With the spread of the Omicron variant
looming upon the horizon, the immediate future of sports in America is unknown. As of Tuesday, December 14th, there had been a total of 51 NBA players who were currently or previously in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols–and 36 of them happened in the last two weeks
. The first game postponements of the season came without warning, as the Bulls (who were missing 10 players) and the Nets (who were missing 5) were both forced to postpone two of their games in the last week.
The NFL is facing similar misfortune, as 75 players have entered the COVID protocols in just the last two days. The Los Angeles Rams were forced to close their entire team facility on Tuesday, and the Cleveland Browns are scrambling to put a team
together for their Saturday night game against the Raiders. With QB Baker Mayfield, WR Jarvis Landry, TE Austin Hooper, Head Coach Kevin Stefansky, and a reported 12 other players all on the Covid reserve list, the Browns may be the first team to have to forfeit their game due to a covid outbreak.
So what’s going on?
After our several-month hiatus from all organized sports in America back in early 2020, it scares us to think that a shutdown may be looming once again–but it’s important to stay rooted in reality–because when you’re not it could hit you like a sack of bricks.
This is the biggest impact covid has made in the sporting world since Rudy Gobert groped those microphones, and seeing how each league handles it will be interesting. In the case of the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell has already made his no-tolerance policy clear
, meaning that he will not postpone or cancel any games due to a Covid outbreak. So, if the Browns are unable to field a team they will have to take a loss–which would be absolutely detrimental to their late-season push to make the playoffs.
Listen, the last thing I want to do is scare you–turn on any news channel and they’d have you thinking that Covid is waiting outside your house with a gun just itching to blast–but I just want to prepare you. The days where we were betting
on marble races may seem long ago, but they could very well be tomorrow if things don’t begin to sort out.