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Anchor Drop, July 9, 2020: The First Domino Falls

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The Ivy League has cancelled sports until January 1. More will probably follow.

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 31 Columbia at Yale Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning.

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Well, this isn’t fun any more.

So, yeah, we’re not having college football this year and probably not college basketball either. But as a quick aside, if you’re going to go with this specific take:

...then please have the common decency to blame not the people who didn’t take this seriously, but instead the people who gave them the idea that this didn’t need to be taken seriously. Because as I’m sure I’ve said in the comments before, the local mask usage rate went from maybe five percent to 99 percent overnight after the Governor said that everybody had to wear a mask or face consequences.

Anyway, here’s an article about Myles Stute. And here is your latest “This is Fine” moment:

So, perhaps we will play Sewanee again after all. (Chris Lee also podcasted with George Plaster yesterday about the latest nonsense.)

Actual Sports on TV

Golf! Again! For the first of two weeks in a row at Muirfield Village in Ohio, it’s the first round of the Workday Charity Open at 2 PM CT on the Golf Channel.

Also, soccer! At 8 AM! And this time it’s actually an MLS game instead of a couple of teams playing in the middle of the afternoon in Europe: that’s right, New York City FC v. Philadelphia Union on a soccer field in Orlando. ESPN is televising that. Also on the ESPN networks: Leeds United v. Stoke City (10:50 AM CT, ESPN+), SPAL v. Udinese (12:25 PM CT, ESPN2), FC Midtjylland v. FC Kobenhaven (12:55 PM CT, ESPN+, and no these are not teams that I just made up), and Hellas Verona v. Inter Milan (2:30 PM CT, ESPN+.) And on NBC Sports, AFC Bournemouth v. Tottenham Hotspur (11:55 AM CT) and Manchester United v. Aston Villa (2:10 PM CT.)