I’m not over college sports, but it’s different

On Sunday, my friend Chris O’Donnell published a post titled “I’m over college sports“. Given the timing, I thought it was due to the fact that Purdue and Michigan held a men’s basketball game after a Purdue player tested positive for COVID-19 before the entire Michigan athletic department shut down for two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak. But “COVID” doesn’t appear in his post at all. Instead, he raises other very valid concerns about the state of Division I sports.

I don’t disagree with any of his points. I suppose I choose to ignore them so I can keep enjoying the games. But not being able to go to games has certainly changed things for me. Purdue football has been a “I’ll watch if I have nothing else going on” thing for me most of the last decade. For much of that time, I’ve chosen to listen to the radio broadcasts while I do something more useful with my Saturday.

Basketball is another story. I’ve had season tickets to Purdue men’s basketball for a long time and am an…enthusiastic fan. I’ve re-arranged my calendar more than once to accommodate going to a basketball game. But now that all of the games are TV-only, I’ve found that I haven’t watched nearly as much as I would otherwise.

I can’t see myself not going back to basketball games once the option is available. But other sports consumption…who can say?

1 thought on “I’m not over college sports, but it’s different

  1. I just finally remembered to add you back to my RSS reader (ironic given your most recent post) after getting a new desktop PC late last year. I forgot to export my feeds from Thunderbird and decided instead of plugging the old box back in just get the file I’d just assume I would eventually realize what I’m missing. It mostly worked. So just now saw this. If I had the option of being in Mackey regularly I would certainly do it.

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