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Makes no sense to play ball this season

College football fans in the Valley, especially those who follow the richest teams – UT-Austin and Texas A&M – are like few I’ve ever seen. Those two teams, and others across the Lone Star State, have passionate fans that date back decades, a century. People in their 60s still go crazy about “their team.” Can’t beat that. I used to follow the Wisconsin Badgers, but even those fans don’t compare to Texas’s fans in my book, pardon the gambling pun. However, to play games this fall will put players’ health and even their lives at risk, not to mention the health and well-being of close family and friends. Anyone with a thinking brain knows that. Question is, however, will the money angle win out over players’ health? I would bet that the money angle wins until enough players and coaches and refs come down with COVID-19 that even the most hard-core advocates of college football will throw in the towel this upcoming season and say, enough is enough. I expect high school football will follow suit – no games this season, sad to say. There are so many ways this virus has screwed up our lives short of the worst case: people dying. It’s those who have recovered who are reporting serious symptoms months after they have recovered. Medical researchers now say they can’t be sure what percent of those who catch the virus may end up with life-long disabilities, but those who claim that that possible scenario doesn’t cause them at least some anxiety are either drunk or snorting meth. Or both. Sure, I think that those of us who are parents and grandparents worry that we will get the virus to some extent. Who doesn’t? What scares most of us even more, though, I think, is the thought of our kids and grandkids catching the disease. The thought of them getting sick, seriously ill, to me, is even a bigger worry. As of this week, college football is still up in the air. Some conferences have publicized plans (start dates), while others like the Big 12 have yet to announce how college football will proceed this year. In fact, the NCAA has yet to announce firm plans for this upcoming season. A few schools/conferences have wised up, saying the 2020 football season won’t tentatively begin until the spring of 2021. Who knew Ivy Leaguers had brains? (Joking.) Several weeks ago, UT-Austin announced through ...

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