This doesn’t bode well.

Screenshot_2020-07-27 Jeff Passan on Twitter Eight more players and two coaches with the Miami Marlins have tested positive[...]

They’ve cancelled their home opener as a result.

This, from a professional sport with less in-game contact than college football.  And, presumably, better able to restrict player exposure to the public, as well.

It’s hard to see how college football makes it through a season unscathed.

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UPDATE:  Related food for thought…

Screenshot_2020-07-27 Ralph D Russo on Twitter Something I have been thinking about a lot when it comes to a college footba[...]

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UPDATE #2:  Oy.

Screenshot_2020-07-27 Randy Peterson on Twitter Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, contacted by DMRegister after Marlins canc[...]

There have to be at least a thousand better ways to respond to the news than that.  Why are these people so inept at PR?

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79 responses to “This doesn’t bode well.

  1. Greg

    “It’s hard to see how college football makes it through a season unscathed”.

    Wasn’t ready for that this morning, but what the hey….things could be worse.

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      • PTC DAWG

        They could actually be sick and in the hospital with symptoms.

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      • Greg

        You must be lonely or just stupid….or possibly, a little of both.

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        • Derek

          What could be worse than college football being negatively impacted?

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          • PTC DAWG

            Again, where are the sick and infected football players hiding out at? They have been practicing together for months now…they must be out there. I know Kirby is on things, but D, JD.

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            • Derek

              I’m talking about whether they are playing, not whether they are dying.

              Dude said things could be worse than college football not making it through the season unscathed.

              I’d like to know what would he worse than that.

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              • Grafton

                Reading comprehension is tough for some.

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                • PTC DAWG

                  I suppose…let’s shut down the world, college kids everywhere with zero symptoms.

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                • Derek

                  Are you high? Why do you keep making comments that have NOTHING to do with the question?

                  The man said there are worse things than a “scathed” college football season.

                  I want to know what those things are.

                  This isn’t about whether they should play. It isn’t about your views on the “plandemic” conspiracy.

                  It is about this:

                  If college football gets all fucked up b/c less fans, no fans, no games, less games, delayed games, forfeited games, games lost due to covid infections, etc…

                  WHAT THE FUCK IS WORSE THAN THAT?!?!?

                  thank you.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Um, you asked and he answered. What is worse than the season being negatively impacted? The players actually getting sick and/or dying, rather than just testing positive.

                  NOW BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PSYCHOTIC RAGE!!1!!11!!

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                • Jdawg108

                  Actually he didn’t. But hey, you have a meme that has nothing to do with anything. Anyone surprised?

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Read back through the comments. Derek asked how it could be worse and PTC responded that the players could be sick and hospitalized. But hey, back to the insults and RAGE!

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                • Jdawg108

                  Nope. He asked a snarky question and didn’t answer. But it wasn’t in picture format so I understand your lack of comprehension.

                  No rage here. Just projection on your part. But hey, do your thing meme boy.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  You seriously can’t go back and see the comments?

                  I mean, I can see the allure of just indignantly insulting people. But to refuse to acknowledge reality? I’ll just say it’s an interesting choice you’ve gone with. I hope it works out for you.

                  Here’s one just for you, buddy.

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                • Jdawg108

                  You’re correct. Reading it on a iPhone I missed PTC’s comment. Point conceded.

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  2. Jim

    Unscathed? How about “Its hard to see how college football has a season”

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  3. Got Cowdog

    I think you’ll see the major “players” (pun intended) that put eyeballs on the television play. There’s just too much money at stake.

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  4. doug

    Soon you will begin seeing the top College football players eligible for the 2021 draft elect to sit out this year. It’s inevitable.

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    • Russ

      In the Barnhart article the Senator linked to, they mentioned that the Arkansas players wanted to play, but also asked if they were going to cancel the season, to do so before fall camp starts (Aug. 5). Well, that’s obviously not going to happen so that tells me that once games get cancelled/postponed due to the virus, we’re highly likely to see players opt out from that point forward. It will be very hard to hold a team together when they already have competing demands (draft prep, not getting sick, etc).

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  5. Go Dawgs!

    Are we sure Georgia Tech didn’t just say “hell with it” ten years ago?

