Why do we watch sports? Seriously, why do we constantly check scores and stats, scream when a big play happens, cheer when our team scores and go home feeling sick when they lose? What’s the point?
The act of sport is an escape.
An escape from our job, an assignment due at midnight, a tough breakup, a sick loved one, or politics, politics, and more politics.
Sports are the only thing on Earth that can bring people together no matter their political party, religious beliefs, race, sexual orientation, age, gender, or any other category that separates us as humans.
Are we rooting for the same team? We are? Great! You’re welcome to our club. You’re rooting for the Patriots? Go kick rocks dude!
It’s that exclusive club of fans rooting for the same team or player that makes watching sports so special.
The Coronavirus has ripped this escape away from us.
Not only have all of Florida Tech sports been canceled, but practically all major American sports have been either suspended or canceled.
This year you won’t get the opportunity to fill out 47 March Madness brackets because you want to tell your friends, “My bracket lasted the longest, I told you guys I know what I’m talking about.”
We may not even get to see the best NBA team hold up the Larry O’Brien trophy, or the best NHL celebrate with the Stanley Cup.
Major League Baseball won’t be welcomed into the new season with the tradition of Opening Day.
Professional golf season won’t tee off at Augusta National for the Masters Tournament on time.
It’s all just gone, within a blink of an eye our escape from whatever is dragging us down in our lives is gone, and we don’t know when it’ll be back.
I write this not to mope and have someone play a sad song for me on the world’s smallest violin, but to tell the sports-crazed fans out there that you’re not alone.
We all should know how serious this disease is and the impact it could have on our country and our planet.
Sports will return and everything happens for a reason.
Maybe this a sign that we should all pay closer attention to our family, friends, co-workers, classmates and neighbors.
While this feels like a nightmare, it will get better, our escape from reality will return.
In the meantime, wash your hands, practice social distancing and watch reruns of the 2016 NBA Finals.
Giving high fives to strangers at a game will be back, but until then, sports, we’ll miss you.