On Cats and Dogs

The stereotypes are timeless… but how true are they?

Dogs are pretty easy. Dogs will literally jump at the opportunity to join a family, and they have a surefire tell for when they’re happy. It’s easy to include a dog in your family. 

Cats are different. They show more anxiety, they’re very cautious and curious and jumpy. So to someone new, they meet a dog and it’s usually all over them, it gives them love and affection and warmth. Someone new meets a cat and the cat is usually evasive and bound to its own personal bubble. But like people, cats who have that innate sense of anxiety also have the path to opening up and building a relationship with people. Cats are so loving and affectionate to people they trust. They express this trust most often by sleeping next to these people, especially with their bellies showing. Cats will also stay next to you while you’re sleeping, because they want to watch over you and make sure you’re safe, like you did for them. 

It makes it so much harder to learn to love cats. Especially for people who are generally impatient from having dogs, or they tend to act more openly in their own relationships with people, and expect the same kind of thing from a cat. It draws the correlation between introversion and cats and extroversion and dogs, which has been a typical relationship that has been made. But cats can still learn family dynamics. 

If I consider the different personalities between the majority of cats and the majority of dogs, to say that dogs are better is to substantiate the type of personality that is always energetic and friendly and personable, even though introverted people are being better understood now and more appreciated. Having too many people in a group can lead to a draining feeling for introverts, and similarly, cats tend to face difficulties in bigger groups. On the other hand, dogs will be the center of attention in big groups and thrive in that love. 

I love both animals. But it’s evident that they have starkly different relationship paths, which is partly why they appeal to different people. But cats are not cold and angry for their whole lives if you build a relationship with them. 

– Sean Choe ‘21

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Sports and COVID

With COVID continuing to persist, is it worth it – or safe – to play sports?

Céspedes gets on-deck as cardboard fans look on

“Of all the unimportant things, football (soccer) is the most important” – St. John Paul II

Sports are a key factor in many people’s lives that affects both their mood and their enjoyment of life. Watching sports is entertaining and the organizations that sponsor these sports make tons of revenue. However, the coronavirus has thrown a kink into 2020’s sports plans. 

The NBA has arguably done the best job at managing the coronavirus. They’ve created a ‘bubble’ in which all teams, with their players and staff, are going to be playing in Orlando together. It has worked incredibly well so far in limiting the cases of coronavirus in the NBA to 0. The organization has successfully managed to organize games with 22 teams of players and around 1400 staff members without instigating any threats to public health and wellbeing. Clearly, the work that Adam Silver put into learning about the virology and logistics of containing the virus has paid off. 

However, less can be said about the MLB. The New York Times reported on the Marlins, Phillies, and Cardinals, all with coronavirus cases that caused delays. It was clear to Zac Shomler from Strong Opinion Sports that Rob Manfred, the commissioner of the MLB, has done a far worse job at setting an example for the type of conduct that was to be followed in order to prevent coronavirus cases. Although a bubble like the NBA would be more difficult to maintain for larger leagues such as the MLB, it was still poorly managed as to how seriously players and staff should be concerned with maintaining their safety. These delays make it harder for teams to go through with playoffs, as regular season games become more staggered. 

The NFL season has yet to start, but training camps have already seen cases of coronavirus pop up. Now, if a bubble with the MLB would be hard, an NFL bubble would be downright impossible. NFL teams would have 32 teams, with a roster of around 40-50 players each, and their own staff of around 3800 people each on average. It would be a logistical nightmare, and there is not even a facility to house that many people in order to have a bubble. However, teams have begun to check into hotels, so that there is less contact with outsiders. Teams and staff are living in their own hotels and going from training camp to the hotel everyday. According to the Washington Post, there were “56 players [that] had tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the opening of training camps,” but Allen Sills, the chief medical officer of the NFL, says that they expect more cases to arise, and that their goal is to quickly identify and prevent the spread of these cases. Even so, some players have begun to opt out of practice and likely of the season completely, given that it would even start. 

These struggles are universal as coronavirus takes an ever larger toll on the world. Professional sports, although entertaining, should be considered as a luxury of a time before the pandemic. The leagues outside of the NBA get larger and deal with more staff and players, making any solution that is reminiscent of the NBA’s a logistical nightmare. It is far more important that the health and safety of the players is considered, especially in the US where the handling of coronavirus has been far less consistent. 

– Sean Choe ‘21

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