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Everlasting Joy - Will there be teams to play?
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Anyone who knows what might happen with sports this season better take their crystal ball and head to Vegas.

Wait … is Vegas even open, or has it been shut down too?

Baseball has tossed out its first pitch and the ball barely hit the mitt before the Miami Marlins clubhouse tested positive for COVID-19. According to ESPN, at least 13 members of the Marlins have been confirmed to have the virus, immediately raising questions about Major League Baseball’s ability to hold a season just days into its abbreviated 60-game schedule.

Three Marlins games have already been postponed. 

In its hopes of limiting COVID outbreaks like this one, MLB is holding games without fans and with cute cardboard cutouts in the stands. Baseball has banned high-fives, fist bumps and spitting, but none of those measures helped the Marlins.

It has me wondering if sports can be played in the U.S., which is by far the world leader in coronavirus cases. Take that Italy!

The NFL is planning to begin its season in September and, like baseball, the NFL will play games at its regular stadiums. Other pro leagues are singing a different tune.

The NHL, NBA and WNBA are all planning to hold their seasons in so-called bubbles where players and team officials have limited interaction with the outside world. The NBA starts this week and I’m anxious to see how that goes.

High school sports will be a different animal and my thinking is playing football is going to be a 10-story challenge. There are probably few people who want to see the Pioneer football team take the field more than me, but my cup overflows with caution. 

The Michigan State football team had three of its members test positive and suddenly the entire team is in the midst of a 14-day quarantine. That will sure stymie your progress.

Even if the Warren County High School Pioneers are able to avoid the virus – and let’s hope the team stays 100% healthy – what about the Murfreesboro schools? For anyone who has taken a glimpse at our schedule, five of our 10 games are against teams from Murfreesboro.

If you think COVID is spreading fairly quickly in our community, with 317 confirmed cases as of Monday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health, look at Rutherford County with 5,514 confirmed cases. 

Using my trusty calculator, Rutherford County has 1,639% more virus cases than we do. That’s staggering and scary. 

It’s easy to envision a scenario where the Pioneers are preparing for a big game against Riverdale or Oakland, only to see that game canceled because the Warriors or Patriots have a COVID outbreak. For the record, Warren County would get the win for playoff seeding purposes.

We may be ready to go come football season, but it takes two to tango. It may be difficult for the Pioneers to find a COVID-free opponent.