The Real March Madness

by Kerry Dougherty

I can’t watch. It raises my blood pressure.

I’m talking about the NCAA Basketball Tournament. For the first time in years I’m not glued to my TV during March Madness.

I have my reasons:

First, none of the teams that matter to me made the tournament.

Second, I’m not in a pool this year. That significantly reduces interest.

Third — and most important — after two years of trying to look away, I can’t stand any more pandemic theater. And that’s exactly what’s going on at every game where the cheerleaders are wearing stupid masks and virtually none of the thousands of spectators are sporting them.

Oh, and the FIRST ROW of press are also masked, but the second row is not.

The reason for this profoundly zany situation? An NCAA rule that says anyone on the perimeter of a basketball court must wear a mask.

So sciency!

It’s unclear if the purpose of this rule is to keep the unmasked players safe from those germy girls with pom poms or if it’s to protect the cheerleaders from the virulent guys playing hoops.

By now we all know this is just virus voodoo.

Can anyone tell me just how many lives have been saved by masking one row of sports reporters, but not the scribes seated right behind them?

This mindless virtue signaling feeds hysteria and it needs to stop.

Alas, it won’t.

Seems the loathsome Anthony Fauci was back on the Sunday morning TV show circuit trying to prepare the American public for a return to mask mandates.

This is when I want to fall to my knees in thanksgiving that Virginians elected Governor Glenn Youngkin. That means, when the next surge in COVID cases comes, we in the Old Dominion won’t have to dread Thursday afternoon pressers where we gird our loins in anticipation of which of our liberties the governor is going to stomp next.

Will we have to be in our homes by midnight? Will we have to stop drinking at 10? Will we have to wear masks when we enter a restaurant and only remove them when we reach our table? Will we be forbidden to get haircuts?

My hope is that most Americans by now recognize the futility of COVID restrictions. We watched cases rise and fall across the country without regard for masks, curfews or closed barber shops.

All we want at this point is for government to leave us alone. COVID is here to stay and we’ll all weigh our own risk of serious illness and take care of ourselves.

One request: Please leave the poor kids alone. They suffered the most during the pandemic and in some places they’re still wearing masks to school while unmasked adults pack bars and basketball arenas.

Last week Fauci hinted that he might retire soon. Not soon enough. But I suspect he will scurry away when the GOP regains control of the Senate.

Sen. Rand Paul has promised there will be investigations, subpoenas and an effort to determine if gain-of-function research — financed in part by the U.S. — may have unleashed this virus on the world.

We have a right to know the origins of a virus that caused formerly sane people to think it’s normal for muzzled cheerleaders to lead unmasked crowds in basketball cheers.

Watch if you like. I can’t.

This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.


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17 responses to “The Real March Madness”

  1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    So now Kerry has a problem if a cheerleading squad chooses to wear masks as well… hardly surprising… never considered that they choose to do this to protect themselves from the unmasked horde spewing Covid at them, eh Kerry?

    1. walter smith Avatar
      walter smith

      Oh…the cheerleaders are doing it to protect themselves from the fans?
      Then aren’t the players going to die?
      And, excuse me for noticing, but probably, I’m just sayin’, that cheerleaders tend to be “good looking” (sorry to be so offensive) and would maybe more prefer to advertise their wares than be masked. Why not ask them their preference, and let’s get an answer to this important social issue?

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Oh, so you as well have issues with cheerleaders choosing to mask… typical Conservative hypocrisy… again hardly surprising…

        1. walter smith Avatar
          walter smith

          Typical Liberal authoritarianism.
          Cheerleaders “choosing” to mask… Wanna bet?
          No way in H3!!…
          They are masked because their liberal, virtue-signaling schools require it. And if they were truly concerned for health and safety reasons, the athletes wouldn’t play…but the virus knows not to attack people earning the school a pile of money…just like it knows to withhold lethality for social justice rioting…

          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            If the schools were requiring it, they would require it for all. It is clear that the squad has chosen to mask… why won’t you let them protect themselves if they so choose..,? Tyrant!!

          2. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            You’ve asked all the squads, Full Troll?
            Sorta like all the employees and all the kids in school…”choosing” to mask.
            How many hills do you want to die on?
            Don’t say gay support sex grooming?
            Masking forever?
            Mandating vaccines for people who don’t need them?
            Why not go full eugenics Buck v Bell? Oh, that’s right you already did…

          3. From the NCAA:

            “In an effort to protect Tier 1 individuals during tournament games, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, Dr. Brian Hainline, has indicated that all individuals immediately adjacent to the court, including the official scorer’s table, spirit squads, camera persons, courtside photographers, ball persons and media members seated on the first row of the media table, must be masked.”


            In case you, like I, were wondering:

            Tier 1 — This tier consists of individuals for whom physical distancing and face coverings are not possible or effective during athletic training or competition. Examples of relevant individuals include student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials.”

          4. What about male swimmers competing in women’s events? THE LOGIC OF THE NCAA

  2. tmtfairfax Avatar

    You have the right to wear a mask. You have the right not to wear a mask. Whichever you choose, you have the right to be left alone.

    Somehow, I doubt that this statement was presented to any cheerleading squad.

  3. energyNOW_Fan Avatar

    My young granddaughters gymnastics class finally took off the face masks the other day, and the instructor said she finally realized these kids have no teeth (just at that age).

  4. Kathleen Smith Avatar
    Kathleen Smith

    I thought that was the point choice. Looks like they spent sometime designing the mask. Some thought went into this. Their choice. Not required.

    1. Please see my other comment in this thread,

      The cheerleaders at the NCAA tournaments are being required to wear masks.

  5. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    I must sheepishly that admit when watching prancing cheerleaders, my eyes seldom get that high…

    Seriously, in the games I’d been watching I hadn’t even noticed. It just is what it is now, part of the scenery.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      I dunno. Sometimes a mask can be fun…

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Now you two are just getting creepy…

        1. Nancy Naive Avatar
          Nancy Naive

          Give it 20 years. You’ll get there. Besides, at our age, masks are a plus, maybe a necessity.

    2. VaNavVet Avatar

      Yes it is no big deal and I guess that I can feel better watching the games knowing that Kerry is not.

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