BenFred: Saturday in St. Louis shows just how fast virus can scramble sports landscape

BenFred: Saturday in St. Louis shows just how fast virus can scramble sports landscape

Those who are declaring all professional athletes are going to bounce back from coronavirus in two weeks, tops, might want to read this. “Most of you might know by now,” Freeman’s wife, Chelsea, posted to Instagram. “Freddie tested positive for COVID-19 last night. He has had body aches, headaches, chills and a high fever since Thursday. He is someone who literally never gets sick and this virus hit him like a ton of bricks. We’ve been really strict for the last four months. Haven’t gone to a grocery store, haven’t gone out to dinner once, haven’t seen our friends and only family allowed at our house, and we still got it.” Realists understood all along that getting teams back together would require testing, and that the testing would lead to the news of positive cases in sports, which would in turn lead to critics calling for the comeback attempts to be stopped. Real threats look like signs that suggest getting teams back together leads to the spread of the virus after an initial all-clear. They look like a struggle to establish a healthy baseline of a roster for the bulk of the practices required to have a postseason tournament or 60-game baseball season. They look like an unwillingness of those involved to play by a new set of rules required to minimize the spread of the virus; one example would be a team gathering at a bar. They look like an absence of notable players from the equation because of ...
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