Our Traditional Friday Lunch Won’t Be Happening For The 1st Time In Years Because Of Coronavirus

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Ladies and gentlemen, my traditional Friday lunch officially won’t be happening for the first time in years because of coronavirus.

Earlier this week, I speculated the future of the lunch could be in serious trouble as panic about the virus continues to spread across America. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Despite the fact I knew there was a chance it might not happen, I held out hope our traditional Friday lunch would happen.

After all, it’s not just a tradition. It’s an institution. It’s our way of celebrating another great week of empire building, and we were optimistic coronavirus wouldn’t steal it from us like the virus stole March Madness.


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Unfortunately, after days of deliberations and an all hands on deck search for a backup location after D.C. shut down the bars, the call was made last night to officially postpone the lunch indefinitely. We’ve had people miss the lunch before, but this is the first time in several years that the lunch was never held at all.

In one of the sadder moments of my life and another tragic sign of the times, a tough call had to be made. It was the type of call historians will debate for decades, but I made the call to not move forward with the lunch.

Much like when the Olympics were called off for WWII, we will come out on the other side of this stronger than ever.

Here’s the way I look at the situation. If the guys could hold the line at Bastogne in WWII with the full force of the Nazis bearing down on them, then we can postpone our lunch because of this crisis.

The American spirit has always been to go above and beyond in the darkest times. We make tough calls, we adapt and we survive.

I’ve got the fridge at my house stocked full of beer, and you can bet everything that I’ll be cracking them open at some point today.

For those of you out there who think the lunch is done forever and I’ve suffered a great loss, keep cheering against me.

We will bounce back because Americans refuse to be defeated. We’re going to beat this virus, and drink a billion beers once we’re out of the woods.

God bless, take care and enjoy a few cold ones this weekend.