At some point in time, hopefully sooner rather than later, sports will resume.
Major League Baseball appears set to return at the end of this month and others will be soon to follow.
As unimportant as it may sound in comparison to the major issues facing our country, I believe the return of sports will do much to move us back toward what we consider normal.
At the very least it will divert our attention. I guess that’s good and bad, depending on where you stand.
But I know for us, sports is kind of the cadence that we march to. It’s always there, playing in the background, whether we’re always paying attention or not.
Baseball happens in the summer and gives way to football and then basketball in my little world.
Many also enjoy hockey and soccer and countless other pastimes, depending on your own personal experience.
Summertime in the small-town newspaper business is always a bit of a break from our typical breakneck pace of covering sports. Sure, you’ll still find sports coverage in this newspaper, even in June and July and even in the midst of a pandemic, but the real stuff starts in August.
I’ve been saying for a while now that if we can’t get back to normal by the time school is supposed to start and with that, high school and college football, softball, volleyball, soccer, golf, cross country, tennis and more, that’s when the real pain will set in.
All of that to say that we are very much looking forward to resuming our typical schedule of sports coverage this fall.
We have a big surprise in store for area sports fans — assuming everything goes to plan and we don’t experience some sort of major setback from the coronavirus.
If you’re not a subscriber, but you received this copy of The Maryville Forum, it means your home lies within the coverage area of this newspaper. It also means that we want to be your source for sports coverage of your school’s team.
If you root for West Nodaway, North Nodaway, Northeast Nodaway, Platte Valley (Jefferson and South Nodaway), Nodaway-Holt, Maryville and/or Northwest Missouri State University, you’ll find coverage of your team in this newspaper and on our website at maryvilleforum.com.
That’s why we are reaching out to you with this issue. We want to invite you to become a subscriber either in print, online or both.
With the special flyer in this week’s newspaper, a subscription for a full year is only $29. That gets you unlimited access to all of the content on our website, as well as the newspaper delivered to your mailbox every week.
If you opt for the online-only version, it’s only $29 all the time.
Either way, we want to be your newspaper and we want to cover your favorite sports.
We do as much of our coverage as possible in person with paid professional reporters.
When the logistics work out, we even go on the road to cover our Nodaway County teams.
Even if your team makes it to state competition, you’ll almost always see one of our reporters there.
Many times we’ll travel on the road for live coverage of Northwest football and basketball.
None of that is cheap, so we need your support to continue bringing you this coverage, regardless of how you choose to receive it.
So, if professional coverage of your sports teams is important to you, I invite you — not too proud to plead with you — please subscribe to The Maryville Forum.
You’ll find a flyer inside this issue with the special $29 offer and instructions on how to sign up.
Phil Cobb is the owner/publisher of The Maryville Forum and The Post.