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  6. What I don’t understand is how can the semi-pro Universal Football League play a season when other teams, like college, are at the mercy of science and politics? I posed this question on FB to a local sports reporter and got vilified for spreading negativity on her page. But our local team, the Golden Isles Grizzlies won the championship, so I guess it’s OK. Or whatever.

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  7. Again, I’m not Vegas, but in my mind the over/under for how many games the average FBS football team will play in 2020 is about 3.5.

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  8. The response by Bowlsby is just a clear precursor for not taking responsibility for the decision. The waiting until we’re “advised” without telling us who is doing the “advising” is just BS buck passing. Who is making this call if NOT the conference commissioners. Is this call really the NCAA’s to make? On a totally unrelated note……I bet a lot more players will be using plastic face guards this year….you know the ones that keep asshole Florida linebackers from trying to gouge your eyes out. A true investment opportunity if that face shield is trademarked or patented. Your all welcome.

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  9. mg4life0331

    Ive come to the realization that eventually everyone will come in contact with this virus. Just hope you are one that survives.

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    • Milton Dawg

      I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that everyone will as well. Freddie Freeman pretty much said that he and his wife used extreme precautions, wore masks, had delivery as much as possible, etc. and he still wound up with it around the 4th of July. My wife and I counted up last night that we now personally know 31 people from teens to early 50s that have tested positive. That number was four until the end of May. Some have been reckless (5 2020 high school graduate boys, one of the boys’ sisters, and two of the boys’ moms went to 30A and treated it like it was 2019 and not 2020 – all eight positive within five days of their return). Some though are incredibly cautious, observe precautions, etc. and still wound up with it and have no clue from whom or where it came. Fortunately only two became sicker than mild symptoms and no hospitalizations or deaths.

      With regard to college football (and sports in general), the lead time for showing up positive is the real challenge. One of the aforementioned positive people is someone that had the IgM blood test two days after he was exposed, had mild symptoms while waiting on results, and went and got the swab test 5 days after the IgM test because he still hadn’t gotten blood results, and was positive. The IgM test came back negative for the presence of antibodies (because it was too soon after infection). The issue is that the swab test also needs to be taken 5 to 7 days after infection to have any certainty. You could rapid test every player at Georgia every morning at the BM building, have practice in the afternoon, have no clue what the player does at night, and by the time that player comes back positive there has been exposure to dozens and dozens of other players and coaches.

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      • Napoleon BonerFart

        The best analogy I’ve seen used car accidents and fatalities. In this country, there are millions of accidents and tens of thousands of fatalities every year. We all know it, understand it, and have consciously and/or unconsciously included the risk in our cost/benefit calculations. Most (all?) of us drive because the benefits outweigh the risk.

        But what if car accidents were brand new to 2020? What if newspapers graphed every new accident? There was an accident on Lumpkin Street today so we should shut it down for 2 weeks to flatten the curve of accidents! Our behavior would probably match the pandemic behavior, even though the cause is entirely different.

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        • Car accidents aren’t contagious.

          We spend billions of dollars every year to ameliorate the risk. We have laws on the books criminalizing reckless driving behavior. We have required car manufacturers to make significant changes to their product to enhance safety. We require people to train how to use a vehicle before they’re allowed to operate one. And that shit works, to our benefit.

          If this is your best analogy, I’d hate to see your worst one.

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          • Napoleon BonerFart

            Yes, car accidents are completely within our control. If nobody drove, nobody would have an accident. But viruses don’t work that way. Despite Fauci’s assurances, viruses don’t care about your politics.

            But every accident isn’t reported on the evening news. Graphs aren’t updated daily about car accidents.

            And yes, safety laws have been enacted. And everyone recognizes the limits of those laws. No serious person suggests that zero people should ever die in car accidents. But pandemic Karens abound.

            Why not change speed limit laws from 55 mph to 25 mph on the Interstate? Lives would be saved. Don’t you care about people? Why not limit engine size to 3 cylinders? Who actually needs turbochargers? Eliminate the curve!

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            • “We’re all gonna die anyway, so fuck it” is a helluva credo, but I give you credit for sticking to your guns.

