming that all traces of the COVID-19 virus has been eradicated and, with what we are seeing daily in terms of the number of people infected as well as dying skyrocketing, that is a very ambitious timetable to say the least.

With that extremely late start date, Major League Baseball will have to cancel their season. NCAA football, along with the NFL, will almost assuredly have their start date postponed for at least a month.

As we have found out, sports pales in comparison as to what is transpiring to the American populous.  Sports give people hope because, when sporting events resume, this time of dread will have passed.

With the President’s statement that you see above, I would assume that day of returning to normalcy is months, not weeks, away.  Boy, I wish one of my media brothers and sisters would have asked President Trump to expound on that.

Then, I wouldn’t be trying to explain a supposition but have had clarity.  Oh well, maybe next time.