Has 2020 seemed like the longest year of your life?
And not to put a larger damper on things, but please remember that we still have more than five months remaining before we can turn the calendar to 2021.
Over the weekend, I found myself thinking about what life was like before each and every day was dominated by at least a dozen references to "pandemic" or "COVID-19." I can't even remember what life was like without NBC news anchor Lester Holt greeting us each weeknight with another coronavirus update.
A few days ago, I was talking with a buddy of mine at lunch about the state of the world when we tried to remember what had happened during the first part of the year -- you know, before the quarantines, shutdowns, lockdowns and no sports.
We stared at one another for about 10 seconds.
Neither one of us really had a clue.
So we both grabbed our phones and started researching. See if any of this rings a bell:
º Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were two of the casualties in a helicopter crash.
"Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act," former President Barackj Obama said. "To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents."
That whole incident seems like forever ago.
º A movie titled "Parasite" won the Oscar for best film.
Needless to say, I have not yet seen the film. In fact, I can probably count on one hand the number of movies I have watched in the past three or four months. I have spent way too much time turning back and forth between COVID-19 updates and the never-ending political dogfights.
º Jennifer Lopez and Shakira put on a Super Bowl halftime show that was -- depending on your outlook -- a performance for the ages, or an embarrassing disaster.
I really can't recall much about J-Lo and Shakira, only that Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs over the 49ers in a highly entertaining game.
º Shortly after the pandemic was actually characterized as a pandemic, the Pentagon released never-before-seen UFO footage from years passed.
And no one seemed to care. That seems amazing to me -- now.
At some point in history those UFO videos would have been front-page news, but in 2020 they barely commanded a yawn. Maybe we'll need to revisit those UFOs after we're done with this COVID-19 overload.
Tip o' the cap
On a more cheerful note, stadiumtalk.com released an entertaining ranking of 30 Major League Baseball caps.
The Cardinals' stylish head gear ranked No. 4 behind the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs.
"It's a design that pops because of the colors and the intricacies of the little ‘T' incorporated into the logo," writes Dustin Turner on the Cardinals' classic cap.
Concerning the Yankees' no. 1 ranking, Turner said, "The pinstripes. The ambiance. The greatness. The Yankees are No. 1 for an endless number of reasons, and they have no challenger to the throne. So ingrained in pop culture, the Yankees' cap is a symbol of success. Famous fans from all over don the ‘NY' logo."
Other rankings of interest included the No. 5 Dodgers, No. 10 White Sox, No. 21 Indians and No. 23 Royals. The Rays were last at No. 30.