When Will Sports Continue As Normal?

Our communal psyche as American citizens has been drained during the past few months, as state and local governments put into place mandatory social distancing measures to help protect everyone from the seemingly inexorable spread of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Now, governments are on the path to lifting those restrictions (prematurely or not). This has everyone asking the question: when will sports continue as normal?

The answer is simple: probably not for a very long time. 

But everyone is adapting at their own pace. And that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to watch your favorite professional sport get played soon. Major League Soccer is scheduled to make a limited return at some point in July for a tournament. Teams will play for six weeks in Orlando. The MLS hopes they will be able to play from home soon thereafter.

The National Hockey League has yet to decide on when to return for its postseason, or how the next season will play out. We do know that the season will actually begin with playoffs, albeit with more teams than usual.

Should the players union for Major League Baseball strike a deal with owners, the next season could start as soon as July. Drop your expectations, though, because these deals are never easy — and coronavirus itself could still get in the way.

We still not sure about college football, but reports are optimistic. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said, “They sound certain there still will be college football this season.” Time will tell.

The Indy 500, originally scheduled for May 24, was moved to August 23.

These dates are all tentative. When businesses reopen and restrictions are relaxed, we can expect a large number of new coronavirus cases. This might cause governments to rethink plans to reopen (but we think not) and major sports leagues to rethink their own plans (and we think this will be the case). For now, it’s safe to say that many of these sports will be available to watch — but only from home.

What Sports Programs Have Been Closed Down Because Of Covid-19?

The novel coronavirus covid-19 is perhaps more contagious and far deadlier than most laymen understand, which is a recipe for unpreparedness. For example, the Spanish flu had a median reproduction rate of R1.8. That means if you were infected, you were likely to spread the virus to 1.8 people on average. Covid-19 has a rating of R2.3 on average. It kills around 2% of its victims as far as we know, whereas the Spanish flu killed around 2.5%.

Do the math. This virus could kill millions and destroy the economy if we’re not willing to fight it with everything we’ve got.

That’s why the people who believe others are blowing everything out of proportion are dead wrong. That’s also why governments are shutting down programs across the country and asking people not to go outdoors. The spread of this virus has also forced the closure of many high-profile sports programs because players are already infected. Does it make sense to give people the opportunity to fill enormous stadiums in close proximity to one another? 

No.

The Florida High School Athletic Association is one team that has yet to call off its current sports season, even as schools are closing around the country. We realize that the decision to take sports off the schedule is a difficult one, but it’s time to end the suspense and do the right thing.

The popular racing league Nascar will move online during the current season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one figure who has made his willingness to race in a limited edition esports series known. Live racing will not take place during the pandemic. The current season is postponed until May.

All spring competitions within the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) have been canceled for the foreseeable future. 

The PGA Championship is currently being postponed indefinitely, have been previously scheduled for May 14-17 in San Francisco. The city is currently shut down while they deal with the outbreak there. The decision was leaked and has yet to be formally announced.

One New York Yankees minor league player has come down with the virus and is in quarantine. A Yankees spokesperson has reported that the player’s symptoms are dying down.

The French Open tennis tournament has been pushed from May until September.

The Kentucky Derby has been pushed from May until September.

The UFC has finally postponed currently scheduled events after public backlash for continuing to maintain its schedule. 

President Dana White said, “It’s just impossible. We can’t do it.”

The NHL has postponed its current season by at least a month.

Check back for more updates!

The Most Controversial Part Of Super Bowl LIV Was The Halftime Show

  1. Lo and Shakira have certainly sparked a lot of right-wing controversy since they performed the halftime show wearing about as much as you might expect. The display is hardly controversial by today’s standards, but somehow we’ve managed to turn it into something that it isn’t. 

Alex Abad-Santos for Vox wrote: “Considering the NFL’s contentious relationship with stars like Rihanna and Cardi B — both Rihanna and Cardi, along with other musicians, have said they won’t perform for the league because of its treatment of Colin Kaepernick — it’s something of a marvel that the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show boasted kinetic talent in the form of superstars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira (especially compared to Maroon 5, who headlined the halftime show in 2019). The call to book the duo was facilitated by Jay-Z, through his still relatively new partnership with the NFL; the women made history as the first Latina artists to headline the Super Bowl halftime show.”

And shouldn’t that have been the most important part of the halftime show? That two popular Latina singers have made history at Super Bowl LIV? Maybe, but it wasn’t. Christian activist Dave Daubenmire announced plans to build a lawsuit against the NFL, Pepsi, and a few others because he is now “in danger of hellfire” and eternal damnation because of the show.

Daubenmire said, “I tuned in to watch a football game. I didn’t tune in to watch a porn show.”

