We ate it up like the sports-starved wretches we are, because it not only offered us football, but some semblance of normalcy and business as usual.
Good for the NFL. Good for Roger Goodell. But let’s not start sucking each other’s Jell-O shots just yet.
With Covid-19 still so unpredictable and unprecedented it can infiltrate numerous staff members at the White House, you think the league will in fact conduct business as usual come Sept. 10?
The answer is no. No way, no how.
Even though as recently as a month ago, a league executive vice-president said the NFL’s entire focus has been, “a normal traditional season, starting on time,” the league knows better.
They all do.
With an estimated 200,000 coronavirus tests necessary just for NFL players and staff to enter facilities across the league, for now it appears almost impossible to adequately test 70,000 fans per-stadium on any given Sunday. Particularly considering fans leaving stadiums to return to all corners of respective communities, it’s highly unlikely stadiums will host fans again until 2021.
The good news is, of course, the NFL season will be played. It will look different and feel different, but definitely will be played.
Just tap the brakes on downloading last week’s schedule onto your calendar. That was fun. But that won’t be the schedule.