OHIO HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING IS STILL ON, BUT NO SHAKING HANDS BECAUSE COVID?
So stupid is as stupid does over and over and over again. I mean, really. How much can we contort ourselves into stupidity? Well, a lot it seems. Because Covid-19 is currently ravaging the United States. And if you think the pandemic is a hoax, you will be thinking again, soon. Because while it may not be you, it will be someone else in your family who suffers terribly. Even a lonely death. And now, the latest stupidity is from Ohio. They are making rules to keep high school wrestling safe. No, that doesn’t mean no wrestling. That means wrestling, still. But no shaking hands.
IN WRESTLING, YOU SWEAT, GRAB, RUB, BREATHE HARD AND STAY REALLY, REALLY CLOSE
So yes, I’m shaking my finger accusingly here. Because even if you never formally wrestled, you’ve roughhoused at some point in your life. And that means a big physical struggle with heavy breathing. Like, up close and crazy personal. Hand everywhere on the other person. Heart rate gets high and stays there. Sweat, too. Rubbing against the other person. So high school wrestling is no different. In fact, it’s gonna be crazy energetic with a ton to prove. So saying that shaking hands is the safety bar is, well, low. So low, in fact, that it may not even exist at all.
SO IF YOU THINK THAT NOT SHAKING HANDS AFTER WRESTLING IS COVID SAFE, THERE’S A BRIDGE OVER THERE ON SALE
And this is literally true. From a local Ohio WLWT5 media outlet, they said, “Student-athletes are permitted to wrestle, but must refrain from handshakes before and after the match.” But there’s more, more or less. Anyone else attending the wrestling match has to still maintain normal social distancing rules of 6 feet of separation. Except, of course, when these kids are wresting each other. Hands everywhere. Breathing in each other’s faces. Sweating on each other.
So thanks, Ohio. I get it. We really are this stupid to try to have “normal” lives. Right up until they end, unnecessarily.