PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – APRIL 9
By Leo Haggerty

10 RANDOM THOUGHTS

First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.

A quick look into what’s going through my mind these days.  Let’s see how many of you are on the same wave length or if I’m on a different planet.

1-Every time I come back from going out on an errand or for food, which is now Monday and Friday only, the clothes are left outside and I shower immediately.  My lovely bride has leukemia and I don’t want to bring anything into the house that will endanger her well being.  Enough said there.

2-One daughter is a flight attendant.  Another daughter is a nurse.  Elevated concern for their safety with what’s going on now.  It’s a dad thing.

3-Eldest daughter has lupus.  Having trouble procuring her medication, hydroxychloroquine, because it’s been linked to helping people that have contracted COVID-19.  Dad thing again.

4-Son and his family in South Carolina.  Hasn’t hit there as hard so no shelter in place order.  Hoping that changes soon and they stay at home until this passes.

5-Working remotely.  Thankful I still have a job and getting a paycheck.

6-Amazing how LITTLE sports I am watching.  Writing a whole lot more, obviously, and reading as well as catching up on movies and programs that I have on the DVD.

7-Working hard to try and get guests for the radio show.  Hard tracking people down now that a large majority are working from home.

8-The Buccaneers bring in QB Tom Brady and the Super Bowl is in Tampa.  Isn’t it ironic that the season could be cancelled completely and the Bucs have a legitimate shot at playing in February.  Football karma, for sure.

9-Wondering when President Trump will reopen the country.  He’s between a rock and a hard place on this.  From strictly an economic point of view, the country cannot go past the end of April on complete shutdown without chancing a total collapse.  Even coming back on May 1st, some small businesses and “Mom and Pop” stores will not be able to recover.  From a health standpoint, does the economy supersede safety?  Die from starvation or die from disease.  I’ll take Pandemics for $400, Alex.

10-After examining the above thoughts, I need to try and not to be my normal “gloom and doom” self.  I always look at the glass half empty.  I always examine the worst case scenario and go up from there.  That way I won’t be disappointed when the result comes back better than I expected.  It’s the way I am.  Moving forward, I will try to be more positive.

Well, there you have it.  The 10 things on my mind.  Any of you thinking the same thing?