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  • Why should they play, after all.....Tribute

    Will they play games this season? That's the hot question and everyone wants to know the answer. We all have our opinions as to whether or not they should play. Basically, for a professional athlete, to play in a game is their job. They are still being paid, and as far as I know, they will be paid whether they go to work or not.

    So, why should they go to work, after all...

    They are not Health Care Workers

    They are not Police Officers

    They are not Firefighters

    They are not Military

    They are not National Guard

    They are not Janitorial Workers

    They are not Sanitation Workers

    They are not Water Treatment Workers

    They are not Utility Workers

    They are not Food Industry Workers

    They are not Agriculture Workers

    They are not Manufacturing Workers

    They are not Construction Workers

    They are not Truck Drivers

    They are not USPS Workers

    They are not UPS, FedEx or any other Delivery Workers

    They are just professional athletes. Arguably the most healthy and physically fit people in this country. Collectively they earn Billions of dollars.

    So, why should they go to work, after all...

    They are not HEROES !!

    Thank You to all the Men and Women that worked diligently through the entire coronavirus crisis !!
    We Love You and God Bless You.

    P.S. I know I left out many other Heroes. Please feel free to add them, or anyone else special to you during this crisis.
    Last edited by Curly Horns; 2 weeks ago.

  • #2
    This pandemic has only reaffirmed what many of us already know: Our society is entirely beholden to money. We've been in this crisis for 3 months...3 MONTHS- and already businesses are going belly up and schools are cutting athletic programs. World War II went on for nearly 6 YEARS. I shudder to think about what our ill-prepared, self-indulgent society would face in those grim circumstances. Owning a business and not having sufficient reserves is a recipe for disaster. Having college football fund your entire remaining athletic department is likewise an awful business model which guarantees disaster. We are currently ill-equipped to mitigate the financial damage being done in many areas due to COVID. It speaks poorly of our reliance on the almighty dollar.

    Like other businesses, sports have been totally corrupted by money, and it's the primary reason we're even having a conversation about a return to play. Why else would the NBA be continuing to consider a return to play in Orlando, of all places, a top hot spot in the nation? A league where league MINIMUM is nearly $900,000? Or this proposed joke of an upcoming baseball season? I said in a previous thread that an argument could be made that no sports should continue until we have a cure or a proven treatment for this virus. It is undoubtedly an unpopular stance but I feel a valid position for one to take. I am a lifelong athlete and avid sports fan whose life and career have been defined by athletics, so I don't make that statement easily.

    As of right now, I fail to see how the NFL is going to present a solid on field product with limited risk to player health.


    • #3
      Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
      I said in a previous thread that an argument could be made that no sports should continue until we have a cure or a proven treatment for this virus.
      I think you're right, especially if the season starts and there are numerous cases of the virus in players and fans that pop up. I just don't see how the season gets completed, let alone starts. The NBA has been testing, and as of today, 16 players have tested positive, and those players have obviously had close interaction with countless other players and team personnel, so who knows how far reaching things will get. Sports in 2020 is definitely a precarious thing.


      • #4
        The sad truth about what you speak of NJ is that its not simply the players but its also the stadium workers and other non-football related jobs that are impacted. There will be an impact even if there is a season with empty stands. I agree with you that there probably shouldn't be a season without proven therapeutics or a vaccine. It is shameful that the United States is lagging the rest of the world in virus containment. Drop mic.


        • #5
          To clarify, if the NFL has games and the players dont play, they won't get paid. Thus, it is a personal choice for each player. They have short careers. Will they get a lost season of income on the back end of their careers? Some will and some won't. Thus, while i agree they are not heroes, i think each person makes their own risk evaluation based on their own personal situations and nfl players are no different.

          Ramming speed to all

          general counsel


          • #6
            Originally posted by general counsel View Post
            To clarify, if the NFL has games and the players dont play, they won't get paid. Thus, it is a personal choice for each player. They have short careers. Will they get a lost season of income on the back end of their careers? Some will and some won't. Thus, while i agree they are not heroes, i think each person makes their own risk evaluation based on their own personal situations and nfl players are no different.
            Very true, but I think that decision is going to be made for them. The NBA is the test case, and it's looking bad. There have now been dozens of players testing positive for Covid, despite supposedly being in a quarantined "bubble". The commissioner is already talking about possibly cancelling the season if the trend continues. NFL players and personnel will not be in a bubble, and there are many, many more of them. Again, I don't see how the NFL can sustain a season given the current situation, a situation that is only getting worse by the day.


            • #7
              The Ivy League announced today they are cancelling all fall sports for the 2020 season. A different situation to be sure, but could this be the first domino to fall??


              • #8
                As i stated earlier, This season will not come to fruition IMO. But who really knows? For me, i am out given the political climate melding into sports world. What once was a great diversion from life's craziness has turned into just a new kind of craziness


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