Hey NFL, welcome to the apocalypse

Hey NFL, welcome to the apocalypse
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It was just a lone Schefter tweet, a lone tweet about the upcoming NFL Zoom Draft. But it said oh so much in oh so little.

A concern has emerged in recent days: There are certain coaches and front-office staffers reluctant to have their IT employees in their homes for fear of the virus spreading, and vice versa; some IT employees are concerned about going into other homes to equip them for the draft.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 8, 2020

It’s as though football finally realized that we’re in the middle of a um, what do you call it… pandemic.

IT issues. Yeah. No bleep. 

Welcome to April 2020.

Welcome to COVID-19.

Welcome to the pandemic.

Welcome to the apocalypse.

The NFL has been conspicuously tone deaf, cruising into, and through, free agency as though people weren’t dying, the economy wasn’t cratering and everyone — all across the globe — was’t stuck in their homes trying to do their job via Zoom, assuming they still have one.

I wrote about this on March 16: The sky is falling and the NFL doesn’t give a bleep — the headline read

It’s easy to crush the league for this approach but it’s also worth wondering whether we really should. 

ESPN’s Mina Kimes, in an appearance on The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz, noted that, at a time when damn near no business is able to operate as usual, should we really be shutting down the businesses that *can* operate as usual or at least usual adjacent?

The answer is no, at least so long as we’re trying to limit the chaos already unleashed on our economic system. 

But still. That tweet. Those "concerns." Now THAT was tone deaf.

IT issues. Zoom snafus. Social distancing.

I should mention I miss my standing desk. My wireless mouse. My dual monitors.

Yep. Welcome to the apocalypse, NFL. Glad you finally joined us.