Lessons Learned from a Sports Year in Pandemic

Lessons Learned from a Sports Year in Pandemic

On this date last year, I attended the final sporting event on Earth. At least it felt that way.I had flown down to Florida for my annual spring training trip, and after the NBA, NHL and college basketball shuttered its doors in the days prior, any moment MLB would do the same. A Mets/Cardinals exhibition felt like the last step on a disintegrating bridge for Indiana Jones. Here’s what I wrote at the time:

Life in America has changed nearly overnight, this week being as tumultuous as any in decades. Not only do we need to learn how to work from home, take care of families as schools are closed, and try to overcome the fear that follows this virus. We must do it without the solitude of sports, which has always been there prior. It’s a small price to pay to get the sickness under control. It’s certainly the right thing to do. But the feeling of no sports until further notice, whether that’s weeks or months, is disorienting. On Thursday, sports hung up a “Closed By…

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