I seriously don’t even know where to start with this because this is just such a weird time. In case you live under a rock, or haven’t checked media for some reason, every single sports league has been postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus. This includes our beloved NHL and just about every hockey league around the world. This is the first time anything like this has happened other than a time of war. The hysteria has essentially caused the entire world to shut down in a sense, as travel bans have been enacted and entire nations are on lockdown. Businesses are telling their employees to work from home, including multiple contributors to this very blog. Most people wouldn’t have a problem with that…except for the fact that there are literally no sports to watch. Having all this time has made me think. What the hell do we do now?
As sports fans, we’ve become so accustomed to this time of year being electric in the sporting world. The race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs is heating up, college lacrosse is in full swing, and baseball is right around the corner. I’m not a big basketball guy, but March Madness is always incredibly entertaining. But in the span of a week, we lost it all. It still doesn’t seem real, but it’s something we’re going to have to deal with for the foreseeable future.
I want to note that the NHL getting paused immediately after the Flyers had a 9-game win streak is such a typical unfortunate Philadelphia sports moment. Remember when I said not too long ago something bad was going to happen? Turns out I was right. Right as things go right, something horrible happens. It’s just life as a Philadelphia fan. Anyway, here’s what I’ll be doing in my free time till we get our hockey back. Maybe everyone reading this can get some ideas to save them from their boredom.
While not exactly a novel concept, video games are the logical first choice for those deprived of sports. If there was ever a time to understand the intricacies of NHL 20’s franchise mode, this would be the time to figure it out. Personally, I’m going to see if I can go rebuild the Red Wings. Let me hear predictions on how long it’ll take and I’ll keep you updated. Aside from sports games, Call of Duty comes to mind seeing as how Fortnite has gotten too weird for my liking. I might go digging around for my old GameBoy to play Pokemon. I loved the games as a kid so I might get some nostalgia.
Stream, Stream, Stream
As all of your co-workers have probably told you, Netflix, HBO, etc. are going to do very well in the wake of this pandemic. If you have any of the services, this would be the perfect time to just dive into some random new show that looks decent. If you don’t have them, mooch of your friends that do by getting their login. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so they shouldn’t give you any pushback. Start some new series or rewatch your favorite. Is now the time I finally rewatch Game of Thrones in its entirety? Season 8 scarred me so badly I haven’t even contemplated a rewatch. But like I said, desperate times call for desperate measures.
I’m really just spit balling at this point. I was thinking maybe include board games but that requires multiple people and that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid with this whole quarantine thing. Anyway, all this free time gives ample opportunity for you to finally pick up that book that’s been collecting dust on your shelf. In addition to being a fan of the show, I liked the Game of Thrones books as well, so I might get back into those. I’ll be leaving the New York area to head to my parents’ place soon, so I might be raiding my dad’s bookshelf for some good spy novels.
That’s all I got for you guys. I’m sure everyone has their own ways to cope with this. For those of you wondering why I didn’t include working out on here, well my gym is closed until further noticed, so I’m screwed there. Hopefully you guys all fare better than me in that area. Stay healthy everyone. Wash those hands!