I sat down this week ready to break down the upcoming college basketball tournaments when something I never thought I would see happen happened - they were all cancelled due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus. This was followed by the NBA suspending its season, then the NHL suspending its season, then MLB suspended spring training, then they cancelled the College World Series and I began to wonder, what could come next? Heck, as I type this column, the only sports league that seems like it might still be playing game is the XFL, which has said it will carry on in empty stadiums. All of this leaves me to wonder, what’s a sports fan supposed to do? Do not fret friends, I’ve got a few suggestions for you.
First, let’s all cross our fingers that the XFL keeps playing. I’ve honestly enjoyed watching the games each weekend and I feel like their product keeps getting better. And you know what? This could be their big chance to really get a foothold in the American sports landscape. After all, if they’re the only thing going, then they’re going to be a lot of people tuning in, if for no other reason than there’s nothing else to watch.
If football’s not your thing, then maybe take a spin over to the sports channels and see what’s going on. There are so many sports channels now, they’ve got to fill their time with something. My guess is we’re going to get a reboot of ESPN Classic in some form across a broad spectrum of television and this could be fun. Who wouldn’t like to re-watch the 1989 NCAA basketball tournament? Or the 2011 Stanley Cup? I certainly would!
Another option is to fire up your video game system. If you’re like me, then yours is probably in some room no one goes in, just begging for your attention. Now could be its time to shine! After all, playing sports games is often just as entertaining as watching the real thing. Not to mention the fact, you can play any sport you want if you’re talking about video games. This means, if you miss the NFL, then go ahead and try and lead your favorite team to the Super Bowl - heck, it could be the only way you ever get to see the Cleveland Browns succeed!
Shameless plug here - if you’re a baseball fan, go check out my baseball history web site - lettersfromhomeplate.com. We feature different retired baseball players each week and publish their answers to our five-question survey. It’s a good way to get reacquainted with players you may have forgotten or even some old favorites.
No matter what you choose to do friends, please do stay safe! Remember to wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home if you think you are sick. Hopefully, we can move past this virus as quickly as it has come upon us and get back to talking about sports as soon as possible. That’s the outcome I am certainly pulling for the most.