RICHMOND- It’s official. The latest and the biggest domino has fallen in the sports world thanks to the growing spread of the coronavirus.
The NCAA has announced the cancellation of all winter and spring sporting championships. This includes, yes basketball fans, the March Madness tournament.
There will be no ranting on teams getting snubbed from the bracket, there will be no Cinderella, there will be no confetti or a national champion.
Instead, we are forced to curl up in tears and prayers as we watch the sports world disintegrate before our eyes. The joy of a buzzer beater shot and the roar of the crowd no longer exists this year. The first time since 1938 that an NCAA men’s champion won’t be crowned.
Once major college programs such as Duke and Kansas started pulling their athletics programs out from possible competition, it was only a matter of time before this decision came down.
It was initially thought that the tournament could still be played with no fans in attendance, but after the incident at the Jazz and Thunder game combined with the other events, the end choice was painful but obvious.
In fact, the CAA announced that “A game official who worked at the 2020 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship has tested positive for the Coronavirus”. That would not help come tournament time.
The XFL also suspended their operations and hence, we are left in the dark with no entertainment.
NCAA president Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors released a statement regarding the cancellations.
Now what are we supposed to do? Colleges are on break and soon will move to online learning. Many students are not pleased with the decision as are sports fans who have now seen multiple leagues suspend or postpone indefinitely their seasons.
This is not a joke as it was once though to be. Twitter has exploded with comments of 2020 being among the worst years in recent memory.
NBA stars such as Lebron James expressed their disbelief about all the damage that has been caused in 2020 in not even 3 months.
College basketball stars such as Michigan State’s Cassius Winston, Butler’s Kamar Baldwin, Dayton’s Obi Toppin, Duke’s Tre Jones and others will not be able to showcase their talents anymore and instead will leave college to pursue a career in the pros.
The NFL has also cancelled their spring meeting in Florida and questions still circulate as to how free agency and the draft will be affected.
It isn’t just sports however, that the virus has attacked. It even hit the land of magic and childhood wonder.
Yes, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Los Angeles will close Saturday morning through the end of the month. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials recommended that gatherings of 250 or more people be canceled across the state.
The biggest fear of cancellation? For college seniors, it has to be graduation. Those kids have worked so hard their entire life to be enjoying that moment and unfortunately, if this was to spread into that time frame, because mass gatherings cannot occur, graduation might not happen for the 2020 class. That would be a major bummer.
Sports, entertainment, and emotional festivities have been taken away and the virus will continue to spread. The only thing we can do now is to take the precautionary measures to make sure it doesn’t spread any more than it has, while also pray for a treatment that can bring back the hope and joy of the country.