TOMMY KEELER JR.

Tommy Keeler Jr.

It’s been said many times that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. I’ve realized that more than ever these last two weeks.

It’s also been said many times that sports teaches us life lessons and that is still the case even as the COVID-19 pandemic has cut sports out of the world.

I like to think that sports is the love of my life. Sports has meant so much to my life. There’s never a time when sports hasn’t been a part of my life in some way or another.

With too much time on my hands, I’ve found myself thinking about the past. I’ve watched videos of past games and matches on YouTube. This way I control what games from the past I can watch.

Watching the reruns, many memories came back to me and the passion and excitement I had for the games. Somewhere along the way, I’ve lost some of that passion and I’m taking this time away from sports to recapture it.

My job has given me so much joy and I’ve learned so much more about sports. I consider myself to have the greatest job in the world, because my job is sports.

I’ve been so fortunate to have covered so many pro, college and high school sports. For the last 25 years I’ve been lucky enough to cover high school sports in the area. I’ve seen state championship teams, even some that had dynasties, teams that came up a little short in the most heart-breaking of ways, teams that did not have good records, teams that had average records.

But the reality is the wins and losses have never been important – it’s those lessons that are learned. It’s the passion and excitement that we have for the games. It’s giving everything you’ve got and knowing that you tried your best – win or lose. It’s finding out that you could do more than you thought and overcoming any adversity that life throws at you.

My heart breaks for all the seniors who lost their spring season to the COVID-19 pandemic. I know it’s tough, but I also know that they will find their way and overcome this adversity just like our country and the world will.

I know there’s a dark cloud hanging over the world right now. However, just remember that two or three months out of your life isn’t really that long. We will make it through, just like sports has taught us in the past. We will overcome this adversity.

Sports will be back. When it comes back, we should all remember this time and how it felt without sports. Don’t take it for granted like I have in the past. If you get to play, enjoy every second. If you like to watch, enjoy the moments and remember that at any time it is possible to lose sports again. Remember to appreciate every moment that you have. Yet another lesson that sports has taught me.

– Contact Tommy Keeler Jr. at tkeeler@nvdaily.com