It would be nice if the three busiest words in sports in 2020 were a familiar announcer’s play call, such as Mike Breen’s “Puts it in!” from NBA games or Tim Brando’s “Iron is unkind” on college hoops. It might even be tolerable if we heard too much about the “New England Patriots.”
Instead, the three words that have been worn out are these: Shut it down.
That has been the too-common response to every obstacle faced by those in charge of visible sporting entities in the year of COVID-19. And we’re hearing it again, in an amended fashion, now that a significant number of college basketball games have been scuttled by ESPN’s decision not to stage the multi-team tournaments it owns.
Now it’s “conference-only games.”
Different verbiage. Same attitude.
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