With Nearly All Sports Canceled, What Can We Do to Pass the Time?

Zack Miller | The PhoenixSports movies like “The Gameplan,” books like “‘Fight to Win’” and video games like Madden are just some of the ways that quarantined people can still get their sports fix.

The sports world came to an abrupt halt March 11. Many teams and leagues had already announced games would be played without fans due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It wasn’t until the NBA — after two athletes tested positive for the virus — announced the indefinite suspension of its season that the impact the novel virus has on sports really hit home. 

In the days following, other major leagues — including the NHL and MLB — suspended their seasons. March is usually a big month for sports fans with the NCAA Tournament, but this year it’s not happening. Even Loyola sports have canceled its remaining spring matches. 

Don’t fret, sports fans. In these scary days without live sports, here is a list of things to do.

Read Sports Books

There are a number of interesting sports books you can easily access. Whether you’re looking for fiction or nonfiction, there’s a sports book out there for you. You could read popular ones such as “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” or find something more hidden. Either way, you can focus the time you’d spend reading game recaps reading books instead. 

Binge Sports Movies

We live in a world full of streaming services — Hulu, Netflix and Disney+, to name a few — so there’s no shortage of sports movies. There are serious sports movies, such as “Coach Carter” and “Brian’s Song,” then more comedic ones, such as “Major League” and “Caddyshack.” There are so many classic sports movies that you could get into. 

Play a Video Game

We’re in the era of esports and there is no shortage of athletic video games you can play — NBA 2K20, FIFA 20 or even WWE 2K20. Some people have even taken to having two computer players simulate a match, simply to have something to watch. No matter what you do, video games are a good way to get your sports fix. Yes, this includes Wii bowling. 

Look Toward Your Local Sports Channel

Local sports channels are replaying big events from their regional teams. Marquee Sports Network is taking advantage of the dead air to replay every playoff game from the Cubs’ 2016 World Series championship run. Fox Sports Midwest is doing the same, but with the St. Louis Blues’ 2019 Stanley Cup. Check your local station to see what’s going on in your region. 

Listen to a New Podcast

Fun fact: There’s a category dedicated specifically to sports on Apple, Spotify Podcasts and other podcast networks. If you love podcasts and you’re looking to kill the time, browse that section and dive in. You’re bound to find something you’ll like. If not, you can poke fun at the hosts for their hot takes since you’re probably listening to old episodes about events that have already happened. Here are some examples to get you started: “Pardon My Take,” “ESPN: First Take” and “Skip and Shannon, Undisputed.”

Watch Every ESPN “30 for 30” Ever (and other documentaries)

You could watch a documentary on the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics rivalry or the Two Escobars — a documentary about the relationship between soccer player Andres Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar. There’s a documentary on every sport out there if you dig for it. 

Browse Twitter for Bracket Challenges

Sports Fans are missing the rush that comes with filling out a March Madness bracket. Twitter users are making a variety of brackets, from projected teams to play in the 2020 March Madness or even a complete 64-team field of Taylor Swift songs. Scroll through Twitter and you’re bound to find one to fill out.

Roomba Curling

Have a Roomba or any kind of robot vacuum cleaner? Have a broom? If you have both, you can take part in the newest sports craze. Stand at the end of the hallway, start your Roomba and sweep that broom in front of it as fast as you can. Roomba can be substituted with any kind of ball or something that you can roll, such as the center of a toilet paper roll — since we all know you’ve bought out your local Walmart’s toilet paper supply.

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