Sports are not all the way back without fans

empty standsBaseball is back, but it is not the same.

I miss the roar of the crowds, the constant hum in the stadium no matter what even when nothing is going on.

Don’t let people tell you that professional athletics are the same without fans in the stands. It is not. You are not major league players but you are major players in the game.

I understand the need for social distancing. I get it that we cannot have large gatherings during this pandemic. I get it. I understand it. I agree with. But I don’t have to like it.

Whenever a team wins a championship ownership is sure to thank “the best fans in the world.” I know they don’t mean it but at least they are giving you a little love. You won’t even get that consolation prize when the Tigers win the World Series. (My bad. I was sipping on gin and juice).

There is just something special about the roar of a crowd. The roar following a two out single in the second inning sounds different than a double in the gap with two runners aboard.

How important are fans?

Las Vegas is adjusting the over and under on NBA games inside the bubble because it believes that teams won’t go on as many prolonged runs without the adrenaline of the crowd behind them.

Do you know what is going to be really tough? College football, if they play it.

I’ll miss the goofy claps from alumni when they play the fight song for the millionth time.

I love when players play up to the crowd although it drives some of you crazy. It won’t be the same flexing in front of cardboard cutouts and empty blue seats.

I love the ohhhhs and ahhhs of the crowd during kickoffs. Wait a minute. Do they still have kickoffs in football? I’m a little behind on things these days.

Sports is trying to make a come back. But it is not all the way back without you.



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I am a 58 year old retired sports journalist, husband and father of two living outside of Detroit in search of his next big adventure in life.

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