That’s the only way to describe the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association‘s response ( http://www.piaa.org/assets/web/documents/Press_Release_August_6.pdf) to the state’s governor recommendation that school-sponsored sports not be held this fall.
The PIAA’s statement indicates the board will meet tomorrow to decide whether to act on the governor’s recommendation. But the board also couldn’t resist taking a ridiculous and unnecessary shot at Gov. Tom Wolf.
Today, Governor Wolf issued a statement of strongly recommending no interscholastic and recreational sports until January 1 . We are tremendously disappointed in this decision.
Let’s ignore that the statement begins with poor grammar and focus on the obvious: Why was it necessary to blast the governor? The governor made a recommendation; he didn’t order the cancellation of sports. In addition, the recommendation takes into account the health and safety of the boys and girls competing in various sports as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
The PIAA’s board is certainly allowed to have personal opinions on what the governor said. But today that group demonstrated remarkable naïveté; “tremendously disappointed” suggests science be damned in the conversation about sports.
Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.