It's amazing to realize that we didn't know what we had until it was gone:
The basic stuff of the sports section is in lockdown. The leagues and schools have stopped the play of game until it’s safe to come out again.So what are those prodigiously talented and productive journalists who cover sports to do?I began to ask myself that question after reading a fascinating email that someone forwarded from a listserv. The author, a Seattle architect named George Ostrow, gave me permission to reprint it:I have the great fortune of being able to do this on a barely even part-time basis. I'm lucky if I can come up with five posts in a month, which shows you what a well-tuned engine of a blog looks like. I cannot imagine how difficult it is for the people who have dedicated their lives to writing about and thinking about sports so that they talk about it effectively in front of other people.
This is a time of upheaval, and I don't think we know what the new normal will look like when we get to the other side. The frivolous things in life aren't so silly anymore. The loss of a season of basketball, baseball and hockey is bad enough. The fact that all of those leagues and more--the minor leagues, the development leagues, the colleges and high schools that see vast engagement in sports for men and women--are shut down and have to be asterisked or put on hold should tell you how serious things are.