NBA players hated food in the bubble, so they called in help
DETROIT — All heck was breaking loose.Several NBA players were complaining on social media about the quality of food after entering the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Florida.So the NBA turned to someone who could fix it — chef Shawn Loving, the department chair of Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program.“I got a call from Sean Ford, who operates USA Basketball and he told me the NBA folks were interested in connecting with me to see if I could support the food efforts down in Orlando,” Loving said.The answer came quickly.“Absolutely,” Loving replied. “I’d love to help. I’m not sure how I can, b...
Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel: NBA players hated the food inside the bubble, so they called in some help
DETROIT — All heck was breaking loose.Several NBA players were complaining on social media about the quality of food after entering the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Fla.So the NBA turned to someone who could fix it — chef Shawn Loving, the department chair of Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program.“I got a call from Sean Ford, who operates USA Basketball and he told me the NBA folks were interested in connecting with me to see if I could support the food efforts down in Orlando,” Loving said.The answer came quickly.“Absolutely,” Loving replied. “I’d love to help. I’m not sure how I can, but I...
Detroit Free Press
Mac Engel: Player protests matter more than the voices offended by movement
Sports is calling your bluff, or they don’t care what you think.The NHL, MLB, NFL and NBA have tacitly told that to those who object to the players and coaches who take a knee during the national anthem.Take it however you want, but you are not the priority.As our sports have returned so has the player protest movement about racial equality. What started as a knee taken by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the NFL in 2016 now extends into basketball, NASCAR and baseball. Even the nearly entirely white sport that is hockey has joined.The research was not necessarily extensive, but there is ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
COVID-19 rates spiked in county NASCAR race had 20,000 fans. But officials don't blame the gathering.
Three weeks have passed since roughly 20,000 fans sat sprinkled throughout the grandstands at Bristol Motor Speedway to watch NASCAR’s All-Star Race. The race marked the largest sporting event with spectators since the pandemic shuttered the sports world in March.In Tennessee’s Sullivan County, where the speedway is located, there has been a spike in positive COVID-19 cases in the weeks following the July 15 race, but public health officials said Wednesday that they have not identified an association or cluster linked to the NASCAR event.“We were seeing an upswing prior to the race and that up...
The Charlotte Observer
Marcus Hayes: Penn State's Micah Parsons, others wisely opt out of 2020 season
PHILADELPHIA — Projected first-round receiver Rashod Bateman doesn’t trust the NCAA, Minnesota football, or even the NFL, so he’s not playing until he believes the game is safe to be played.Reportedly, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, who is projected to be drafted among the top five picks, is forgoing 2020, too. So is top-flight cornerback Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech. They are a trickle. Expect a flood.The NCAA won’t spike this doomed football season, so the players who can must protect themselves. Why would someone like Clemson junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence risk himself during a C...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Matt Calkins: Fans are getting a much-needed escape from the coronavirus pandemic — a bonanza of sports events
SEATTLE — For many Americans — possibly millions — this may be the worst August they can remember. Unemployment is still stratospheric, social restrictions are still ubiquitous, and the tunnel that is this coronavirus pandemic remains dim.But if sports are your escape — if competition is your diversion from this grim reality — then you can agree with these three words.Best. August. Ever.Sports are no longer choices on a menu but rather items in a buffet. Doesn’t matter how loud your stomach is growling, you’re not going to end the day hungry.We love the first two weeks of March Madness because...
The Seattle Times
Dieter Kurtenbach: Harding Park's PGA Championship makes it clear — fans can't come back soon enough
SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of thousands of golf fans were watching Thursday, but not one of them was on the course at TPC Harding Park.The first round of the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four major tournaments, typically would bring throngs of fans to the course. They would be stacked 10-deep, maybe 20-deep, alongside the fairway ropes that separate the golfers from the gallery.But these aren’t typical times. In the era of COVID-19, the only people at the tournament, let alone on the course, was a smattering of media and volunteers and the requisite entourage that travels with every big tourn...
The Mercury News
Illinois will test athletes daily in hopes of containing spread of coronavirus and kicking off football season
Illinois offensive tackle Alex Palczewski wore a mask and couldn’t hug his teammates, but he smiled as he talked about returning to the practice field Thursday after limited interaction for months amid COVID-19 restrictions.“We have to sacrifice a few months,” said Palczewski, a senior from Mount Prospect, Ill., whose mom is an intensive care unit nurse. “If at the end of the season, we’re Big Ten champs, it’s all worth it.”Illini players, coach Lovie Smith and athletic director Josh Whitman stressed during video conferences with reporters the importance of reducing the spread of the coronavir...
See two races for the price of one during NASCAR doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway
Doubleheaders aren’t only for baseball these days.Texas Motor Speedway announced that its fall races will include a NASCAR doubleheader event open to fans on Sunday, Oct. 25. Fans will have the opportunity to attend two playoff races with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series running the SpeedyCash.com 400 at 11 a.m. followed by the Cup Series’ Texas 500 at 2:30 p.m.The truck race was originally scheduled for TMS’ summer race weekend in early June, along with an IndyCar race. But NASCAR postponed the truck race to the fall, and IndyCar started its season that weekend in Texas with no fa...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As sports teams struggle amid pandemic, so do their hometowns
J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill, known for its signature Irish nachos, sits less than a mile from the home stadiums of the Dallas Cowboys football team and the Texas Rangers baseball team in Arlington, Texas.For years, fans have converged on J. Gilligan’s every game day, spending as much as $350,000 a year on food, beer and shuttle service to Cowboys games. This year’s Rangers opening day, with no fans allowed because of the pandemic, brought maybe 10 customers, owner Randy Ford said.“It’s just knocked our legs out from under us,” Ford, 70, said.The pandemic has dealt a hammer blow to the entire spo...