With apparently all the major sports leagues in “This is fine“, the overriding logic of how to calm the spread of the virus is to take a break to allow the latest wave induced by the variant to pass so that COVID-ravaged teams do not have to scramble to fill lineups. English Premier League clubs are were hit so hard that they had to postpone five games this weekend.
Several managers have complained about the competition’s integrity being compromised, and Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes even attributed the added stress of trying to get through this outbreak to her team’s surprise exit from the Champions League.
“Our heads were all over the place. They are human beings. The stress, anxiety and worry of having to perform in a game when you think, “I just want to go home, I haven’t seen my family, I’ve been to the Olympics, another Christmas alone.”
“I am not looking for excuses for the players, but I can tell you that in the last three days we have been all over the place with the worry of having to play this match.”
However, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp disagrees that the EPL should take a break, even after losing a couple of starters and a player in rotation on the morning of a Newcastle game on Thursday. Maybe his melody would have been different if the Reds hadn’t won 3-1, but his way of thinking … makes sense.
However, before I tell you, here’s a beautiful goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold in that match as a way to apologize as unfortunately I’ll be writing a lot about COVID for the rest of this piece.
Look that. Simply wonderful. Well, now here’s Klopp’s thought process.
“I don’t see the huge benefit of (stopping the Premier League) because we come back (and) it’s still the same,” said Klopp, who was blunt about following the science, getting vaccinated and getting a booster.
“If the virus goes away, then I’m the first to stop and go home and wait for it to go. But that’s probably not the case, so where’s the real benefit? We hope to be able to play and that Tottenham can play on Sunday. “
A break seems to be a good idea until you take into account that, unlike the last time sports went on break, society doesn’t take a break with them. And, even if some London bar and restaurant owners are voluntarily closing in the midst of a wave that has seen the most positive cases in the country reported in a day since the start of the pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that youK. it will not go into lockdown.
If closing operations meant players, coaches, front office members and all team staff would come home and take shelter on the spot, then yes, that’s a good idea, but they won’t because we won’t – especially during the holidays. . Players will still be tested and, whether it’s now or in 14 days, there will be positive tests. We should only hope that the leagues follow proper protocols and procedures, something that can be said of any workplace.
There has been no indication that we are turning a corner to anything other than another variant. Perhaps the ebbs and flows of how tough the current wave is will change, but the only way to ensure COVID never ruins your fantasy lineup again is to go on vacation until this pandemic, hopefully, finally, doesn’t. end mercifully.
Also, this is not a “Go back to work and be careful because the wind will blow the crown in my nose anyway,Argument, and not even Klopp’s.
“We are clearly returning to stricter measures regarding the team environment and at LFC we absolutely agree,” he said.
If stricter measures need to be taken, such as vaccine mandates, take them. If you don’t know what they are, this isn’t a reason for a break. A break with the thought that nothing will go wrong when you resume playing because you thought everyone was singing Christmas carols on Zoom while on vacation is crazy.
If you’ve been following the trends – and as someone who prepared and copied a newspaper from the first cases in Wuhan until he joined Deadspin in October, I followed the trends nauseatingly – what happens in Europe ultimately happens here (if is not already) regarding cases and how we react to them. It is truly amazing that we have not heard such raucous requests for a respite from coaches in the NFL, NHL and NBA.
we what-worker Sam Fels looked the problems facing hockey and how the league does not even allow teams the flexibility of the roster to cope with absences. Grace McDermott and I wrote about NFL sack of coal (COVID and / or injury news filler) delivered before week 15. Carron Phillips delved into it the NBA loses track of the crown-Kobe after having contained him for three quarters. Basically, our entire staff wrote a kind of COVID story this week.
Asking teams of professionals to take care of it – as the world is in style right now – might be a better idea than delaying the inevitable. If a game gets postponed or canceled along the way, honestly, who cares? Do you want to complain about things that aren’t right? Welcome to life during a never-ending pandemic.
Remember when Thanos told Iron Man it was “inevitable” just before Iron Man captured him? Yes, this isn’t happening to COVID during a two-week shutdown. Tony Stark is not vaccinating the world population. (Although it sounds like a good comic story arc.) Santa isn’t delivering that gift. Unlike the purple Josh Brolin, more cases are inevitable.
As long as leagues have proper safety protocols, they follow them and give teams the ability to field a roster or cancel / postpone matches when teams can’t, do it. Is the gap between Baker Mayfield and Nick Mullens really that drastic?
I’m with Klopp. Let’s hope Liverpool can play and Tottenham can play on Sunday.