IU athletics moves to ‘Phase II’ of restart

Indiana athletics has moved into “Phase Two” of its restart of activities, according to a Friday morning press release.

This advancement includes an increase in participants allowed in certain spaces. Specific to football, athletes of the same cohort are now able to pass a ball to each other. According to the release, Phase Two began on June 29.

IU resumed athletic activities in mid-June, starting with the football program on June 15 and men’s and women’s basketball on June 18. COVID-19 testing was part of the integration process, and in the initial round of screening, zero of 187 tested positive.

Originally, the football program was allowed to have 10 participants on each side of the 50 yard line on its practice fields. Now, in Phase Two, there can be 20 athletes on each half of the field, along with eight total staff members — for a maximum of 48 participants.

Phase One did not specifically mention the number of staff members to go along with student-athletes.

There is a similar change in the Wilkinson Performance Center at Memorial Stadium, where there’s an increase from 10 participants in each half of the weight room to 20.

There is also a change in the total number of participants allowed at Cook Hall for the basketball programs. Previously, 10 total participants were allowed on the court at one time. In Phase Two, 10 student-athletes can be accompanied by five staff members.

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is now open, as well, for practice. That space can hold 16 student-athletes and six staff members for a total of 22 participants.

“We are receiving guidance and protocols from the best doctors as we continue returning groups of our students to campus,” IU athletic director Scott Dolson said in a statement. “Throughout this process, we have kept, and will continue to keep, the health and safety of our students, coaches and staff as our top priority.”

As far as the passing of balls between football players, those balls must be “properly disinfected before and after its use.”

“Any other contact drills or scrimmaging is not permitted,” the Phase Two update says. “Field equipment that requires extended contact, such as tackling dummies, sleds or pads, is not permitted.”

More facilities have also begun to open as part of Phase Two. In the original phase, only the outdoor football practice fields, the Memorial Stadium field, the men’s and women’s courts at Cook Hall, the Wilkinson and Cook weight rooms, and three training rooms were open.

Several other fields, including Armstrong Stadium, the soccer practice fields, and the field hockey field, will open for use. The Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center (CBAC) will be available for use starting on July 6. Wilkinson Hall will be open for the volleyball program, as well.

Other IU sports programs will be phasing in through the month of July for voluntary workouts, including women’s soccer (July 6),  volleyball (July 8), men’s soccer (July 13), and field hockey (July 15). Cross country returns on Aug. 18, just six days before IU opens its fall semester on Aug. 24.


  1. Cross country may be happenin’ this fall, but I have serious doubts about football. Two weeks ago thirty, count ’em, thirty, LSU players were in quarantine. Actually, my Eurowife who knows zilch about football had a great idea: because the players’ heads are almost completely enclosed as it is now, just give them astronaut-type helmets that completely seal off the atmosphere and give them air tanks. No one breathes on anyone.

  2. “Phase II on two…HUT-HUT!”

    Funny idea but “Eurowife” sounds too close to ‘Your ol’ wife.’ This could cause a fisticuffs to breakout in a very loud barroom….Just sayin’.

  3. NOTE to Davis and H4H….just announced that the State Fair of Texas has been cancelled for this year. What can be ascertained from the cancellation plays into Davis’s concerns about football. At the same time as the fair , Texas plays Oklahoma in a big rivalry game that puts into question that game will be played, and I cant see MLB playing any games because of the “clubhouse” or dressing rooms.

  4. Let’s call the whole thing off!
    And I can’t see the NBA players surviving in a “bubble” for 3 months. No dining out…? No strutting around the streets to feed desires for attention…? No nightclubs?…No women other than Pocahontas, Mulan, Snow White, Belle and Cinderella? That’s only getting Wilt Chamberlain two weeks into August….

