COVID-19 Forces Unprecedented Cancellations; All Eyes Shift to NFL Free Agency

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By Jake Sirkus March 13, 2020 0 Comment
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The sports world has been paused. Games have been canceled. But the ensuing days of NFL Free Agency will provide you with all the excitement you need.

There are just certain days that you will always remember where you were when they occurred. The teenager in me did not experience the O.J. Simpson chase or the Challenger disaster, but those are the types of days that you have to sit back and make sure you never forget where you were when they happened. That is what yesterday, March 11th, 2020, felt like.

Sitting in my room scrolling through twitter, obviously knowing the extreme fears that the US was facing in regards to the Coronavirus, but had no expectations that it would go to the level that it did on Wednesday Evening. Seeing the tweet that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19, then leading to the NBA being postponed indefinitely, was sickening. How could this happen? But that was not all. What happened next is something I will never forget.

Event after event was canceled. Sports, music, and meetings. It was like the world had stopped spinning. It seemed as if reality had been put on pause, and the population had been muted. March 12th wasn’t any different. College Basketball fans were expecting to see multiple conference tournaments begin. Dozens of games were canceled within 30 minutes. By 10:30 AM PST, the NCAA college basketball tournament was canceled. At 1:27 PM PST, March Madness had been canceled. It was a punch to the gut. It was after the MLB, NHL, and others also postponed their seasons.

What was the best time of the year for sports just 48 hours ago, had turned into an island of emptiness that the sports world has never seen before? But like everything in life, there is always the light at the end of the tunnel.

The World Shifts Its Focus on the Ensuing Frenzy of NFL Free Agency

How can we escape this reality of no sports? Well, that is one of those questions that is impossible to answer. Until games come back on, the world will feel this sense of emptiness. But I’m here to give you a little bit of light. Because all we have to do is wait until the end of what is going to be an insanely tough weekend to witness the madness in itself. Of course, I’m talking about NFL Free Agency. On Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, the new league year opens. Teams can start filling out their rosters with the abundance of talent that this free-agent class has.

On Monday, the legal tampering window opens. Teams can start talking to free agents, and a lot of deals will be verbally agreed to. I know that this isn’t as exciting as college basketball or seeing Lebron James take the court, but trust me, it’s not a bad close second. You will be addicted to your phones for three days that nothing can compare to. It is the best part of the NFL Offseason obviously, and thus begins the multi-month process of all 32 teams building their rosters for the upcoming season. Following the Free Agent frenzy, it is officially draft season.

The world will prosper without the NBA, NCAAB, College Baseball, the NHL, and we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for the MLB. But turn the TV to NFL Network on Monday, March 16th. Constantly refresh twitter and wait for tweets from Adam Schefter, Ian Rappaport, and others. Take in all the NFL offseason has to offer.

Where will Jadeveon Clowney play next year? How will Washington handle the Trent Williams situation? How much money is Byron Jones and Dak Prescott going to make? Most importantly, is Tom Brady seriously going to play in a different uniform in 2020? All those questions will be answered in the upcoming days. It is a fascinating time in the NFL.

You can dwell on the fact that games won’t be played, but if you want excitement, look no further than the madness that is the NFL Offseason.

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