February 5, 2014
Anyone miss me?
I always wonder that after taking vacations.
Some vacations I am ready to return to work.
This time I was willing to be vacationing for at least a few more weeks, since we are still in the middle of winter weather in Lima.
And not your typical winter weather here, either.
To get away from it, my wife and I went to Hawaii.
Yes, it was incredible.
Yes, I would like to go back.
Biggest question I had before, during, and after Hawaii.
Are you or did you go to the Pro Bowl?
We were actually on a different island when the game took place, but even if I had been next to the stadium, and had a free ticket, I still wouldn’t consider wasting my time on that non-event.
There is so much more to do and even not to do over there.
What’s wrong with sitting next to a pool or lying on a beach near the Pacific Ocean and just relaxing?
Now that’s vacation.
I have been home less than a week and have already tired of this nasty weather.
And I am one of the fortunate to have missed 10 days of it.
Hope you get a chance to vacation soon or plan one next year to get away from the polar vortex that we have continued to deal with.
Spring can’t get here soon enough.
Or how about another vacation?
Oh wait, for me it doesn’t come again until June.
OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:
• Taking nearly an hour and 20 minutes to drive back from Findlay on Tuesday night because of the latest weather reminded me how difficult a job athletic directors have in deciding whether to play a school sporting event.
It wasn’t snowing when Lima Senior’s bus first arrived at Findlay High School. But by the start of the junior varsity game, the weather had turned, and by the time the varsity game had ended, it was a winter wonderland and Interstate 75 was snow covered and had just one lane semi-plowed.
And that’s a major roadway.
Think of all of the country roads that people had to drive on that night returning from a sporting event.
Some schools just played varsity games that night. Others, like Lima Senior/Findlay moved up the start times an hour.
But most games were played.
I blame the 22 game schedule that was implemented last year on having to force the issue to play on, despite the terrible weather conditions.
With the winter weather especially bad this year, it is a major chore for athletic directors to find common openings to make up postponed games.
There are many schools that have already decided not to reschedule postponed games this season.
The boys regular season ends Friday Feb. 21, and thanks to Mother Nature, we could have more postponements or game start times moved up like Tuesday night.
And while I am complaining, why have the boys and girls high school basketball tournament draws so early?
You already know the sites.
Is it fair to seed the teams when many games still have to be played?
Especially teams that go head to head in the regular season and have yet to play or had their scheduled game postponed earlier?
Is overall record the only fair gauge?
OK, Koza stop being negative.
Must be the weather!