Well, here we are, I can’t even tell you what week we are in as far as quarantine. One thing I can tell you is that I miss sports. I honestly didn’t think I would miss sports this bad. It will only be a few weeks, I thought, how bad can it be? Well, it’s bad, and it only gets worse the more I think about it.
We’ve already missed some of the best events in sports for the year and some of them won’t be made up. March Madness won’t happen in 2020. Think about that–one of the greatest sporting events won’t happen this year. We won’t get to see an underdog upsetting a top seeded team. No filling out tournament brackets only to have them busted after the first few games. The NBA Playoffs should be in full effect right now. Who knows when, or if, the NBA will start back. Will we not have an NBA Champion this year? We missed MLB opening day and also Jackie Robinson Day. So, no getting to see everyone wearing number 42. The Masters has been moved to November. No Women’s College World Series will be played this year, which I have to admit is one of my favorite sporting events to watch each year. It’s only April and we’ve already missed this much in the sporting world. Will we even have a football season this year? I sure hope so.
There has been a few bright spots for sports fans during all of this. ESPN pushed up the release date for The Last Dance, the 10-part documentary series that follows Michael Jordan and the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls during their last championship run. The documentary was originally scheduled to release in June but was pushed forward because of the lack of live sporting events. I watched the first two episodes this week, and it was almost as good as watching live sports. I, like many, consider Michael Jordan to be the greatest basketball player of all time and to see this new footage and hear these interviews is a breath of fresh air. The NFL Draft is still going to happen on schedule, though it won’t be the same since the potential draft prospects will not be there to walk across the stage to shake commissioner Goodell’s hand as they will all be at home. It was also announced that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will have a rematch on the golf course. This time they will have partners in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
For now, us sports fan will just have to hope that we can get back to some form of normalcy soon and that we can get our sports back.