Wednesday. Fandango’s Provocative Question once again. I’m going to do things a little differently today, but when the One Word challenge is also cynical…. well, most every single one of my posts would fit, so I’m going to combine the two.
Time to address this week’s FPQ, which is:
Have you missed profession and/or college sports since the seasons were either cancelled or suspended in March? How do you feel about the timing of the return of sports, especially given the surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, at least in the United States?
Okay, first of all, let me explain the situation in the UK, then I’ll try to apply the questions as best I can. Most of our professional sports are back, probably over the last six weeks. The first to go back was horse racing, I think, but the biggie, soccer, went back maybe a month ago.
They are doing these sports behind closed doors – public not admitted.
Straight away, that tells you something. What’s the use of playing a sport if you don’t allow spectators? It is for the gambling, no other purpose. So let’s be clear that money is the driver here.
Honing in on soccer in particular (because I have no knowledge of anything else), from a health perspective, the games themselves are zero-risk, because the players are known to be uninfected before the start. As known as can be, anyhow. They are tested twice a week. So they can tackle each other, and kiss each other when someone scores a goal, doesn’t matter. None of them is infected, anyhow.
That’s about where we are in the UK. I guess all professional sport is similar, I have no clue about amateur sport. Amateur sport usually gets left way behind when anything happens.
There’s a slight aside here, in that all the soccer (the highest league, anyhow) is televised. The TV company adds canned crowd noise to what is basically a silent stadium. If you haven’t heard it, you have no idea how fake it all sounds. But, you know, small potatoes.
On to the questions.
Have you missed profession and/or college sports since the seasons were either cancelled or suspended in March?
Not much. I don’t abhor sport, but I can take it or leave it. As you probably surmised, I am not a gambler, and I am pretty anti-gambling.
Probably the two things I missed the most were the Giro (Italy) and the Tour (France), two of the three main cycling races. But even that is dampened down, now that I don’t cycle myself any more.
How do you feel about the timing of the return of sports, especially given the surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, at least in the United States?
I am relaxed about it. In the UK at least, even playing sport (as a player) is as small a risk as possible, so why should I, an armchair spectator, care?
Here’s the rub, though. Thought I was finished? Sorry.
I am a diabetic and a stroke survivor. Just in terms of statistics, I am probably at a higher risk than an ordinary member of the public. I have never even been offered a single test. Not one, since February.
But I don’t want to make this about me. I’m fortunate in that I speak to a cross-section of about 20 people regularly, each week, through my charity work. None of them has been tested, either. Despite the fact that each and every one of them is over seventy years old. I know maybe a half dozen Brits on here. It might be fallible reasoning, but none of them has ever mentioned being tested. Same with my contacts on Facebook.
Premier League soccer players are tested twice a week.
I’m not gonna rant here, but the end of this I have a couplew of simple questions.
- How come?
- Why does a soccer player get preferential treatment over any one of my contacts?