Covid-19 Upends NCAA and NFL Football

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Zach Zbiegien, Sports Writer

It’s been a question all year if there would be an NFL season and if there was, how would it be handled. The players and staff of each team are taking daily Covid-19 tests along with their Zoom meetings and regular practices. Unfortunately, it also wasn’t just a question of how the individual players and teams would handle the Covid-19 outbreak but also how teams’ relative counties and states would handle it. As of the morning of November 30th, the mayor of Santa Clara County, CA, Lisa Gillmor has announced the county of Santa Clara will undergo a new lockdown starting December 6th that will run through at least January 4th. This lockdown includes no contact sports. With Santa Clara county being the home of Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers will have to find a new place to call home for a while. The 49ers will be allowed to start practicing in Glendale, AZ, and playing their “home” games in State Farm Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals.  In the end, although disappointing for the 49ers and having to leave their families behind and basically move to Arizona for a short period of time, their season will still go on. 

The same cannot be said for the Washington Huskies football team, whose season may ultimately not get another chance. On December 10th the Huskies and Oregon Ducks game was cancelled. With multiple Covid-19 interruptions throughout the season this could have been the last straw for the dawgs. “We are disappointed for our players and fans and for our opponent that our game will not be played this weekend” coach Jimmy Lake said in a statement after the game was cancelled. The Huskies were looking forward to taking on the number 13 ranked USC Trojans in the pac 12 title game. Now the Ducks will take their place. “We are doing everything we can to resume football activities as soon as we can safely do so” said Lake.

 Still, that may not be until the summer of 2021.