By Marc Lawrence — COVID-19, and its impact upon the MLB schedule, remains the story of 2020. By ESPN’s count, there have been 39 games postponed as a direct result of positive COVID-19 tests, 20 of which have yet to have been made up, and four of those are set to be played during Week 6. There have also been nine weather-related postponements, two of which have yet to be made up but will be during Week 6, and another 10 to protest social injustice, seven of which have yet to be rescheduled. That’s a grand total of 28 games yet to be made up in the season’s final 28 days, and six of those games are scheduled during this week. with it, five teams enjoy eight-game weeks as a result of rescheduled contests, and as with Week 5, it promises to be a great week for left-handed Washington Nationals hitters as a result of the eight-game week against a projected seven right-handed starters. For a detailed rundown on this week’s scheduling nuances click here.
Interesting story as reported by ESPN: In North Carolina’s first season of football, the Tar Heels started their four-game season 0-2 and decided to hire a new coach. All-American Princeton tackle Hector Cowan, who was still in the middle of his playing career with the Tigers, was their pick. Cowan came from New Jersey to Chapel Hill, overhauled the UNC offense, went 1-1 in two games played in May 1889, then returned to Princeton to play on its national championship team that same year. Very unusual, to say the least … a head coach at one school who played on another national championship squad – all over the course of the same season.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the all-new 2020 PLAYBOOK NFL STARTER KIT publication: As poorly as the Browns have fared in season opening games since returning as an expansion team in 1999, Victor King from the Playbook Totals Tipsheet reminds us the Detroit Lions have roared mightily in lid-lifters by flying ‘Over’ the total 12 of the last 13 years, including nine years in a row.