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The NCAA can’t stay out of their own way. In one of the dumbest rulings since the enabling of gender-neutral public restrooms, the NCAA forced N.C. State to forfeit their College World Series game due to Covid-19 protocols. One positive covid test amongst a group of young, healthy, athletes knocked the Wolfpack from the tournament, costing the school a chance at their first ever national championship. A comical move by the hypocritical NCAA that allows for more than 20,000 people to “safely” attend these same games without being tested.
The ridiculousness of the entire situation was encompassed by a series of tweets from OutKick’s Clay Travis:
I’d love for the NCAA doctors & “scientists” to explain how it’s safe for 24,000 fans of all ages — none of whom are being tested for covid — to attend games in close quarters but it’s not safe for 25 young & super healthy athletes to play a socially distanced sport outdoors.
On the vaccination front, what’s the point of players being vaccinated if they can still test positive and be forced to miss games? There’s no benefit. Again, the “science” makes no sense. It’s all bullshit.
This is all madness. Pure unadulterated madness. No teams still need to be covid tested. There is zero risk. Much less vaccinated players. https://t.co/gBWYBbosJa
N.C. State’s athletic director, Boo Coorigan said: “The timing of this is simply devastating for everyone….” per ESPN.
The entire situation is absurd. Players of all ages across countless sports have played with the more “dangerous” seasonal flu for centuries. Employees have long pounded away at their keyboards and shuffled down assembly lines at their place of work while shrugging off coughs, headaches, sore throats and any number of ailments in a shared workspace. Yet, the NCAA, which as of late stands for – Not. Cool. At. All., shuts down an entire OUTDOOR tournament because of one positive test to a young man who is in good enough physical condition to compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics.
In the midst of a dramatic, entertaining College World Series, the NCAA will ultimately leave Omaha as the tournament’s biggest loser.