We should also mention that Daubenmire hosts a podcast, and might, you know, just be whoring for attention. When asked about the companies he plans to sue, he said, “I’m sure we can dig up a few more.”

That should tell you all you need to know about the point of his lawsuit. It’s not about what he saw. He’s suing Pepsi because they sponsored the show. He’s also trying to get the lawsuit class-action status, which would allow anyone who watched the Super Bowl — and certainly those who actually attended — to attach their names to the litigation. Sounds crazy? Well, it’s 2020. We’re getting used to it.

He said that the show was especially insulting to Christians. Daubenmire said, “That’s discriminatory against the values I have in my house — you can’t just do that. I want to sue them. I want to sue them for about 867 trillion dollars.”

We can only say: “Good luck.” You chose to turn the TV on to watch the show, and you chose to turn it off. No one chose for you. And that’s exactly the way a judge will see it. You can’t claim someone discriminated against your values when they didn’t chain you down to watch.

Super Bowl LIV: San Francisco 49ers VS Kansas City Chiefs

It’s not exactly what we expected when the season first started, is it? But it’s how the season will finish, and we’re thrilled — primarily because so much of what will happen is a mystery. Both teams have their flaws and both teams have their merits. It’s anyone’s guess which team will thrive against the other team’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Mike Sielski tweeted about some of the skewed expectations some fans have: “If you’re still hoping Andy Reid and the #Chiefs fall on their faces in two weeks, you’re so tribal and blinkered in your allegiance to the #Eagles and so attuned to his shortcomings and imperfections that you can’t see him for what he is: a genuinely great coach.”

This is an especially poignant statement since Andy Reid has racked up a whopping 221 wins in his time with the NFL, which is more than any other coach — who hasn’t won a Super Bowl. He last stepped foot in that arena with the Eagles in 2004, but couldn’t seal the deal. Should he lose this time too, it will be a heavy blow to face.

The Chiefs haven’t played in the Super Bowl since their 1969-1970 win in Super Bowl IV. That year marked the last time that a season ran while two distinct organizations — the NFL and AFL — duked it out. They merged into one before the 1970-1971 season.

Meanwhile, while San Francisco has a better overall record of making it to the Super Bowl, it’s worth pointing out that the 49ers were a trainwreck last year. The team actually made it into the history books alongside the Benagals and Rams, having successfully powered their way into the Super Bowl after having won four or fewer matches the season prior.

The 49ers, should they come out victorious, will tie the Steelers and Patriots for the most Lombardi Trophies won in the history of the Super Bowl.

Who do you think will win? Kansas City is known for its “quick-strike” offensive plays while the 49ers are known for an insanely successful throwback through balanced defense and offense. We’re not sure how this formula will play out during a Super Bowl matchup. Both teams, their coaches, and their fans are motivated to get out there and win. It could go either way, and it could be tremendously exciting no matter which way it goes!

No matter who you’re rooting for, one thing is for certain: we’re all sick of the Patriots and it’s about time!

Another Hazing Scandal Reduces De La Salle High School Football Team By Three

Hazing rituals have been popular on American campuses for more than a century, but authorities are only beginning to crack down on the bad behavior now — and mostly only because public awareness of how bad hazing can get is more pervasive than it used to be. But are hazing rituals becoming common at high schools too?

A new scandal out of De La Salle High School has resulted in the indefinite suspension of at least three football players who, police say, will probably face criminal charges.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said that the hazing ritual involved sexual harassment with broomsticks, but there was no obvious case of sexual assault. “There was no penetration,” he said. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office will likely file charges after the police file their own report. 

Dwyer described the three players as uncooperative. Their parents forbade them from speaking to the police without an attorney present. Other players on the team — apparently even those who have not been charged — have hired criminal defense attorneys because of the alleged incident.

Investigators interviewed 59 De La Salle High School football players and six other school officials, Dwyer said. According to the report the investigators will file, the players have been a united front against providing details, and only one victim has been located.

Dwyer said, “The students were very guarded … The coach indicated he had no knowledge whatsoever about the incident and that he wouldn’t tolerate it.” Of the kids, he continued: “We need their cooperation. We want their cooperation. … Hazing is a very serious issue.”

The allegations come at a bad time for the De La Salle High School football team, because they were scheduled to be in the playoffs the same day the authorities began their investigation. Because of the hazing incident, the school was forced to forfeit a separate game the night before. 

The school notified parents via email: “We have recently discovered a series of hazing incidents conducted by several players on our varsity team. And many players on the team appear to have been aware of such hazing but failed to report it.”

That’s a good description of the larger problem — elsewhere, these incidents often go without notice until someone is seriously injured because students don’t step forward out of fear of retaliation. De La Salle said, “The hazing has deeper roots, and is more pervasive than originally thought.”

More details of the incident are expected in the coming days and weeks as the prosecutor’s office files charges against at least three players on the team.

Will Alabama’s Crimson Tide Finally Miss The Top Four In College Football Playoffs?

For six consecutive seasons, Alabama’s Crimson Tide has seemed unstoppable. The team held a spot in the final four of the college football playoffs for those years. Could this year possibly go any differently? It seems so. Even though the high-profile team has continued to play competitively with the help of a great coach, you can’t expect them to win year after year without taking a big hit once in a while.

Rob Mullens, chair of the selection committee, said, “The committee’s job is to enter the room with a blank sheet of paper, meaning we start with an open mind as we consider the strengths and weaknesses of every team, from opening day through this past Saturday. Nothing else matters.”

But the opinions that are subsequently formed in that room are beginning to tell a tale: and that tale is about Alabama’s fall from the top.

Coach Nick Saban said, “We don’t really control our own destiny, but if we finish the season the right way, we can see where it takes us. We’ve been in this situation before…We don’t want to waste a failure. There’s a lot of lessons to be learned from things that we did and didn’t do today. I think that everybody has got to make a commitment to finish the season the right way.”

And it’s the truth: Alabama was last in a similar standing back in 2015. The team hovered in position number two, but only after losing out to Ole Miss. They still managed to push forward until they came out near enough on top, but for a while there it looked like fans were losing hope (and for good reason).

What can Alabama do to turn things around this time? It won’t be easy. First, we need to keep an open mind about what the team can achieve with fans behind them. Baylor and Minnesota need to start losing games. If they do, then Alabama’s future wins will mean a lot more.

But this is college football, not professional football. Crazy things happen every week — and that’s why we love the sport and the influence of its players so very much. You never really know what to expect from the next game. 

Coach Saban seems to know that it won’t do any good looking too far ahead into the future. He takes the team’s losses to heart, and tries to learn how not to make the same mistakes the next time around. And what else can they do right now but hope they improve? The end of this season is already in sight!

What Do Professional Athletes Eat?

We all know that professional athletes engage in a strict regimen of diet and exercise. We all know that they eat upwards of ten thousand calories each and every day. This is necessary when the body is constantly burning those calories through demanding physical labor. When all you do is work out all day long, you need the extra boost. But what do professional athletes actually put into their bodies each day? The quick answer is this: lots of protein.

But of course it’s more complicated than that.

For someone who loves to eat, the diet is a dream come true. LeBron James has discussed his diet with interviewers in the recent past. For him, a typical game day begins with as many healthy nutrients as he can get: an omelet made with egg whites, hold the yolk, and smoked salmon (for healthy fats and omega-3s). Both options provide a lot of protein. He also adds a stack of gluten-free pancakes (no one asked if he had gut-health problems). To add a few more vitamins, he added blueberries to the stack.

He had another helping of salmon for lunch, in addition to servings of whole wheat — not gluten-free — pasta and veggies. More nutrients, healthy fats, omega-3s, and lots of carbs for energy. Directly before the game he would consume a single PB&J. Stomach cramps during a game wouldn’t be so good, now would they?

He also enjoys a small snack during halftime, when he would consume yet more protein and vitamins with apple and almond butter. In order to make the most gains from his strenuous game-day workout, he would drink a protein shake as soon as the game was finished. The shakes are usually made from fruit, almond milk and protein powder. He noted that in the hours following a game, he would avoid animal products and whey-based protein powder. 

For other professional athletes, it’s not all about the food — it’s about staying properly hydrated. Anyone who’s ever done long-term physical training knows the benefits of keeping water on hand. Tom Brady starts his days with lots of water (with added electrolytes) to ensure he doesn’t get dehydrated from the day before. He doesn’t drink water when enjoying a meal because he believes it will prevent his body from digesting food properly — but that’s an old wives tale. Water actually helps your body break down food.

The rest of Brady’s day includes lots of liquid protein and nutrients, fish, tons of veggies, and constant snacking. He said his diet was 80 percent alkalizing foods, and he avoids foods that create a lot of acid in the digestive tract.

Football Season Is Here: Who Will Come Out On Top?

We’re sure everyone is ready to vegetate on the couch with a cold beer in hand as often as possible over the next few months, which means everyone’s favorite game is already in full swing. It also means the guessing game has begun. Everyone is busy making their best-guess fantasy football picks. Who will win? Who will lose? It’s time to lay out the 2019 season the best we can.

That means breaking down each team individually. The Oakland Raiders have been amidst a great deal of chaos and controversy lately, especially when considering Antonio Brown’s request to be released from the team this past Saturday at the end of a long bout of drama — which the team later granted.

Head Coach Jon Gruden said, “We just have exhausted everything. We tried every way possible to make it work. And all I’m gonna say is it’s disappointing. I’m really proud of our players, our coaches, our owner, our front office. We did everything we could to make this work and I’m sorry it didn’t. I apologize, but I’ll tell you, I’m very proud of what we did as an organization to try.”

