Before you read all of this, February 22, 2021 is Today and I just wrote this to encourage you to be Strong and Prepare and Train Hard. Fall 2021 is very, very Doable.
Today is a somber reminder of 500,000 Covid American Deaths. It is very sad and a huge Eye-Opener. And with it. I want to say this to you. Each of us must be honest with ourselves, our families, and we must seek real answers when it comes to the Safety of Our Sports. Many Teams and their Staff and especially their Players have worked diligently to keep the Sports Game Alive. In no matter what Sport.
AMERICAN Sports is more important today than ever before because they offer everyone that one thing all of us need-HOPE. And I see a much better picture coming this Fall’21. Individuals with both Shots and a Valid Vaccination Card should be Allowed to attend any Game with No Regards to Stadium Restrictions. If 100% of the Fans have their Cards and are two weeks past their 2nd Shot, then all 100% of the Stadium must be Allowed. If a Stadium can only have 1/3 of its capacity filled, then all seats beyond that 1/3 can also be filled by Card Carriers all the Way up to 100%. This is a Valid Exception.
Tracking exposed Players needs to continue. But all Players should be encouraged to get Vaccinated. Games will still be needed to be Cancelled and Rescheduled when infections occur. The rest, most of it. I wrote a long time back on April 8, 2020. Many have read it. As you read it, we now know how 2020 went. Some was correct, some not so much. But we must continue with Faith and Belief.
Forget Predicting Fall, 2020 and Spring 2021 COVID-19 INFECTIONS. No one can. But let’s be real. COVID-19 and the FLU could cause a crippling 2020-21 Winter quite possibly causing a Pandemic like never seen before. And even my View of January may need to be set back even farther…
This truly is a Damned if you do and Damned if you DON’T situation. Pressure from Coaches, Players, Trump, School Revenue Needs will be things to consider, but-
Safety has to be Number One-Fan, Student, and Athletes, and the Public. Player Deaths are not acceptable. So-
Forget all Out of Conference Games. Toss them aside. If you Re-Open too soon, the New Deaths may come back to HAUNT YOU! Might even make you Liable thru Gross Negligence. A Star Player takes COVID-19 back home and a beloved parent dies? A beloved Grandparent dies. Fabled School Alumni dies. But I’m only talking about Realistic Safety. Infection Rates in America are still hitting near 30,000 a day and over 1000 dying daily. These numbers have to be Respected. COVID-19 Hospitalizations is what I consider one of the biggest indicators. Honesty and Open Transparency now is paramount, not starting cause you need the Bucks? It is a dilemma. Wanting the Bucks. Sure, it might be a difficult time ahead. But if you do, you better be sure you can protect the players, the fans, and the students and them not bringing COVID-19 back home to their families. Can YOU Protect THEM? If the Public considers this an experiment on them, they will become unfriendly, even unruly.
Forget all Pre-Season Games.
Prepare for possible shortened Seasons.
(All classes need be Online ONLY in Fall, 2020. Students will return to Campus Spring, 2021 or Fall 2021. No one should be planning any On Campus Classes now. No, not until Summer Infections are identified and Testing is in PLACE and Cases have significantly declined.
2020 Season played in 2021 for many is Doable. And a Spring Powerhouse Conference playing would be a Hot Ticket Item.
But NBA and MLB might need to shorten their Playing Seasons.
All Teams, All Coaches, All Players, All Schools, at whatever LEVEL, need to be ready to bring their “A”” Game from the very 1st Game.
And this is how I predict it could go down. Maybe, how it should go down.
Games without FANS stink to the Highest Degree. If Dr. Fauci’s Prediction of 2nd Wave takes place, and No Vaccine in Place, get ready to see yet another possible delay. But if people don’t act right, we’ll never get out of the 1st Wave!
But by Fall 2020, Vaccines should be in place to Begin giving the World. But nothing significant may come out before Fall 2021.
