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The Sports Impact of COVID-19

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1 minute ago, GDAWG said:

 

Or you could just watch the entire Super Bowl again and hope that they repeat.  

 

LFMAO. Man, I hope this doesn't drag into fall.

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It feels right now like these seasons are over. But perhaps after tests are widely available, we'll know exactly who has the illness and needs to be quarantined. At that point, all these extreme measures that are necessary in the absence of good data can be relaxed.

 

The question is: how long will it take for tests to be widely available? Let's hope that it's just a matter of weeks. If this can be done in South Korea, it presumably can be done in other countries.

 

 

17 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

Congrats to Rudy Gobert for ruining sports for us.  

 

Well, he didn't ruin anything.

 

I mean, his act of touching all those microphones was a stunning display of foolishness. But even if he had not done that, he and his teammate would still have tested positive. The NBA would then have suspended operations, and all the rest of these cancellations would have followed just the same.

 

Gobert embarrassed himself; but he didn't cause anything that wasn't going to happen anyway.

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17 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

The question is: how long will it take for tests to be widely available?

 

However long it takes pharmaceutical companies to find a way to charge the general public as much as they possibly can for them. 

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3 hours ago, Corvus said:

Honestly, the outbreak in Canada and North America is weeks behind in its progress compared to what's gone on in Europe, etc. 

 

You can't really do an apples to apples comparison between the US or Canada to Europe. For example, Italy has 60 million people living in an area roughly the size of California. Imagine increasing California's population by 50%. That's what Italy is dealing with. Population density plays a role in the spread of a virus. That's why you're seeing it run rampant in places like Seattle while West Virginia, Wyoming, and North Dakota have yet to report a confirmed case. It's much easier for a virus to spread in areas that have a high population density.

 

My point, I guess, is looking to Italy or China and trying to use what happened there to figure out what will be the next thing to happen here isn't going to get you any reliable results. There are far too many variables for such a comparison to work very well. What happens next here is what happens next. There ain't much we can do but take the precautions and see where it goes. It could end up being worse here, but it could also end up being better. One way or the other, we're going to find out soon enough. 

 

 

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On the sports side of things, it sucks for senior student-athletes that their careers were collectively cut short.

 

A way of looking at NCAA spring sport/tournament cancellation more positively: thousands of athletes just walked off the court/field for the last time as winners. Not something this many athletes usually get to feel.

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3 hours ago, Red Comet said:

Netflix, Steam and Pornhub better up their bandwidth and fast. Same with Instacart. 

 

YouTube too. Also a good time to dust off the old VCR if you still have yours.

 

3 hours ago, CherryMX said:

 

Knowing Vince McMahon's politics, I'm surprised at the move.  The WWE should probably consider doing something similar to when the snowstorm screwed up their RAW a few years ago.  Have a few weeks with nothing but vignettes and backstage segments.

 

So basically, an actually WWE offseason for a change?

 

1 hour ago, Red Comet said:

 

LFMAO. Man, I hope this doesn't drag into fall.

 

I certainly hope not either.

 

1 hour ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

It feels right now like these seasons are over. But perhaps after tests are widely available, we'll know exactly who has the illness and needs to be quarantined. At that point, all these extreme measures that are necessary in the absence of good data can be relaxed.

 

The question is: how long will it take for tests to be widely available? Let's hope that it's just a matter of weeks. If this can be done in South Korea, it presumably can be done in other countries.

 

Some places here in the US are starting to offer drive-up testing:

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital (Barrington, IL)

Colorado, Connecticut and Washington state too

 

1 minute ago, sc49erfan15 said:

On the sports side of things, it sucks for senior student-athletes that their careers were collectively cut short.

 

A way of looking at NCAA spring sport/tournament cancellation more positively: thousands of athletes just walked off the court/field for the last time as winners. Not something this many athletes usually get to feel.

 

Would the championships go down in the record books as "Season Not Played," or could schools be crowned co-champs in their respective conferences?

 

Also, how many of you guys still have sports video games to keep you guys company in the interim?

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More importantly, this is a good time for all of us to help one another.

 

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17 minutes ago, neo_prankster said:

Would the championships go down in the record books as "Season Not Played," or could schools be crowned co-champs in their respective conferences?

 

Also, how many of you guys still have sports video games to keep you guys company in the interim?

 

Tournaments that finished have champions. Conferences with tournaments that never started or were cancelled before they finished will likely crown their regular season winners as champions (e.g., ACC crowning Florida State men's champions).

 

As for seasons that never really got off the ground... who knows? Conferences may proceed with events with the remainder of their seasons (though many are cancelling at least through March), but there won't be any national championships. What'll be interesting to see is if athletes in spring sports whose seasons never really got started will be granted an extra year of eligibility.

 

Also... this is a chance to explore interests beyond sports. Will it suck without sports? Sure, but it's not like there aren't other things to do.

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This is absolutely crazy. Can’t remember the last time everything shut down like this... our dinner conversations for the last 3 days or so have been 90% about COVID. The world revolves around it at this point. 

3 hours ago, JG36 said:

I was just coming here to report that

 

so long, EPL

 

(Unimportant side note, does Liverpool still win? Imagine if the year they finally do it they don’t award a winner.)

Agreed, it is an unimportant side note in the grand scheme of things, but I can’t help but think about it. Surely you can’t just ignore a 25 point advantage with 9 games to go. 

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5 hours ago, BShaw20 said:

I tried creating a Knicks and Jazz custom jersey with Covid as the NOB and number 19 and it won’t allow me to.


Good. 

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Well, he didn't ruin anything.

 

I mean, his act of touching all those microphones was a stunning display of foolishness. But even if he had not done that, he and his teammate would still have tested positive. The NBA would then have suspended operations, and all the rest of these cancellations would have followed just the same.

 

Gobert embarrassed himself; but he didn't cause anything that wasn't going to happen anyway.


We don’t know that.  After mocking precautions at that press conference, it’s not unreasonable to suspect that he wasn’t following recommended protocol before that.  
 

It is very plausible that he contributed to the spread of the virus by not taking it seriously. Not to mention that when people with a platform say that there’s no danger, it encourages others to be similarly cavalier and engage in risky behavior, spreading it further.

 

There is a very special hell for those who make pandemics worse for their own personal reasons, whatever those are. 

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3 hours ago, Red Comet said:

 

LFMAO. Man, I hope this doesn't drag into fall.

 

That is why these large stadium events are being canceled right now.  It's to prevent a spread from lasting that long.  Whether or not it will work remains to be seen.  It will affect free agency and the draft, but I think that they hope it will be gone by the time their season kicks off.  That remains to be seen.  

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56 minutes ago, Crabcake said:

This is absolutely crazy. Can’t remember the last time everything shut down like this... our dinner conversations for the last 3 days or so have been 90% about COVID. The world revolves around it at this point.

 

And for good reason; there is a chance we could see up to 150,000,000 Americans infected.  Even assuming a mortality rate of 3%, which is on the low side, that could mean four and a half million deaths. In our country alone. Breathtaking. 

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39 minutes ago, Gothamite said:

 

And for good reason; there is a chance we could see up to 150,000,000 Americans infected.  Even assuming a mortality rate of 3%, which is on the low side, that could mean four and a half million deaths. In our country alone. Breathtaking. 

 

There's also "a chance" that none of that happens. Let's not scare the hell out of everyone with conjecture. 

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