Canceled Season Can’t Possibly Be Reality
I had a dream the other night. Actually it was more of a nightmare.
And a kind of foolish one at that – part of it included USC’s football game with my alma mater, Alabama being canceled. Haha, glad it was only in a dream. Alabama and USC haven’t played very often but the two schools have a historic rivalry together.
Then, as this nightmare continued, I dreamed that the conferences canceled all out-of-conference games. So there would no Ohio State-Oregon, LSU-Texas or Auburn-North Carolina. It only got worse from there, with the Big 10, followed by the Pac-12, canceling their seasons altogether and suddenly all of college football was in danger of not happening in 2020.
Boy, did I wake up in a sweat, my heart pounding as I looked at the ceiling and around the room to be sure I was in bed and indeed this was a bad dream.
After all, none of those things could ever happen in real life. I mean cancel the college football season? Even while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hang around like that ugly girl you slept with and won’t ever leave, no matter how many hints you give her? No way. (By the way, why don’t the really beautiful girls you’re with ever hang around like that in the morning??)
After all, college football players are among the most finely tuned and monitored athletes on the planet. They have million-dollar strength-and-conditioning coaches, nutritionists and some of the top medical staffs on the planet. As well as 5-star facilities.
If a player or a staffer were to come down with a serious case of the coronavirus, they would get treatment as if they were a prince or president.
So this can’t be true. In my next sleep, I may have a nightmare about the NBA playing in a “bubble,” baseball canceling some games while other team play as if nothing is happening and people not being able to play beach volleyball in Southern California.
Next will be one that has the bars not allowed to let people in after 10 p.m., and closing at 11; that we will always have to order food in order to get a beer (and that the California governor won’t consider chicken wings or salads a meal!) and the Indy 500 will be run without fans. And no Snakepit!
Talk about a real nightmare!
Okay, time to get up, splash some cold water on my face and see what’s really happening out there in the world.
Note: Thanks to photographer Jack Fleming, an Ohio State fan who lives in Columbus, for contributing the idea for this blog post.