The NBA Having Plans to Play Games Without Fans Is the Most Sane Thing I’ve Heard All Week

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Shams Charanannanaia dropped his own fire-sparkle on Twitter last night, indicating that the NBA has sent orders to its teams to have contingency plans should the league need to play games in empty arenas:

And it will be.

The sooner you accept that, the better.

Because there will almost certainly be games – NBA games, NCAA games, MLB games – played in empty stadiums and arenas in the coming weeks or months.

If you still don’t understand why these measures are being implemented overseas and discussed here, then I encourage you to check out this video I tweeted last night:

The replies are a garbage heap of ignorance and idiocy.

And while I could get into the litany of reasons why we as Americans are willfully unprepared for what’s coming down the pike, it’s Saturday and I have parenting to do.

So I’ll just address the most common incorrect retort, which usually goes something like this: It’s the flu, and the flu kills [insert likely incorrect number they saw in a meme on Facebook] people each year. Stop being a [insert some moniker for a lady part].

It’s not the flu.

That’s the simple response. The more detailed one is that it’s math.

Yes, the flu has killed somewhere between 29,000 and 50,000 Americans this season, according to the CDC. Coronavirus has killed about 3,600 people so far worldwide.

The difference is the latter has only existed for about three months. It’s not, like, done.

It will continue to grow, exponentially. And because no one on Earth other than the 97,000 people who already have it and didn’t die has any immunity to it, it will spread rapidly. A vaccine is likely at least 12 months away. The WHO and other experts have recently said that they believe Covid-19 may not slow during the summer like the flu.

That all leads you to the conclusion that large segments of the adult population may eventually get the virus. And don’t take it from me, take it from Marc Lipsitch, whose Twitter bio is more impressive than yours (or mine): “Infectious disease epidemiologist and microbiologist, aspirational barista. mlipsitc@hsph.harvard.edu Director @CCDD_HSPH”.

He predicts anywhere from 20%-60% of the adult population will get it.

It’s also more deadly than the flu, which – on the very highest end of the estimate – kills 0.1% of the people it infects.

Estimates vary for Coronavirus’ true death rate because undoubtedly not all cases have been tested, but the most optimistic estimations fall somewhere between 0.5%-1.0% (the WHO calculates 3.4%, but most experts agree this is high). That means it’s at least 5-10 times more deadly than the flu.

I’ll let you do the math on all that – it looks like we need the practice – and then you can decide if you still think it’s just the flu.

And it turns out, the only way to stop all of this is to do what China did, shutdown life for two months, and give your resources the necessary breathing room to deal with a gradual swell of cases, rather than one big spike. This buys time to develop a treatment and vaccine, limiting the overall impact.

But our ignorance towards all of this is a hurdle. And LeBron James ain’t helping:

Me thinks his agent will eventually remind him that millions more watch on TV, and then they buy his sneakers and watch his movies and so on. Damn, just when you think there is no argument to dislike LeBron, he goes and says something not only dumb, but also potentially harmful.

The NCAA, too, has plans to play games in empty arenas:

Sporting events are society’s largest, frequent gathering places. It makes sense to shut them down for a period of time to limit the damage.

March Madness games, to me, seem uniquely positioned to be super-spreading events.

Think about it: Unlike NBA games, where a large majority of the fans in attendance are local and thus a spread could somewhat be contained to a geographical area, NCAA games bring in fan bases from up to eight different cities into one arena. Now imagine that one pocket is infected, and spreads it to the other pockets, which then go back to their cities and, worse, campuses, and dispense it across the gloriously-firm rims of beer pong-approved red Solo Cups.

Yeah, they need to play sports in empty buildings for the next few months. And I think they will.

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24 Comments

  • Nat eggs cottage cheese inner thighs March 7, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    5G is causing this.

    Reply
    • Skippy March 7, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Bio weapons gone wrong is causing this.

      Reply
  • Don March 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    You aren’t listening to me. If you get this virus you don’t even even need to see a doctor.

