The news hit over the weekend about Jerome Baker and new offensive lineman Ereck Flowers having covid-19.
It’s obviously not good news for anyone, but they are also not shocking, unexpected cases. The NFL had protocols in place before camps begun to curb th spread as much as possible. As sports go, the NFL never said “no one will catch Coronavirus; we’re immune.” Instead, they knew it would happen and they have their policies in place. Now it’s time to see how well, if at all, the policies work.
I think the NFL planned far better than MLB, who has teams scrambling around the country playing makeshift games that aren’t even on the schedule…all because they never accounted for a team like the Marlins to have multiple covid cases.
One thought I had is that the NFL should play every other week. An 8-game season instead of 16. That way, if there are any major corona cases, the teams would have two full weeks to figure out a Plan B, instead of just a few days. But for now, the NFL insists on playing its normal schedule. I hope they don’t get overly confident like MLB did.
Several MLB players who tested positive in July are back and playing daily. And playing well. That’s certainly good news, but it’s still early. The best medical minds in the world can’t tackle this virus yet, and so much is still unknown. That part is scary. There is proof positive that if a pro athlete takes care of himself and self-isolated himself, the virus passes and he can return to form soon after. But will this happen in every single case? Again, too many unknowns.
Pro sports with no live fans is mind-blowingly strange. The sounds of silence are amazing. The sounds of players cheering and cursing is surreal. It must happen every game, but we’ve never heard it because the crowd noise drowns them out.
I see no reason why MLB can’t allow 5,000 fans per game spread all over the stadium. Or even 1,000. 500? One person per section? Require masks and close all but the most essential stands. The NFL is tinkering with that idea as well, allowing socially distanced fans to spread out across NFL stadiums. I think that’s a good step toward normalcy.
In the meantime, I hope you are all okay. I hope your jobs are secure and your families are safe.