A Sudden Goodbye for NCAA Seniors

The heartbreaking way NCAA collegiate athletes bid farewell to their senior year

Whether the coronavirus is actually real, just a conspiracy, or nothing much worse than the age-old flu, it is something that the entire world is taking very seriously.

Personally, I’m not too big on conspiracy theories. If I’m being honest, they scare me. So I’ve never been one to dive headfirst into the Reddit conversations. However, I find the theories surrounding this virus to be extremely interesting. And like I said, scary.

Some people say this virus came from people in Asian countries cooking bats into their food. Then another group claims scientists cooked this virus up in a lab to kill off the older populations in Asian counties. I even saw a video of a man claiming they’ve created this virus to put fear into people around the world. More specifically, American people. This same man claimed that the government is doing this so they can implement martial law, and blah blah blah!

Truthfully, I don’t know what to believe. But I do know that it seems we have no choice but to take the COVID-19 seriously.

I also know that the suspension of the NBA season is a huge deal. It has been nearly two weeks since Adam Silver announced this, and I would approximate that the league has already lost millions of dollars in revenue that they would otherwise be making.

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Furthermore, I know that the cancellation of the NCAA tournament, as well as all other spring sporting competitions, have cost the NCAA millions.

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Now, I’m no expert. But does anyone really think they would cancel HUGE events like these if it weren’t serious? I don’t.

We’re most certainly living in weird times. Hell, it pretty much feels like a bad episode of Black Mirror. But this is somehow reality.

When all of this first began to happen, it seemed to get worse and worse by the day. This is especially true for every single senior playing college sports. I feel for each of them so much. Not getting a proper goodbye to the sport you put your heart and soul into for your entire life must be devastating.

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However, in the grand scheme of things, the global number of confirmed cases is now over 350,000. Don’t get me wrong, this is extremely sad for those seniors, but doesn’t the NBA, NCAA, and even the Olympics seem minuscule to a global pandemic? The obvious answer is yes. But that doesn’t make it any easier for those seniors.

My heart will forever go out to them, and I hope every single one of them can continue to write their stories on the professional level, or contribute to society in other ways.

But man, no March Madness? No NBA Finals run for LeBron? It sucks. All of this does. And, conspiracy or not, I hope we all come out of this sooner rather than later.