It looks like months because the sports activities world shut down in America due to the coronavirus, nevertheless it’s solely been two weeks. Just just like the flip of a swap, sports activities disappeared from the American panorama this spring, beginning with the cancellation of March Madness.
For those that ditched your sports activities calendars till additional discover due to coronavirus, the Sweet 16 was scheduled to start Thursday evening, and Major League Baseball’s Opening Day was set for Thursday as nicely.
However, all the things is both on pause or deleted altogether within the sports activities world.
One by one, and day-to-day, main sports activities started shutting down or indefinitely suspending. It began when the NBA suspended its season after one participant examined constructive for COVID-19, higher often known as coronavirus. Then Major League Baseball canceled the rest of its spring coaching and delayed Opening Day by at the least two weeks—that may inevitably be prolonged additional.
The National Hockey League suspended its season, the Boston Marathon and Masters Golf Tournament introduced postponements, the NFL Draft will likely be held with out an viewers, the French Open and Kentucky Derby had been each postponed, the WWE will maintain WrestleMania in a pre-taped capability and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been pushed to 2021.
To prime it off, the NCAA canceled all of its winter and spring championships for the rest of the 2019-20 educational yr, which included canceling the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments (aka March Madness) altogether.
This is often a fairly busy time of yr in sports activities. But in spring of 2020, it is all about reruns on TV and speak about what might have been, had issues been regular. Here are 10 issues to ponder of what might have doubtlessly occurred if coronavirus had not shut down sports activities.
A mid-major workforce might have received the NCAA males’s basketball event
The 2019-20 males’s basketball workforce was unusual from the beginning, the place 5 totally different No. 1 groups misplaced in a seven-week interval. And although Baylor took the highest spot for a number of weeks, it was the mid-major convention groups that took excessive 5 this season. Gonzaga was a favourite on the No. 1 and a couple of spot for a lot of weeks, San Diego State was the final undefeated earlier than they lastly misplaced, and Dayton grew to become the favourite to win the event after 10,000 simulated fashions by CBS. Then once more, the blue-blood packages of Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State appeared stable sufficient to make title runs.
Tiger Woods going for back-to-back Masters titles
Woods went on a exceptional run in 2019 to seize the Masters championship in dramatic vogue, overcoming a two-stroke deficit after 54 holes and successful by one stroke on Sunday. It was the fifth Masters win for Woods, and his 15th main. Even although the Masters has been tentatively been postponed till later this yr, the Masters within the spring is particular, and Woods is in place for one more repeat at Augusta National.
NBA MVP Race
The MVP race within the NBA appeared to be down to only two gamers—Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. The two All-Star Game captains had been just about No. 1 and a couple of in varied polls, with James Harden of the Houston Rockets principally third. The NBA is on a suspended season till additional discover, and there is no telling if the season will ever conclude in 2020. The league might nonetheless title an MVP, and it would simply be too dangerous the winner doubtless will not be selected the courtroom.
How Many Astros Would Get Beaned
The Houston Astros early this yr had been reprimanded for a sign-stealing dishonest scandal from the 2017 season, by which they finally received the one World Series title within the franchise’s historical past. New skipper Dusty Baker acknowledged that the batters in his lineup may very well be the topic of intentional hit-by-pitches this season. It’s a stat that many followers and media would have maybe added this season. It should still occur, however COVID-19 has baseball on maintain till additional discover.
Opening of Globe Life Field
The Texas Rangers simply constructed a snazzy new stadium with a retractable roof, which can assist give gamers and followers aid throughout scorching Texas days and nights in the course of the summer time. The new stadium has already canceled concert events that had been set to open the stadium. Now, the stadium should wait even longer to open.
The 146th operating of the Kentucky Derby, initially set for May 2, has been rescheduled for September 5. The race known as “the greatest two minutes in sports” is the primary leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The second leg—The Preakness Stakes—remains to be scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore, Maryland, and for now will change into the primary leg of the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes is the opposite Triple Crown race. The final horse to win all three races for the Triple Crown was Justify in 2018.
NFL Draft Frenzy in Las Vegas
The coronavirus may very well be on the downswing by the point the NFL holds its annual draft starting April 24, however the league has already introduced it is not going to maintain it stay in public. This yr was slated for Las Vegas, which will get an NFL workforce this season with the Raiders shifting to city. It is likely to be laborious to prime the general public exhibiting of followers in Nashville throughout final yr’s draft, nevertheless it’s laborious to think about that Vegas would not have made a superb run at it.
College Spring Football Games
Spring time is an effective probability for school soccer packages to indicate off in the course of the offseason, and spring soccer video games are enjoyable for the followers. It’s additionally a superb time to get an early glimpse of groups with fall camps starting in August. Clemson will doubtless be the highest workforce going into the 2020 season, however groups like Alabama, LSU and Oregon might have used spring ball to guage new quarterbacks, and groups might additionally see how they could look underneath new coaches. Plus, groups miss out on 15-18 practices, making fall camps much more essential.
College World Series
The College World Series is particular in that it takes place on the identical midwestern ballpark each summer time in Omaha, Nebraska. Any of the eight groups that make it there can win it. As the NCAA canceled sports activities by the tip of the tutorial yr, it is a custom that will likely be missed this yr.
2020 Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee and Japan’s prime minister introduced this week that the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will likely be postponed by at the least one yr. The Olympics are an opportunity for all main worldwide sports activities to compete on one stage, in a single nation at one time. Archers and gymnasts march in opening ceremonies with swimmers, basketball gamers and observe stars. They all put on the colours of their nation, and it is two weeks of watching worldwide athletes compete collectively in good sportsmanship.