By Marc Lawrence — Perhaps my favorite Bob Dylan tune was his top selling single, Positively 4th Street. According to Rollin Stone magazine the song was about all the naysayers and plastic people Dylan encounters during his time in Greenwich Village, when he lived on West 4th street. It detailed the jealousy he encountered from the artistic community who resented his success (while never mentioning the title in the song). Meanwhile, “positive” has taken on an ugly connotation these days with regard to test results from the coronavirus. CBS Sports reports that 13 players and 11 umpires have voluntarily ruled themselves out for the upcoming makeshift season due to start July 23, while a total of 58 players and 8 staff members have tested positive to date. To read the 66 positive tests to date click here.
Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley said he remains confident there will be college football this season – even if it looks a bit different. “I just can’t imagine a scenario where we don’t play,” Riley said. “Whether it’s something we do in the fall, whether it’s a shortened season, whether it’s spring, there’s nothing we should take off the table. Regardless of what we have to do, I don’t think there’s anything we can’t work around and we can’t adjust and can’t make work in order to play college football. We’ve all got to do our part on that.” In a bad news / good news situation it was announced that Oklahoma’s football program had 14 payers test positive for Covid-19 throughout its initial run of testing, but the Sooners announced no new positive results among 89 tests performed on July 8. “College football is so important to these communities, these universities, these athletes – not just football athletes, but college football affects every athlete on every campus. It’s a big, big deal. It’s not more important than health, but if we can get it to a safe place, we’ve got to find a way to get it done, whenever and however,” concluded Riley.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: Despite heavy losses on the offense, including QB Justin Herbert and four linemen from the league’s best front wall, the Ducks opened as the favorite to win the Pac-12 with a 9.5 season-win projection. That is largely due to the recruits they’ve amassed, ranking No. 1 in the conference the past five seasons combined. Remember, though, head coach Mario Cristobal is 6-11 SUATS in his career as a dog of fewer than 6 points.