Lo and behold, Greg Sankey actually said something thoughtful yesterday ($$).
On Wednesday, the words of a statistician Sankey met with via video conference earlier this week felt especially wise. “Her observation was ‘For the really big decisions, wait as long as you can. Because if you think about what we knew 30 days ago compared to today, you’re going to know much more than that by comparison 30 days from now,’ ” Sankey said. “So we’re all in this information gathering/learning experience that is uncertain, but if we can understand there will be answers like ‘I don’t know’ that maybe have to linger. We’re going to deal with that discomfort. But we’re going to have to do the job of preparing to provide the real answers at the right time.”
We simply don’t know enough right now to make the momentous decisions about bringing back college football with any certainty about the consequences. Will we know more in a month? Who’s to say, but it’s damned certain the decision makers won’t know less.
Season ticket holder Brian Sugrue, also from Peachtree Corners, said there’s “no way” he would go to games in the current situation, but renewed his tickets in large part to ensure “holding our place basically.”
That was also a motivation for McKemie.
“I have confidence that we will be back in the stadium in some point in the future and I wanted to hold onto my tickets,” he said.
Sugrue runs the Georgia fan blog Dawgsonline.com and his Twitter profile was updated for these times to includes a photo of Uga with a face mask.
He and his wife have two pair of lower level tickets that they didn’t want to risk losing—two on the 50-yard line and two in the east end zone that Sugrue likes also because of the familiar fans that surround him there.
“We’re assuming there are certain things that will happen by the time they decide to hold games,” said Sugrue, a 46-year old software developer who became a season ticket holder in 1996 and his wife since the late 1980s. “We definitely have apprehension about going unless some pretty specific conditions are met.”
Knowing that a refund would be coming if the season was cancelled “eases the decision a little bit. The only hard part would be if they decided to hold games and we still weren’t comfortable with 90,000 random people.”
Georgia fans like McKemie and Sugrue now have the months ahead to see what a Bulldogs football season might look like in 2020.
“It looks like a tough call right now,” McKemie said. “It’s easy to see this going into early or mid-June before the disease is no longer a concern for anyone. I believe there’s a reasonably good chance it will impact the season in some way. …Decisions will be made to continue it in some form or fashion. I’m game for whatever they can come up with that keeps it going.”
If there’s one thing you can say about Dawgnation, it’s that we’ve long known patience is a virtue.