Thought it would be interesting to see what forum members think about next season.
Yeah, this was along my line of thinking. I said "50%" because it's probably a bit of a coin flip that we'll get to normal by November. But, I think we will be more than 50% of the way back to normal if that makes sense. We will have fans: some schools will allow more than others, and those fans may need masks...or vaccines...or both. But we will have fans. And I think we'll have more travel among teams, and probably something closer to the 30-game schedule we're accustomed to. Specifically, I think we'll have fewer (but probably not zero) canceled games.I don't know how to put a percentage of "normalcy" on the season, but barring a new covid variant that is vaccine resistant, I believe that games will be played with fans in attendance. The facilities may be somewhat socially distanced, attendees will probably be required to wear masks, and/or proof of vaccination may be required to attend, but by next fall, I'm reasonably confident that things will be trending toward a new "normal".
Feels like things are starting to come back online a bit here in MA. Kids are going back to school full time finally soon, restaurants opening back up, I can even go to a Celtics game Friday if I wanted to.If we can't get back to normal after everyone has either had or had the opportunity to have the vaccine, then WTF?
I agree with MileHi's point though. Everyone should be able to get vaccinated by June 1, or at least June 30th. Why would we have to wait to fall to return to normal? I'm not saying we'll reach herd by then--there will be tens of millions of Americans either unwilling to receive the vaccine, or simply to lazy to get one. But that shouldn't be an excuse.Feels like things are starting to come back online a bit here in MA. Kids are going back to school full time finally soon, restaurants opening back up, I can even go to a Celtics game Friday if I wanted to.
By May, everyone here will have access to the vaccine. I’m running into more and more people that have started the process or are fully vaccinated.
I couldn’t fathom another 6-12 months of society continuing to live as it has the past year, so when it comes to college sports not sure how it could survive any further without fans. I think I saw in WSJ article that Only 20 or so D1 schools actually make money on college athletics, and it’s all the top FBS schools. And that is when things are good & normal.
By August, I’m pretty confident everything should be back; maybe people continue to wear masks, maybe some behaviors are altered permanently, but if not then maybe the whole country just moves to Florida?
To be clear, I think things will be back to normal well before Fall, but the context of this thread is attending college games, I thought. Just given the fact there’s no sports over summer, the Fall would be the next time can watch college games in-person after vaccine full roll out, presumably.I agree with MileHi's point though. Everyone should be able to get vaccinated by June 1, or at least June 30th. Why would we have to wait to fall to return to normal?
I’m right there with you. The last time I was indoors at a restaurant was when my daughter and I went to the Hartford/stony semifinal game days before last year’s championship game was cxld.To be clear, I think things will be back to normal well before Fall, but the context of this thread is attending college games, I thought. Just given the fact there’s no sports over summer, the Fall would be the next time can watch college games in-person after vaccine full roll out, presumably.
Personally, As soon as I get vaccinated, it’s on!!! I’m hopping on planes, Red Sox games, restaurants, etc. It’s going to be the summer of UVM Hoop Cat.
I haven’t been inside an actual office building since end of February last year. I haven’t been inside a restaurant since early March of last year, so 12-13 months? Lol, crazy.
Update on this: it sounds like UVM is no longer waiting on full FDA approval to require vaccines.I've been thinking about this for a while, but it certainly gets more relevant as we creep toward the start of the school year: have AE schools announced vaccination policies as it pertains to on-campus learning? UVM announced a month ago that students will be required to be vaccinated (important caveat) once the FDA fully approves one of the vaccines...
All University of Vermont students must be fully vaccinated against COVID this fall once the FDA fully approves at least one of the vaccines. Our Olivia Lyons has details and reaction.www.wcax.com
To tie in the relevance to this board: will this change the way coaches have to look at certain athletes when recruiting...or even retaining players? Will this change the way athletes look at certain schools, considering I'd be surprised if there is uniformity on this issue? Have these athletic opportunities motivated student-athletes to make vaccination choices they may not have made otherwise, especially if they're at a school where vaccination requirements are set to go into effect?