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Clay Gets Fired Up Over Media Coverage of Positive Sports COVID Tests


The media has overreacted to positive COVID tests in both the NFL and college football. It doesn’t matter who tests positive or whether they ever had symptoms, there are media members who will instantly claim that sports need to be canceled.

“Were you aware that every single Titans player who tested positive for COVID is now 100% healthy and back playing football? None of them had a single major issue at all from having COVID. And it’s not just the Titans. Probably the answer is you didn’t know that. The only reason I know it is because I’m on the Titans mailing list, and every time they take somebody off their COVID list, they send out an email to everybody on their email list. And I was like, ‘Oh wow.’ Every single player who tested positive for COVID is now off the list and is eligible to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. No major health concerns. No major health issues. Same with everybody on staff. And that’s not just the Titans. That’s every major college football team in the country. That’s every NFL team, too. Remember all the fear porn, all the panic, ‘Oh my God, these guys are gonna get so sick.’ First of all, nobody’s getting sick from actually playing athletics. Whether it’s the Major League Baseball, whether it’s the NFL, college football, there hasn’t been one single transmission of COVID that was tracked to a sporting event that has happened so far. Not one in the NFL, not one in Major League Baseball. Not one on college football, not one in any of the sports.”

Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP


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  1. But but but Karl Anthony Towns’ mom!!!!

    Kevin Durant
    Doris Burke
    Donovan Mitchell
    Rudy Gobert

    That is when I stopped reading any sports journalism for several months.

    Seriously OKTC team, a major follow up on every athlete who we were fed as OMFG PANIC but then quietly recovered fully, would be amazing. AMAZING. And would get shared all over social media.

    Sports fans know this is bullshit. Help us by shining a light on the specific instances.

  2. I work as an SRO at a school in Middle Tennessee. I moved from Southern California a couple years ago. I’m a California native and my state has been hijacked. I’m blessed to be living with my family here in Tennessee.

    Since school opened here in August, approximately 30k students (of the 49k total) have opted for in person studies. Some simple observations:

    • It’s impressive watching the administration calmly, professionally and expertly act on each positive COVID case (including contact tracing).

    • Not one positive case has presented any symptom worse than slight fever or mild cough.

    • To date, not one positive COVID case discovered at school has been traced to “infecting”, “sickening” or “killing” a vulnerable friend or family member.

    • Fall sports have included daily practices and weekly games. Football, volleyball, soccer, and cross country included stadium / gymnasium fan attendance.

    •Approaching 90 days of thousands upon thousands of various groups of people interacting (mostly with masks and maybe 20% six foot compliance).

    • Not one reported COVID hospitalization or death related to (almost three months) in person education or sporting event attendance.

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