EDITOR’S NOTE: Ninth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

I made a typographical error in my column last week: I meant to say that we need more sports, not less. In my defense, I’d been washing and folding my American flag and wasn’t focused on my Samsung Galaxy Book S keyboard.

I know everyone wants a triumphant return of sports, that glorious day when the games we all love come back, when folks who mark their calendars every year for opening day get their wish and stands are full and crowds are loud. The balance of the sporting world is restored and every team in …