COVID-19 pandemic shows sports really is just a game

Chester fans swamp the floor as the Zahmir Carroll sinks a last second 3-point basket winning the game for Chester, 63-62. Photo by: Digital First Media/Pete Bannan

By Matt DeGeorge

At one point or another, we’ve all heard it. In our childhoods, after a shot that didn’t go in or a pitch that didn’t connect with a bat or a race lost, somewhere nearby there was hopefully someone we loved to offer reassurance. And often, those soothing words included the idea that it’s just a game, it’s not life or death.

It can be easy to forget that notion that sports aren’t the be-all and certainly not the end-all. As we chronicle its annual highs and lows, as we tell the time of year by what sporting events are on our televisions, as we measure the seasons in who’s on the field and who’s merely getting ready behind the scenes for their turn, it’s easy to lose sight of them just being games.

But events of the last week, in Delaware County in particular, have brought life-or-death conversation into stark reality.

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