March 11, 2020

My friend Nick recently recommended a 66-minute podcast episode to me. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to pass the recommendation along to you, too. The piece was produced by ESPN’s 30 for 30. It’s titled “March 11, 2020,” and it should be available wherever you get your podcasts.

And seriously, you should just go and give it a listen.

The documentary (I guess that’s the most appropriate word for it) originally came out at the end of 2020. But it resonates with this date on the calendar for obvious reasons. One year ago, today, the National Basketball Association shut itself down after one of its star players tested positive for COVID-19. And maybe it seems silly to look at a global health crisis through the lens of sports. But I actually found it really helpful.

The universal is perhaps most accessible in the specific. And this story just walked through all the headlines of that day in a way that totally took me back. The beginning-of-the-day buzz about the Coronavirus in other part of the world… The news about Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson diagnosed in Australia… President Trump’s restrictions on travel to and from Europe… And, of course, the basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz… Maybe it will do the same for you, too. I sincerely believe that we are wise to seize opportunities for remembrance. I find it to be part of a healthy grieving process.

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