    The liberal media is blowing this up to make the stock market crash and make me look even more incompetent.

    Reply
    • comment awaiting approval March 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      Sure the liberal media does do those things, but they are also hoping americans die so they can call this “Trumps Katrina”, which is what Nicole Wallace was doing today on MSNBC, in hopes of using it to damage the president in an election year while they lock Biden in a broom closet all summer so they don’t have to discuss his obvious dementia. The media are pretty sick fucks and are truly the enemy of the people.

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      • Don March 7, 2020 at 7:25 pm

        And the conservative media has my back – no matter what.

        Turn on talk radio and you would think I am smart and sane. Watch some FOX News.

        The media is great when they say what you want to hear.

        Reply
      • Lol March 7, 2020 at 7:27 pm

        The media wants people to die. Lol

        Koo koo. Black helicopters. Shhhhhhh

        Reply
      • MSNBC Mike March 7, 2020 at 8:37 pm

        Quite simply put in the nicest of terms; you’re a gigantic moron who should never be allowed to procreate.

        Reply
      • Tucker March 8, 2020 at 5:02 am

        I am not sure if you caught my show, great American….but I laid out this beauty of a story.

        The Coronavirus could kill millions (I said it) but it’s really the fault of Obama and Biden and what they did to our healthcare. If we give Trump 4 more years it will be fixed.

        Talk about stupid media….tune in for more and repeat.

        Reply
  • I guess the towel waving man Sixth Man at Sixers games March 7, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Can wave it all he wants at his TV in his palatial main line estate. No more high-fivin’ Crying Joel and Bad Back Ben.

    Reply
  • Jimmy the Greek March 7, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    8,200 people have died this year of the flu. 14 have died of Corona Virus. Once again news stations exaggerating everything. People dying are over 70 yrs old, low resistance to germs

    Reply
  • Everyone March 7, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Please please please please please. Fire Brett Brown!

    Reply
  • Local radio caller March 8, 2020 at 7:22 am

    R.e.l.a.x… relax. This Coronavirus is not that bad. As long as your a healthy person you’ll be fine.

    Reply
  • Kyle is a woman’s body part March 8, 2020 at 11:13 am

    First Kyle is a gambling expert, and now he’s a Coronavirus expert. Wow Kyle I didn’t know you were such a genius.

    Reply
  • Optimist March 8, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Will be fun to see Joel put up 8-10-2 with 8 turnovers in an empty-arena game because he just wasn’t having fun and couldn’t get into it.

    Reply
  • Yo Kyle, March 8, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Which is a tougher out: Wisconsin or the Coronavirus?

    Reply
  • omg ths pu$$y stuff is out of hand March 8, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    ..

    Reply
  • Ben Carson March 8, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Everyone thinks their the best doctor right now.

    Reply
  • A Former CB Employee March 9, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Kyle is nothing more than a low class scamming ASSHOLE.
    One day he will get shanked in prison and be on the ID channel or American Greed.

    Reply
  • kyle is apart of the 4 am meetings March 9, 2020 at 6:23 am

    keep pushing your agenda kyle! hahaha corona virus is a joke snowflake

    Reply
  • Deputy Van Halen March 9, 2020 at 9:52 am

    This is insane and falls under the realm of “A person is smart, ppl are dumb.”

    What a ridiculous overreaction. I just spent 15 days in Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. I’m almost 50 and a smoker and I am fine. This is nowhere as big as the Swineflu, which killed 10K americans just 11 years ago. CHILL OUT.

    Reply
  • I have a b0ner March 10, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    No BS.

    Reply
  • Mike Miss better be careful March 10, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    The elderly at the most at risk.

    Reply
  • Ismail March 17, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Nice post!! Thanks for sharing…

    Reply
  • Sir Han March 22, 2020 at 12:48 am

    kyle, you’re such a stupid little fuck.
    you need to be socially aware and put 6 feet between
    your tongue and the manass it plans on licking.

    Reply
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