What’s the Score? and How Much Time is Left?


What’s the Score? and How Much Time is Left?

Would that We Knew, or that We Could Answer Those Questions

Please note that nothing here is to make light of the coronavirus pandemic, or to suggest that it is anything like a game, a sport, a contest, or anything other than the extraordinarily dangerous and tragic public health event it has been. Rather, it is to note how different than sports this first-person-plural pandemic has made the world for all of us, framed in a way that we who are sports fans and players are so accustomed to looking at things.

Anyone walking in on, or joining in, any sporting event in progress will ask these two questions: “what’s the score?” and “how much time is left?” Though fantasy sports, online-in-game gambling, and the extraordinary array of real-time statistics and analytics have opened-up many new conversations amongst fans, the essence of watching, understanding, and even playing competitive sports still comes down to these two questions. Notwithstanding individual performances, 3-point percentages, pitch-counts, quarterback ratings, and other such things, the real story of a game in play is answered by these two simple questions, because they give us a common understanding of what has happened, where things stand, and when we can expect a final result. But only because we understand the nature and the rules of the game, and because we have seen, or played, the same game, with the same rules, so many times before.

The coronavirus pandemic all-but eliminated sports from the world, and replaced them in our consciousness with full-time media attention on the progress and toll of the disease, flattening the curve, and the statistical analysis of all-things virus-related, from the rate of new cases, to the production of personal protective equipment, and more. Those statistics, however, do not tell us what we want to know. Though this is no game, we still want to know where things stand, and when we can expect a final result — what the score is and how much time is left.

The coronavirus is not sport, of course, and those question are not so easily answered when talking about it. The first problem is that we have not seen this “played-out” before. There are few such incidents in the history of the world, and none we can count as effective models for this one. What may be the larger problem though, is that, despite what we do know, unlike in sports, where applying the known and settled rules can be difficult, with the coronavirus, we are left to make-up the rules as we go, without knowing quite where it is we are going or when we will get there.

All we want to know is if we’re winning, and when it will end. In the ramping-back-up world of sports, those questions are comforting, fun and exciting to talk about, at least in part, because they can be answered. In the coronavirus world, which we hope and believe is ramping-down now, it is discomforting that we cannot answer those questions, but it’s a good bet that following the evolving rules, for as long as it takes, will make us winners “in the end.”

If you have questions, even discomforting ones, about your family law situation, please call the Law Office of Gregory LaMonaca, for an attorney who will help you to answer your questions and resolve your situation

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About Lawrence Welsh

Lawrence C. (Larry) Welsh joined the firm in 2003 after five years of practice with the Delaware County Public Defender’s Office. Native to Lansdowne in Delaware County where he attended public schools, Larry graduated from St. Joseph’s College (in its pre-University days) and taught school briefly before entering the hospitality industry and working his way through hotels, restaurants and resorts in four states and the District of Columbia. As a graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Larry now focuses primarily on the firm’s family law practice along with other areas of the Law. Larry handles a full range of domestic relations matters throughout the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area and looks forward to expanding the firm’s practice, especially in the family-law field, into New Jersey where he is one of three members of the firm (along with Gregory P. LaMonaca and Christopher R. Mattox) admitted to practice.