The Impact of Sports

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For some people it started while watching a ball game with your father or loved one, for others it was something you saw that captivated your attention. Watching sports for a lot of people is a way they escape their heavy academic workload in the evening or the end of the week. This year’s sports have been complicated on the collegiate and professional levels. With the willingness to make sacrifices and come up with a reconstructed way of playing, sports on certain levels have been able to continue on.

Mace and Crown wants to encourage our readers to continue to appreciate the state of tranquility that sports bring us during challenging times. In due time our beloved ODU football team will be back on the field packing a full house at S.B. Ballard Stadium, or out Lady Monarchs competing for another stellar season led by new head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones. In the meantime, the NBA is preparing to get their Finals underway in Orlando’s bubble to crown this year’s season champions. MLB has extended their playoff picture and will begin next week with a format that will be restricted to bubble cities with the World Series taking place in Los Angeles. The Stanley Cup is currently underway with The Tampa Bay Lightning playing the Dallas Stars in Edmonton. And most recently the start of the NFL season with most teams playing with empty stands.

For some people these series help ease the pain or frustration of the current situation here in the world with the Covid-19 pandemic. People are able to rejoice and watch their favorite professional teams while waiting for everything to return back to normal. Sports has done that for centuries and has played a significant role in healing our nation when mostly imperative. One example of this is after the horrific events of 9/11 in 2001. The New York Mets and the rest of Major League Baseball returned back to baseball after a short break during the grieving period of the Nation. On September 21st, the Mets hosted the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. A full house with all players paying tribute to first responders by wearing NYPD and NYFD ball caps. The Mets trailed going into the bottom of the eighth and with one swing, Mike Piazza sent the fans in a frenzy as he hit a two run home run that held up and provided the city and a majority of the Nation a feeling of hope while giving fans something to cheer about. Obviously the current state of affairs is completely different but with some sports still participating, fans are still offered that opportunity to cheer while being allowed to celebrate with friends and family members. Until the ODU resumes sports, enjoy what we do have that could bring us all closer and give us those moments of joy. Go Monarchs!