Tuesday, April 21, 2020

How Can Sports Come Back?

APRIL 21, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  How Can Sports Come Back?

Sports teams brace for coronavirus outbreak - Los Angeles Times
by Zach Binney

"I’ve been giving a lot of interviews lately on the effects of Covid-19 on professional and college sports. Lately many of these have focused on some natural questions for folks to have: When and how can sports come back?

>> Situational Awareness: Before we get started, you all should know that I am not an infectious disease expert, a virologist, or an immunologist. I’m a PhD-level epidemiologist, but I focus on sports issues. My goal is to serve to bridge the gap between public health and sports. I talk extensively with my infectious disease colleagues to try and make sure everything I’m saying is accurate, but you should take their word over mine should we ever disagree (and if I discover we do, I’ll update this post to their views ASAP).

>> The Bottom Line: "The more aggressively we act to beat back Covid-19 now the sooner we can have sports back; it’s like aggressively tanking to get a whole bunch of draft picks to improve the team versus being just sort of mediocre for years on end. Furthermore, the harder we work to keep Covid-19 contained once we get sports back – such as with rigorous testing to quickly identify new cases, isolate them, and trace and quarantine their contacts – the less likely we are to lose them again."

>> The Big Picture: "It’s very likely we won’t have sports with fans back until we have a Covid-19 vaccine mass-administered, which is most likely going to be at least late 2021. The key thing to understand is that every person you add to a gathering increases the risk of Covid-19 in two ways: it’s another person who could be bringing the infection in; or, even if they’re uninfected, they’re another person who could catch the disease from someone else and spread it to others."

>> Between The Lines: "To be clear, this doesn’t just apply to sports. It’s unlikely we’ll be able to gather safely in the tens of thousands for anything – festivals, conventions, sporting events – until we have a vaccine."

>> Be Smart: "I would say bringing back college sports is probably harder because they take place in the context of a college that has to be operating. If students aren’t back on campus could you really still have a college football season?"

>> The Final Word: "To put things in the most insufferable sports terms possible: Trust the Process."

A very good read and worth your time

2.  Rethinking the Academic Calendar

by Elizabeth Redden, InsideHigherEd.com

"Leaders of Beloit College, a private liberal arts college in Wisconsin, obviously are not alone in trying to plan for the upcoming academic year in a period of great uncertainty. As at almost every other college and university across the country, administrators are having to prepare for various scenarios. Can in-person learning resume in time for the fall, or will students need to start their fall coursework online? If in-person learning does resume, will it need to be suspended again if COVID-19 cases begin to increase?

“We’re making all these weighty decisions about the future and what to do with refunds for room and board, and at the height of all that decision making, it felt a lot like triage, a lot like a defensive posture,” said Eric Boynton, Beloit’s provost. He asked himself, “What is the decisive step that we can take at this moment” to inspire confidence and hope in what the fall will look like?

To that end, Beloit has announced that it is breaking the semester into two modules in which students take two courses each."

>> What They're Saying: “It also lessens the disruption in the sense of conducting four online courses at one time is a lot of pressure for faculty, and what we’re finding -- and I think this is not just at Beloit but across the nation -- is that juggling four online courses is a lot for students,” Boynton said. “Limiting the online experience to two courses at a time is better for faculty and staff and student learning.”

>> Of Note: “I thought they were thinking outside the box in a creative way for an unusual situation that may in the long run turn out to serve them really well,” Lucie Lapovsky, former president of Mercy (N.Y.) College said. “One of the questions everyone is asking is what are the innovations and the changes brought on by how you’re operating during the virus that you’re going to decide are going to stick?”

>> Go Deeper

3.  #WatchD3 

Our campaign to have past Division III athletics contests made available to those quarantined and looking for quality viewing continues.

Television on Apple iOS 13.3   Today's Feature  Television on Apple iOS 13.3

1989 NCAA Men's Basketball Quarterfinal

Centre vs. Stanislaus State
Today we go back in time - 31 years to be exact - to a NCAA quarterfinal game between the Colonels and the Warriors. It took two overtimes and 247 points to determine a winner before a packed house in Danville, Ky.


all we ask is that you add #WatchD3 as a hashtag when you post a video from a past game at your institution.


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    4.  The List

    The five longest games in Division III men's ice hockey history.

    Four Overtimes
    138:38 - Gustavus Adolphus vs. Augsburg, Feb. 27, 2010 (6-5)
    120:54 - Augsburg vs. Saint John's, March 2, 2019 (2-1)
    Three Overtimes
    111:07 - Plattsburgh State vs. Buffalo State, Feb. 25, 2012 (4-3)
    102:53 - Augsburg vs. Saint Mary's, March 5, 2016 (5-4)
    101:55 - UMass Dartmouth vs. Salem State, Feb. 26, 2013 (5-4)
    Longest Scoreless Game
    91:03 - Amherst vs. Wesleyan, March 2, 2019 (1-0)

    winner listed first

    5.  Comings and Goings

    6. 1 Tennis Thing 

    Source: ATP Tour (Twitter)
    Rooftop tennis in Lugaria, Italy — the original source of pesto!

    Meanwhile, one floor down...


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