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Wolf Laughs Off Questions on PIAA Fall Sports at Press Conference: “Do What You Want”

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We’re still a week away from the next PIAA meeting when the organization is expected to make a determination on Fall sports.

Will they happen or not?

Until then, no one seems sure how to react to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s “recommendation” that no organized sports activities happen until Jan. 1, 2021.

That’s probably because, until now, Wolf hasn’t hesitated to not just opine on topics related to the coronavirus pandemic but issue executive orders and mandates restricting Pennsylvanians’ activities.

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Wolf Laughs Off Questions About PIAA Fall Sports

And at a press conference on Thursday, Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine laughed off or shrugged their shoulders on question after question about the Governor’s recent recommendation on Fall sports.

Since that “recommendation” was made, the PIAA has waffled on whether or not to host Fall sports activities for the upcoming school year. At first, PIAA said it was moving forward with its plans. Then it backed off when the Governor made that fateful recommendation.

And last week, PIAA said it wanted to take a 2-week pause on all mandated Fall sports practices to attempt to open a line of communication with Wolf on how it could safely proceed.

The organization even sent a letter to the Governor’s office earlier this week seeking that conversation.

But based on his responses to questions about that letter at Thursday’s press conference, Wolf didn’t read it and he likely won’t read it. And even if he does, he seems like he’s dug in deep on his “recommendation” and won’t budge.

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“I think I did. I haven’t seen it,” Wolf said of the letter PIAA sent to the Governor’s office earlier this week.

PIAA hopes it can change Wolf’s mind on his oddly-timed recommendation. Consider that until this point in Pennsylvania’s pandemic response, Wolf hasn’t hesitated to issue orders and mandates. He kept people at home and closed businesses for months. Wolf’s initiated restrictions on businesses after he allowed them to reopen.

“You Do What You Want.”

So, Wolf’s recommendation two weeks ago came as a surprise but only left more questions with the public and PIAA. It seems everyone is worried that if they do what they want, he’ll react with another of these orders or mandates. On Thursday, he didn’t say he wouldn’t.

“What I did was give a recommendation. I’m a parent. My kids went to school. My kids were PIAA athletes. And this is my recommendation,” Wolf said.

He then giggled to himself and said, “I also recommended this summer that Pennsylvanians avoid going to the Jersey shore. I’m sorry. That’s my recommendation. You do what you want. School districts are going to do what they want. This is my recommendation. It was then. It still is. I keep an open mind. That was my recommendation.”

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Wait. Did Wolf actually say, “Do what you want”? Yes.

But it seems no one really believes him when he says that.

Just this week, we saw Pottsville Area School District officials hem and haw on the topic of Fall sports. The school even temporarily banned any voluntary team practices and workouts on its campus until it hears something more definitive from the PIAA and Pennsylvania Dept. of Education on the definition of voluntary and its liability in hosting these events.

At a special meeting of its school board, no one at Pottsville Area felt comfortable making a decision on Fall sports. And it was clear no one knew how to react to Wolf’s recommendation on them.

Can PIAA Change Wolf’s Mind? Nope.

A reporter then asked Wolf: “What could (PIAA) present to you that might change that recommendation?”

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As the reporter asked this question, Wolf chuckled that it was even being asked. Behind him, Levine shook her head in apparent disbelief that it was even being asked or to suggest the administration wasn’t going to listen to anything.

“I’m not sure what they could say that would make me change my sense of what I believe is the right thing to do. They have a decision to make on their own. I recognize that I am just one person. I am the Governor but I am just one person that has an opinion on what we ought to do here,” Wolf said.

Do Data or Science Suggest Sports are Dangerous? Nope.

Even though Wolf and Levine say they’re making decisions based on “data” and “science” throughout Pennsylvania’s pandemic response, recent orders and recommendations have been short on each.

The administration still hasn’t shown any data that led to the recent restrictions on bars and restaurants, despite getting peppered from WHP-TV on the subject.

Same goes for Fall sports. And Wolf admitted his recommendation is all about his feels.

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Read that answer to the question: “I’m not sure what they could say that would make me change my sense of what I believe is the right thing to do.”

