If watching clips of cats wearing football helmets or streaming the American Cornhole League Championships (seriously?) was the “new normal” over quarantine, there are now several options for filling the ball-shaped hole in sports lovers’ hearts. Pro sports are back, baby, and boy does it feel good. But for Loyola student-athletes and fans, the Missouri Valley Conference’s decision to suspend the fall season on Aug. 14 feels like a gut punch.
After a strong fall 2019 campaign — last year’s men’s and women’s soccer teams both advanced to the NCAA Tournament and women’s volleyball finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) — athletes and coaches said they were looking forward to getting back to campus and starting their seasons strong, but said they understand the need to postpone until sports can safely resume.
Losing sports is a reality check and a harsh reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to completely turn normalcy on its head. Still, there are options for those unable to wait any longer for their Loyola sports fix and want to revisit some of the playoff runs and championships that went into creating Loyola’s history.
The most comprehensive resource for highlights and sports compilations, Loyola Fans should have no problems filling their free time with clips of Loyola Athletics’ most memorable moments.
Some past games are available on YouTube and the NCAA March Madness channel has more than eighty full men’s basketball games.
LUC Social Media
Loyola Athletics fans can also check out the Twitter pages of Loyola’s different teams to stay up-to-date on all their news and updates. Coaches have said online engagement will be a major factor in motivating the players and helping them feel connected to the Loyola community.
Do Your Part
Fans should look toward athletes both professional and amateur who are using their elevated platforms to speak up in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against pervasive, systemic racism. Ramblers can also educate themselves about the 1963 Loyola men’s basketball team’s barrier-breaking national championship, and ask themselves how their Jesuit education can be used as a force for good.
It goes without saying though, that the Loyola community must do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if they want to once again don their maroon and gold and cheer on their friends, classmates and peers as Rambler athletes get back on the fields and courts.