Welcome back to another edition of lockdown of the town, where we discuss the current events regarding COVID-19 and hopefully whatever sports scraps we can scrape together during this time. Let’s dive right into it!
A total of 1,921 COVID-19 cases have been found in Kansas City, as well as Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties, including Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas. Three deaths and 28 cases were found in the metropolitan area on Monday.
All these statistics bring into question the idea of beginning to lift the stay-at-home orders. Orders in Kansas City, Platte, and Jackson counties are set to end May 15th. Wyandotte, Johnson, and Clay counties are slated to end the orders May 3rd.
According to the data, aside from Clay and Platte, the greater KC area has seen a continued rise in COVID cases. Obviously there is an eagerness to get our businesses and economy up and running again, but there will be a calculated risk involved no matter the date. Do you think that the stay-at-home orders should be extended further?
The Last Dance
ESPN’s documentary series about the 97-98 Chicago Bulls, titled “The Last Dance”, has aired on Sunday the last two weeks and the ratings are soaring.
Following the first two episodes being aired, it attracted 9.2 million viewers, the most ever for an ESPN documentary. Considering the fact sports fans are starved for content and the NBA playoffs, these numbers could be higher than expected in any regular setting.
That being said, there’s no denying the fact that this miniseries is an absolute masterpiece. It gives you a raw, unfiltered look at not only Michael Jordan’s greatness, but a candid background on other key players, like Pippen, Rodman, and even the great coach Phil Jackson.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Last Dance, I highly recommend it. If you have, what are your thoughts?
Weekly Debate Fire Starter
It’s no question that this year’s first ever virtual NFL Draft felt very strange. Executives were worried with the unknown factors that could cause a snafu on draft night. All in all, it appeared to be a complete success.
Much like The Last Dance, the base of sports fans dying for any sort of content helped drive the success of the virtual draft. Being the first real live sporting event of significance since the pandemic, the draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days. The previous draft was only 6.2 million.
Despite the concerns, it appeared that the players and coaches made the best of it. It gave a more intimate look at everyone in their homes with family being able to celebrate alongside one another.
Perhaps one knock that many pointed out was that the personal family tragedy of players being shared by ESPN was a bit too much. It’s one thing to point out the fact that maybe tragedy was a driving factor in their success, but it did bring a looming sense of sadness to see countless stories being shared on almost every prospect. Sure, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it as long as the players granted permission.
Overall, the draft can be deemed an overwhelming success due to the circumstances. This brings one thing into question:
Do you think that the NFL Draft should continue its virtual showcase, or go back to normal once the pandemic passes? Let us know in the comments, and as always, stay safe Chiefs Kingdom!