COVID-19 sports closure: 10 things fans learned during pandemic

Fans watch from the lawn seats in the fourth inning of the MLB Cactus League Spring Training game between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Editor’s note: This is a weekly column from former sports reporter and editor Mike Bass. Bass will be contributing to The Enquirer by offering advice for sports fans, athletes and youth sports parents and coaches through a weekly Q&A. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @SportsFanCoach1.

A year ago, we lost sports to a pandemic.

Today, COVID-19 remains, but sports continues its comeback. Next is Selection Sunday, which will trumpet March Madness. Only this time, watching from home won’t require the normal flurry of vasectomies. Watching and working from home? As sports fans, we’ve got this.

Check out some of what we have learned in the last year.

1) We saw what sports means to us. When sports shut down for who-knew-how-long, we learned the value of what we lost. The more allegiant we are to our teams, the more we build our schedule around theirs, the more our emotions and conversations revolve around their games, the bigger the void. As a sports fan coach, and a fan, I watched, heard, read and felt so many struggles with the loss and then fractured return of sports. No weekend tailgating with friends? No NCAA Tournament office pools with co-workers? No youth sports for the kids? It gave us all pause. What role do we want sports to play?

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