2021 ends with COVID craziness in sports activities and politics |


The Star Tribune newspaper reviews:

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is on the COVID-19 reserve record after testing optimistic for COVID-19 and can miss Sunday night time’s sport in opposition to the Packers. …

From the Star Tribune web site


Cousins, who’s unvaccinated, was positioned on the COVID-19 reserve record as an in depth contact early in coaching camp after (one backup quarterback) examined optimistic for the virus. After getting back from a five-day quarantine, he declined to debate his choice on whether or not to be vaccinated, calling it a private selection and saying his focus was on avoiding being an in depth contact.

He had prevented being positioned on the reserve record all season. However after (one other backup quarterback) examined optimistic, Cousins admitted staying away from the virus earlier than the Vikings’ most essential sport of the season could be robust.

Throughout the sphere for Sunday’s Vikings-Packers sport, one other unvaccinated quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, continues to make headlines about feedback he makes criticizing Nationwide Soccer League COVID-related insurance policies.

You might not care about soccer or about unvaccinated however extremely paid athletes.  There are not any winners on this matter.  How should Cousins’ vaccinated teammates really feel about their “area normal” leaving them within the lurch on the eve of a sport that might decide their season’s success or failure. And if failure, it might influence the roles of some gamers and coaches.

It’s, certainly, a private selection for Cousins and Rodgers. However their private selection has far-reaching implications due to their position on these groups and the pedestal on which some followers place professional athletes.

A lot for sports activities.  Subsequent, politics.

I reside in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis with about 80,000 residents.  I’ve been right here lower than a 12 months.  This week I had my first contact with town council member representing my native ward.  The subject was COVID and he made it an unsightly first encounter.

This week town of Plymouth began selling a Viva Las Vegas occasion for January 21, one of many first massive occasions to open town’s newly expanded group heart.  The advertising messages acknowledged:

Attendees can sit up for a night of Las Vegas model video games, a catered Italian-style dinner, music and drinks on the new Energetic Wing of the Plymouth Neighborhood Middle. A money bar might be accessible. … Organizations could sponsor a desk on the occasion for $250. Sponsors will see their title and emblem posted on the desk and displayed on signage on the occasion.

Video games, meals, drink, music, alternatives for sponsors to place their title in entrance of native residents.  However not a single phrase about COVID precautions.

That’s why I wrote my considerations to the division managing the occasion, with a cc to town council member for my neighborhood.  His response to me, a taxpayer and voter in his district, was insulting, inflammatory and wildly inaccurate.  Some excerpts of what he wrote me:

“After 2 years of concern induced destruction of our civil society, it’s previous the time for us to maneuver on and return to our lives. …It is going to be a perpetual flu and every pressure will possible be much less virulent then (sic) the earlier one. When the shutdowns began in March 2020, I predicted accurately that this is not going to finish till people resolve it should finish.  Some in authorities don’t ever need it to be over. It gave them extraordinary energy. They abused it within the title of security. They’re despicable. … For many who insist on spreading concern, I say keep dwelling. You aren’t useful any extra.”

We’re accustomed to pandemic polarization and politicization (PPP) from what typically looks like far-away Washington, DC.  But when I wanted any proof of how the PPP has trickled right down to even the native ward politics of native authorities, this blast of bile from my council member delivered it.

I’m a voter and taxpayer in his district.  I raised questions and considerations respectfully. I used to be floored and saddened by his response.

I’m certain the Viva Las Vegas occasion will go on.  However I reminded metropolis officers that their celebration is being promoted whereas New 12 months’s Eve celebrations across the globe are being curtailed because of COVID considerations, whereas many venues domestically have been cancelling upcoming occasions because of omicron considerations, whereas our native hospitals are overloaded with COVID sufferers, whereas native well being care employees are overworked and pressured by the calls for of what they’re seeing and treating daily, and whereas even some sports activities venues require followers to point out proof of vaccination and/or mandate masks for all attendees.

It’s troublesome to motive with a neighborhood politician who believes that the pandemic will finish when “people resolve it should finish.” He – and possibly others in native authorities right here – at the moment are saying the pandemic is over, and so gosh darn it, it’s over.  It’s time to celebration.

Will a few of my neighbors get sick in the event that they attend town’s Viva Las Vegas occasion?  I hope not, however there’s a threat of that.

Will the house owners of the Minnesota Vikings do something about their quarterback, who makes about $35 million a 12 months?  I doubt it.

After two years of the pandemic, are we getting any smarter about threat communication? Are we getting any higher about our skill to speak with one another thoughtfully and respectfully about our views of vaccination and public well being precautions?

I’ll finish 2021 with these questions, hoping that we are able to provide you with higher solutions in a brighter, more healthy 2022.


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