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              • Napoleon BonerFart

                I understand your fear. I really do. Your scared shitless of the virus. That’s understandable. It’s even smart. But your fear isn’t righteousness. It’s not moral justification to force other people to live within the confines of your fear.

                Your fear shouldn’t force someone else to lose his house. Your fear isn’t more important than the rights and livelihoods of millions of people. A grandmother seeing her grandchildren, perhaps for the last time, is certainly worth more than your fear.

                Stay home. Work remotely. Or close your business and furlough people. Be as safe as you feel the need to be. But stop at demanding that other people live as vegetables without church, work, fun, and social contact that many people require in order to make life worth living.

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                • I think you have me confused with somebody else.

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                • Will (the other one)

                  Except, as literally dozens of countries (including our neighbor to the north) have proven, that’s a false choice. We could also all say “this going is going to suck” shelter-in place for a month, and if you can’t work out of a home office, get paid to stay home for the month or so until we go a full week with no new cases in the area, and only then start opening back up. They’ve got fans in the stands in Australia but they didn’t bungle the initial response. The Premier League resumed, but without fans, and had no new cases. “You can stay home but don’t tell me what to do” is going to ruin college football this year. But hey, at least you weren’t inconvenienced for very long.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Lock downs don’t work. They temporarily flatten the curve. Once the world reopens, the virus reemerges. That’s why Australia is having a surge in cases in July.

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                • HirsuteDawg

                  Reasonable and competent response is to expect peaks in virus activity as society reopens – and additional shutdowns to control virus spread. Rinse and repeat – with no cure, shuttling down once aint going to fix anything for long.

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                • Derek

                  Facts are far less convincing than the hallucinations to a chimp on acid.

                  Numbers are playpen, but I invite you to ck out Australia.

                  Suffice to say that the COUNTY I live in has had more covid deaths than that entire CONTINENT.

                  It just hopes you won’t ck and will assume its not completely fos. That would be a mistake.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  What’s the difference between raw numbers and percentages to a middle schooler? NOTHING!!11!11

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                • Dial it down, boys. (Note the use of the plural there.)

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                • Jdawg108

                  “I understand your fear”. Maybe. But your fear is just as palpable.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Of course. I don’t deny it. I am certainly afraid of the pandemic Karens taking advantage of this crisis to change the world. I’m afraid of billions of people being labeled “non-essential.” I’m afraid of economies and societies being manipulated by fear. Because manipulation never ends well. The costs are real. The people who lose savings, jobs, houses, and whatever else in this crisis can’t just get it all back once the fear passes. Kids can’t go back in time and be educated at the right time. Real life doesn’t have a pause button.

                  And most of all, I’m afraid of the next time. We’re setting the precedent now. Bureaucrats have the power. If there’s an emergency, which there will always be, powers can be claimed. Emergency orders can be declared. People can be forced here, there, or wherever. And we will all be expected to comply. Compliance will be preached as the key to survival in an emergency. Anyone who doesn’t comply is just stupid and dangerous and must be ridiculed, or worse.

                  If it makes you feel safer to believe that bureaucrats are in charge of the natural world, good for you. May the Covid Fairy come at night and put fear masks under your pillow. I choose to live in the real world where viruses can’t be bullied by speeches or executive orders.

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                • Jdawg108

                  Things always need to be held in check. But there are times which need compliance for the greater good. Perhaps this one isn’t one of them for you, but having lost two friends to covid in the past week, our experiences are different.

                  One was in her late 70’s with pre existing conditions. One was 36, someone I grew up with, that seemed to be recovering then O2 saturation levels dropped and couldn’t be resuscitated.

                  When you speak with nuance, you actually make sense. It’s much more effective than pithy pictures.

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                • Jdawg108

                  And I would fully agree if you make the point many of those on the left don’t speak with nuance. Or empathy for opposing viewpoints. It’s one of the things I try to engender I the people I know, but to them it’s a slippery slope towards enabling what they see as oppression. They use the exact same argument those on the right do.

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                • Why can’t you just accept it then, and level the criticism at the Urnge Baboon and lack of federal response? A widespread panic (!) is under the purview of a NATIONAL reaction. And there is none.

