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State of the Blog: Sounder at Heart in the time of coronavirus

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Necessity is the mother of invention, I guess?

The coronavirus is a world-wide pandemic happening that is acutely affecting our region. You’re obviously aware of this, but I typed that sentence as a reminder to myself more than anything. It’s important to remind ourselves of how unnatural these times are. For the time being, things are just going to stop happening.

You might be on this site for the first time, or like many of you, this site might be the first thing you go to every morning. You’re probably wondering what no Seattle Sounders, Tacoma Defiance or OL Reign soccer for the foreseeable future means for a website dedicated to covering every aspect of soccer in the Puget Sound. And truthfully, there are a lot more questions than answers. Even for me, one of your editors.

So much of what happens at Sounder at Heart is a reaction to this thing we all spend too much time obsessing over. We’ve got hot takes, player ratings, talking points, and everything in between. But a wrench gets thrown into the works when the whole world comes to a standstill.

I am not an expert on public health and safety. That’s why I’m taking the advice of those who are (seriously, wash your hands and stay home). I’m also not an expert on this game, but I do love it a lot. I’ve had a lot of internal dialogue over the last 10 days or so about my priorities. I’m an over-thinker and I’ve had a lot of overthinking to do. I’ve concluded things, changed my mind, and come out believing the opposite on so many things lately.

It’s OK to think that soccer (football, fútbol, footy, fußball, calcio, or whatever you call it) is important. It’s the most important of the least important things, if that makes sense. But at a time like this, it’s important to let it go. I don’t know what the future holds, especially at a time like this. But we’ll have soccer to come back to.

As for the site, we’re doing our best to provide content for you. We’ll have to get creative because there are no games happening. We might be doing some ‘This day in Sounders history’ type stuff. We might do some weird power rankings. We’ll be doing some off-topic open threads.

It’s important to remember that all of us here at Sounder at Heart have families and full-time jobs. Just like you, we’re all experiencing some sort of critical mass in serious ways. We’re all worried about our health, our jobs, our kids, our families, and our futures. But here, we’re more than just a website or blog, we’re a community. We have each other. Be kind to one another and reach out if you need help. We’ve done some extraordinary things together over the years, from raising thousands of dollars for Seattle Children’s Hospital to celebrating championships. Let’s make sure this is no different.

Be safe. Go Sounders.