And if this goes down in 2020, then
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
And here’s why everyone will be starting like I am only suggesting.
There will be fewer fans. Games will be Postponed or Cancelled.
Fewer will be going to the different games,
fewer fans to any of the Games.
Yes. Only in the beginning. People will NOT race from their Caves of Safety in the beginning. They don’t want this Virus brought home to their parents or grandparents.
Yes-fewer fans at first.
Only at first. Only in Spring 2021.
By Fall 2021, all Teams should be able to resume normal play with Fan attendances again. But there will be great competition from States and other Countries to get their hands on a Vaccine or Cure. But remember, there has been 40 million going now without Jobs. And money will be tight for fans.
And many will not trust taking one of the Fast-Tracked Meds that skipped the usual 18-24 months of Testing prior to FDA Approval. But right now, we can only hope and think positive. My suggestion takes in for a Vaccine to be in place by Fall 2020.
Lack of money and Fear of COVID-19 will still be in the air for many fans. And this will keep many away. But we must still play even with fewer fans. But I see the safest route to be Spring 2021. Allow athletes to train. But continued by means of staying Safe. Full Contact Sports too soon will have unforgivable consequences and might even suggest Liabilities by Schools and Organizations ignoring the needed Safety in place. I mean, how did some places get to “We DON’T have Sports, We’ll have to Close our Doors because of Lack of Revenue”? Every situation must be Carefully Reviewed. But-
Starting in January 2021.
To prove America can Overcome, the Games Must go on…(But CAN’T ignore Safety)
Okay, here’s the Play Prediction I see Doable in our foreseeable future-
January 1, 2021 We Celebrate, and if conditions are such for Celebrating that we will be playing games again. But everyone should pay attention to Scientific Predictions for Your States. Winter’s Predictions may make a January 2021 start unrealistic. We could very well be in a serious Lockdown by then. But also, pay attention to the Updates on the Vaccines and mindfully understand the shear almost unbelievable difficulty it will be to even get the entire population inoculated. Logistic Demands, and other factors will be involved. Several years are in my minds eye when all will begin to resemble the Old America.
But for sure-
Celebrate surviving a Pandemic. Thanksgiving will have a Special Place this year in all of our lives.
But let’s get the games going.l, shall we?
The more the merrier.
Let the Games Begin-
Saturday, January 2, 2021, NCAA Football Games Start. NCAA Basketball Games Start.
Sunday, January 3, 2021, NFL Football Games Start. NBA Basketball Games Start. Yes, at the same time. You need to keep in mind, not everyone is going to be coming out and Ready for Close Contact among other Fans at first. But, It will work.
Monday March 1, 2021, NCAA Baseball Games Begins. MLB Games begin.
Tuesday March 2, 2021 NCAA Track and Field Start.
And the rest of the Sports are put into the Mix as well during the week or weekends…it’s all doable.
Sure, lots of folks are going to have to be Onboard and I am talking New Deals, New Contracts too in many places. But it is not fair to NOT allow all Sports to Compete. All must be allowed.
But starting too early and Fans or Players die will have an insurmountable affects on the Fan Psychic. But. Start later than planned and guess what?
Plans need to start coming together. Setting it all up needs to take place. Plan for a January Start.
It’s gonna be tons of Fun! Still lots of fun.
A logistics nightmare, but DOABLE for all Teams and all Fans.
Yes, sacrifices for PRIME TIME will have to take place. In some instances, Games as well. But a fair and reasonable amount of Games can still be played.
Of course, High School and Jr. high and so on will play, but I believe January is the ONLY PRUDENT and fair Judgement to be made at this point. I fully understand Schools need Money FROM Athletics. It’s the way it is.
And If it ALL were planned NOW, all can take place.
All Sports can be played. Starting Too Early and you could warp Fan appreciation and attendance for a long time.
