Who is excited for the start of the NFL regular season? No hands?
The NFL is moving ahead as planned for the 2020-21 season despite the Chinese coronavirus still ravaging through the country.
And here’s your first clue that the NFL will not happen this season despite desperate attempts to force the issue.
The only sports league that has the Chinese coronavirus on lockdown is the NBA because all 30 teams are in a bubble in Orlando, Florida. Nobody is allowed to leave unless it’s for an emergency and when they return, they have to go into a 14-day quarantine.
Despite the fact that the NBA is toxic in other areas like rampant kneeling during the national anthem or business dealings with China, you have to admit that they have the whole situation under control.
But that’s the complete opposite situation for the MLB. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the MLB season will likely come to an end soon because they can’t get the virus under control.
This is what the NFL has to look forward to in the next month.
If they think they’ll be able to travel with over a hundred players and personnel, then they are deluding themselves.
And the writing is already on the wall.
The NFL Players Association reports that thus far, 21 players have tested positive for the coronavirus after reporting to training camp ahead of the shortened season.
The league and the NFL Players association agreed to daily testing for the first two weeks of this season’s training camps. Rookies, injured players and quarterbacks reported last week while the rest are to report this week. That just means that things will only continue to get worse.
Those 21 cases are also in addition to the 107 players who already tested positive in the off-season.
According to the agreement, players who test positive will be immediately placed on the reserves list until they receive several consecutive negative tests for the virus. In addition, players exposed to another player who tests positive will also go on the list until tests prove they are free of the virus.
The NFLPA said in a statement, “Our union has been pushing for the strongest testing, tracing, and treatment protocols to keep our players safe. The testing protocols we agreed to are one critical factor that will help us return to work safely and gives us the best chance to play and finish the season.”
But the testing isn’t really the problem. As President Trump has correctly pointed out several times, the reason why we have so many cases in America is because we’re testing more than any other country.
The NFL’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Allen Stills, said that procedures were “ongoing work, while adding, “There’s no finish line with health and safety, and I think these protocols are living, breathing documents, which means they will change as we get new information. They will undoubtedly be changing over time, which is what we usually see in medicine.”
All of what Dr. Stills says here is just a big indicator that they don’t know what they’re doing. It’s going to be an unmitigated disaster due to the traveling implications, going from city to city.
Ergo, there will be no NFL season this year or it will be cut dramatically short.