Matt Calkins: With sports shut down by coronavirus, Seattleites should give thanks to Seahawks' Jadeveon Clowney
SEATTLE — There are no balls bouncing, no bats swinging, no pucks sliding across the ice. There are no games on our home soil to wager on, and no coaching decisions to blast.Sports are suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s not a reality that’s getting easier to adjust to. But here in the Puget Sound area we do have the Jadeveon Clowney watch. That’s something, no?Seriously, wondering where the free-agent defensive end will land is the one thing keeping Seattleites from joining an esports league right now. Rumors about the former Seahawk is the only sports news interrupting no...
The Seattle Times
Mark Bradley: Will there be a college football season? Vince Dooley isn't sure.
“I’ve switched to being hopeful,” he said Sunday. “Optimistically hopeful, put it that way.”The famous former Georgia coach and athletic director had spent most of the day in his lush Athens garden. “I went out to plant one thing,” he said, “but I’ve got so much out there I have to move something else to make room. I told Barbara (his wife) I’d be out there two hours; I was out there for eight.”Like many among us, Dooley is sheltering in place. He doesn’t even go to the grocery. “She does 99% of it,” he said. “If I go, I can’t find the one thing I’m looking for. So I stay away from that as wel...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
If NFL season starts on time, get ready for a drop in quality
Let’s assume for a second that the coronavirus pandemic is solved by Week 1 of the NFL season. Getting football back would be excellent as we attempt to heal from the damage that coronavirus has inflicted upon the world, but it wouldn’t be the football that we’re used to.The quality would be much, much worse.Football is a sport that takes an incredible amount of organization and synchronization to make the most simple plays work. Even after months of preparation in a normal year, preseason football is usually a mess and it takes the starters weeks to reach the peak of their play.We’re already ...
New York Daily News
FAU's Willie Taggart can't 'grasp' country without football season
The thought of football not being played in the fall is one that FAU coach Willie Taggart said had never crossed his mind until recently.Even as the coronavirus outbreak jeopardizes sports seasons around the world, Taggart admitted during a conference call with reporters on Monday that he still struggles to envision what the country would look like without football in the fall.“I still can’t get a grasp of what this country would look like without football,” Taggart said. “That’s America’s sport. Everybody gets excited when football season comes around. It’s like Christmas. The whole country c...
Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins 8 Chicago sports teams in a new 'We Are Not Playing' ad campaign to help stop the coronavirus spread
CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is enlisting the help of Chicago’s sports teams to urge residents to stay home as the city works to stop the spread of coronavirus.Lightfoot walked onto Soldier Field with a backdrop of empty seats behind her on Monday morning to launch an ad campaign called “We Are Not Playing” in conjunction with the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky and White Sox.The campaign will start with digital ads and public billboards and include social media messages and videos from players encouraging people to comply with the state’s stay-at-home order. It comes on...
Paul Sullivan: Baseball Digest offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane — for free
OK, Boomers, this one’s for you.All you Generation Xers have my permission to leave the room so you can watch “Tiger King” on Netflix or come up with a pop culture list on Facebook.All you Millennials, feel free to go stream video war games on your Xbox or PlayStation.And all you Gen Z kids, it’s time to TikTok or something.Thanks for your patience, and please come back later when the old folks aren’t busy.Now that they’re gone, I have some good news for my fellow Baby Boomers, the generation that allegedly yells at clouds and is painfully aware of the number of people congregating on the fron...
Jim Souhan: Without Kevin Garnett, there would be no Timberwolves
On Saturday, Kevin Garnett was selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. There is no higher honor in basketball. For observers of Minnesota sports history, the honor seems inadequate.The Timberwolves want to retire Garnett’s number, whenever he will deign to return to Target Center for a ceremony, but even that event would feel trifling, given his impact.Shouldn’t the entire state retire his jersey? Shouldn’t it be draped over Spoonbridge and Cherry, or across Paul Bunyan’s back? Shouldn’t we at least name one of our lakes after him?His Hall of Fame induction is the latest rem...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Resilient Cardinals legend Bob Gibson throws cancer a curve
For painfully obvious reasons, the Cardinals didn’t open their home schedule Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. The good news is that Bob Gibson would have been there if there had been no coronavirus pandemic-fueled shutdown of sports.Diagnosed last summer with pancreatic cancer, Gibson, 84, had no guarantee he would see many, if any, more Cardinals openers. But now his chemotherapy treatments have been moved from once a week to every three weeks and he said he feels no pain.Gibson is due for a couple of days of tests this week but for now, as he told someone recently, “The reaper came th...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Five-star headliner Joshua Christopher 'could fit in pretty well' at Michigan
Rivals national basketball analyst Eric Bossi couldn’t put a name to the number.As he sat and watched a game at an AAU event three years ago, there was one player who stood out above the rest. The only problem is the high schooler wasn’t listed on the roster.“I was immediately like, ‘OK, I need to go find out who this kid is,’” Bossi recalled. “It was pretty clear that he was a guy who was going to be a national level recruit.”That unknown player ended up being Joshua Christopher, who would go on to become a known commodity that attracted no shortage of college suitors to his door and NBA play...
The Detroit News
No football? Michigan college coaches bracing for the unthinkable.
There is a silver lining somewhere, and Paul Winters has found it.The Wayne State football coach may have lost spring practice, but he has already tackled the work he usually reserves for June and July.In some ways, he said, “I will be better prepared for a season than I ever have.”That is if there is one.As the novel coronavirus has rocked the country and shut down the sports world, there is growing anxiety within college athletics about the prospect of football not being played in 2020. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit sounded the alarm late last month during an appearance on the network’s radio...
Detroit Free Press