I also believe an October or November Start will be too ambitious and toss Player and Fan Safety to the WINDS. I cannot and will not consider such A Stoic Approach. If you do, plan on Lawsuits from the Loved Ones of Dead Players or Fans. I see them coming. But forget that by doing the Delayed Start to Save Lives. Delay to Save Lives! A Vaccine is coming, a few months more of waiting to Start is nothing but good Judgement. Otherwise, how many Games will be Cancelled? Be Postponed? This is not the time to carry your Balls around in a wheelbarrow. They’ll fall out eventually.
So, January 2021 will work. Yes, it will.
We’ll still have the Super Bowl. We’ll still have MARCH MADNESS played in MAY 2021. But who’s going after a lame duck Season with few or NO FANS?
THE NCAA NATIONAL 🏆 GAME will be played in MARCH 2021, towards the end. But if some play and others Postpone, this National Championship game won’t carry the same weight of Luster…unacceptable, absolutely No Respectability.
And so it will trickle all down the lines of play.
It’s DOABLE if you wait…you can do this.
Starting Too early and a great amount of Fan Unrest will take place. Loss of Fans watching the Games. Even Fan Hatred if done too early causing another Holocaust of American Deaths. Fans in the Stands may prove to be Super-Spreaders.
This will be an incredible Feat of Tons of Sports.
But Great Minds can make it happen. Logistics need to bring the Planning Stage to the Table Now.
Line it all up! It can be done if you Plan now.
Virtual Sports just won’t work.
Games without Audiences won’t work.
Being Safe will work.
It’s going to be okay.
For the 1st Time ever, I’d encourage the NFL and NCAA to work together in ensuring all Playoff Games get their TV Primetime Showings. The NFL could give additional week breaks between Playoff Games to do this. And the Fans would greatly Appreciate it. I know I would. These young Players need these considerations. Additional Time Delay Drama will only add to the excitement.
Just trying to get all Americans inoculated will be a logistic nightmare. It will be later than 2021 before we see normal again. Might be 2025 or later…but you do what only you can do, let others worry about what they can do…it is going to be Okay!
Now, it’s November 29, 2020. A long time past since when I wrote this earlier Blog. Like most Sports-Caring Enthusiast, I’ve kept up with the latest on Covid-19 and Sports. I’m stunned that we’ve gone from 30,000 COVID cases a day to over 180,000 a day. And Deaths have gone from a thousand a day to an alarming 2000-plus Deaths a day. I’m pleased to see Vaccines are nearly here. But let’s face the Truth. Some schools, some places. Some individuals won’t clue us in to all the events involving COVID-19 and Issues that have or will come up in their Arenas. But the following Article is just the First of what will be more…keep those Prayers going everyone, we’re NOT out of the woodshed yet. Yes, Deaths and serious injuries have been sadly attributed to COVID-19 in Sports…all of us knew there would be, didn’t we? There are still many unknowns about this Virus. But again, you do your best on what you can do and let others worry about what they can do. Okay!
Today is January 30, 2021. And now, everyone has watched and seen How Successful Sports were and were NOT. Games were Cancelled. Games were Forfeited. Games were successfully Played! We are truly in a World Pandemic. I Salute all the Efforts by Schools and Athletes to Compete as Successfully as each can expect. And the success many have had in a Time where nothing is as Routine or Normal as it was in 2019.
COVID-19 Vaccines are going to play a necessary part in bringing Sports back to a decent Level of Fan Participation. It’s tough. It’s heartbreaking. But it’s still Doable. At what point will we see true Normalcy again? No one knows. By the end of 2021, we should have a very good View of what the Future holds in regards as to what can and what cannot be done. Plan your Plan and hopefully, it will materialize.
But only control what you can control and let others work and be concerned about what they can Control…
It’s all Doable.
Athletes! Keep your Training going strong. What you do will help inspire others. Pray to the Heavenly Father always. Schools, keep doing the great Work at keeping everyone Safe.
Things will get better…Yes, they will. Help generate a Positive Environment for those around you and for yourself. Good Luck!