I fully admit: I’m probably one of those people. This college football season, the University of Oklahoma, as well as most other universities around the country that are still trying to play a season, are limiting fan attendance at games, which will greatly reduce the number people in the stands. It’s understandable — we are currently seeing yet another rise in COVID-19 cases — but the gameday experience is going to be strange for those attending in person.
Whenever the discussion of “getting back to normal” comes up, playing sports is generally seen as a major way for that to happen. What I am noticing as we go, however, is that it’s hard to escape the disruptive force of a deadly virus. The NBA has its bubble, and the MLB has cardboard people and teddy bears in the stands (as well as many cancelled games due to positive COVID-19 tests). As we roll into football season, two major conferences have cancelled their seasons for college athletics, and I’m not really sure the NFL even has a plan at all. None of this screams “normal” to me, but hey, I’ll take it, I guess.
I’ll be watching when the games come on — as a few did Saturday — because I genuinely like college football. But I’m also genuinely concerned that the season won’t be able to be completed. My main hope is that everyone stays safe, players and fans alike.
Past Sundaze comics
It wasn’t Neese: An allegory for owning your audio
You’re doing fine in the red zone, Oklahoma
Snail mail: Slugging it out at the U.S. Postal Service
Norman elections always cause a flood of headlines
School 2020: Arts and crafts more like arts and masks
Ready for basketball from the Disney bubble
Kevin Stitt quarantine: Rest up, governor
PPP helps keep the proverbial pizza cooking
Imagine masks: Stitt starts fashion fad to emphasize eyebrows
Mike Gundy has shirt problems
Coronavirus spike: There’s still a pandemic out there
Safety and cleanliness are priorities for Election Day
Remember to put yourself in someone else’s shoes
Them boys from Oklahoma roll their joints all wrong
Pour yourself an age and wisdom on the rocks
All the government Oklahoma could ever want
Open sesame: Kevin Stitt and the 40 mayors
Parents agree: The Easter bunny is an essential worker
Bad news for Cheetos: Our behaviors are changing
Quarantine quandary: Are your pets sick of you yet?
Quarantine: A rear window into our worried minds