Saturday, August 08, 2020

No football in 2020

It looks as if there will be no NCAA football this fall:
The MAC was the first domino. And it may end up being big enough to knock the other ones over. Multiple reports indicate that college football season will be scrapped within the week.
I would anticipate that if the NCAA season is canceled, the NFL season will soon follow suit. Fortunately, thanks to the SJWs, little of value will be lost.

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Blogger Ingemar August 08, 2020 3:49 PM  

Great opportunity for Americans to play sports rather than just watch them... That is, unless the VirusGestapo shuts that down too.

Blogger Gettimothy August 08, 2020 3:54 PM  

Tide Rolls out.

Blogger van helsing August 08, 2020 4:06 PM  

more trips to the range

Blogger Geir Balderson August 08, 2020 4:09 PM  

The Wuhan Flu is destroying the SJWs one venue at a time!!! Go Corona-chan!!

Blogger v.soest August 08, 2020 4:26 PM  

I live in Los Angeles County, local government is forbidding recreational leagues for any team sport to operate as well as discouraging groups of people to play contact sports. Public Golf courses and tennis courts are open. Volleyball nets on the beach were removed back in March, people need to bring their own nets to play. Basketball rims have been taken down. Fields are open but try getting more than a group of 5 to commit to showing up to play baseball, soccer, or football. Some karen will probably call the cops if she sees a group playing a pickup game.

Blogger Argus Bacchus August 08, 2020 4:33 PM  

"I would anticipate that if the NCAA season is canceled, the NFL season will soon follow suit."

Some NFL players are already pursuing their career alternatives:

The Bike Theives of America's fall membership drive could not have come at a better time either.

Blogger Wayne August 08, 2020 4:45 PM  

I wasn't planning to watch anyway. I suspect this is a PR move by the NCAA. The spectacle of college football players kneeling would lead to lots of unhappy alumni. They have the perfect out to blame canceling the season on the virus. That also provides cover for the NFL to follow the lead and cancel their season. Instead of dealing with the SJW problem, just kick the can down the road.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 08, 2020 4:49 PM  

Put me in the column for not missing the NFL, bummer about CFB.

Blogger Damelon Brinn August 08, 2020 4:50 PM  

The establishment can't let team sports go on if they're dead-set on convincing people that we're all still in deadly danger. It doesn't compute. They already look silly holding things like car shows with everyone standing around in masks. It's too obvious that if they were really as afraid as they tell us we should be, they'd shut down such optional events.

Maybe they'll say football makes you immune to virus, like protesting does.

Blogger Rough Carrigan August 08, 2020 5:02 PM  

Utterly ridiculous for a virus that kills almost no one under the age of 50. Even Tom Brady's not in the endangered demographic.

Blogger My 1 millionth internet profile August 08, 2020 5:37 PM  

Since nobody is going back to campus this fall, NCAA basketball is doomed too.

MLB is finding out just how hard is it is to make things work with corona-chan lurking around every corner.

Blogger Manuel August 08, 2020 5:52 PM  

It'd be hilarious if the SEC plays and just proclaims its champion National Champion. And everyone would know it's the truth.

Blogger liberranter August 08, 2020 6:01 PM  


Blogger Duke Norfolk August 08, 2020 6:05 PM  

This is all fascinating (and bizarre) to watch. I mean there is some serious money being lost by very influential people. I can't imagine the discussions being had behind closed doors. To be that fly on the wall...

Blogger Dantheman August 08, 2020 6:05 PM  

At least the XFL will come back first. I suspect the XFL will be more successful than people think due to NFL convergence.

Blogger Ronnie W. August 08, 2020 6:12 PM  

I've been posting to my local college team's fanboy accounts about how their sport is anti-patriotic, anti-Christian, and anti-white and ought to be cancelled. It would be good riddance.

Blogger Doktor Jeep August 08, 2020 6:34 PM  

Great. Might as well put my old car up on blocks. I needed football to provide a safe time on Sundays to drive it. Even run errands without seething road fuckery from the proletards. They will be out and about 24/7 with no breaks.

Blogger Seeingsights August 08, 2020 6:36 PM  

The sport that is the least pozzed, the NHL, is the sport that has been doing the best during this this time.

Blogger cecilhenry August 08, 2020 6:39 PM  

IF it wasn't so laughable maybe I'd care.

There is NO need for any of this. The want to have a crisis, and use this virus as an excuse.

I don't care about professional sports and their antics, but what this is doing to the average citizen, in terms of job security and productivity, is criminal.

Its not about the virus.

