COVID-caused sports moments create everything from comedy to history
|Toronto Star 30 Nov 2020 at 10:20|
Man, this pandemic creates some craziness, doesn’t it? And it provides a few little things that should probably be bigger things but aren’t as we head into a week that will included all NBA teams back on courts for the first time since early March.
I wouldn’t know Kendall Hinton if he was sitting on the stool next to me where a full Denver Broncos outfit and a big flashing orange sign that said “Hi, my name is Kendall Hinton.”
Yet I hope he has 10 year NFL career and spends 30 years after that being wildly successful in whatever he chooses to do.
He’s the guy who tried to bail his team out of the most 2020 sports event imaginable. A wide receiver taken off the practice squad to play quarterback in a regular season game because each of the team’s four, completely selfish quarterback teammates ignored all the COVID-19 protocols and ended up ineligible for Sunday’s game.
It didn’t go well, as if anyone really expected it would. Hinton threw more interceptions than completions, the Broncos were routed 31-3 and the whole sorry episode was an indictment of the four QBs who violated a handful of very clear, very strict, very necessary rules by meeting mask-less and not socially distanced mid-week.
Make no mistake: This is on them, and them alone.
But Hinton, a former college quarterback as I understand it, took the challenge, accepted the responsibility, had to know it wasn’t going to go well and basically put is health and well being on the line by trying to quarterback a live NFL game when he’d never done it before.
The dude needs to be appreciated. And I hope he gets some new contract today.
Still with football – and I can’t believe I’m writing this much about football because I don’t particularly like the game – I’m all in on Sarah Fuller and you should be, too.
She became the first woman for a team in the so-called Power 5 conferences to play a game when she kicked for Vanderbilt on Saturday and it really was an historic moment.
Yeah, there had been a couple of woman who’d played in smaller conference games in the past and we probably should have celebrated Katie Hnida and April Goss a bit more when they kicked extra points before Saturday but Fuller’s play on Saturday rightfully became a rallying point for the continued growth of women’s sports.
"I ll stay around as long as they want me, till they like, kick me off,” she said, and I hope she kicks the rest of the season.
Sadly, I did read or hear some goofs trying to denigrate what Fuller did on the weekend by saying it was little more than a stunt. Ignore them. What she did was basically groundbreaking, regardless of the circumstances, and remember that the next we get all worked up about some tiny (male) equipment manager suiting up for some play because everyone thinks that’s a cute thing to do.
And since Vanderbilt did that and it also employs the great Jerry Stackhouse as the men’s basketball coach it is now my favourite American college program.