Randy Smith: Watching COVID Sports

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - by Randy Smith
Randy Smith
Randy Smith
I have really tried to watch sports lately since play started back up. Major League Baseball, the NBA, and now a few football games here and there. I simply have no interest. It may be psychological, I'm not sure but, for whatever the reason, it's hard to watch. Fans are missing, and so is the excitement. I gave a lot of thought to this societal problem and I've come up with a few analogies which I am perfectly willing to share.

Watching COVID Sports is like...having a new screen door on your back porch, without the screen.

It's like opening a new bag of potato chips only to find you actually bought sour cream and onion chips rather than sea salt and vinegar.

It's like watching a Braves baseball game in the late 1980s.
(I did this often.)

It's like biting into a Double Whopper from Burger King and realizing they forget to put the hamburger patties on the bun.

It's like watching Vanderbilt and Louisville battle to a 0-0 tie in college football. (I actually did this.)

It's like going fishing with just fishing line....no rod.

It's like baking a beautiful chocolate cake, only to realize you forgot to add sugar.

It's like buying a new pair of shoes and when you get home you realize each shoe is a different size. (I actually did this too.)

It's like watching the TV weather folks predict a snowfall of up to six inches and all you get is a cold rain.

It's like buying a new big screen television to watch a  big game, only to find when you get home, your power is out and will stay out for a while. 

It's like having a bowling ball with no holes.

It's like trying to play basketball with a badly under-inflated ball.

It's like pulling up to the window at Krispy-Kreme and finding out they're all out of "Hot Doughnuts Now."

I could go on and on but hopefully you see what it's like to watch sports during this pandemic. Hopefully, someday if we have similar circumstances, we can honestly say, "It's like trying to watch sports during the COVID-19 pandemic."

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Randy Smith can be reached at rsmithsports@epbfi.com

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