NFL Free AgencyBy Tom Dougherty
18 April 2020
NFL free agency at least provides a distraction
Things are certainly in a strange place. People continue to be holed up and will be for the foreseeable future. All the while, a crazy NFL free agency season heats up.
The biggest news of the day is New England QB Tom Brady going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This while retailers temporarily shut down and fast food chains serve through the drive-thru only. Churches are cancelling services. Concerts and sporting events are postponed or cancelled.
I wrote on Monday that staying in quarantine is everyone’s responsibility. I brought up the cancellations or postponements of major sporting events. Sports like the NBA, NHL, MLS, NCAA championships, the PGA tour, and even the Kentucky Derby are postponed or cancelled all together. Sports junkies are left with reruns of Curling Night in America or replays of college basketball March Madness games.
But then comes NFL free agency.
“I do think we need reminders that it will eventually be over and I for one am glad that NFL free agency came swooping in.”
For some of us, NFL free agency is the distraction we needed
At least sports fans have something to talk about now. NFL free agency represents some semblance of normalcy. That is, if you think Brady wearing the Tampa Bay orange is normal. But at least NFL free agency provides a diversion.
Some sports talking heads say that the NFL having free agency during the COVID-19 outbreak is a bit tone deaf. At a minimum, it’s a diversion to the today’s not so rosy news. Since NFL free agency is so forward looking, the NFL is reminding sports fans (and non-sports fans) that all this coronavirus craziness will eventually come to an end.
I have no idea what it’s going to take to get us from point A to point B. Or how long it’s going to take until we reach some sort of normalcy. In fact, our behaviors might be permanently altered.
But I do think we need reminders that it will eventually be over, and I for one am glad that NFL free agency came swooping in.
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