  5. I think you’re right, Harv. And I also find myself agreeing with the Rev. Jesse Jackson lately, and if my agreeing with you and him simultaneously is not a sign of the apocalypse, then what is? Jackson has written a series of columns about how college football is all about protecting the revenue stream, not the health of the players. OSU is “asking” players to sign waivers of any COVID-19 liability claims against the university. Asking? Don’t want to sign a waiver? Fine, go run stadium steps while your teammates practice (in a socially distanced way, of course).

  6. Yup…When you’re a teenager signing liability waivers to play a game, it’s pretty obvious how we’ve lost our way.
    The gambling industry and the mob bosses running all sports are placing the safety of their dollars ahead of the safety of those naive and immortal who rarely question the fragility of health and life.

    1. H4H,

      I found your statement, “placing the safety of their dollars ahead of the safety of those naive and immortal who rarely question the fragility of health and life,” to be most interesting. Mainly because it provides me the opportunity to ask a question which may be somewhat on the edge, but an interesting source for conversation. Don’t know how widespread this question may be out there, but I’ve heard it before and am wondering how the gang would react. The comment was to the effect that, “If the WW2 generation had been as afraid of death, disease, and injury as this generation appears to be, we would likely be speaking a different language and honoring a tyrant!”

      I’ve checked what statistics we have from that era and the risk factors were off the charts compared to what we face today. Just food for thought and likely debate. Enjoy!

  7. Democracy is far more at risk with the dictator now in charge. Did you not witness the peaceful protesters trampled and teargassed in DC (all for a photo op in front of a boarded up church)? Walls/fences placed around the people’s house (the White House)? Was that an unnecessary level of fear? Or was it simply a flexing of power and toughness by the Bunions in Chief draft dodger?

    What do you think of chemical or biological warfare? Is it something we should all fear?

    There has always been a certain romanticizing of war and revolutionary conflicts. I believe we lost much of that innocence with Vietnam. Some of the bravest of the brave and they came home to a nation that didn’t see them as fearless or heroic protectors of freedom. John McCain was mocked by our current “leader” for being held captive….

    Before we act fearless in our protection of freedoms, maybe we should elect generals and leaders who respect those who never had political influence or wealth to dodge a draft (e.g. the many black Americans and those of modest means or economic hardships)? Start with respecting those who fought for this country (the enlisted and the thousands drafted) who were wearing a uniform to protect the freedoms to protest against a cowardly “tyrant”?

    When you speak of fearlessness, it rings hollow without respect (as from our leadership) for fellow citizens and those who have battled for the higher good in this country. More insult to injury for those Vietnam vets now in their seventies as if their lives are once again not important in fighting Covid-19? To recklessly disregard their well-being would surely add to the PTSD many have battled throughout life. It’s jungle warfare all over again as an unseen enemy exists in the masses of a society which puts football ahead of respect for the vulnerable who lost limbs and vitality to ensure your freedoms.
    Poised and ready to use their powerful lungs as sub-machine guns popping out of the darkness and firing a virus in all directions. Now the Vietnam vet lying lifeless on a hospital bed dreams again of the horrors of the jungle with tubes down his throat as a final insult while the Mr. Big, Bad & Fearless Commander holds another campaign rally as he stands on the stage a hero.

    We can be steadfast and strong of will/heart without being reckless in the endangerment of the vulnerable, elderly and the ill-equipped who have no weaponry to fight.
    Fighting fear is a bit easier when you possess superior weaponry and superior immune systems. The greatest of cowards are those who disregard the commonsense principles to protect all…rather than just those of their own likeness or their own generation.

    1. H4H,

      I figured you would take they bait, and you did . . . hook, line, and sinker. So I will take some of your objections in reverse order, but I would give kudos to Ron for some excellent insights.

      You say, “Fighting fear is a bit easier when you possess superior weaponry and superior immune systems.” I don’t know but I’m exactly sure how much protection a steel helmet and a uniform gave to the average WW2 foot soldier against an incoming round.

      You cite Vietnam, but I view it as a the average soldier being terribly failed by their leadership and government in far too many ways to discuss. Which begs the question, “Exactly who was in charge during this very costly fiasco?”