Senses and beliefs aren’t data and science. Those are opinions not based in anything factual. Just a hunch he has, really.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to get our kids back to learning. And I don’t see how transporting whatever age back and forth across county borders is going to help in the effort to mitigate this disease and get us back to learning. So, let’s put that on pause. The focus should be on learning. Anything that happens to interfere with that, I think we should be careful,”  Wolf said Thursday.

Levine backed up the Governor with no data to support the recommendation, especially the random date he chose for when sports may possibly resume.

She said, “We don’t have a lot of granular data or quantitative data from the contact tracing. There hasn’t been that much activity. There’s been some but not like we’d see in the Fall.”

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Full Press Conference

Watch Thursday’s press conference. Move ahead to about the 33-minute mark to see Wolf’s responses on PIAA Fall sports:


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  1. Jason Bourne

    August 14, 2020 at 3:56 am

    This is what I’m saying about you people, if he shut it down himself you would be bitching. Wolf’s a dictator. Do you have principles? Personally, I think he should shut it down. Even the Big 10 shut it down. This is a pandemic.

    • PTFloridians

      August 14, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Just stay inside with your mask on, take meds, eat ramen noodle cups, and play Fortnite…we’ve had MANY pandemics before, this one was hijacked and weaponized as a political tool. Dr. Death Fauci has given us innacurate and mixed messages since the beginning of this mess…he’s a 40 year bungling bureaucrat that no one can trust.

      Everyone should enjoy the outdoors, play organized sports if you can, exercise, eat better whole and living foods. Mental, physical and emotional health work together for good.

      • Zille8

        August 15, 2020 at 12:57 pm

        Well said, PT…well said….exercise will do a body good!

  2. Rox

    August 14, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Big 12 posted their schedule. Good for them. Anyone who has played a sport on any level, knows how important it is to get out on the field. Mental, physical and emotional stimulation and life lessons shouldn’t be lost to an over politicized virus.

  3. Jason Bourne

    August 14, 2020 at 10:05 am

    PT, you and people like you deserve to get covid. Selfish, self-centered people who only think about themselves. If you actually thought about others you would understand the importance of public safety. You’re a piece of shit. I couldn’t careless if you get, I just don’t want you passing it on to anyone else. This would have been contained a while ago if there was a mask mandate. I’m sure if this was Biden’s virus you would agree because to people like you it’s just Coke vs Pepsi.

    • Canary Commenter

      August 14, 2020 at 10:16 am

      That’s a really stupid thing to say to someone.

    • Zille8

      August 14, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      Listen scaredy cat…my nephew had COVID,age 38 and is fine. His mother who is in a nursing home had COVID and pneumonia, age 68. According to the stats, she should have died. People like you are easy to control by fear…the recovery rate is high with no underlying causes and apparently, you can recover with an underlying cause. As in any case with underlying causes, your rate of dying is higher…it is a fact of life. To think mandating masks would have contained a “virus” is putting off the inevitable. Instead of listening to all the “noise” do your research and stop listening to people who have the power to do whatever they want regardless of facts. Remember…. a vaccine comes out every year for the flu and still thousands die….. TY!

    • Dave

      August 14, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      Wow! Wouldn’t you prefer a good game of chess?

    • PTFloridians

      August 15, 2020 at 11:31 am

      You’re an immature, petulant child. Your lack of respect, lack of knowledge and incoherent thought, destroy anything you say about anything. I hope things go well, somehow, for you, in your future.

  4. Dave

    August 14, 2020 at 10:19 am

    The next time we vote for a PA governor, we should pick one who listens to the majority of residents.

    • Canary Commenter

      August 14, 2020 at 10:58 am

      Well, he did win several statewide elections. Maybe we should vet candidates for Communist ties and also, the GOP should work on finding better candidates. Several seemed to have stepped up amid the pandemic but a lot of good that’ll do us now. Live and learn :/

      • Zille8

        August 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm

        Pennsylvania is a welfare state….democrats are enablers….that is why he won.

    • Just sayin

      August 14, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Majority isn’t always right. Just saying.

