Just checking in. There is nothing new to report, but we are definitely getting closer to re-opening, finishing last year's Winter League, and moving on. The vaccination is getting better every day. President Biden promised 100 million doses in his first 100 days in office, so obviously, a million a day. As of today, the U.S. is now averaging TWO MILLION DOSES A DAY! That's way cool. And there should be enough doses to vaccinate every American by May.
There are only things that can hold us back. One is that there is a shockingly high number of people who say they won't get the vaccine. This group is an odd mix of anti-vaxxers (who are undoubtedly the stupidest people on Earth), and a large number of African-Americans, Hispanics, and Trump voters. It's very odd. Everybody wants things to get back to normal, but not everybody is willing to do his/her part. The other thing is that idiots like the Governor of Texas are dropping mask mandates and opening things up again. We've been in this mess for a year and we're close to getting out, but he can't wait a few more weeks? He just wants Texans to forget how much his administration screwed up during the freeze last month.
Those of you who have run a 400 meters competitively know how agonizing it is. You come out of that last turn into the straight and your legs feel hollow, your butt muscles tighten up, and you lose any semblance of athletic form. But you fight through it and finish. It's like the moron from Texas (and his idiotic counterpart from Mississippi) have come out of that turn and have decided to turn around and go back the other way. (And yes, I know that the Governor of Texas is in a wheelchair. The 400-meter example is a metaphor.)
One really cool thing: T.J. McConnell came off the bench last night for Indiana and had a triple-double of 16 points, 13 assists, and 10 steals. He's only the sixth player in NBA history to have that kind of a triple-double. The other five are Clyde Drexler, Mookie Blaylock, Fat Lever, Alvin Robertson, and Kevin Johnson (that's pretty good company). He had an NBA record nine steals in the first half, including on five consecutive Cleveland possessions! Plus, his 16 points came on 8-8 shooting from the floor.
There are a whole lot of one-and-dones who have come through the UA who will never have a night like that.
Stay positive and if you get a chance to get a shot, GET IT. Please.