It was like the sports world fell into a coma.

On March 10, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. The wide world of sports took this left hook to the chin and fell to the canvas.

March Madness, the wildly popular college basketball showcase, got knocked out. The NBA canceled the rest of its season and eventually picked up with playoffs in the Orlando Bubble. Major league baseball delayed its season. High school and college sports canceled their spring campaigns and resumed with football in the fall.

Teams had to juggle their schedule around canceled games for health and safety reasons.

Games got played in front of limited crowds. The attendance limits continue to this day.

At Redstone Arsenal, the Marshall Space Flight Center leagues still haven’t played since last March as maximum telework continues.

But the sports world has made a glorious comeback – just like Willis Reed limping back onto the court to lead the New York Knicks back in the day.

We have plenty of sports now on television. We have basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, tennis and soccer. High school and college teams are playing.

Vaccines are available to combat this evil invisible enemy. We’re wearing masks in crowds but at least we’re not huddled anymore in our home bunkers.

It’s so nice to be able to watch live sports again. Those classic replays got old fast.

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