World in withdrawal without sports

For now, the thrill we get from watching sports will have to take a back seat to a priority much bigger than grand slams and game-winning jump shots.



March 17, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The Lubbock Christian University campus has hosted the women's NJCAA Tournament since 2016. This year's event was canceled as a precaution against spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Abbie Burnett/A-J Media File Photo

Sports isn’t just a diversion for Americans. It’s a connection. It binds us as lovers of the double steal, the buzzer-beating three-pointer, the slap shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Yes, an evening of sports serves as salve for a troubling day at work, a bout of boredom or a breakup. But it also binds us with a sense of community. Sports are personal.

That’s why the shutdowns that have broadsided America amid the coronavirus crisis, the stoppage of so many sports and sporting events at all levels — pro, college and high school — has been especially jarring. What do we do now, especially with kids out of school?

You’ve probably seen the list of cancellations. Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NHL and Major League Soccer suspended their seasons. NCAA men’s and women’s basketball March Madness have been canceled. Golf’s premier event, the Masters, has been postponed, as has the Boston Marathon.

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