Blogger MichaelJMaier August 08, 2020 6:46 PM  

The XFL is already converged. The Rock is busy alienating XFL fans he doesn't even HAVE yet!

Blogger cyrus83 August 08, 2020 6:50 PM  

I don't think the NFL owners would mind passing on the season given the economics of having to play in empty stadia and missing out on all the gate, concessions, and parking revenue.

That said, I think the NFL does at least begin the season unless they are forced to shut down, if for no other reason than to let the players put on their kneeling antics. Protests > health concerns in the woke SJW world. The bad ratings likely convince the owners to shut down mid-season and blame Corona-chan when it's really about the fan revolt.

Blogger Damelon Brinn August 08, 2020 6:51 PM  

This is all fascinating (and bizarre) to watch.

It really is. The general population always believes an array of pretty lies, but I don't think we've ever lived through such a blatant case of The Emperor Has No Clothes before. Not in my lifetime, anyway. And it doesn't even matter whether you think Corona-chan is deadly, just-a-flu, or fake. The fact is that we have supposed experts and officials who took to the airwaves and print this spring to declare A, and then a couple months later they started declaring not-A, and a good part of the population said, "Seems legit, whatever you say."

I'd pay Fauci $1000 to announce that we need to wear propeller beanies to ward off the virus. He could say it has something to do with turbulence from the propeller stirring the air away from the face. If Trump called it stupid on Twitter, I'll bet we could sell millions of beanies within the week. Some governors might even mandate them.

Blogger Reader August 08, 2020 6:52 PM  

Cancel Civilization

Blogger Retrenched August 08, 2020 7:18 PM  

Sports media have been calling for the cancellation of the season for a while, mainly because it's an election year and they think this will hurt Trump in November.

Certainly not the first time a woke corporation put politics above profits. This is one helluva blow they're absorbing though, if they go through with it. Maybe they're hoping Biden wins and bails them out?

Blogger Dantheman August 08, 2020 7:20 PM  

The NHL is pretty converged. Their social media accounts are still littered with BLM post.

Blogger Dr. J August 08, 2020 7:41 PM  

Wow - someone really wants to killshot the university system. No in-person classes, no sports will mean no enrollment. Hell - is there any reason to go to school at 'Bama except to go to the games? The lost sports revenue and the inevitable fragmentation of the student body is a perfect storm to end the corrupt college scam.

Good riddance to whole pozzed mess.

Blogger thethirdcoast August 08, 2020 7:51 PM  

This is the time to do it.

There is tons of worthwhile educational content online for free or very little cost.

Just one example - Steven Brunton's series of math lectures on YouTube.

They are exactly what you would hear in his courses at U Washington. Why would you pay tons of money for what he is giving away?

Blogger thethirdcoast August 08, 2020 7:57 PM  

Anyone else notice the NYT mea culpa article admitting CHAZ/CHOP was quite violent and Mayor Wheeler's 180 on the riots?

I wonder if that was driven by horrible Dem internal polling numbers on the riots.

Now poll normies for no football, Dems. I dare you.

Blogger Middle American Water Tower Man August 08, 2020 8:08 PM  

Yes good riddance! It’s so good to see the average joe on my softball team talk about how they are sick of it all and have no interest in watching sports.

Blogger vmax71 August 08, 2020 8:18 PM  

Number 28.: The contrarian in me wonders whether cancelling football means the universities don't have to deal with the kneeling players/coaches, etc.

Secondly, I am not sure all of college football will be cancelled. The MAC has no reason to play in the fall without spectators. Wait till the spring. Their teams are not under any consideration for things like national championships. The SEC/Big Ten/Big 12 on the other hand need to play to fulfill their TV contracts

Blogger VD Bear August 08, 2020 8:35 PM  

I’ll be interested to see what the power 5 does, if anything. For people not familiar with how college football scheduling works, a lot of MAC teams get paid anywhere from 500k to 1.5M per game to play against a big time power 5 team. Each MAC team would have a couple or 3 of these pay-to-lose games a year and effectively funds their entire athletic department for the year. Well the power 5 cut all these games and will play conference only this year. So the MAC lost about 90+% of its athletic funding so cancelling actually makes good finacial sense.

Blogger Section 8A August 08, 2020 8:52 PM  

Good. My NY Giants need a few more years to rebuild. Isn't there another Manning in the pipeline?

Blogger James Dixon August 08, 2020 9:09 PM  

> It looks as if there will be no NCAA football this fall...

