Fandango’s Provocative Question #79

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

First, let me start by saying that this week’s provocative question is about sports, so if you have no interest whatsoever in sports, I will understand if you want to stop reading now. Come back again next week and maybe my provocative question will be more compelling for you.

Second, I am a sports fan, although I’m not a sports fanatic. I keep up with how my favorite teams are doing, but while I enjoy watching and reading about sports, I’m neither an expert nor a true aficionado.

As a fan, I was disappointed in March when sports were essentially cancelled. The NBA halted the professional basketball season. The NCAA cancelled its annual college basketball March Madness tournament, and Major League Baseball suspended professional baseball indefinitely. I definitely felt the void. Although, to be honest, I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would.BC8E9F5E-4BBE-4524-91EA-62D19558EFDDWell, the suspension of the Major League Baseball season ends tomorrow, when big league baseball kicks off an abbreviated, 60-game season (the normal season has 162 games). And all games will be played without any fans in the ballparks.

So, in light of the commencement of the Major League Baseball season tomorrow, my provocative question is about the return of sports.

Have you missed profession and/or college sports since the seasons were either cancelled or suspended in March? How do you feel about the timing of the return of sports, especially given the surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, at least in the United States?

For those of you who live outside of the United States, have sporting events in your country resumed? Are fans permitted to attend the games? How do you feel about it all?

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13 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #79

  1. Sadje July 22, 2020 / 5:17 am

    Though sports is not my cup of tea, I do feel that resuming the events now is going to trigger more cases.

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  2. pensitivity101 July 22, 2020 / 6:13 am

    I used to love the kids’ Sports Day at school, and having tickets to the School Boy International Final at Wembley. Of course all this is years ago way before C-19. Sport just doesn’t interest me at all now. It’s all abut the money, not the game IMO

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  3. Melanie B Cee July 22, 2020 / 11:02 am

    Since I think sports (full stop. Amateur or professional) stink and I do not watch them anyway, I’ll take your sage advice and pass this week. I’ll wait eagerly for next week and another FPQ though! 🙂

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  4. Marleen July 22, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    My favorite thing about sports is my sons coming over. I doubt that’s happening (inside) this year, so… I have yet to see how I will feel about it. They don’t come over specifically for baseball even in normal times, though (while we are more likely to actually attend a baseball game than a football game but have done both). I’m not a fanatic.

    Baseball on television or the radio is more of an ambiance thing (until the end of the season), and the team of my childhood city (the Cardinals) is a matter of nostalgia. I don’t think I’m going to like it if there is canned audience noise. I’d be fine with only the announcer sounds, and sounds of the crack of the bat and so forth, though.

    As for the Chiefs (of my childhood state), it’s looking like they will have fans in the stadium but plan to require masks of them. Concerning the team I will be newly interested in (because of Tom Brady’s move mainly), I looked up some news: https://www.bucsnation.com/2020/7/21/21332397/buccaneers-hopeful-they-can-get-fans-in-ray-jay-this-season-2020

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  5. Marilyn Armstrong July 22, 2020 / 7:42 pm

    Phew. I was afraid you weren’t doing these anymore. They are fun. Do we miss sports? Garry was ALMOST desperate enough to watch old games from years ago. But at least something sort of seasonal is back. It’s not going to be a real season, but it beats out nothing.

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