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  • Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:46 AM
    Message # 9064159

    By the power invested in me, by the People of MavPuck and Omaha Hockey, I hearby decree that the consecutive games streak of Bridget and Jon Brooks will NOT be considered disrupted, should college sports be played in restricted or closed facilities.


    Ok, now that is out of the way. What are everyone's thoughts on a college sports season(s) in empty venues?

    My first thought is that football programs, right now, are closing in on ruining it for everyone. As I stated on twitter, this morning: we need several large programs (those programs with carry significant culture around them) need to step up and tell people to stay home... and stay close down their facilities until we get the pandemic under control.

    Can you imagine what will become of this state if there is no Husker season?

    We have roughly a month to get this sorted. Yes, programs are going to lose money. But can they overcome some/much of that with advertising and broadcast dollars?

    And maybe football and volleyball get sacrificed to save basketball and hockey (both of which were affected, last season) and baseball which was a complete write-off. That would make the window closer to 3 months.

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2020 12:13 PM
    Reply # 9072240 on 9064159

    I don't see how they get football started, with or without fans in the seats. Can you imagine the lack of enthusiasm by players at the level with no crowd noise? Even televised, they would come off as a baseball pitchers duel. Burn it... but shoot it first.

    Nebraska without football. Hmm... what is left of the Husker Nation memories would fade even more.

    Save hockey. Yes, the golden jewel of my waning years. Please, please, please. Even if limited to STH, every third seat spread out in the entire arena. Face masks. Gloves. Whatever it takes. Moonsuits. Please. I am begging now. Televised might work here, hockey players are a breed apart...

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2020 4:21 PM
    Reply # 9072716 on 9064159
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First of all... I'm happy to know the streak is in tact if games get cancelled this season. ;-)

    I'm fairly confused as to whether or not we'll see athletics this fall or winter. 

    Some of the schedules that colleges and universities are planning on implementing this year (for coursework, student living arrangements, and the like) have me thinking that sports season's could still be cut or cancelled by the NCAA. 

    If you'd asked me a few weeks ago I would have said that D-1 football would happen this season — with fans in the stands. But as we start to hear about programmings suspending off-season training activities because players are testing positive for COVID-19, I'm starting to hedge. 

    I'm not so sure now... 

  • Friday, July 03, 2020 6:02 AM
    Reply # 9075632 on 9064159

    I thought this topic would come up at some point:

    right now the possibility of hockey in october is trending in the wrong direction.

    already we have seen holy cross cancel their series against asu and UNO won't be playing an exhibition this year

    rpi recently cancelled all fall sports and with the spread of the rona going through the football program at clemson not to mention the tampa bay lighting having to shut down their workouts it doesn't look good

    You also see what is happening across the south with states having to go into lockdown yet again.

    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will cancel college football in his state if COVID-19 keeps rising

    small schools can't afford to test every single athlete and without a vaccine on the horizon I don't see a mass gathering of people in stands any time soon.

    one possibility I have heard come up is to cancel the season until january and then start up with the conference schedule.

    strange times we live in to be sure.



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