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        • ASEF

          It’s a maddeningly inept analogy.

          Individuals drive tens of thousands miles a year. The “deaths per million miles traveled in the US” is absurdly low and keeps dropping every year. In 2018 it was about one death per hundred million miles traveled.

          Covid 19 has already killed a hundred thousand more people in 5 months than car crashes did all of last year. Plus car accidents are not contagious.

          You can’t compare the risks of getting and transmitting a virus to the act of driving.

          Driving drunk or high? That would be a much better analogy. Still not a great one, but better.

          And driving comes with a ton of restrictions. Speed limits, seat belts, a lengthy list of legal remedies to dangerous driving behavior. It’s highly policed.

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      • Derek

        We don’t have speed limits, seat belts or air bags for a reason.

        You never, ever regulate risky behaviors or use policy or the police power of the state to mitigate public risks under any circumstances.

        The lack of oxygen to the brain required to make and defend this analogy is difficult to quantify.

        The best analogy I’ve seen for such a lack of “thought” is “chimp on acid.”

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          Perfect argument, junior. Why should we accept risk in our lives when we can just regulate it away? With lockdowns, masks, and bars required to serve Cuomo chips, the virus has been defeated. And even if it hasn’t, we can always just “test” some more and nobody else will get sick.

          Problem solved.

          Who ever thinks that sickness and death is a part of the human condition just isn’t arrogant enough to believe that we can regulate Mother Nature into submission!
          #Science
          #StayHomeStayPoor

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  10. Granthams replacement

    In case anyone forgot ,100s of players have already gotten the virus. The odds of an entire team (Clemson) getting it are better than a team having none.

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  11. Considering the source…marlins, miami dade county…corona is alive and well there, throw in palm beach county and those residents are spreading it…will venture that “the U” will be shutting down prior to the 2020 season starting

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  12. More on sports in general, should leagues (no matter the sport) start play and pause due to corona…this person is gone as a viewing fan, unlike being a Dawg fan i’m still invested, season or not….

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  13. practicaldawg

    If I was the Fish I would consider catching covid to get out of games too

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  14. ATL Dawg

    The Phillies-Yankees game has been postponed as well.

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  15. Got Cowdog

    What did they think was going to happen?
    While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and start school next week.

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  16. W Cobb Dawg

    Bowlsby: “If we are advised that its ok to play the (football) season, we should all expect there will be such disruptions.”

    Disruptions?! The fricken games are canceled! And these are pros who actually took precautions.

    CFB clowns are trying to get by on the cheap and are totally unprepared for a season.

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  17. Will (the other one)

    Let’s just admit that “College AD” is 75% (or more) sinecure.

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  18. Weve been asking these questions and predicting these problems for months.

    The season should be canceled and a handful of exhibition games could perhaps be played. This is all silly now

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  19. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy this site, but the name calling, insults, and bickering on this site have become a little unbearable. Some of y’all need to grow the F up.

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  20. How about let the ones that don’t want to play keep their scholarship and give them an extra year of eligibility and a free transfer ? That solves the dilemma of not giving them a choice in their own safety. Anything after that is working, IMO, on the false assumption that this demographic of 18-22 yr olds that have been getting the virus at rapid speed ANYWAY, all of a sudden won’t get it because they’re not playing football.

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  21. Malcolm X

    “If we are advised”. What outrageous crap. I was just following orders,etc. Doesn’t anybody take responsibility for anything?

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  22. Tlkdawg

    Wise words from C.S. Lewis in 1948. Seems to apply to today quite well.

    ”How are you to live in an atomic age? Why, just as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.

    In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

    This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies, but they need not dominate our minds.”

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    • Got Cowdog

      I read this the other day. Thanks for posting it.

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    • Or you could, you know, take steps to reduce the threat rather than just fatalistically accepting it.

      Just sayin’.

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      • Got Cowdog

        Considering this was written in 1948 and Lewis typically purports hope and faith in his essays, this didn’t come off as fatalistic to me. I kind of dug the whole “Hey, it could be worse” vibe of it. From Lewis’ essays I’ve read I’d say he would land directly on your reply with regard to respect for others and taking the precautions one can. Then having done all you can go on enjoying the good things.

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