It's been iffy for quite a while now. I'd say they're right and the MAC shutting down pretty much seals the deal. If for no other reason than I don't think the colleges are up to dealing with the inevitable lawsuits that would be coming their way from players who get the illness.

Blogger Brett baker August 08, 2020 9:11 PM  

Divisions II and III aren't playing. The Big Ten is just playing itself. Missouri Valley Conference is going to play in the spring; non-conference games are up to individual teams to decide if they're playing.

Blogger RedJack August 08, 2020 9:18 PM  

LOL! My alma mater was a good school, till they decided to defund education for a better football. Now they suck at BOTH. I loved CFB. Now I just don't care.

Blogger Lazarus August 08, 2020 9:23 PM  

Section 8A wrote:Good. My NY Giants need a few more years to rebuild. Isn't there another Manning in the pipeline?

Sorry. The shithouse-luck gravy train ran off the rails. No more Superb Owls for you.

Blogger SemiSpook37 August 08, 2020 10:23 PM  

Well, out of the Power 5, the Big Ten seems to have their stuff together. 10 game season, games within the entire conference. My only gripe is they moved Michigan-Ohio State to the end of October instead of the last game of the season. They did provide for an extra week should the schedule need to move for any of the games, and the league championship game is also movable.

I suspect the entire reason for doing this is the contracts with both Fox and Disney for the broadcasting piece, which is a significant portion of income for the schools, even without ticket and concession revenues.

I suspect this is the reason the MAC ended up cancelling their season: a huge chunk of their revenue comes from being on the out of conference schedules of Big Ten and ACC schools. Once the Big Ten made the announcement they were staying in-house, the MAC folded due to the loss of revenue. I suspect a good number of conferences will likely follow the same route.

Blogger Johnny Reb August 08, 2020 10:31 PM  

Give it a year or two, and they can try to draft Trevor Lawrence.

Blogger Colonel Blimp August 08, 2020 10:40 PM  

This implies that they are completely fine with losing several billion dollars. They aren't and the powers that be are supportive of woke initiatives. Replacement is here and we are finally seeing its manifestations. This will not get better until we take it over by force.

Blogger Brad August 08, 2020 11:08 PM  

I have a budding theory: The price for satanic success is being required to sacrifice it all, immediately, upon command.

Blogger Akulkis August 09, 2020 12:26 AM  

>> Good. My NY Giants need a few more years to rebuild.

You STILL think the NFL is important????

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel August 09, 2020 1:28 AM  


"I'd pay Fauci $1000 to announce that we need to wear propeller beanies to ward off the virus."

There's a million places to get the propeller beanies, and there's so many places selling masks now they'll tell us if they don't maintain the mandate, we'll crash the economy.

Blogger JonM August 09, 2020 2:54 AM  

On the plus side, it means that much less money flowing from Americans to globalists.

On the other side of the ledger, We can't even have our own little sportsball tribes anymore. Anything that brings Americans together must be destroyed. It's a danged shame.

Blogger Nostromo August 09, 2020 3:57 AM  

The NCAA has been dead man walking since they let UNC off scott free for 20+ years of fake classes. The current president Mark Emmert is weak, and plays favorites. Good riddance.

Blogger Farwood Bear 2.0 August 09, 2020 5:01 AM  

Nearly 20yrs. ago my wife and I were struggling to keep video games out of our home. An acquaintance of ours bought a gaming system for his kids so he would have something to take away from them if they were misbehaving. I wasn't a fan of that plan.
There was a time when I practically scheduled my life around pro sports. A few years ago, I woke up and realized that pro sports are not what I thought they were. They are very much like that gaming system to me now.

Blogger Farwood Bear 2.0 August 09, 2020 5:12 AM  


"I'd pay Fauci $1000 to announce that we need to wear propeller beanies to ward off the virus."

I had an idea of making baseball hats with little fans in the peak that would blow the coronu away from the wearer's face. You got Fauci's contact info?

Blogger ScottC August 09, 2020 5:34 AM  

Watch rugby instead. There are European rugby teams that are 100% white and patriotic.

No sense in cheering for a bunch of overpaid joggers who hate their fans.

American pro sports = jogger worship.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira August 09, 2020 7:25 AM  

You can always watch the CFL.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 09, 2020 7:30 AM  

MAC being a patsy conference to the Power 5 to make their budgets, our local Directional university would play one or two games against a P5 team per year. Normally though if you got the stands half full during the season it would be above average attendance, so as noted with no P5 games and the money from that it's a money sink, plus the admin get good Lefty cred for screwing over blacks who they probably secretly hate anyway. Being the black football players swaggered about campus in a hyper masculine way about 180 degrees diff from White Prog gimp culture so beloved by the chestless. Buddy of mine went to a lower tier MAC never was college and lived in an apartment that also had some Omegas in residence, he said their hazing rituals scared the shit out of him since he could hear it taking place.