      The sad thing I see is so many have bought into information sources which support their particular biases. Problem is, because of this, far too many will not recognize a real dictator when one comes.
      The most terrifying thing is our general populace’s, very lacking, knowledge and understanding of history. Anyone who does have such an understanding, would immediately recognize the tactics in the current national unrest as a frightening copy of the tactics used to eventually topple the government of a northern European country beginning in the mid to late 1920’s.

  8. TAI, example to your question, but I’m talking our generation, not the current. I was a AF medic in 1969. General Eisenhower admitted to my ICU ( I was the NCOIC at the time) after his latest heart attack. I sit by his bed from 7pm to 7am for 5 days before his transfer to Walter Reed Hospital. One evening a lot of commotion, the General asked me to find out what was going on. It was an AF officer who shot himself in the foot while cleaning his firearm. He was a happy man, not going to Vietnam the following week. Same thing the next night except it was a pilot who bailed out of his plane. He ended up with a broken leg. Hw was even happier not going into combat the next week. Wanted someone to run out and get champagne. General Eisenhower said he realized things were different now (1969), but “thank God for the men of 1941” or we never would have won WW II. I think a big difference today is a deepening distrust of what the government is telling us. ??

    1. I always heard we were a bit late to the WWII party and if it weren’t for the bombing of Pearl Harbor we may have never entered the conflict against the supremacist/exterminator.

      Without Pearl Harbor, would we have won WWII? Would the same thousands upon thousands have enlisted? My late dad, a WWII Navy veteran who was sprung into enlistment upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor(skipping the final months of his senior year in high school and giving up dreams to play college football as an All-State tight end with scholarships offered from Michigan and Purdue), always said the Japanese aggressors lost an easy opportunity.
      He repeatedly told a tale of how the Japanese had every opportunity to do the same bombings to our California bases and the West Coast of the U.S.. We were asleep and the Japanese could have delivered a much more crippling blow. It’s almost as if they were strategically striking to push us into the world conflict.

      Our country/shores were not being bombed upon in Vietnam. Distrust in the machinery of money/economies of war, along with the political climates intertwined with the conflict, made many feel as if they were being sent to their deaths without a unified purpose and unified nation supporting the cause. The WWII generation was wholly united from coast to coast in retaliation against an aggressor threatening our shores (it was not the horrors of a brainwashing tyrant/coward exterminating populations that propelled us into WWII).

  9. …..And kind of funny in a sad way, Eisenhower said he got out of government at the right time because running for President had become a dirty business. If only he could see today’s politics.

  10. Well hell. Find myself agreeing with HH again. Effects of the full moon last weekend.?

  11. Ron agrees…Take that with hook, line and “sinkaboutit!” for a bit.

    I’m bringing in support from davis and Ron…..? Does an asymptomatic Covid-19 affect brain cells?

    Question: Is it a cowardly deed to take a crippled fighter plane and fly it into the decks of a warship (using it as a bomb)? Is that fearlessness or someone subjected to a level of brainwashing that takes over a man who has lost a level of respect that must exist even in the midst of battles, death and conflict? Is that warfare or such a disregard for one’s own life that it becomes something more akin to a terrorist?
    We must be cautious on how we define fearlessness.
    There is nothing fearless in a complete disregard for the sanctity of life.

    Is there a point when an order to kill or endanger should be disobeyed? What if the order violates our Constitutional principles and the balance of powers built by our Founding Fathers to protect the citizenry and our democracy?

    1. H4H,

      On this point we are in complete agreement, “There is nothing fearless in a complete disregard for the sanctity of life.” The question is, “Are you willing to take that statement to its logical conclusion?”

      It was FDR who said in his 1933 inaugural address, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” With the amount of disinformation being put out there, are our fears actually justified? When you consider the risks we currently face versus those faced by those fought against tyranny, it does make one wonder. Is it worth it to destroy the economic lives of so many who have had their livelihoods utterly ruined since the first of the year? If we drive the nation into a depression out of fear, do we know what we will come looking like on the other side, if there is another side?

