Optional Musical Accompaniment
Well, this isn’t fun any more.
Sources: Ivy League programs have been informed that fall sports have been cancelled.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 8, 2020
The conference will not entertain any sports being played until after January 1st.
Winter sports will have an update in mid-July on their respective practice schedules.
The Ivy League is officially the first conference to postpone fall sports — just like it was the first conference to cancel its conference tournament back in March. Last time, everybody else followed the Ivy’s lead. So it’ll be interesting to see if the same thing happens again.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 8, 2020
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:
The idea of not having college football sucks! It really sucks! But we're here while European soccer moves forward without incident because not enough people took this seriously.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) July 8, 2020
...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:
I’m hearing there have been more athletics employees let go at Vanderbilt this morning. I’ll pass on more as info becomes clear.— Chris Lee (@chrislee70) July 8, 2020
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.)