Full stop

For the past 30 years on this date I have purchased a copy of USA Today to check out its “March Madness” preview. Sometimes it would be the only newspaper I purchased the whole year. (And yes, in recent years sometimes they have done it on Tuesday instead of Monday and I actually ended up buying it two days in a row, but you get the idea.)

In 2014 I began taking a photo every year on this date of me and my son holding up a copy of the day’s paper. We’re usually smiling; this year we’re not. I took our 2020 photo last Friday, with the sports-page headline of The Washington Post : “Full stop.”

Full stop indeed.


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My name is Mike O'Connell. I am 40 years old and live in Northern Virginia. I am a teacher, a musician, and an enthusiast of all things American.

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