Blogger Scuzzaman August 09, 2020 7:36 AM  

Unfortunately rugby is almost as converged as football (euro and American versions). The only resistance is in women’s rugby which has started proposing to ban male trannies from playing in women’s teams. But the men’s side are a bunch of fags freaks and foreigners.

Blogger Silent Draco August 09, 2020 8:16 AM  

In the BIg en and elsewhere, expect to have games played in empyt stadiums. Season ticket holders get the option of making "charitable contribution", holdover to the following season, or cancellation and no guarantee of getting their seats and parking spaces in the future. Fourth option may come into play with wealthy alumni: "about that major donation, contract, or other two comma thing you wanted ... NO."

That's also a lot of lost revenue to the surrounding or adjoining town/city - lodging, parking, food, entertainment, taxes. Local businesses and franchises will get stuck, and local municipalities will see drops in revenue. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, those permits, cooperative projects, etc. get put on the far back burner or get canceled. Suddenly, traffic laws, parking regs, and construction inspections get very up-close and personal.

Blogger Watchu talkin bout Willis August 09, 2020 9:23 AM  

Gladly sacrifice all college and pro sports for a couple years to rid ourselves of the communists.

Blogger Dan in Georgia August 09, 2020 9:34 AM  

DanthemanAugust 08, 2020 6:05 PM
At least the XFL will come back first. I suspect the XFL will be more successful than people think due to NFL convergence.

The XFL should start up on November 4th. Free admission with a MAGA hat.

Blogger Dan in Georgia August 09, 2020 9:48 AM  

No there’s no reason to enter the city limits of the smoking crater of the former city of Atlanta. How’s that $1.6 billion stadium built in the middle of the hood working out for ya? Hahahahahaha!!!

Blogger Colonel Blimp August 09, 2020 10:37 AM  

VD, I don't think half your readers truly understand where the bulk of pro sport revenue comes from. There's a reason Euro soccer leagues came back to play in empty stadiums.

Blogger Damelon Brinn August 09, 2020 10:57 AM  

I don't think half your readers truly understand where the bulk of pro sport revenue comes from.

It may not matter in the US. Sure, they could play in empty stadiums and reap the TV revenue. But if they send 22 men out on a field to tackle each other for three hours, they can't sell the idea that we'll all die if we don't wear masks when we buy groceries. And at least some of the woke players are buying into the mania, so they'll make it look like the leagues are pushing players, mostly non-whites, to risk their lives for our entertainment.

There's just no way to do it and make it look reasonable, if they're at the same time trying to keep Covid panic high through the election. And that's the most important thing to the establishment right now.

Blogger Unknown August 09, 2020 6:02 PM  

You have won the Internet for today!

Blogger Silly but True August 09, 2020 6:29 PM  

Hey Vox, barely tangentially-related but I’m curious if you have the goods on how Sparklepunter’s entry sci-fi novel, Otaku — “Chris Warcraft’s love/hate letter to gaming” — and published by Tor Books has fared? I’m not sure what measure to even use, so maybe just defer to scalzis, 1 to 10?

Blogger Colonel Blimp August 09, 2020 9:15 PM  

Again this is not rational. The owners don't care about wokeness other than the direct bottom line and they already assume their nottom bit5h Goddell has groveled enough. The league splits over 8 BILLION DOLLARS a year with the teams from just tv. Much if which is voided or heavily reduced if no games. None of these owners care about your esoteric reasonings for appearing woke compared to that. Compare that figure to 3 to 12 million per gane for 8 whole games with attendance in person. Its ridiculous.

Blogger Akulkis August 09, 2020 10:18 PM  

>> But the men’s side are a bunch of fags freaks and foreigners.

"Elephant Walks" will cause that.

Blogger Robert Schecter August 09, 2020 11:00 PM  

Virtue signaling cowards

Blogger Ominous Cowherd August 10, 2020 6:59 PM  

Colonel Blimp wrote:The owners don't care about wokeness other than the direct bottom line...

The league splits over 8 BILLION DOLLARS a year with the teams from just tv. Much if which is voided or heavily reduced if no games. None of these owners care about your esoteric reasonings for appearing woke compared to that.

The billionaire owners will support the narrative, or they won't be billionaires or owners. They didn't get where they are by being good businessmen, even if some of them are good businessmen.

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