It is no secret that I’m an “old school” kind of guy when it comes to sports, particularly baseball. I normally hold the traditions of America’s pastime on par with the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail. But not all baseball traditions are holy, and purists like me need to learn to let go of them.
It’s an exciting time for sports in Rutherford County. Monday marks the start of the state playoffs for five local programs while most baseball and softball teams begin play on either Wednesday or Thursday.
This past week was rough for my inner child. The most obvious reason was the sudden, substantial snowfall that blanketed the state. As the snow fell I couldn’t think of what friends I could call to go sledding with me or pick out the perfect spot in the front yard to construct a snowman. Instead I had to worry about how I was going to get to work. I had to worry about road conditions, game cancellations and early deadlines. Snow no longer represents a reprieve from everyday worries, now it just makes them worse.
However, the snow was the least of my worries.
As much of Rutherford County is in a state of emergency, the Forest City Owls are in a serious state of transition.