Spring sports have kind of a crapshoot in Northern Utah when it comes to whether or not they’ll actually get to compete.
Or maybe I should have spelled that W-E-A-T-H-E-R.
Monday morning, I was shocked and irritated when I had to pull my coat out from where I put it in the back of the closet and scrape an inch of ice off my windshield. Yeah, I saw a snowflake icon at the bottom of my iPhone’s weather app. Yeah, I heard the cold front move in late Sunday night when my south-facing windows wouldn’t stop rattling. Yeah, I know March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.
But because last week’s temperatures were so warm I was just hoping this year’s early spring would be similar to last year’s.
For some sports, an inch of snow isn’t anything to worry about, especially when it’s mostly melted by the start of the 3 p.m. soccer match or track meet. But for baseball, softball, tennis and golf, that much moisture on the playing surfaces means games are spelled P-O-S-T-P-O-N-E-D.
The worst part is it makes my job more difficult when games are rained out.
Lots of people north of Carbon County will say that’s why Region 9 schools are so much better at sports than their 3A counterparts in the Juab-Tooele-Cache triangle. That’s an argument for another column (and how does Tooele County’s softball dominance fit into that rhetoric?).
It sucks how kids in this geographic region not only have to prepare themselves for competition, but they have to deal with the uncertainty of competition.
I remember having race anxiety on the high school track team and becoming physically ill in anticipation of the starting gun. If one of my races had been canceled for some reason, all those butterflies wouldn’t have magically exited my stomach; all that stress would have to be repressed or dealt with in some way.
While I doubt many athletes have to deal with that level of stress coming in and out of their psyche, the principle of this admittedly non-medical argument is the same. When an athlete mentally prepares for an event and the event suddenly goes away or is canceled, there’s a mental effect on the athlete, for better or worse.
It’s definitely not anyone’s fault, but I think it says a little bit about the athletes who can overcome that mental adversity when games are called in advance.
That, and my story headlines are usually spelled S-Y-N-D-I-C-A-T-E-D.
Tavin Stucki is a sports editor from Midvale, Utah, who would totally dominate a third-grade spelling bee. Send any comments to email@example.com.