      • Dave

        August 15, 2020 at 4:27 am

        To Just sayin. I agree with you. But I was talking about elections. The nice thing about these discussions, is that we think about making life better for everyone.

  5. Jason Bourne

    August 14, 2020 at 10:56 am

    No it isn’t. If you’re that irresponsible and uncaring to not wear a mask which obviously helps prevent the virus from spreading than you get what you deserve. And if this was Joe Biden’s virus, 5 million plus cases and 170,000 dead you would be calling for his head rightfully so. It’s just Coke vs Pepsi to you people. It’s just drama. It’s Fox News vs MSNBC to you. You have no principles at all.

  6. Jason Bourne

    August 14, 2020 at 10:58 am

    The majority of residents don’t live in Pennsyltucky.

  7. james toth

    August 14, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    let fall sports happen 1/2 of the big 10 wants to play football. the big 12 wants to play football.Some pro sport football teams will have fans in the seats, wolf and his democratic fools must be anti s0port people. wolf did not eve let the baseball team blue jays use pnc park in pittsburgh. so now let the people that wolf represent now inpeach this clown

  8. Jason Bourne

    August 14, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    You’re crazy Zille. If it were up to you jackoffs the virus would go on forever. I love how you all have doctorates and think you know what your talking about. Controlled by fear? You’re the ones who vote FEAR. That’s why you’re a Trump supporter.

    • Zille

      August 14, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Quit assuming….I did not vote in the last election. Facts are facts. If you did your research, the virus is here to stay. It isn’t leaving. To think it is going to just disappear is simply irrational. The RECOVERY RATE IS VERY HIGH….it is not the Bubonic Plague or Ebola, not even close.

      • Jason Bourne

        August 14, 2020 at 11:10 pm

        Zille, here’s evidence and if you need more I’ll gladly supply it for you nutjobs.

        • Jason Bourne

          August 15, 2020 at 10:47 am

          Whatever Zille. I rely on the CDC and the fda for their UNBIASED information. Obviously, wearing a mask helps prevent covid. New York had a 96% reduction in covid because of the regulations including a mask mandate.

          • Zille8

            August 15, 2020 at 11:06 am

            The article is from the CDC and other global organizations. Maybe you should read it….you might learn something.

          • PTFloridians

            August 15, 2020 at 1:23 pm

            Just hide in your house til the boogeyman goes away…stop trying to tell other free thinking people what to do and how to do it. Some Government agencies ARE biased…ignorance is bliss for you.

  9. Jason Bourne

    August 14, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    First of all, I never said it would disappear. I said that wearing a mask helps prevent the spread. Obviously it helps contain it until there’s a vaccine. To act as if there’s nothing you can do about it though is total bullshit. People like you just make it worse because you actually think you know what you’re talking about.

    • Zille8

      August 15, 2020 at 10:40 am Just the facts…… When a person calls names, your opinion loses credibility. I concur wearing masks helps prevent the spread of many viruses. I do not think it should be mandated because I know people who cannot wear them due to medical conditions, allergies, asthma, etc. If you have a mask on, you should be safer than the person who does not.

      • Jason Bourne

        August 15, 2020 at 11:13 am

        What does this article have to do with wearing masks and avoiding exposure? It’s just facts about the virus.

  10. Jason Bourne

    August 15, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Sure PT. You have nothing but baseless arguments which make no sense socially or economically. You’re ideology is a DEAD END.

    • PTFloridians

      August 15, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      We’ll just call it a wrap.
      …my objective, and all the commenters here, should be to provoke thought and reasonable discourse…not necessarily to argue your ideology to the bitter end, or to provoke one to anger. Obviously, that has occurred.
      …growth, maturity, wisdom and restraint are essential as we age. I wish you well.

  11. Dave

    August 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Wasn’t it Spock who said “fascinating”? If everyone was face to face in a room. Would this conversation have become so heated or cutting?

  12. Jason Bourne

    August 15, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Thank God. Good luck, if you get the virus hopefully you don’t die or get neurological disorders. Won’t matter though, you already have them.

  13. Rox

    August 16, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Wow! Jason is on a roll!

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