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Could There Really Be No College Football in 2020?

By on March 28th, 2020 in Football, News 8 Comments »

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” That’s the way legendary journalist Jim McKay used to introduce ABC’s popular TV show, The Wide World of Sports. I was reminded of the phrase this week when the Sumner Olympics were postponed.

I’ve heard some friends say it’s almost agonizing to not have any sports to follow during the Coronavirus quarantine. No March Madness, no opening day of Major League Baseball, and no A-Day. Considering how horrible this pandemic is, the loss of spring sports should not be compared with agony. However, I have to admit, I am going through a bit of withdrawal with the cancellation of all sports.

Today, we should be watching the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight with the Final Four coming up next week on April 4th and A-Day a week later on April 11th.  And opening day for Major League Baseball was supposed to take place on Thursday March 26 but, the coronavirus intervened.

The situation is far more worrisome than just the cancellation of spring and summer sports. I’m not talking about the threat of the virus to our health and our economy. I’m referring to talk lately intimating the 2020 college football season may have to be shortened or not take place at all. 

CBS’s Dennis Dodd wrote a lengthy article this week postulating the cancellation of the entire season. And ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreet told TMZ sports he doesn’t believe there will be a 2020 football season.

The ESPN analyst said that it will be difficult to have a season when a vaccine can not be ready for 12 to 18 months. “I don’t know how you let these guys go into locker rooms and let stadiums be filled up and how you can play ball,” Herbstreit said. “I’ll be so surprised if that happens.” This is one time I certainly hope Herbstreit’s analysis is incorrect.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that having sports return is not as important as getting this pandemic under control. I feel for all those who have lost income or gotten sick or lost love ones. I in no way seek to minimize the seriousness of the situation. However, at the same time I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have football this fall.

If that should happen, it will be devastating to the fans and even more so for the economy. But in the grand scheme of things, it would not compare to the anguish of lost jobs and loss of life. It’s uncharted territory to be sure. We’ve not come this way before.

We pray for the ones who have contracted this disease, for the health care workers who are fighting it, and for the leaders who have to make the decisions to deal with the catastrophe.

The pandemic has affected almost all of us in some way, including our coverage of Auburn Sports here at Track ‘Em Tigers. Since there are no athletic events or recruiting taking place, there’s not much we can bring our readers. So until the coronavirus is defeated, and all our lives return to some type of normalcy, stay safe and …

War Eagle!

8 Comments

  1. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    No college football ???
    I DON’T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT THAT!

  2. I don’t think we’ll have football as we know it. The players have already missed spring training and will probably miss a good bit of summer workouts since all gyms including the school’s training facility are closed. If we have any football it will most likely be a shortened season to give players time to return to playing condition.

  3. jbellison56 says:

    Football games and everything else looking less likely as the President announced Sunday the extending of stay at home measure till first of May and, maybe further than that.

  4. neonbets says:

    I trust my leaders to make the right decision and look out for my best interests.

    It’s amusing to even write such a thing, let alone believe it.

    Football in the Fall? Well…

    In just the past few weeks, we’ve all witnessed local and state governments decide what people can and cannot buy in stores, arrest parents playing with their children in public parks, yank people off public buses at random, remove basketball rims on private driveways, ticket dog-walkers, and in one case try—and fail—to chase down a lone runner on an empty beach. All of this, we’re told, is for our own good.

    Someone please make the case why banning drive-in, stay-in-your-car church services on Easter makes sense. Madness.

    Pot cafes are deemed essential businesses, but receiving spiritual sustenance in your car during a time of crisis, isn’t. [And I’m not even a churchgoer. I just think it’s an awful precedent, and completely unfair to people of Faith.]

    Imagine going back in time and telling Aldous Huxley as he’s writing a Brave New World that in 2020 either of the following will land you in court:
    1. Using the wrong pronoun.
    2. Listening to a sermon in your own car.

    But…but Flatten The Curve. Exponential. Ro2! [Obviously, I’m just throwing out terms without any regard for what they really mean. If you can’t beat ’em, might as well join ’em.]

    Two months ago, if I told you–we are going to take away people’s livelihoods, trash the economy, eviscerate the real estate market, burn the constitution, and lose our collective minds over a malady that kills more people over 100 than under 30 –you would never have believed me.

    Look under the hood of COVID deaths for yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/COVID19/index.htm The numbers are stunning.

    Unemployment kills people too, right? We lost more jobs in 3 weeks than we did during the entire Great Recession of 2008.

    Hospitals all over the country are collapsing –not from the weight of COVID care –but because they don’t have enough patients. [Go to beckershospitalreview.com/finance/49-hospitals-furloughing-workers-in-response-to-covid-19.html]

    I know I’ll get accused of being callous, but I’m not. The models were flat-out wrong. I also think it’s reasonable to believe there will be more deaths from the Lockdown consequences than from COVID.

    Meanwhile, more children are going to die from child abuse during the COVID lockdown, than from COVID.

    The ‘Flat-Curvers’ will accuse me of being callous. I’m not callous at all. Sometimes ‘at any cost’ costs too much. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.

    Will there be football in the fall?

    When your government and your fellow citizens decide that toilet paper is worth more than our Constitution, it’s impossible to make any forecast….[Except a forecast on the expected number of COVID deaths. Then, it’s OK–because even if you’re off by orders of magnitude, you can just change the name from ‘Expected COVID Deaths’ to ‘Lives Saved From COVID’.]

    If I had to guess on football, I’d say ‘No’. They’ll ease up on restrictions in May, and by Sept there’ll be another flare-up because not enough people have immunity. We were all locked up.

  5. uglyjoe says:

    As a PSA and on a happier note, al.com has an interview with Vern Lundquist that is worth a read.

  6. zotus zotus says:

    You talking about that guy called Verne Lunquist … of the Slobbering, Soulja Boy Dancing Lunquists? Really? You talking about that Verne Lunquist?

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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