Since I last wrote a column the college football world has been turned upside down.
There are three conferences left in the Power Five that will be having football, and smaller conferences and teams have postponed their seasons. College football will look entirely different when the season starts. If it starts, because right now we don’t know if the conferences that are planning to play will reverse course between now and then. So the question is who is to blame for this? School officials, presidents, players, coaches? The answer is none of the above. The answer is we are to blame. The American people.
We are to blame because we didn’t take COVID-19 serious enough. We didn’t listen to health officials and other prominent people in the medical field that warned us that if we didn’t follow protocols and guidelines that things were not going to get better. Well guess what? They were right and look at us now. But we still aren’t doing what we are supposed to do. It is mind blowing that we are still debating wearing masks and not going out to crowded areas, and that is why we are staring at a college football season that may or may not happen, NFL, MLB, NHL, WNBA and NBA games all with no fans and any other sporting event being held with no one in attendance and no high school sports until December.
It didn’t have to be this way. We could be like other countries that are starting to slowly integrate fans back into stadiums and other places. We didn’t have to go through what we are going through currently. All we had to do was listen and follow the rules. Things we are taught in kindergarten. They weren’t hard rules or outrageous. Just wash your hands, wear a mask and stay away from large crowds.
Kids are being thrown back into schools and colleges and are immediately shutting down because of outbreaks. This thing started back in March. MARCH. Almost five months we have had to get the coronavirus under control, and we have failed miserably.
This isn’t political; I am not blaming politicians or any other authority figures. I guess I would be justified in doing so but that is neither here nor there. This is blamed on us as a society for refusing to listen to experts. Experts that warned us repeatedly what was going to happen.
Now we are in unprecedented times where we cannot go out and do anything that we used to enjoy. Our entire country has changed, and it has not changed for the better. Not yet, but it can.
See I am optimistic that we can get back to packed stadiums with 50-100,000 screaming fans cheering on their favorite team. I am optimistic that we will be able to travel and go out to eat without fear of contracting a virus that is potentially deadly to those young and old. It may not be until a vaccine is readily available, but it will still happen on day soon hopefully.
All week I have followed the saga that is the college football season. Teams and conferences dropped out left and right. The Big Ten and the PAC-12 both moved their seasons to the spring in a matter of hours of each other. ACC, SEC and Big 12 officials decided to move forward with their seasons. The MAC, Mountain West, ODU, UMASS and UCONN have all moved their seasons out of the fall. FCS, D2 and D3 schools have basically shut their entire seasons down.
This is unprecedented. The players want to play. The coaches want to coach, and the fans want to enjoy college football. I truly believe that if more planning had been done early on then we could get a more traditional season in some fashion, but it appears those in charge did what we all did. They thought that this would go away by the time football season rolled around. Whatever the case was, they (pun intended) dropped the ball. Now we are stuck wondering what to do now. Spring football like high school? Who knows. I just know that it didn’t have to be this way, and we are to blame.
Until next time.