Welcome back to another edition of Lockdown of the Town, where we discuss current events surrounding COVID-19 with a little bit of sports sprinkled in. I know it’s not ideal, but we here at Arrowhead Guys will do our best to entertain you until there’s a return to any sign of normalcy again. With that being said, let’s get right into it.
The Search for a Vaccine
With experts predicting the pandemic will reach its peak within the next week or so, the city is on high alert as extra safety precautions are being set in grocery stores, essential businesses, and hospitals.
The number of infected in the metro area has reached nearly 820 with 22 deaths. A race for a vaccine is on, and one of our very own research facilities is working towards just that. The Center for Pharmaceutical Research in Kansas City was selected as a clinical research site for one of two COVID-19 vaccine studies.
KCTV 5 reported that the center is looking for participants, although they do have volunteers who have compassion for prevention from this dangerous virus. Forty participants will be in the first trial. With the FDA tracking the research, things that normally take years to approve will take mere months in an attempt to curb the rapid rise of infected individuals. I wish the best of luck to the researchers taking on this massive threat.
After much deliberation, Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision to inform all NFL teams in a memo on Monday that the 2020 NFL Draft will be conducted in a virtual format.
Due to being in compliance with the current regulations regarding the pandemic, organizations will have to conduct the draft outside of facilities. The league has informed several general managers that the details for the draft will be hammered out in a conference call on Friday.
The draft, originally scheduled in Las Vegas, will run from April 23-25. This will be quite an interesting spectacle for NFL Fans, as yet another big sports event is relegated to the virtual landscape.
NBA 2K Tournament
In keeping with the theme of a virtual landscape, NBA fans yearning for some basketball will have to settle with watching their favorite stars compete in a Players-Only 2K Tournament on ESPN.
Sixteen players are competing in a single elimination tournament for charity. The competition started last Friday and includes the likes of Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Devin Booker, and Donovan Mitchell. the winner will receive $100k to donate to the charity of their choice.
With the first round already in the books, the second round matchups are as follows:
(2) Trae Young vs. (10) Deandre Ayton
(16) Derrick Jones Jr. vs. (8) Montrezl Harrell
(5) Devin Booker vs. (13) Rui Hachimura
(6) Andre Drummond vs. (14) Patrick Beverly
Weekly Debate Fire Starter
In light of recent events, the NFL plans to still have the season begin as scheduled. However, with the new playoff format and a looming possibility of public exposure, there is a possibility that games could be moved.
NFL executive Vice President of football operations Troy Vincent said that the department has already begun to look at the very real probability of playing games in empty stadiums at a neutral site.
Part of the NFL experience, especially at Arrowhead, is the fanfare and crowd factoring into home field advantage. It would feel very weird to see a game be conducted in silence, but it’s feasible. My question is, would playing at a neutral site with zero fans be a deal breaker?
Let us know what you think in the comments. And as always, stay safe out there Chiefs Kingdom!