      The problem is, this also affects the sporting world in significant ways. Everyone want to talk about the high dollar wage earners in sports but forget just how many non-high dollar wage earners livelihoods are dependent upon the sports industry. We forget about the groundskeepers, the janitors, the concession workers, those who make their living making and selling the equipment used in the sporting industry, and all the administrative people behind the scenes carrying out their duties as well.

      1. Is it worth it to destroy the economic lives of so many

        Yeah, I’m hearing that argument…Most of those who have been cemented into institutionalized poverty in our inner cities (often a disproportionate share of African Americans) are likely wondering…”Where have you been my whole life?”

        The destruction of wages to keep pace with inflation and the myriad of disadvantages given decades of disregard to major segments of our population (along with terrible schools systems, housing choices, zero healthcare, zero upward mobility in rigid corporate structures only function to enrich the already rich, unchecked crime and the hopelessness that comes with decades of being behind an never-ending eight ball) didn’t begin with Covid-19.

        Suddenly the rich owners and the gambling/mob dollars are at risk of losing one year of the big bucks forever held at the top and I’ll be damned they care about everyone else losing a standard of living…? Riiiiiiiiight.

        Covid-19 has merely brought to the forefront just how much a majority of America lives paycheck to paycheck. You know what sort of fear caused that? I’ll tell you what sort of fear….Fear of elevating your neighbor. Fear of treating someone with a livable wage. Fear of giving up your gated neighborhood and that top floor penthouse. Fear of losing a parachute package after you’ve robbed the elderly of their full retirement because of your corruption. How many more examples of “fear” would you like?

        Covid-19 is only giving us a brief look at the revolution to come. It’s coming because of neglect and building structures/roadblocks to keep the Wall Street and mob bosses of America privatized for the 1% while most have barely had $400 in a savings account for the last 40 years.

        And then the insults of coaches paid millions giving up only 10% of a salary? Honestly, we need a shutdown. Sports has lost touch and remains tone deaf to the true problems plaguing so many who have lived through decades of poverty fearlessly. To suffer for generations causes a numbing of fear. It’s the pampered and the elite classes who are the most panicked. They fear a 50% dent in their overseas holdings. They fear the money drying up at casinos and online betting schemes where the desperate are simply pulled into a deeper spiraling funnel of debt and despair.

    2. H4H- I think that the kamikaze pilots can only be classified as brave and true. By the end of the Pacific War (as it’s known to the Japanese), the remaining Japanese pilots were basically doomed- severe fuel shortages left them unable to train for more than take-off and landing. (Had there been fuel, the experienced pilots who could have taught them much were mostly dead.) Not to mention that they were sorely outnumbered by the Americans. So flying up to fight conventionally was basically certain death. So the choice was a pointless death- or one that would hit the enemy as hard as one man could. The alternative was- to disobey orders? Sham sickness, and continue sleeping in your nice, soft bunk while your foot-slogging brothers-in-arms struggled on in the jungles and caves on a handful of rice a day? To not have done everything possible to save one’s family from the fate of falling into the hands of the sub-human white devils? And no way were they “terrorists.” They fought armed men, ships, and planes of regularly constituted armies and navies. Terrorists attack civilians.

      1. That assessment may be pretty fair…I do remember my father’s personal accounts of his experiences in the Pacific and, specifically, the Solomon Islands. He talked of the horror of hearing Marines on the islands being tortured by Japanese soldiers. He said he could hear their screams in the night as he sat offshore on a heavy cruiser….A sunken sadness in the gut while feeling a certain shame in surviving the fate of many of those Marines.
        I listened…He didn’t tell many of those types of stories from war. He talked of seeing the world, going deep into parts of China, a journey through the Panama Canal…. and the beautiful women of Rio de Janeiro.

  12. BEST COMMENTS POSTED ON THIS SITE IN MONTHS: “The sad thing I see is so many have bought into information sources which support their particular biases. The most terrifying thing is our general populace’s, very lacking, knowledge and understanding of history (BINGO!!!) Anyone who does have such an understanding, would immediately recognize the tactics in the current national unrest as a frightening copy of the tactics used to eventually topple the government of a northern European country beginning in the mid to late 1920’s.” (EXACTLY!!!)

    Oh, so much to say, but so little time. But I’ll offer these hypotheses. #1. IMO, it’s not so much the fear of death that drives leaders of these organizations to make these decisions, it’s the fear of civil lawsuits. Compared to 1941, U.S. society has become an incredibly litigious society. Big organizations are heavily influenced by lawyers who advise them on ways to avoid litigation at all costs. We have too many lawyers in our society, and they file too many ridiculous (frivolous) lawsuits. It’s not the fear of dying from COVID-19, it’s the fear of having some ambulance-chasing law firm take a huge amount of an organization’s money, which would lead to the highly paid leaders of that organization losing their highly paid jobs.

    We are a divided nation like never before. I’m not sure anything, even another major disaster (i.e., WWIII) will ever bring us back together. Combining the pathetic public education system that revises history or simply refuses to teach it, the consolidation of power in the media/entertainment industry, the relentless attack on faith and religion and the dissolution of the nuclear family, the principals on which this nation was built have been damaged beyond repair. We have, since the end of WWII, become a relatively ignorant, entitled and soft people. Unless we wake up soon, I am not optimistic for future generations of Americans.

    1. I had a high school friend who made, $60.00/hr at U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana during the late ’70s. He was a very bright young man and I felt he was wasting his potential to work at as a “mill rat.” He would talk of the abundance of high paying jobs and how trash cans were rarely used….Trash would be thrown on the floor so somebody could make $40,000 per year to, primarily, keep the floors clean of trash.

      Let’s not place the “softness” and disregard of a true work ethic only on the backs of this generation. Their have been lazy people since the beginning of time. There have been abusers of an honest days’ work when a factory/mill job was recklessly taken for granted. And now the price of such abuses is the greed at the top recklessly losing appreciation for those who still want to provide an honest days’ work….And even with inflation taken completely out of the equation, it’s difficult to find a factory/mill job which will provide for family like it did fifty years ago. Those 60,000/yr jobs in Gary steel mills would be $200,000/yr adjusted for inflation.
      The “Greatest Generation” took much for granted. They had the building blocks post-WW II to make things equitable for their children’s children. Greed at many levels took over America. Complacency took over as well. Large segments of our population have been left behind for a very long time. A lot of people in this country our lost of hope.

      It’s easy to take the cheap shots and blame the current generation for division and protest. But I see a better America on the horizon. The old guard and the old dinosaurs have their last grips on a power that can’t live forever. The aging population will mature itself to dust and we will melt back into the melting pot once again.

  13. I love history lessons from those who never make history.

    My old man never talked down to anyone simply because they didn’t share his “history” to fight for his country. I consider myself very lucky. It’s the humble man who wears the honor. It’s the humble man (not the blabbering ringmaster now holding our highest office) who makes nothing of braggadocios claims regarding his own “history” and counts each day as a mere progression of doing the right thing.

    To speak of war …is not to experience war. Thanks to all those who have served quietly and honorably. Thanks to Ron and V13…and all of those part of the Scoop family who have served our country to protect many freedoms.

    But to send people to their deaths because it serves a political advantage? To encourage the removing of wearing masks when we know it could save on life of a compromised individual? If this is “war,” then I could consider such heartlessness and recklessness as the acts of a war criminal. And for the way our country’s leadership dragged their feet and trivialized/marginalized (“it will be gone by Easter,” etc, etc) this deadly virus at the time we had the greatest opportunity to get ahead of it? That is a war criminal and a coward who placed winning another term ahead of thousands who died deserving far better from those we entrust to lead without the endless self-serving and self-infatuations of coldblooded egomaniac.

  14. PO, it wasn’t just WWII that changed the USA from the roaring twenties into the greatest generation. They had to go through the Great Depression with 25% not able to find any job to do. It took two decades of major disruption to knock the self-serving generations of the 1920s into seeing they weren’t in control of their own lives but instead owed something to others too.

    A war like WWII would be so horrendous as to not be worth the cost to change society once again. We need another way to change direction of our society from one that destroys communities and historical sites to one that still values differing thoughts while listening to the concerns of others. I am concerned about the protest and push to completely change our society and gov’t to systems that have failed every time they are tried.

  15. I am concerned for the day in America when we’ve become so watered down by the flipflopping of social media stances that real protesting with real investment will be nonexistent.
    We were born of revolt. We didn’t tweet our anger against the King’s taxation without representation. Our most vulnerable days of democracy are upon us.

  16. H4H, I worry about the way so many throw the word democracy around to describe what we have in this country. Our founding fathers were wise about establishing a republic instead of a democracy. They feared in a democracy that the mob would deny the minority their rights and freedoms by means of having the most votes.

    Too many people today don’t understand the purpose or reasons for a republic. They seem to not even know how our gov’t is set up as a representative democracy so the rights of the minority can’t be denied. We are seeing the mob at working in the protesting groups as they don’t allow dissenting opinions shouting down anyone with differing opinions – end of history/gov’t lecture – sorry my former profession is coming out.

    I have to say the younger revolutionaries of the late 1960s had much better songs to bring them together.

    1. V13,
      You beat me to the punch, but I wish more people would take the time to check the manifestos of those who are behind these so-called “peaceful protests.” It is certainly not a democracy as some may understand, or a representative republic which they are seeking to impose upon us. As I said previously, the tactics being employed are frighteningly similar to those of another movement found in a northern European country beginning in the mid 1920’s. However, It is starting to appear that the motivations may be more similar to another movement in another northern European country a little east of there a few years earlier. Funny thing is, both movements used very similar tactics. The philosophies were polar opposites, but they both still managed to achieve the same bloody results and oppression.

  17. with the “forced to open” threat from 45 ,Stanford has cut 11 sporting events from its “menu” , Ohio state has stopped workouts for football because of Positive Covid-19 tests, Ivy league has gone to online. The Problem H4H is THIS country’s Covid-19 cases have NEVER gone below 20,000 cases as month and Now the states that believed Trump when he called the Coronavirus a hoax are leading the way with massive infection rates; and those are the states that control the NCAA Football rankings.

    1. TJ- I made a comment given little attention (probably a year ago) stating Trump’s pathway to the White House (the absolute necessary states to win) was nearly a 100% perfectly aligned parallel with states where college football dominates a Top 20.

      Win the states where college football rules a Top 20, and the White House is his again. It’s no surprise how me marched onto the field of last year’s national championship game as if he were George S. Patton.
      No college football and Trump loses the White House. He will be held responsible and his denial of the dangers of Covid-19 will be his undoing. Racists attitudes, the protection of the corporate elite, climate change denying, selling out of environmental concerns to appease oil companies and destroyers of the planet, ripping away healthcare at a time when many Americans are most vulnerable? All forgotten and all forgiven…..But no college football this fall? Then he is dead meat.

      The Trump apologists understand the importance of the college football “distraction” certainly understand the importance of those states where it has its greatest fervor (most of it “Bible Belt” as well) serve as the only pathway for the ‘Divider in Chief’ to hold his power….They probably don’t even like football.

      1. oops …

        It’s no surprise how me [he] marched onto the field of last year’s national championship game as if he were George S. Patton.

      2. H4H,

        Here’s the problem I see with your line of thinking in this matter. You are still using the same tired talking points from the same informational sources which support your own biases. What you probably don’t know is those on the opposite side believe that the ‘Divider in Chief’ was not the current occupant of the WH, but his predecessor. They were every bit as vehemently opposed to his policies as you are the current office holder. The only difference was, they did not go to the same violent extremes as have been used currently. If they had or ever get pushed to the point where they do, have you contemplated the potential results?

        1. Are you joking? Didn’t go to extremes? Birther movements….? “Lock her up!” Emphasizing the “HUSSEIN!”…in Barak Hussein Obama? No, there was no division there. No inciting hatred there.
          Damn, I thought Heath Ledger was the best “Joker.”

          I think they’re all basically elitists…I don’t see the alternative choice this fall as much different than the last four decades. I don’t have much faith in change for the good. I was sickened by a story I heard on one my favorite extremists radio programs (NPR/BBC) last night….It was just a brief segment detailing the harm all of the PPD material is harming our waters and ocean life .

          My position is rarely going to align with most the human race who egocentrically sees themselves as the only living thing that matters on this planet. There ‘s rarely a protester on either side of the street that realizes our waste society is destroying the planet. All of the fighting in the world to make us all equal never includes the species of the planet we are so dependent on for our own survival. Religion plays into this narrative as if god simply made all of creation for those who occupy the flat world in the image of a man who died on cross. That delusion is a precursor for leaving nothing for our children’s children. All of the rest of the fighting and man’s self-serving purposes of conquest and a need to dominate a corner of a street or a corner of the globe is merely a sideshow of a dying planet.

          The Founding Fathers would be no better….Man has always been about man. They learned nothing from those rare geniuses who valued the earth and waters who they marched upon and massacred to build this America. Forever rapped up in their own image and in the documents written to protect only their own likeness.

          1. In waters, earth, nature and sky we should have placed our trust. We should have left ‘God’ out of it.

            I would like to tell those who kill gentle Labrador Retrievers and feed them to violent starved Pit Bulls, that decency matters. Gentle souls not made in man’s image and gentle creatures who place their innocent hearts and eyes into your hands….should matter too.

            Wildlife matters. Pets abused by sick people matter. Clean waters matter. Clean air matters. How beautiful it was for the earth to breath for a few months while masses weren’t burning their gas tanks and moving about in normal planet distractions. Deer could cross a street again. The earth was rejuvenating …The night sky was becoming crystal clear again. Fish were returning to waters they had been choked away from for decades. I don’t fear death of any man including the one in the mirror. I only fear for those creatures we give no care or regard. We have spit upon our own home. We have such little regard for anything but that glorious image of our likeness.

  18. We have the illusion of a republic, V. Corporate socialism is really all we have. We fight on the streets to “matter” and to be treated “justly” only to meet more inequities and a rigged system built for the tax evaders and mobsters of our only ruling class; the corporation. There is no representation in our system of taxation. There is no representation in our vote. Those who control the board game called America are no longer part of “we the people.” It’s “we the politicians in the hip pocket of the corporations”…

    The inequities go far deeper. The unrest on the streets plays into everything the robber barons have built. The working classes and the so-called educated classes join hands or hurl their insults in bands of dissent. We make enemies of each other. We fail to see the rigged system and we move to extreme positions because it’s all we really have. Sports plays into the pacification as it serves as another dreamy distraction to consume those who will never get a slice of American pie.

    The petty wars on social media sites is the latest exploding distraction to pacify a nation. It creates another layer and keeps us engrossed in the addictive and falsely perceived power of a “me” sounding board serving as another elixir to turn us away from the real abuses.

    The corporate mobsters smile all the way to the bank as stock markets rise amid a crumbling country owned by Amazon, Walmart and investment institutions playing around with fake dollars for fake news. We wage war against each other for the smallest remaining slices of an American dream.

