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Normally, in the beginning of May, I’d be in a really good sports mood. We’d have NBA playoffs in the second round, and same with the NHL. (By the way, hockey is the best spectator sport, more on that at another time.) And baseball would be in its second month. There’s nothing like the playoffs where, every day, you’d have games in the NBA and NHL. But as we know, these are not normal times.

What helps get me through the depression of no games is that with each new month, I know we’re that much closer to sports resuming. That’s really the only way I deal with the lack of sports. I wonder if we will have basketball and hockey again this season. It’s almost like a tease where one day I’ll read that both sports are getting closer to resuming their seasons. But the next day comes and I’ll hear that both sports might not finish their seasons at all. Come on, which is it? I know this is the world we live in now, the world of uncertainty. But, for me at least, as each new month arrives, I know one way or another that sports is a little closer to returning. At least it seems like we’re headed in the right direction, and I guess that’s all we can ask for at this time.

I mean, this is already the worst year ever, right? The only way it could ever get worse is if we get invaded by Murder Hornets.  I thought this was a joke when I first read about this. Doesn’t this seem like it should be a future disaster movie? Coronavirus vs. the Murder Hornets. I would have believed it could have been a movie by a Stephen King. Six months ago, I wouldn’t have believed this would be a reality. In the movie, if it’s up to me, in the fight scene at the end, both Coronavirus and the Murder Hornets die at the same time as they attack each other. Kind of like “Rocky II,” when both fighters almost knocked each other out.

On a much more serious note, I was surprised and disgusted about the reports coming out that a former girls basketball coach at Punahou was accused of sexually harassing several of his players over the years. The details are very ugly, with serious threats by the coach to his players if they didn’t give in to him. A lot of this was a badly kept secret over the years. I have heard the exact same story from many different people over the years, without knowing who the players were until now. I feel terrible for them. It’s too bad it took so long for these players to take the coach and school to court. I don’t understand why the school was informed of these situations, and for whatever reasons, chose to ignore them and do nothing about it. I know that Punahou is getting a bad rap here, that’s the way it goes in these situations. I’m sure not everyone associated with Punahou knew and did nothing. But there were people in charge who should have done something, and didn’t. And I hope they are held responsible and pay a price for allowing it to continue. And for the coach himself, I hope he spends many years in jail. I know these are technically allegations now, but hopefully the truth will come out. Supposedly, a lot of text messages were sent to the players, which should be able to be tracked to prove that it’s more than allegations.

In closing, wouldn’t the  Monster Hornets be a cool name for a pro sports team? Maybe the new NHL team in Seattle could use it. They need a nickname, and that’s where the big bugs are currently residing.

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