The world is a strange place these days. With government officials at all levels changing our lives for an unknown enemy, people are trying to figure out how to deal with the current restrictions. This week I have a couple of pieces about the effects of the virus as well as some other interesting pieces about other aspects of sports. I think you will enjoy reading all of them.
Here is this week’s Saturday Reader…
Kevin Harlan is one of the busiest broadcasters in sports. He does NFL, NBA and college basketball games. And he doesn’t just do NFL games on TV. He also does the Monday Night games on radio. He is the best in the business in my opinion and he lives in Kansas City. Right now he should be doing the NCAA tournament. Vahe Gregorian wrote a piece for The Kansas City Star about how Kevin Harlan contends with the restrictions caused by the coronavirus like the rest of us.
College football teams have a lot of scholarships to fill and players change their minds all of the time. So schools offer scholarships to many more players than the number scholarships they have available. In the end, players will often have scholarships taken away shortly before they expect to attend the school of their choice. Jesse Newell wrote a piece for The Kansas City Star about how this is happening a lot at Kansas since Les Miles became the coach.
The coronavirus has changed the country like nothing else in my lifetime. The restrictions put in place by government officials at all levels are hurting the economy. Sports play a big role in that with the NCAA tournament being the largest event canceled to date. Bill Shea wrote a piece for The Athletic about how sports cancellations could be a part of a virus-fueled recession.
Mental health problems affect many more people than most know. Matt Norlander wrote a piece for CBS Sports about Anthony Lamb who opened up about his battle with mental health issues on his way to greatness.
There is a battle in Philadelphia over who owns the rights to the Philadelphia Phillies’ famous mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. The exchange between the original creators and the team are getting angry. Daniel Kaplan wrote a piece for The Athletic about the battle for the most famous mascot in sports.
Thanks for reading…