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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Dave Hyde: Games Will Go On Whether Hell Or High COVID Positivity

Can we play games on Zoom?

Do we do quick tests of players between halves?

What will the sport be like in the second match against COVID and its viral brothers, Delta and Omicron?

Because the sport continues. Damn it or the high absenteeism rate, the games and the billion dollar business continue. The NFL has postponed three games with at least 20 players on the COVID roster to Monday and Tuesday. In the NBA, star Kevin Durant is the eighth Brooklyn Nets player to enter the COVID protocols.

The Florida Panthers have suspended play for at least Christmas weekend, as have Colorado and Calgary in the NHL. This is after the Panthers fielded the virus-watered team 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

This is the new normal, the next normal, the now normal, or any other abnormal adjective you want to put in front of what we are dealing with in the big world. Medical reports claim the smaller world in sports continues to oppose the Omicron variant, which is more infectious but appears to be less deadly than its viral predecessors.

So the question is not whether the games will continue. This show. For example, the Miami Dolphins switched to facility isolation and training protocol last season. Zoom meetings. Division of detachments. On Friday, they brought back fugitives Miles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed from the COVID protocol.

On Sunday they will face the New York Jets (3-10), a toothless team divided by more than quarterback play and December hope. Their strategy on the COVID front was different. The Jets allowed face-to-face interviews, while Dolphins (6-7) worked with Zoom. Will it matter when the available players for Sunday are listed?

Here’s another new question, the same as the old viral question: If teams enact an anti-virus lockdown mode, should they allow fans to gather in crowded stadiums? And will those thousands of fans endanger a larger society?


In Canada, teams have been ordered to cap attendance to 50 percent for now. This poses a strange implementation question. Which fans get tickets for a particular game? Who gets stuck with a blah opponent?

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Decisions, decisions.

One thing’s for sure: it looks like the leagues will do their best for now. The four Heat players wore their masks during warm-ups for Friday night’s game in Orlando. The Toronto Raptors planned to roll out a fan initiative called Operation Masked on Saturday. This required that “all participants strictly adhere to all protocols for wearing masks, otherwise there would be a risk of their being thrown out of the building.”

This will be followed by a political struggle for food. This is also part of it all.

In sports, playoff races can be skewed, pre-game announcements change bet lines, and some teams are already upset. The schedule must be adhered to flexibly. The NHL could have a three-week buffer if it excludes players from the upcoming Beijing Olympics due to COVID. Will the NBA transfer this season again to the next one?

In football, this is already ugly. For example, the Las Vegas Raiders protested when their game was rescheduled from Saturday to Monday after more than 20 Cleveland Browns were on the COVID standby list. This changes the look of their game next week against Division rival Denver.

“Maybe Cleveland should fly [to Las Vegas]- said the owner of the Raiders, Mark Davis. “It would make him fairer.”

The problem is not fairness. It’s important to keep playing games. Again, there is no reason yet to cancel them if people are willing to take the risk. But the manner of supporting them is strange.

Kyrie Irving, one in three percent of unvaccinated NBA players, has been told to stay away from his Nets this season. They now welcome his return to the squad. But due to the New York City mandate for vaccinated workers, he cannot play house games. He can only play the remaining 24 away games.

“The emergence of the omicron variant is exactly the type of change that requires a flexible response,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Nobody wants the seasons to end. No one will be more flexible than the Goodells in sports to keep up the game.

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