    We need sports and college football. We need movie theaters and paint ball. We need bars and booze. We must have our gambling and lottery games as well. We need it all to quell the uneasy dark places we keep the denial and he thopeless thoughts of hopeless battles.
    Heaven forbid, we may wake up and suddenly see how the ‘Land of Opportunity’ is a mirage. Heaven forbid, we may wake up and realize that protester on the other side of the street is just another version of “me” lost of purpose and lost of value just as the designers of the fixed game intended it to be.

    1. H4H,

      As HC would say, “blah, blah, blah.” The current “fight” on the streets has long past being about “justice and inequity.” The initial cause was merely a front for the organizations behind what is now happening to utilize in an attempt to bring about a much different state in which neither of us would be able to speak as freely as we like, but that freedom is now in serious jeopardy. You bemoan the corporations, but have you taken the time to check up on who is running these corporations and have been for a very long time? It is certainly not who a great number would think them to be, it’s quite the opposite. Funny thing, the pass that those running the corporations and those running the cities and states where the “oppression” is occurring, are all of the same ilk. Even more interesting is that those who are supposedly “fighting” for these causes would like nothing better than to double-down on what you are concerned about.

      Ps Check out my response for you on the bowl revenue loss, had some fun with that one!!! Can’t wait for your response.

      1. The world will end without college football! You should take it to the streets.

        College football matters! Death to all sports without football! Jesus had no umbilical cord. Those were football laces! Adam and Eve never picked from an apple tree! They picked a six! Dabo Swinney for president!

        Blah….blah…blah, indeed.

        It’s time to reinvent priorities. Sports has dominated our minds and pacified a nation. So few of us really get any slice of that dreamy pie. There’s your cue, t.

    2. You should see if moving to another country is a viable option. I think you, among others, would be happier.

      1. Most are blocking travel because of Trump’s failures to take Covid-19 seriously…So it’s not really a viable option at this time. And I don’t see man’s self-serving purposes much better in another country. And how you consider how we’ve tried to ‘Americanize’ the rest of the world…? Heck, they’re just behind the curve and playing crappier music ….
        I love Motown too much to move to Australia. Maybe I’ll just head to Maine? Far away from the confederacy as possible….And I here they love basketball up there. Football isn’t paramount and it’s nowhere near a Bible Belt.

        Can you spare a few hundred grand?

        1. [hear] they love basketball…

          Gosh, I miss moderation. Jeremy- Can you give me a one minute delay to fix spelling blunders?

  19. Random stuff while I sit here waiting on my CV-19 results……… IF football has a season this year which is looking more like a ‘maybe’, as well as basketball, the team with minimal virus impact and the strongest bench will win the championship. Will the team winning the championship have a ” * ” next to their name? Going to be an interesting fall and winter. …………. Today’s unrest reminds me of the 60s starting with LA/Watts. So far less militant than the 60s. ……….. I’m waiting on some nut to start taking down the MLK statues and removing his name from the million roads in US. ……….Seems like the whole world has come unglued ……. I’m not sure any politician can unite our country at this point. ……Martinsville is quiet, all 7 of our black residents seem concerned – but mellow. ……. And the biggie, are the HT guys pulling out there hair by now ? …. Stay safe guys.

    1. Ron,
      Check out the manifestos behind the current unrest. Nothing has changed since the 60’s, they still want the same thing. It is certainly not what is being advertised as their cause, what’s advertised is nothing more than a means to an end. Those suffering currently will only see their sorrows multiplied if it were to actually occur.

    2. The Ivy League got it right….It’s time to pull the plug. A lot of old coaches, assistants, administrators, and hundreds more who are of vulnerable age and can’t shield themselves from the potential devastating consequences. College football can’t operate in a bubble like what is being attempted with NBA, soccer, etc.

      Why prolong the inevitable? Shut it down. Absence will make the heart grow fonder. It will come back stronger and streamlined. Maybe there will even be a semblance of some parity once all the dusts settles. Maybe we’ll start to enjoy other sports again …Maybe we’ll join Bob Knight and just go fishing. Enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the somewhat less ostentatious things of life (like 1/2 billion dollar contracts to throw a nice spiral).

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