After being awarded the dubiously deadly title of the “Covid-19 epicenter” in March at the onset of what has proven to be an arduous and exhausting outbreak testing mental and emotional fitness, Washington state residents and University of Washington football fans will have to wait another week for their college football season to start. With the ceaseless presence of a passive beta herbivore culture of decision makers floundering to grasp the role leadership, and existing as the antithesis to authoritative, the state of the Pac-12 conference was already teetering and wilting under the expectations of greatness tempered by political correctness envy, as a complete disconnect in the channels between athletic officials and state government prompted an unacceptable and monumental delay to the opening of Leftist coast football. While the majority of college football teams are already to the midway points of their respective seasons, the afterthought of gridiron action on the West coast, which already is forced to remain relevant and facing a three hour time difference, is the product of incompetency and an overbearing political climate.
A University of California football player tested positive for the virus, which prompted a mad scramble to determine just how the mismanagement of contact testing procedures could have a profound domino effect ultimately cancelling the entire season for fans in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, as well as the legions of others glued to their devices and screens in other locations. Those individuals allegiant to Cal athletics will also endure the frustrations of a fruitlessly endless void bereft of football, except the author of the editorial roots for Washington and priorities are priorities.
The precarious situation in the aftermath of the cancelation grows exponentially intolerable and logistically impossible, as the indecision of conference officials resulted in an infeasible and undesirable belated start date drowned by a firehose stream of comparisons to the schizophrenic operations of the county elections department of blue states, that are always reliably dubious when felt tip markers can account for disproportionate mathematical miracles of Democracy mysteriously flipping election results.
While the other four power conferences, and the smaller institutions west of the Mississippi scoffed at the ineptitude of conference commissioner and 4 million dollar gimp Larry Scott, the much-maligned former tennis bureaucrat now awaits the immediate consequences of a Coronavirus cancellation within his modified dentist chair of various leather restraints 40 feet beneath the Bay area surface in an underground sugar catacomb dungeon of unmentionable horrors and a hideous vapidness that threatens the supply chain of vanilla ice cream in Northern California. Where there exists no margin for error collides with the inconsistent adoption of policy, an unfortunate self-driving vehicle versus pedestrian crash which may have been prevented by knowledgeable foresight.
As California health code is specific county to county, the positive test by one Cal player and the subsequent contact tracing data results in the athletic contest between the two schools vaporized, effectively ending an absolutely sterling week for those involved or invested emotionally to what was once looked forward to as a brief glimpse of comfort and normalcy during these trying times. On the other side of the ledger, multiple San Francisco 49er players came back with positive tests, but the team was allowed to proceed with their game, and the season schedule remained uninterrupted. The inconsistencies and the inverse of outcomes for two football teams in a metro area is both maddening to the point of destroying a few personal valuables in a fit of rage, and frustrating to the threshold of questioning whether an entire self-serving and sanctimonious political philosophy could be a major factor in why players, businesses that rely on gameday revenues, and fans are in this predicament of spoiled pickle.
At the outset of the Covid-19 outbreak, California Governor Gavin Newsom laid out guidelines for the entire spectrum of athletics in returning to competition. For some reason, the politician failed to proofread the recommendations from his health advisers setting strict guidelines and putting a maximum number on the number of team members allowed to practice against each other, which set off a seismic chain of miscommunication between Scott, athletic directors, and elected officials.
“IHEs (institutions of higher education) should establish cohorts as a strategy to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. A cohort may be composed of six to 12 individuals, all members of the same team, who consistently work out and participate in activities together.”
The completely unreasonable mandate immediately prevents football teams adhering to the governor’s amended rules for competition from holding a full scrimmage, an obstacle that the 49er’s were able to workaround, and an oversight that proved nearly insurmountable for Pac-12 officials, and college athletic departments in California to overcome. In other words, this would not, and did not happen in the SEC, which is night and day compared to the Pac-12 on how athletic departments are run.
With the precious time ticking away, and adopting the UN method of productivity in “activity without achievement what time is lunch?”, the University of Washington, Cal, and the entire conference faces the wrath of a quandary that was completely avoidable.
As (most) liberals are gifted at organizing chaos, and not necessarily adept at organizing chaos as a direct correlation of their actions once civil unrest had begun, or for that matter a colossal failure, ironically a game is cancelled amid the most zany and radical political climate on the planet, where masks are a fashion statement, as much as a political archetype. But within their pseudo-intellects a fair percentage of progressives throw out terms such as “science” and “empathy” with such reckless abandon and condemnation, even in the face personal responsibility, as long as it forwards an agenda.
So a Saturday is now lost for a few fan bases and the student athletes involved. In the scheme of things and the big picture master plan of the universe it may mean nothing, and please do not attempt to force personal values or opinions into the mind of a stranger and vise versa. It may not go over well.
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