Sports In Stand-By Mode Due To COVID-19 Crisis
So the National Football League is extending its playoffs and Wimbledon isn’t playing at all this year.
Welcome to the current-day sports headlines, where headlines are hard to come by with everything around the world brought to halt by the COVID-19 shutdown.
We are in an unprecedented era, when arenas should be full with the approaching Final Four of March Madness and the NBA and NHL Playoffs, and baseball stadiums should be alive with the sound of balls popping against bats and organists playing songs between innings.
But instead, all we have are replays of games on our sports networks and cancellations or postponements of events. The NFL is pressing forward with the NFL Draft from April 23-25 – albeit no longer in Las Vegas and all the pageantry that was to surround it – and has plans for not only the upcoming season but for the playoffs.
The new format calls for adding two wild-card teams for a total of six spots. They will be played in back-to-back tripleheaders on wild-card weekend, which this upcoming season will be Jan. 9 & Jan. 10.
This pretty much assures there will be a team below .500 in the playoffs with a chance at winning the Super Bowl. So pretty much any team except, say, the Chicago Bears or the Cleveland Browns, can make the playoffs.
This also guarantees that Tom Brady – now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – will again be in the post-season, tho it will take some adjustments to get used to seeing him wearing red rather than blue.
Meanwhile, over the pond, there won’t be any balls bouncing on the famed grass courts at Wimbledon. The entire 2020 tournament, scheduled for June 29-July 12, has been canceled.
“It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic,” organizers stated. “The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.”
The status of the rest of the NBA & NHL seasons, as well as the start of the baseball season, are all still up in the air.
This is sports today, folks. Save your cheering for later.