Ohio State QB Justin Fields started a petition Sunday asking the Big Ten conference to reverse its decision to cancel the 2020 football season. Fields is requesting that the conference allow each team and player to make its own decision as to whether they should play or not. By Monday afternoon over 250,000 people had signed the petition.
While the petition is ultimately meaningless, the fact is that the people most affected by the decision have no input on it and that seems wrong. The administrators making the decision are doing so with the attitude of, “we have to protect these players from themselves.” That’s a scary thing to see. We see the government make that argument at times and it’s never a good outcome. We are living with that thinking now.
Life is short and college eligibility is even shorter. Fields and other players might be granted an extra year of eligibility if the season is canceled, but for many, life moves on. Many might lose an opportunity to play a year of college football. And yes, that’s not the worst thing in the world, but let the players and their families make that decision. Don’t force it upon them.
– The Chiefs announced the signing of TE Travis Kelce to a four-year contract extension. The contract is worth $57.25 million with $28 million guaranteed. Kelce has two years left on his current deal so he is tied to the a Chiefs for six more seasons.
– The Chiefs announced that they will allow people to attend games this season. The Chiefs got approval from government and health officials to fill the stadium to 22 percent of capacity, or just under 17,000 people. Tickets will be offered first to season ticket holders, then to Jackson County residents, and then to the general public. Chris Jones tweeted that he was happy. He said he needs the fans. Oh, we know. But if it’s not Chief’s fans we will certainly hear about it.
– The Chiefs held their first practice in pads on Friday. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire worked with the first team and seems to be impressing people. QB Patrick Mahomes said that what stands out to him about Edwards-Helaire is his vision. Mahomes said that Edwards-Helaire easily sees holes easily and find thee ball and spots in the passing game.
– The Chiefs re-signed rookie free agent wide receiver Aleva Hifo. The Chiefs signed him after the draft but later waived him.
– The Royals activated Bubba Starling from the disabled list. Infielder Jeison Guzman was optioned to the alternate training site. Starling tested negative for COVID but was put on the disabled list anyway. He felt ill for three days and it is suspected that he had a cold. That’s right. The Royals put a player on the disabled list for a cold!
– The Royals scratched Salvador Perez from Sunday’s lineup because of blurry vision. After the game the Royals said that team doctors thought the vision problem could have been the start of a migraine. The Royals recalled Meibrys Viloria to take Perez’s roster spot when Jakob Junis was placed on the disabled list due to lower back spasms.
IN THE NEWS…
– CJ Moore wrote a piece for The Athletic recently in which he talked with Dr. Michael Ackerman. The Big 12 talked with Dr. Ackerman before making its decision to play football this fall. Ackerman has the view that many who are jumping to cancel athletics are doing so based on their worst fears and are using statistics that don’t necessarily apply to the people participating. He said that schools need to be concerned about the Wuhan Chinese coronavirus, but they need to get valid data before jumping to any conclusions.
– The St. Louis Cardinals played their first game in two weeks on Saturday and they called up one of the top prospects in baseball to help them, 21-year old outfielder Dylan Carlson.
– The SEC announced its schedule for 2020. Missouri opens its season at home against Alabama. That’s certainly tougher than Wyoming.
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