2020, The Year We Are Happy to Leave Behind

The calendar year started off like every other. Sports would be abundant. As the Bacon Brothers penned, “Guess Again”. 2020 would be the year we would happy to leave behind.

Until March, the thing I hated most was the Lady of Spain. Then the world turned counterclockwise. No more weddings, graduations, funerals, and of course, no sports. What is for the greater good?  Confusion reigned Supreme. Who do you believe? I am certainly not getting into the political spectrum of events.

All sports including high school, collegiate, and professional came to a grinding halt. Eventually, pro sports made a return albeit without an “in person” fan base. The loss of revenue is staggering. If the Magic Genie in the Lamp, snaps his fingers and this all goes away, losses will be absorbed for a few years.

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Season tickets that were graciously paid for need to be reimbursed. Pro sports in Philadelphia have, for at least half the teams, have become a train off the track. Show of hands if you want to first in line to re-up your package.

My thoughts go to the collegiate athletes who are hamstrung to follow not only their sports dreams but also their post-collegiate life dreams.

Many, including myself, laughed this off as a political ploy. Easy to say until friends, family, and or co-workers became afflicted. With a vaccine now available, will that return us to pre-pandemic status? Only time will tell. I, for one, will lift my left foot at 11:59 and that will enable me to start 2021 off on the right foot! Just my 2 cents.

A very happy and of course healthy New Year to you and your family from all of us at Edge of Philly. Hello to 2021. 2020 you are the year we are happy to leave behind.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.