As messed up as this world is — and we see it every day — sports has always been a constant.

Not so much anymore.

Major League Baseball is going to play 60 games, have the DH in the National League and start a runner on second base when games go to extra innings.

The Orlando Pride of the National Womens Soccer League bowed out of the Challenge Cup because of positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff.

NBA players are opting out of returning for various reasons. Lakers guard Avery Bradley’s 6-year-old son Liam has a history respiratory problems and more than likely would not have been cleared to enter the bubble in Orlando.

High school programs in Ohio have shut down extracurricular activities for two weeks for precautionary reasons.

And who knows about the NHL, NFL and college football.

The landscape of sports on all levels has changed.

And, honestly, it’s for the better.

Voices have to be heard and we have to listen.

We must listen to Bubba Wallace: “It’s been an emotional few days. First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was. I want to thank my team, NASCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat. I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been. Make no mistake, though some will try, this should not detract from the show of unity we had on Monday, and the progress we’ve made as a sport to be a more welcoming environment for all.”

We must listen to the San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane: “It’s been an issue and a topic that nobody has wanted to talk about of even really acknowledge. Any time there’s been an incident it’s been pushed aside and swept under the rug, We’re not going to continue to put up with that.”

Any old people like me remember John Carlos and Tommy Smith?

1968 Olympics.

52 years ago.

That’s like 19,000 days ago.

Let that sink in.

I strongly suggest a listen to Emmanuel Acho’s “Uncomfortable Conversation with a Black Man.”

We must listen.

Miscellaneous musings:

Follow Elec Simon on social media.

Jordan Fisher can sing.

The PGA Tour is doing a lot of things correctly.

Anybody remember the night Wilt Chamberlain had 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists?

For his career, Tony Gwynn batted .302 with two strikes. In 1994 he was hitting .394 when the strike hit, and .397 with two strikes.

The amount of rules and guidelines that schools will have to follow will be insane.

This Cancel Culture sucks.

Do your part to be the solution.

Who else is waiting to stream Hamilton?

Broadway needs to come back.

Sierra Boggess’s voice is magical.

Listen to T.D. Jakes.

Golf is a great game. You can stink at it and still have a lot of fun.

Kudos to the State Farm E’town Tennis Open for playing.

Just curious if colleges that are dropping sports are also dropping majors.

Take your time and read what Ryan McGee has said about what’s going on in NASCAR.

Here’s to high school football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball players being able to actually share a ball sometime real soon.

Is there any way for a quarterback to throw a pass and have the ball sanitized in the air before the receiver catches it?

I can’t imagine how much volleyball players are itching to get back into the gym.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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