06 Oct

NFL requires, by threat, that ALL sidelines must wear masks at all times, but....out on the field, wrestling and sweating, grabbing and dashing folks to the ground, well....no mask required, except on the officials and that is unwieldy.   My question is this....how much protection does a mask give on the sideline when more than twenty men invade another's space without and return to the sideline?  Aren't they all endangering others?  I will be interested in checking the number of COVID-19 reports following each contest.  I certainly do not want to be a statistic since I am of the age and physical condition to be one.  I rather like the plastic shield type that is offered on TV.   A mask covering my face gives me the willies.  I even have to fight panic each night with my C-PAP full face mask.  Thankfully, there are models that cover just the nose and mouth and that I can handle. 

I fear politics and social ills are ruining America.  Everything I love to enjoy as a pass time is being invaded by subversive elements.  There is a verse in Psalm written by David that perfectly describes this thought, "You, God, are my God, I earnestly seek you; I thirst for you, mu whole being longs for you in a dry and parched land where there is no water." (Psalm 63:1).  I see America as simply "Thirsty".  Years of drought brought about by living in Sin has nearly dried up the fount of human kindness and turned us into angry beasts.  The 'masking' of sin doesn't remove its destruction.   How tragic.

And that's what I get from my Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.


James G Austin, '69

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