There’s always another wrinkle.

I have to admit this didn’t occur to me.

Are there changes in how officiating may occur in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus?

Mano: “There is widespread talk about the risks of doing something as simple as referees blowing into whistles. For basketball or wrestling or any sport with close contact and physicality, referees are breathing hard and blowing a whistle. If you take a time lapse of a ref blowing a whistle, you’ll see minor spray coming out. That’s exactly what you don’t want.

“Now there’s a conversation of only using hand-electronic whistles. Boy, that would be a sea change. It might happen. When you see a foul, you press a thing in your hand and it makes the noise through the system in the arena or the gym or outside.”

Good suggestion.  Only one problem:

How many of these hand-electronic whistles are there for the officiating community?

Mano: “Not enough. We don’t have an inventory number. We know they have been tried in different places. The manufacturing of them would have to ramp up big time. You’d have to have a company like Fox 40 International in Canada, which makes the Fox 40 whistle that’s the gold standard in officiating, switch up and make electronics.”

This shit’s complicated.  You think your average school president has gamed it all out yet?


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16 responses to “There’s always another wrinkle.

  1. Russ

    Air horns would be hilarious. I’d pay to see that.


  2. Mayor

    We must not allow a hand-electronic whistle gap!!


  3. Bigshot

    Maybe Trump can get GM to make some.


  4. Napoleon BonerFart

    I never thought about adding blowing whistles to the long list of things that will kill grandmothers.


    • You mean like sneaking up behind one and blowing a whistle real loud? Not cool, Napoleon. Not cool at all….
      Of course if you had tried that on my 1925 model Grandma in her prime it would probably be much more hazardous to your health than to hers.


  5. Granthams replacement

    What’s the over under on inadvertent “whistles” per game? My inner Munson is screaming a road loss due to one.


  6. TN Dawg


    Maybe they can put a mask on the whistle.


  7. Union Jack

    There is going to be a wrinkle to every step in the process. The sports that will come back first will be the competitions with the smallest numbers of participants (athletes, officials, coaching & training staffs, medical professionals, game management staff, media etc.)

    Sports with limited contact will be the easiest to manage. Comparatively it will be easier to start with a sport like cross country than football. As the rosters & personnel needed to manager the event get larger and/or the contact between athletes, officials etc gets closer, there will be more and more precautions needed which ultimately might make it cost-prohibitive or simply not feasible.

    Perhaps they will figure it out — but the Bundesliga started last weekend. One team had two players test positive for COVID before their game on Sat so the whole team will be quarantined for 14 days and a coach for another team broke quarantine to buy toothpaste, so he has to stay away from his team for 14 days. This is in a professional league and in a country that has handled COVID much better than the US and has a much more advanced testing program.

    Whether or not regular students return to campus is not going to be a factor with restarting college athletics, because if they are going to do this the right way, college athletes will need to be quarantined from the general student body.


  8. Macallanlover

    Doesn’t minimize the spray/droplets issue involving blowing whistles discussed in this post, but just read an article where the CDC is backing off the likelihood of surface germs transmitting COVID-19 virus. Doesn’t mean you stop washing your hands and watch where your hands go near the face but once again, over reaction by media, health, and government officials have folks curled up in balls throughout the country. As expected, being in close quarters around a lot of people where the virus can enter your body through the air is the usual transmission of this, and other viruses. Stay out of senior living homes, concert halls, stadiums, other over crowded structures, etc., and you will be fine; probably a better chance of being hit by lightening or a drive by shooting.

    I went to Costco’s “senior happy hour” a few times and told my wife when I got home I was safer there than in my own home. One way aisle traffic, limited number of shoppers, 80K SF building with 50 foot ceilings, come on. I never feared a germ was going to jump off the packaging around the corner of each aisle when I was there. Loaded everything in my car, removed my face mask (didn’t bother me if others had them on), took off my gloves, and sanitized my hands. What was there to worry about except some talking head or nanny-like politician riling up the germ-a-phobic fools who might shoot me for daring to be outside of my own home? So many innocent people are going to be seriously hurt by the severe over reaction we have seen since February and March. Losing CFB is just a minor concern when taken in full perspective of what could easily occur.


  9. W Cobb Dawg

    If they run short I think my granddaughter might let em use the horn from her trike.

    Or the ref could ‘red card’ em.

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  10. Cousin Eddie

    list of things to worry about germ transmission:
    the bottom of the stack then, a ref blowing a whistle after guys have been leaning and breathing and bleeding all over each other.


  11. You can forget blowing whistles – just talking could be a culprit in the spread.

    “Normal human speech emits droplets capable of carrying the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19, researchers say. The droplets lingered in the air for up to 14 minutes in a recent study, which could help explain why the disease has spread so rapidly.”