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Evan Ream: In times like this, we need to stay positive, be thankful

This sucks. It really does.

There’s no way to sugarcoat anything that’s going on with COVID-19.

The world has shut down, and there’s nothing we can do about the situation.

But that’s what’s important, the second part of that last sentence: that there’s nothing we can do, it’s here and we’re powerless.

The thing we can control, though, is our response to matters that are out of our hands. Given that I just watched both films “Contagion” and “Outbreak” and became much more aware of how important isolation is, the best response is a positive and caring one.

365体育投注Obviously, those were just movies, but the plots involved people getting hurt and being worse off when we, ourselves, elicited a negative first response.

365体育投注It’s not the time for selfish acts, but of appreciative ones. So I know it’s not Thanksgiving, but I wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for everything that I’m thankful for. Given that this is the sports page, of course, I’ll focus on sports.

I’m thankful for …

* My Holmes boys soccer team. We started the season 0-2, then absolutely footballed everyone to death for the rest of the season. Thanks to noted Enterprise reader Dianna Henrickson for roping me into that job last year, then parent Gary Tam for convincing me to come back when I didn’t believe I was fit to be a head coach. And it was Tam who recorded all of our games and uploaded them to YouTube.com, giving me some entertainment here as I sit in my room …

* The captains on my soccer team, Lucas, Kevin and Nolan. Each one was great in a different way, but each brought enthusiasm and leadership to our squad. They kept me coming back every time …

* The movie, “The Damned United,” and the documentaries “The Two Escobars” and “Diego Maradona.” If you have a couple of hours in the next undetermined amount of time? Go watch them …

365体育投注* Lionel Messi. Right now, some are questioning if God exists, but he does and he wears No. 10 for Barcelona and Argentina …

365体育投注* The 2001-02 Sacramento Kings, especially Scot Pollard …

* The three years of Kings highlights we have of Jason Williams …

* All the various streaming platforms that are fulfilling my sports craving. You’d be surprised how many old games you can just pull up on YouTube or all the random options in ESPN-plus’ archive …

* The 2002 FIFA World Cup highlight DVD. There will always be only one Ronaldo …

* The book “Moneyball.” I’m a noted baseball hater, but there’s a reason I’m in sports journalism and for some reason I had the desire to write a book …

365体育投注* NorCal Premier Soccer, which has taken me to parts of this world I never expected to go just because I have a love of The Beautiful Game …

365体育投注* All my friends and family who have stuck with me through the tough times and mostly bonded with me over sports. You all know who you are …

* The Davis Enterprise Sports Section. I don’t know what the future holds. I haven’t always been the greatest employee. I can be hard to deal with, but for the past 6 1/2 years, it has pretty much given me complete creative freedom and allowed me to explore any topic I wanted.

365体育投注Without this paper, I probably don’t get the Holmes coaching job, my communications work at NorCal Premier Soccer or my book contract. Thank you Chris Saur, Bruce Gallaudet, Debbie Davis, Kim Orendor, Sebastian Oñate, Owen Yancher, and every person I’ve worked with in the department …

* Which means lastly, I have to thank you, the readers. A lot of other newspapers in towns of similar size to Davis are no longer afloat.

The coverage in other places is barebones and not what those communities deserve. You guys have kept us afloat and thank you to each and every reader who reached out to me these past few weeks. It’s right now, more than ever, that we need to think of each other, so I’m thinking of — and thanking you — dear readers.

Stay safe, everyone.

— Evan Ream’s column publishes Sundays. Reach him at [email protected] or follow him on [email protected]

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Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly

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