Good Monday to you Steelers’ Fans.
In recent weeks the number of athletes in the collegiate and professional ranks who have tested positive for COVID-19 has grown. We’ve seen large numbers at Clemson, LSU and Alabama in college football and as many as 10 or more NFL teams have seen positive cases as well. This runs parallel to rising rates in many states across the country and frankly, it has given a lot of fans the feeling that maybe football doesn’t happen this year. I’m going to put a positive spin on this however and I stress that I’m doing this from a purely hopeful and optimistic viewpoint. Perhaps it’s a good thing that the numbers are rising now. Maybe this gives teams the opportunity to deal with things sooner rather than later. The curve that affects sports could get a chance to flatten a bit. It’s likely that seasons will still be affected and I’m OK with that if it means we get some football. At this point, some is better than none and that’s the goal I have right now. I’m a realist for the most part and I see what the experts have been saying but I have to remain positive and hopeful that we see some games. I hope you do too.
Think of the Players
While I can sit at my desk or on my couch and discuss how hopeful I am, think of what our players are going through at this time. They have been training like always and they’re doing everything they normally do in preparation for a season. Knowing in the back of their mind that what they are busting their asses for could suddenly be gone has to be difficult. Ya, they’re professionals but that doesn’t make it any easier.
Tweet of the Day… What a special moment this has to be for Chase.
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) June 21, 2020
The Three-Tier System
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL will have a three-tiered system for opening Training Camps in about a month. Here’s what this will look like.
Tier 3 will consist of certain operational personnel, in-house media and broadcast personnel, field manager, transportation providers and individuals who perform essential facility, stadium or event services but do not require close contact with Tier 1 individuals. Team and other personnel who work exclusively in areas of team facilities that are or will be completely cordoned off from the rest of the facility do not need to be credentialed in one of the three access tiers.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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