By Marc Lawrence — COVID-19 does not discriminate, and young athletes are not immune to complications. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic started a few months ago, most of the talk in the college sports space has centered around beginnings. When can we practice? When can we play? When can we hug and hold college football again? CBS Sports reports that a low-case fatality rate of only 0.01% could mean five deaths on a campus of 50,000 students. Dr. Sheldon Jacobson, a University of Illinois computer science professor said, “You bring a group of 20,000, 30,000, 40,000 students together who like to party and mingle – even with all the protocols for social distancing – you’re going to have a lot of infections,” Jacobson said. “The good thing is, most of them are going to be asymptomatic or benign. However, a few of them could end up in the hospital, or you’ll have a small number who could die.” To read more on this hot topic subject click here.
“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during the upcoming season to recognize victims of police brutality, a source familiar with the league’s discussions told The Undefeated on Thursday. The song would be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the source said. The NFL’s season opener is scheduled for Sept. 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans. Early last month, commissioner Roger Goodell in a video admitted that the league had erred in how it handled peaceful NFL player protests of police brutality and systemic oppression. Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that Black lives matter, pledging his allegiance to the players in the battle for equal justice under the law.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: Behind top draft pick and Heisman Trophy winning QB Joe Burrow and the return of a healthy A.J. Green, is it possible that one year removed from tying a franchise record for most losses in a season, the 2-win Cincinnati Bengals could vault to prominence in one short year? Don’t discount the possibility. The Bengals invested $100 million-plus on the defense in free agency. Remember, Cincinnati suffered 8 losses by one score or less last season. They will also face the easiest slate of non-division opponents this season measured by our true Strength of Schedule, Included are opponents from the NFC East, against whom Cincy 18-6 ATS as a dog versus NFC East opponents, including 9-1 ATS at home. Remember where you read that.