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COVID19 Cancellations Are Inevitable

There’s no denying it, games are going to be cancelled

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Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
UEFA is already playing before empty houses
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Sports are fun. LSU sports, in particular, are great fun. It’s why we have this website and this community. We absolutely love this stuff. I thought there might be a time in life when I would age out of my childish wonder, but… apparently that’s never going to happen.

There are few things in life which give me as much joy as LSU sports. I love the competition, but I also love the community, the traditions, and everything that goes with it. It’s the other stuff that makes the central thing worth following.

So let’s just accept it: it is no longer a question of whether games are going to be cancelled or performed in front of empty stadiums, it is now a question of when. I’m not phrasing this as an opinion. If it were up to me, we’d keep playing. LSU sports is worth the risk.

That’s also why I’m not in charge of these decisions. Also, the fact I barely got through freshman biology, and that was via judicious use of the phrase “more surface area.”

The Ivy League has already cancelled its tournament. The MAC and Big West are going forward with their tournaments, only in front of empty crowds.

UPDATED: The Ivy League has now canceled all spring sports entirely.

SXSW has been cancelled (which may jeopardize the future of the festival). Coachella is moving to the fall. Pearl Jam has nixed their spring North America tour. This is just the start, and more is coming.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before Congress today and indicated that we should not be playing sporting events in front of large crowds, singling out the NBA for criticism. He stated plainly, “Bottom line, it’s going to get worse.”

While I freely admit I don’t know the first thing about containing a pandemic, I’m willing to bet the director of the NIAID does. That’s his whole job, honestly. I’m just saying, we should probably listen to the guy who knows what he’s talking about.

Some cities are already shutting down. San Jose has cancelled nearly all major events and the Silicon Valley is “effectively on lockdown.” The New York City suburbs are doing the same.

And it’s moving to Baton Rouge. An LSU professor emailed his students, claiming that one of his students has contracted COVID19. LSU denies anyone has tested positive yet, but there has certainly been a student exposed to the virus.

It’s not if, it’s when.

And it’s okay to be bummed out about it. Sports are one of the things that make life worth living. It fosters community, and gives us fun places to hang out on the internet like this. But when doctors, not politicians, say it is time to cancel large events, then we are going to cancel large events.

I will miss the joy, the stress, the community of it all. It seems that we, as a culture, need more things to bind us together, not less. But the games will be there when we get back. And we’ll go right back to wishing for the metaphorical death of all of our rivals.

Just not for real. Everybody, let’s be safe out there. Mainly, let’s listen to the medical experts. They spent a long time studying to become medical experts, time I spent memorizing sports stats. Which is why what I think doesn’t matter.

Be prepared. The cancellations are coming.

UPDATE: The NCAA has decided to hold the Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments without fans and are officially recommending that ALL sporting events be held in closed arenas.