Raise your hand if you are over me taking up this space?
It’s OK, you can be brutally honest with me, I would prefer it no other way.
I am not going to lie, I have always wanted to be a columnist ... I just did not want to become one in this fashion.
This kind of feels like I am turning into Owen Wilson on Marley and Me, sans a big pay raise and I do not have an awesome dog like Marley to write about.
So I guess you are just going to have to bear with me for a little while longer.
And just moments ago, that wait has been extended as Governor Holcomb has signed executive orders which will have schools shut down until at least May 1.
For any of you who had hopes of the IHSAA boys’ basketball state tournament resuming, I think the door was officially closed. Or perhaps, it is actually now slammed shut.
Official word from the IHSAA office has not been made, but the writing is plastered all over the wall, if it already was not.
The door on the spring sports season is also starting to close more as well with today’s announcement.
And my heart aches just a little more than it already did for not only our local athletes but athletes across the state and most likely soon-to-be across the entire nation.
Just a few short weeks ago the Clarion was in the transition of moving offices, albeit only a few blocks.
With the new location, I had plans of purchasing a new TV and mounting in our upstairs conference room so I could do a little work while catching the NCAA tournament games. I am a procrastinator, so the TV was not yet purchased as I most likely would not have bought the TV until last night.
Today, I should be sitting in our conference room watching the tournament games while downloading team photos of our spring sports teams and typing up schedules.
Instead, I am boring you all with my fourth column in as many days and doing so from the comfort of my apartment in Evansville.
Yesterday our company decided it would be best if we practiced the “social distancing” by working from our homes as much as possible.
This is not that big of a deal as most of my work is done remotely anyway...at least once sports seasons are in full swing. Before all of this, the advertising ladies (I am calling you out, Ashley) like to give me a hard time asking if I ever work because I am never in the office.
Well, now I guess I can ask them the same thing — all in fun, of course, because they are actually probably working harder than I am now with trying to come up with ways of keeping their advertisers active.
So, if you are an advertiser, don’t give up on us just yet. We are still cranking out a paper, even if the sports pages are a little more boring than usual.
But those pages should be spruced up a little bit next week, as I will finally be getting around to publishing my all-area teams for wrestling, girls basketball and boys basketball.
Yes, I know I said this at the end of last week, but I decided to stretch it out a week to run “Photo Madness” pics — which please go to our Facebook page to vote on your favorite pics. The bracket will start next week (only on Facebook and Twitter).
In yesterday’s column, I closed with asking you all a favor — reaching out to an athlete or coach who may be struggling with all of this.
Today, I have another favor ... if you know anyone who works in the medical field, reach out to them. Let them know how awesome of a job they are doing because they are risking a lot. And they do not have the luxury of working from home.
Also, reach out to your local business owners, it’s a tough, tough time for them as well. If you have the means, spend a little extra more by ordering take-out and be sure to tip if you are ordering delivery — those workers are being hit hard as well.
And keep on checking on your sports’ lovers, we are still not doing well ... especially after another blow today.
NOTE: Shortly after finishing this column, the IHSAA announced the boys’ basketball tournament has in fact been canceled. An abbreviated spring sports season is still in the works, according to IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox.