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Friday, June 26, 2020

Sports Are Not Essential And Athletes Are Not Essential Employees

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, we have been introduced to the concept of the essential worker. The essential worker is one who must be on the frontline of this battle versus the pandemic in order to provide necessities to others or themselves.

Some examples come to mind: emergency room doctors and staff, public transportation workers, grocery store employees, restaurants and delivery workers, Amazon warehouse workers, and of course NBA, NFL, MLB and college football players.

Wait, what?

Yes, that’s right, if you listen closely to some fans, league personnel, players and coaches, and even government officials, professional and college sports and the athletes therein are being described in ways previously reserved for the traditional class of essential employees.

The most popular argument for this designation is that entertainment is essential to the public, particularly during a pandemic that has forced most of our smart and responsible citizens to refrain from activities that would provide entertainment in normal times.

Some have gone even further, claiming that sports are actually essential to the well-being of sports fans and even casual fans because entertainment would increase the public’s morale and would keep the public safe by giving us a reason to stay inside in order to watch sports on television.

“Work out the economics, if you can,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said referring to professional sports teams in New York.

“We want you up,” Cuomo said in May. “We want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy. So, we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible and we’ll work with them to make sure that can happen.”

While the sentiment may make some sense, it unfairly puts substantial pressure on the athletes. What other multi-millionaires do you know that are being pressured to put themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of others? Every other multi-millionaire I can think of can work in the comfort of their own home or vacation home, insulated from any possible exposure to Covid-19.

At least one professional athlete has caught on.

“Football is a nonessential business and so we don’t need to do it,” New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said on Thursday. “So, the risk has to be really eliminated before we, before I, would feel comfortable with going back.”

Jenkins will undoubtedly catch heat from a segment of society that believes he is essential for their entertainment and therefore expendable.

On the other hand, professional athletes are not being paid to sit out, so playing may be essential to some in order to feed their families, which is another category of essential worker, akin maybe to the Amazon warehouse worker.

That is a different issue.

Players should be encouraged to make up their own minds when it comes to participation and should not allow themselves to be pressured into believing that self-sacrifice on the field or court of play, for other people’s entertainment, is akin to the emergency room physician.









Wednesday, March 11, 2020

New Bracketology

Here's a look at the NCAA Tournament field/seeding as if the season ended yesterday.

CAUTION: The predicted field/seeding is highly likely to change from day to day or minute to minute.

*Automatic bids in italics


1 SEEDS: Kansas; Baylor; Gonzaga; Dayton.

2 SEEDS: San Diego State; Michigan State; CreightonVillanova.

3 SEEDS: Seton Hall; Maryland; Florida StateDuke

4 SEEDS: Wisconsin; Oregon; Louisville; Ohio State.

5 SEEDS: Kentucky; Butler; Penn State; Colorado.

6 SEEDS: Michigan; Iowa; West Virginia; Illinois.

7 SEEDS: Auburn; BYU; Arizona; Marquette.

8 SEEDS: Florida; Providence; Houston; Rutgers.

9 SEEDS: Virginia; Saint Mary's; LSU; Texas Tech.

10 SEEDS: Oklahoma; Indiana; Stanford; Xavier.

11 SEEDS: Richmond vs. Purdue; NC State vs. Wichita State; Utah State; East Tenn. State.

12 SEEDS: Cincinnati; Yale; Vermont; Liberty.

13 SEEDS: Akron; Stephen F. Austin; North Texas; Belmont.

14 SEEDS: Bradley; New Mexico State; UC Irvine; Colgate.

15 SEEDS: Hofstra; North Dakota State; Eastern Washington; Little Rock.

16 SEEDS: Winthrop; Northern Kentucky; NC Central vs. Siena; Prairie View A&M vs. Robert Morris.


LAST FOUR IN: Richmond; NC State; Wichita State; Purdue.

FIRST FOUR OUT: Arizona State; USC; Mississippi State; UCLA.

NEXT FOUR OUT: Texas; Tennessee; Memphis; Arkansas. 


Note: Automatic bids are determined by conference tournament winner or current conference tournament seeding. 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

New Bracketology

Here's a look at the NCAA Tournament field/seeding as if the season ended yesterday.

CAUTION: The predicted field/seeding is highly likely to change from day to day or minute to minute.

*Automatic bids in italics


1 SEEDS: Kansas; Baylor; Gonzaga; San Diego State.

2 SEEDS: Dayton; Creighton; Seton Hall; Villanova.

3 SEEDS: MarylandFlorida StateLouisville; Duke

4 SEEDS: Michigan State; Wisconsin; Ohio State; Penn State.

5 SEEDS: OregonKentucky; Butler; Colorado.

6 SEEDS: Michigan; Iowa; BYU; West Virginia.

7 SEEDS: Arizona; Illinois; Marquette; Auburn.

8 SEEDS: Florida; Providence; Texas Tech; Houston.

9 SEEDS: Rutgers; LSU; Saint Mary's; Oklahoma.

10 SEEDS: Indiana; Virginia; Stanford; Xavier.

11 SEEDS: Purdue; Richmond; Texas vs. NC State; Arizona State vs. Wichita State.

12 SEEDS: East Tenn. State; Yale; Vermont; Liberty.

13 SEEDS: Akron; Stephen F. Austin; North Texas; Belmont.

14 SEEDS: UC Irvine; Bradley; Hofstra; Colgate.

15 SEEDS: South Dakota State; New Mexico State; Wright State; Eastern Washington.

16 SEEDS: Little Rock; Winthrop; NC Central vs. Siena; Prairie View A&M vs. St. Francis PA.


LAST FOUR IN: NC State; Wichita State; Arizona State; Texas.

FIRST FOUR OUT: USC; Tennessee; Utah State; Mississippi State.

NEXT FOUR OUT: UCLA; Arkansas; Alabama; Cincinnati. 


Note: Automatic bids are determined by current conference standings or the highest NET ranking. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

New Bracketology

Here's a look at the NCAA Tournament field/seeding as if the season ended yesterday.

CAUTION: The predicted field/seeding is highly likely to change from day to day or minute to minute.

*Automatic bids in italics


1 SEEDS: Kansas; Baylor; Gonzaga; San Diego State.

2 SEEDS: Dayton; Creighton; Seton Hall; Maryland.

3 SEEDS: Villanova; Florida StateLouisville; Duke

4 SEEDS: Penn State; Kentucky; Michigan State; Wisconsin.

5 SEEDS: Ohio State; Oregon; Butler; Colorado.

6 SEEDS: Auburn; Michigan; Iowa; West Virginia.

7 SEEDS: Arizona; Illinois; BYU; Marquette.

8 SEEDS: Florida; Texas Tech; Houston; Providence.

9 SEEDS: LSU; Saint Mary's; Oklahoma; Rutgers.

10 SEEDS: Indiana; Virginia; Stanford; Xavier.

11 SEEDS: NC State; Wichita State vs. USC; Arizona State vs. Alabama; UCLA

12 SEEDS: Northern Iowa; East Tenn. State; Yale; Vermont.

13 SEEDS: Liberty; Akron; Stephen F. Austin; North Texas.

14 SEEDS: Belmont; UC Irvine; Hofstra; Colgate.

15 SEEDS: South Dakota State; New Mexico State; Wright State; Montana.

16 SEEDS: Little Rock; Winthrop; NC A&T vs. Siena; Prairie View A&M vs. St. Francis PA.


LAST FOUR IN: Wichita State; Arizona State; USC; Alabama.

FIRST FOUR OUT: Rhode Island; Purdue; Mississippi State; Utah State.

NEXT FOUR OUT: Cincinnati; Arkansas; Richmond; Texas.


Note: Automatic bids are determined by current conference standings or the highest NET ranking. 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

New Bracketology


Here’s a look at the NCAA Tournament field as if the season ended yesterday.

CAUTION: The predicted field/seeding is highly likely to change from day to day or minute to minute.

*Automatic bids in italics 


1 SEEDS: Kansas; Baylor; Gonzaga; San Diego State.

2 SEEDS: Dayton; Creighton; Maryland; Seton Hall.

3 SEEDS: Villanova; Florida State; Duke; Louisville.

4 SEEDS: Penn State; Oregon; Kentucky; Michigan State.

5 SEEDS: Ohio State; Colorado; Butler; Auburn.


6 SEEDS: Wisconsin; Michigan; Iowa; West Virginia.

7 SEEDS: Arizona; Illinois; Marquette; BYU.

8 SEEDS: Florida; Texas Tech; Houston; LSU.

9 SEEDS: Rutgers; Saint Mary's; Providence; Indiana.

10 SEEDS: Xavier; NC State; Virginia; Wichita State.

11 SEEDS: Rhode Island; Arizona State; USC vs. Oklahoma; Alabama vs. Stanford.

12 SEEDS: East Tenn. State; Northern Iowa; Yale; Vermont.

13 SEEDS: Liberty; Stephen F. Austin; North Texas; Northern Colorado.

14 SEEDS: Belmont; UC Irvine; Hofstra; Colgate.

15 SEEDS: South Dakota State; New Mexico State; Wright State; Bowling Green.

16 SEEDS: Little Rock; Radford; NC A&T vs. Siena; Prairie View A&M vs. St. Francis PA.


LAST FOUR IN: Stanford; Oklahoma; Alabama; USC.

FIRST FOUR OUT: Purdue; Utah State; Mississippi State; Cincinnati.

NEXT FOUR OUT: Arkansas; UCLA; Richmond; Syracuse. 


Note: Automatic bids are determined by current conference standings or the highest NET ranking. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

New Bracketology

Here’s a look at the NCAA Tournament field as if the season ended yesterday.

CAUTION: The predicted field/seeding is highly likely to change from day to day or minute to minute.

*Automatic bids in italics 


1 SEEDS: Kansas; Baylor; Gonzaga; San Diego State.

2 SEEDS: Duke; Dayton; Seton Hall; Maryland.

3 SEEDS: Creighton; Villanova; Florida State; Louisville.

4 SEEDS: Penn State; Oregon; Colorado; Kentucky.

5 SEEDS: Michigan State; Butler; Auburn; Ohio State.

6 SEEDS: Iowa; West Virginia; Arizona; Michigan.

7 SEEDS: Illinois; Wisconsin; Marquette; BYU.

8 SEEDS: Texas Tech; LSU; Houston; Florida.

9 SEEDS: Rutgers; Saint Mary’s; Providence; Indiana.

10 SEEDS: NC State; Xavier; Wichita State; Rhode Island.

11 SEEDS: Virginia; Arizona State; Oklahoma vs. Stanford; Georgetown vs. Alabama.

12 SEEDS: E. Tenn State; Northern Iowa; Yale; Vermont.

13 SEEDS: Liberty; Akron; Stephen F. Austin; North Texas.

14 SEEDS: Belmont; UC Irvine; Hofstra; Colgate.

15 SEEDS: South Dakota State; New Mexico State; Wright State; Montana.

16 SEEDS: Little Rock; Radford; NC A&T vs. St. Francis PA; Saint Peters vs. Prairie View A&M.


LAST FOUR IN: Stanford; Alabama; Georgetown; Oklahoma.

FIRST FOUR OUT: Utah State; USC; Cincinnati; Mississippi State.

NEXT FOUR OUT: Purdue; Minnesota; Arkansas; Richmond.


Note: Automatic bids are determined by current conference standings or the highest NET ranking. 










Monday, January 20, 2020

Top 25


1.     Gonzaga (20-1) LW: 1
2.     Baylor (15-1) LW: 2
3.     Kansas (14-3) LW: 6
4.     Florida State (16-2) LW: 7
5.     San Diego State (19-0) LW: 8
6.     Louisville (15-3) LW: 10
7.     Dayton (16-2) LW: 12
8.     Villanova (14-3) LW: 13
9.     Duke (15-3) LW: 3
10.  Butler (15-3) LW: 4
11.  Oregon (15-4) LW: 9
12.  Michigan State (14-4) LW: 17
13.  Seton Hall (14-4) LW: 21
14.  Kentucky (13-4) LW: 11
15.  Auburn (15-2) LW: 5
16.  Maryland (14-4) LW: 15
17.  Memphis (14-3) LW: 19
18.  West Virginia (14-3) LW: 14
19.  Rutgers (14-4) LW: 24
20.  Texas Tech (12-5) LW: 25
21.  Houston (14-4) LW: NR
22.  Wichita State (15-3) LW: 16
23.  Iowa (13-5) LW: NR
24.  Arizona (13-5) LW: NR
25.  Ohio State (12-6) LW: 18


In the mix: Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Illinois; LSU; Marquette; Penn State; Wisconsin.