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Multiple sports updates

May 15, 2020

This week college football, baseball, and pro football all gave status updates on the way they can possibly move forward.

In my opinion, the most difficult sports to possibly start up again will be college sports, because the NCAA does not seem to want to take charge and they need to become the de facto commissioner for all college sports.

I thought that was their role in the first place. I get how difficult this decision is going to be, because there are colleges all over the country, and the health situation could be completely different state by state.

Before this situation happened, I did not know how much money college football makes for all the colleges on the Division I level. The numbers are staggering. Someone has to make a decision to play or not. I hope the NCAA steps up and comes up with a solid plan.

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Major league baseball has a proposal to play an 82-game season starting around July 4. I heard that this is the first serious proposal that the owners and players have talked about and was surprised by this. What were they doing for the first six weeks of the pause in the season? The teams will play mostly in their geographical area to limit the amount of travel. I hope both sides can agree to this plan or something like it, so baseball can have a legitimate season.

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The NFL schedule was released this week. The Philadelphia Eagles have a difficult out-of-division schedule this year. They have to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Green Bay Packers, and the whole NFC South division.

I don’t usually get on ESPN for football coverage, one reason being they spend way too much time focusing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' schedule. This is all because Tom Brady will play there next season. They should pay more attention to the other teams.

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Also, the German soccer league is starting up this weekend. It will be interesting to see what happens. It will be watched closely, both for enjoyment and curiosity, to see if the sports world can restart at this point. I know everyone is hoping this is successful.

Oh, and I didn't forget. The book I suggest this week is, Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game by Dan Barry. I really liked this book because it gives the inside story of how minor league baseball works and, specifically, this game that went 33 innings.

Have a good weekend and stay well. See you on the sidelines!

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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