Flying in the face of debbie-downer pessimistic so-called prognosticators, NC State actually played a football game in this year that is somehow STILL 2020. Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, at least we have had that one bright memory to light up these gloomy days (I’ve had to watch too many of those “in these times...” commercials).
I have to be honest, I didn’t think it would happen. Now, that joy may be short lived given what Justin Fuente said about Virginia Tech’s status. It would be too easy for us to say, “hey man, just play with who ya got” until we remember that the Wolfpack played its first game in Week 2 of the season because the first date with VT was postponed due to a COVID cluster AT STATE.
We can ask Mike Norvell whether he thinks he had enough challenges in the offseason only to get hit with a 1-2 punch of losing his FSU debut to Georgia Tech and then getting that ‘rona.
Football and other sports returning is allowing us to resume a feeling of normalcy in this completely not normal year. However, COVID hasn’t gone away, it is very much still around. It’s not a boogeyman hiding in the shadows or under your bed, but something that is forcing everyone to shift and find a way to do normal activities.
We have not seen the end of schedules being affected by future outbreaks.
...oh, that didn’t take long:
#7 Notre Dame announced today that its game against Wake Forest has been postponed. There’s no word yet on a rescheduled date. This is the highest ranked team (so far) to be affected in this way, but I would be surprised if they’re the last.
Nobody knows the best solution for this situation besides what everyone is already doing. Limiting risk, stay safe and clean, test continually, and quarantine when needed. It’s easy to tell these teams to just play with everyone who DIDN’T test positive, that’s not really how it works when the goal is minimizing risk of spread to the opposing team.
We should just move through this season as fans similar to the teams are taught, take it one game at a time. Every game that actually happens should be appreciated. We will likely have another game postponed/canceled. That may even happen if VT isn’t confident they can field a (relatively) healthy team. At the end of the season, not everyone will have played the same total number of games. It will be weird, but I’ll be happy with whatever we get.