Am I the only one that not only gets annoyed with fake crowd noise but also all these empty stadiums? I know what you are thinking, this guy is going to call the virus a hoax and stadiums should be full. No, that is definitely not my angle. I am just annoyed by the aesthetics, as a huge sports fan I love the pageantry and sounds of a full stadium, so this year has been awfully tough for me to watch. Do not get me wrong, I watch sports every day. Just now when I watch, I often play music in the background because the fake crowd noise drives me absolutely mad. Do the networks just think we are braindead neanderthals that do not realize the stadium is empty? Are they trying to trick us? Please, stop the fake crowd noise, I want the authentic experience whether a loud, full stadium or an eerily quiet, empty stadium.
It is also sad the see this (below) before a big game.....
There's no building sadder than an empty stadium pic.twitter.com/18uCGYUdjr
Unless you are over 100 years old, you did not live through the Spanish Flu that hit just before the Major League Baseball season. The MLB started the season on time, with full crowds. However, according to Yahoo Sports, MLB cut one month off the end of the season (Yahoo, 2020). Yahoo also reported the World Series that year caused more problems, their article reads "But that game helped spread a new strain of the virus and caused a second wave of the influenza in the United States. In August, soldiers and sailors returned home from World War I and docked in Boston" (para. 4). All the social gatherings and events around the six World Series games helped jump-start a second wave.
That puts things in perspective when you learn the players, umpires and fans all wore masks during the games in 1918 and 1919...
School shut down and I have to make lessons for students online. I open the textbook to find that they played baseball during the Spanish Flu in 1919 by wearing medical masks. God I miss baseball. pic.twitter.com/gjXwYXhgKM
Lastly, as a humungous Ohio State football fan, I feel a bit apologetic for not being more excited for the start of their shortened season next week. First, they only play a Big Ten schedule and miss the big showdown with Oregon. Secondly, they play possibly their weakest schedule in many years. It just doesn't feel the same, and that is a shame. Oh well...GO BUCKS!! Just for fun, look at this hilarious Top 25, which is crafted based on who has played so far, with a few Big Ten teams that are set to start next week. Spoiler alert, they have Cincy at #8....that is not a typo.
Negley, C (2020). Here's what sports looked like during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved from