A bubble by any other name

So, the proverbial shit hit the fan in Chapel Hill after the school announced 177 students are in isolation and another 349 are in quarantine because of the coronavirus.

“Our student-athletes will continue to attend online classes, and may choose to remain in their current on- and off-campus residences,” North Carolina said in a statement. “Workouts and practices will continue under the standards set by our University, health officials and department. We still are expecting to play this fall, and we will continue to evaluate the situation in coordination with the University, the ACC, state and local officials, and health officials. The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and community remains our priority.”

Hey, look at the light bulb that went off!

No shit, Sherlock.


Filed under ACC Football, The Body Is A Temple

42 responses to “A bubble by any other name

  1. Non student-athletes moving off campus so UNC can play football … are you kidding?

    This is exactly the kind of crap if it comes to Athens, I’ll be checking out for the season. I’m halfway there now since I’m just waiting for the “no fans” shoe to drop. It already has at MBS for the month of September … it’s only a matter of time.

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    • TN Dawg

      Colleges and universities are a front for ball teams.

      If you are going to cancel classes for the sake of sports or sports for the sake of classes, I’d reckon the second of those options is the only acceptable outcome.

      I favor the third option, cancel neither.

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      • The idea of playing sports in front of no crowds while students are pretty much forced to shelter in place or go home and to have classes moved online makes me want to puke. It might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for me like the cancellation of the World Series did in 1994.

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        • TN Dawg

          Well, I mean let’s be honest here.

          It’s the exact same protocol that we are applying to society, only now extended.

          So the generally approved protocol by many is to tell normal, everyday Americans to suspend their routine activities in favor of a vulnerable group, the elderly and infirmed, rather than just isolate and promote precaution by the minority group. Lock up the young and healthy to protect the old and decrepit.

          Now we’ve taken it to it’s next rational step, to suspend the lives, pursuits, goals and desires of the majority group in favor of the favored group, even though they have no increased vulnerability. Lock up the common to enable to favored.

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          • Previously Paul

            Except what we’re seeing now that school is resuming is that young and healthy high school and college kids are becoming infected In large numbers. So simply keeping the old folks away isn’t the solution. I doubt senior citizens were responsible for spreading this around in those environments.


  2. J.R. Clark

    But…but…but…but…tHis iS jUSt liKE tHe fLu oR a cAR aCCiDenT!


  3. This, to me, is the only hope I hold out for a full SEC football season. It’s if by September 26th all non-athletes have been sent home to attend school virtually, while football players are allowed to live in a “bubble” on vacated campuses.


    • Do you really want to see this happen? How would you feel if one or more of your kids were told to vacate their dorm room (go home) or stay in their apartment, so football could be played in a stadium where they couldn’t attend?

      By the way, all of that with no reduction in tuition or fees to boot.

      A scenario like this makes me want to throw up.

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      • To clarify: I didn’t merely say “I hope this happens.” I said this is the only hope I hold out for watching SEC football. Big difference. My over-arching hope (but one I think is very, very, VERY unlikely to be fulfilled) is that the semester proceeds normally for everyone involved and COVID stays in check, students are allowed to live their lives and we get to watch a full 10-game SEC-only season without interruption.

        As an aside, my goal in college was to 1) graduate and 2) to do so without incurring any student loan debt. To this end all but one of my college years was spent attending local public institutions while “living at home.” I recommend this to every young person I meet who seems open to advice on what they should do with their under-graduate career — ESPECIALLY if they are like I was (and most UG students are) and have no real clue as to what exactly it is they want out of school.

        Unless you know (KNOW!) you are going to practice law or medicine, or enter some rigorous field of scientific research, there really is no reason to incur any debt for an undergraduate degree.


        • Said differently, you want to watch SEC football, so if they have to go to a reverse bubble, so be it.


          • Eh, not quite. Said differently:

            I love Georgia football. The only way I think I’ll get to see them play more than three or four games this year is if all SEC campuses are shut down to regular students by 9/26 and football players are allowed to remain and camp out there for the duration of the season.

            Do I think this is “good” overall, an optimal outcome, or one which is sane? Not necessarily.

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      • Tony BarnFart

        I certainly get the part about tuition and fees. At this point, is it really the end of the world if we admit that we’ve slowly walked ourselves into the reality that our major state universities are running professional football programs on the side ? I say embrace the elephant in the room as a purely american cultural phenomenon and then modify accordingly (NIL rights, increased stipends, etc).

        I don’t think we have to indict our society just because our glorified “bake sale” of 100 years ago turned into a money making machine. The ethical ship sailed a long time ago with the time commitment football players have to make, many times to the detriment of academic pursuits. Same with admissions standards.


  4. Got Cowdog

    So here we go.
    “That’s over 500 positive tests”
    “But are they sick and in the hospital?”
    “Doesn’t matter, it could have lasting effects”
    “Kids are low risk”

    Ad nauseum. I’ll skip this one.


    • If it makes you feel any better, I have the “allow comments” box locked and loaded. 😉


      • As an anecdotal aside, I live in Maryland (one of those crazy states accused early on of having “unreasonable” restrictions by many) and we are enjoying record low test-positivity and hospitalization rates. This is remarkable to me since we have a large steady flow of persons between our state and neighboring metropolitan areas including DC, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, New Jersey and NYC.

        Our citizens (overall) were quick to adopt the restrictions, including facemasks in public, and continue to be vigilant. I think it bodes well for us as we head into the fall.


      • Got Cowdog

        I did notice your trigger finger being a little itchy this weekend, Podnuh…


  5. I bet their Board of Student Communications is in a snit.


  6. paulwesterdawg

    It’s a reverse bubble. Instead of having the players move into a bubble away from the students they are having the students move away from the players. Thereby leaving the players in a quasi bubble. It’s genius actually.

    The mental gymnastics it took to come up with such an effective approach without the PR hit to put non paid athletes in a bubble is stunning.

    This will work. But what a wildly disruptive approach.

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    Classy headline..meant to scare?

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  8. tenesseewasnevergreat

    Yes. Send all of the students home to keep them safe. Everyone needs to quarantine until this is over. I’m talking total lock down. That is the only way to keep the students safe. What bothers me is they these same students are going to go back home and they’ll probably be going out to eat or to the stores in their hometowns. Maybe we should keep them on campus and locked in their dorms where food and essentials can be safely delivered to them.


  9. Previously Paul

    That headline is pure gold. I’d love to have a copy to laminate and keep. Good thing i wasn’t drinking coffee or it would have been all over my computer.

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  10. Continue to see comments here and elsewhere which insist that closing campuses is stupid and an over-reaction since students, overall, have such a minute chance of suffering ill health consequences from COVID infections.


    Campus shutdowns are more about protecting faculty and staff than about protecting students. Shutdowns nation-wide have been, are being, and will continue to be driven by faculty and staff who are at risk.


    • Don in Mar-a-Lago

      “since students, overall, have such a minute chance of suffering ill health consequences from COVID infections.”

      The math shows that such a minute chance results in just a tiny fraction of death


    • Lock down the 38k students to protect the 3k staff. Parents shouldn’t sacrifice for their children. It should be the other way around.

      I propose changing the unofficial slogan of education from, “It’s for the children,” to “It’s for the faculty and staff.”