By Leo Haggerty


First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.

Had a chance to get in a couple of questions at the virtual press conference with Buccaneers Chris Godwin this week.  Below are the two that I asked the Pewter Pirates wide receiver who is coming off a late season hamstring injury.

LH : Are you able to find a place to work out safely?

CG : I have been able to work out safely.  So far, I am very thankful for that.

LH : The NFL doesn’t have to start their season in September.  They could go back to October or even November.  What would that mean to you to have to go possibly eight or nine months before even getting into training camp?

CG : I think that would be a very strange situation.  Obviously, these is unprecedented times.  People really don’t know how to react.  With that being said, the biggest thing is the safety of all of our citizens.  It doesn’t make sense to try and rush back to start the season if we’re going to have a major setback.  Sports are great but I don’t think it’s worth the loss of life.  The biggest thing is to stay safe.  If that means we have to push the season back then so be it.  It’s our job, as professionals, to be ready to go whenever they tell us to line up.

Some sage words from former Penn State Nittany Lion.  Here’s hoping we see him , and the rest of the Tampa Bay contingent, sooner than later at One Buccaneer Palace.