Sports are back!
On Monday, I was out taking in the first day of practices across Atascosa County and it felt good. Things felt, well, as normal as they could right now.
Masks, social distancing and other precautions made things look different than years past. Some teams weren’t using locker rooms. Athletes had to bring their own water for practice.
It easily took me aback. To Pleasanton Head Coach Stephen Liska, I cracked a joke that this seemed a lot like pee-wee football with the water jugs scattered around the sideline.
With a laugh, he didn’t disagree.
But that’s what we have to do right now if we want sports back. Correction, it’s what we have to do if we want sports back … safely.
On the first day of practice, I saw coaches wearing masks, even if they didn’t like them. They understand the sacrifices they have to make in order to let this season go off without a hitch. They know they have to make sacrifices to have what they love most back.
If the virus gets out of control, coaches know the alternative to playing this fall. Nobody wants that.
For us here at the Pleasanton Express, though, we’re excited about this upcoming season because, no matter what happens, it will be historic and we’re in the business of chronicling history.
From marquee matchups to the unkown, we’ll have you covered this year.
Sports are back and let’s keep it that way. Mask up, wash your hands and look out for your neighbors.