Meanwhile, Brown is just happy to be up for grabs again.

Gruden said of the departure: “I wish Antonio the best. I’m sorry we never got a chance to see him in silver and black. Very disappointing in my career as a coach. I looked forward to coaching him but it’s not going to happen. I’m not going to sit here and talk about it all day. We’ve got 12 rookies, we’ve got a lot to be excited about.”

That begs the question: where do the Raiders stand this year? The gambling world isn’t giving the team glowing odds — instead, the favorite for this Monday night are the Denver Broncos. No surprise there. The Broncos have rivaled the Raiders for a long while, but Denver usually comes out on top, and the same result is expected tomorrow night.

The total betting pool for Monday night stands at 43 points with the under at 9-0 for Denver. Both teams have a long hard road if they want to make it to the end.

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How Do Professional Athletes Train To Stay Fit For Game Day?

You know how the average adult male requires about 2500 calories per day? The average adult female requires even less, needing only about 2000 calories a day to keep a healthy metabolism running the way it should. But these numbers don’t even come close to the unbelievable caloric intake of professional athletes, who require thousands more. Most notably, Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps would consume around 12,000 calories during his training days.

Athletes require this increased number of calories for an obvious reason: they burn them off faster than the rest of us.

Part of a professional athlete’s training regimen isn’t just about gaining the strength and endurance to compete at a higher level; no, it’s about reducing the chance of injury during a game or race. This means that even athletes who don’t necessarily need huge biceps will lift weights. They do these exercises to increase bone density and get their joints, tendons, and ligaments ready for the pressures of later performance.

Athletes who fail to take these weight training measures will often fall victim to common injuries like tendinitis or a torn ligament. Another reason they train all their muscles instead of just the ones they require to play their chosen sport is due to the potential for muscle imbalance. Our bodies are built to maintain a certain equilibrium of movement: we require balance. Too much training of one muscle group will result in reduced dexterity and balance.

Athletes use a variety of exercises to help achieve their goals: 

  • Elastic bands. Dozens of exercises can be performed with the aid of an elastic band, which helps athletes gain muscle, endurance, and joint strength.
  • Sleep. Athletes make sure they get at least eight hours of sleep, which is recommended for all adults anyway. The required rest helps the body repair itself while building back up.
  • Compound movement. These exercises focus on multiple muscle groups instead of just one in order to increase joint resistance.
  • Jumping. Exercises that involve jumping will help players who use these skills in their sport learn to be safe.
  • Hydrating. Non-professional athletes often make the mistake of failing to drink enough water. A professional athlete won’t be caught dead thirsty.
  • Walking. Sounds somewhat mundane, right? But walking can do wonders for sore, stiff muscles that aren’t ready for another extreme bout of exercise yet.
  • Running and swimming. Both of these exercises are common, but athletes will perform them for much longer periods of time in order to gain god-like endurance and train muscles that don’t otherwise see much use.

Rene Rivera Turning Heads After Three Long Balls For The Mets

Sunday afternoon saw a fierce game of baseball played at Sahlen Field, where Mets catcher Rene Rivera managed three home runs. Syracuse pounded Buffalo into the ground 10 to 4. The 35-year-old managed a few early-game upsets against Conor Fisk and Jordan Romano. The three long balls he hit to score those runs pushed his number up to twelve for the year — which is no small feat.

Syracuse hitting coach Joel Chimelis had this to say: “I don’t think anyone knew. He was the one that told me that this was his first three-homer game in his career. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome.’ He was pretty excited about it.”

“His body works right,” Chimelis continued. “He still uses his lower half very well when he gets into position, so he creates some torque when he’s going well. We have a bunch of older players on the team and each one always tries to help out. They always communicate and if they see something, they let the players know or let me know.”

Rivera is known for going the distance to help out the newbies. He knows what it was like at the beginning of his career and how hard it was pushing to make it higher and higher. Now that he’s about where it wants to be in his career, he wants to help those who still have a way to go: he even sees it as a responsibility that veteran players should always have. He’s not the only player who agrees with that point of view.

Chimelis later said that Rivera was “always one of the first ones in the cage and has a routine with a heavy bat and some drills. They know he’s going to be there. He’s usually the first one to hit and when he’s not, the players are like, ‘Hey, where’s Rene? What’s going on?’ So when they see stuff like that it makes everyone else have a routine. They wear me out sometimes. I’ve been coaching for a while and these guys love to hit and get their work in.”

Other players aren’t slacking, either. Danny Espinosa managed two doubles, Ruben Tejada got one out of three good hits, and Luis Guillorme struck a home run during his four game hits. Bo Bichette nabbed three hits. Not too shabby at all.