* This story caused quite a stir on social media…
Pritzker indicates IHSA will not conduct sports in fall
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signaled that the Illinois High School Association will not conduct sports activities this fall.
The statement came Monday during a question-and-answer session at the Rock Island County Public Health Department and was broadcast by WRMJ in Aledo.
According to the governor, the IHSA “has said they’re basically going to get out of the business of this in the fall. That’s what it appears they are saying.”
The IHSA board of directors are scheduled to convene Wednesday. It was presumed the board will vote then on whether to conduct fall sports.
The story, along with some other developments yesterday, had Pritzker trending on Twitter for much of two days. People were freaking out. Some tried to calm the waters, to no avail…
* The headline and story were changed to a more accurate portrayal of what the governor said, but the damage had already been done…
Pritzker ‘deeply concerned’ about IHSA fall sports
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday he is “deeply concerned” about the Illinois High School Association conducting sports activities this fall. […]
“I’m deeply concerned,” the governor said, noting that there is evidence in other countries that open up school sports and an outbreak immediately follows.
“Not something we’ve issued a mandate about,” Pritzker said. “We’re watching very closely.”
Pritzker said he understands the situation has been confounding for many people and said this will be an autumn like no other. He said parents and teacher will have to be flexible in the coming weeks.
* But riddle me this, Batman: If Major League Baseball, with its vast fortunes and high-priced doctors and a strong players union and no fans in the stands can’t prevent outbreaks, how is high school football gonna top that?…
To one public health expert, the Miami Marlins outbreak — in which at least 14 members of the team, including 12 players, have contracted the coronavirus — is a frightening harbinger of things to come.
Appearing on CNN’s New Day Tuesday, Professor William Haseltine issued a dire warning — stating that what’s happening in baseball could happen on a dramatically larger scale if schools reopen in the fall.
“I think what you’re seeing is what’s about to happen in our high schools,” Haseltine said. “There’s very little difference between the way the virus spreads in young baseball players — many who are just barely into their 20s — and how it’s going to spread in high schools with anybody who’s an adolescent or a teenager.”
Any attempt to create a bubble won’t work either, according to Haseltine. No matter how much testing is done in an effort to create a protected space, the virus will find its way in.
I don’t know how some parents are raising their kids, but mine always stressed that sport, while important, is just a game.