How are we doing, friends? Am I the only one who feels like he’s about to lose his mind?
When this Coronavirus thing started, I thought, “Okay. I’ll swim a little and sleep a lot, and this won’t be all that bad.” But then they closed all the pools — and the gyms! — and shuttered all the sports leagues, and now, almost three months on, here we are. A few restaurants have reopened locally for outdoor seating, and we’ll supposedly be back in the gym — by appointment only! — by the middle of next week.
But that’s about as much as we can hope for in the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is on the verge of seppuku. The NFL released reopening guidelines that Ravens Coach John Harbaugh termed, “Humanly impossible.” Maybe we’ll get an NBA tournament by the end of July, and if you really want to, you can catch NASCAR or Korean Baseball, but mostly, the past three months have been a long, hard slog with no definitive end in sight. Football guys seem determined to will college football into existence this fall, but specific issues remain mostly unanswered while individual states have been all over the place with their individual responses and reopening plans.
It’s hard to see how a nationwide college football plan coalesces out of the current chaos, particularly given college football’s lack of a commissioner or generic central authority figure. But money talks, I suppose. Maybe we let 130 teams do the best they can and hope it all works out?
If I was laying odds, that’s where I’d put my money.
Fortunately, no one’s asked us to solve the world’s problems. Rather, I’d like to ask each of you what you’ve been up to over the course of the pandemic. What have you done to stay sane?
We’ll start, but please, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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John Szott III, Social Media Guru
Man, the sports hunger pangs have hit me hard over the past few months. Granted, having a newborn has taken quite a bit of my attention. I absolutely love it! But, it doesn’t feed my competitive side.
Here’s how I’ve been surviving:
‘The Last Dance’ was a huge part of my quarantine sports experience. If you haven’t watched it already, I strongly recommend it! I grew up in the Chicago area in the 90’s so I got a double dose of nostalgia and competition. Even my wife — not a sports lover at all — enjoyed it for the sports drama mostly centering around Dennis Rodman! Ha!
For college football, I’ve resorted to watching YouTube videos highlighting top plays and games from the past decade. Unfortunately, it only increases the craving for live sports. Beyond that, family games and trivia via video chat is fun, but there’s only so much of it I can take! I’ll take Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride or Betrayal at House on a Hill any day (hopefully soon)!
I wish I could shoot hoops but they’ve removed the backboards from my on-post neighborhood courts so…
Well, that’s what I’ve been up to. While I dream of sports, I’ll probably just watch 12 more episodes of ‘The Office.’
“May your hats fly as high as your dreams.” M. Scott
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Jordan Horvath, Marketing Manager
Thankfully, I live in Florida where COVID hasn’t been as bad as some other places in the country *knock on wood*. I’ve spent quite a bit of time on bike trails and at the gun range. I also got engaged in late May, so all the free time I was enjoying has been overtaken with wedding planning. I’ve only just realized how little I care about flowers and stationary weight and how much I miss college football.
I spent quite a bit of quarantine mourning the loss of the XFL. Those of you who know me, know that I am a big believer in spring professional football and was a die-hard Alliance of American Football (AAF) fan and season ticket holder (Go Apollos!). Seeing another league fall apart was hard to watch. I loved the XFL’s business model and overall concept, and I think the NFL and a lot of players could benefit from having a “farm league”. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like we’re going to have football after January any time soon.
I’ve tried to fill the football and general sports void with UFC and Call of Duty. Unfortunately, my significant other despises both of those activities, so we usually end up watching something on Bravo, HGTV, or some other girly network I didn’t know was included in my TV sports subscription.
Did I mention that I spend a lot of time outside biking and shooting guns?
Jokes aside, being engaged is great and having a wedding to plan has helped the pandemic seem less bleak at times. I’ll take my girl over UFC any day.
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Danno E. Cabeza, Senior Writer
I watched maybe two weeks of “classic” college football games, but a lot of those old games weren’t shot in HD and thus looked bad on my television. Plus, knowing the outcomes really killed it for me. We then subscribed to the WWE Network for Wrestlemania, and I watched a bunch of old Attitude Era Pay-Per-Views with my kids. But a lot of that stuff had the same problems we’d seen in classic college football, and anyway, modern WWE bookers have started using Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels the same way Hollywood screenwriters use Save the Cat.
I mean, I love a lot of those old Undertaker matches, but come on! No one needs to see those same story beats repeated by every guy on the roster.
Eventually, my daughter Emma and I settled on All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on TNT, with the added bonus that I’ve been working my way through TNT’s recent movie catalogue as well. I watched Ready Player One last weekend and then Suicide Squad. Meanwhile, my wife and I have been alternating seasons of The Americans on Amazon Prime and The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.
Handmaid’s Tale in particular points up the importance of land navigation. If those two dumbasses had been able to use a map and compass over mountainous terrain, none of the really bad stuff would’ve ever happened.
It was hard to watch, honestly.
With all of that said, this latest news about Baseball has been hard. I don’t know what the future’s gonna bring, but I know what we’re not gonna see, and that’s America’s Game. Ugh. What can you do?
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That’s all we’ve got, folks. How are you holding up, and what’s been keeping you sane? We really want to hear from you.
I have 12 kids at home and don’t watch any sport except for college football. However, we’ve had to be creative with providing breaks from the monotony. That’s included walks, roller skating, date nights at home and (later) out, watching the Disney Imaginarium series, the American Gospel DVDs, and a healthy dose of Fortnite with kids and CIV 6 on my own. Not exciting, but does the job.
“Kids” has been a pretty common answer. Granted, twelve is *a lot* of kids.
Empty nest and I’ve been working from home for 21 years so I just got out less than I normally do. I did keep busy with 30-day fitness challenges with my cousins over a group text, a lot of long walks and starting to run again. We’re on our third challenge. The new found fitness has been a positive. Be all you used to be…
Restaurants are starting to open for outdoor seating. Golf has been open for a month and the courses are in great shape. It certainly will be interesting to see what the “after” looks like, I don’t think the “before” is coming back. The class of 2020 is the hard line; before/after.
If you had to guess what college football 2020 goes down in the books as, what would that guess be? It looks like every conference/school for itself as Dan alludes to. I agree. The power five conference schools need the money. Losing 44 million in football revenue on top of whatever they’re losing in tuition and housing, not playing is not an option, even if all they can salvage is TV revenue. But even if the conferences just play conference only schedules, that will be hampered by different state and school restrictions. I think there we be schools that forfeit the season and the rest will try to cobble together an eight game schedule. We won’t see the full impact of the financial devastation until the 2022 season. I don’t think there will be 130 team in DI football then.