POLL QUESTION – APRIL 19
By Leo Haggerty

SPORT YOU WILL MISS THE MOST

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.

It’s Sunday.  That can only mean the second installment of our Its Sports! Magazine poll question.

This one definitely takes into account what could happen during this uncertain time of COVID-19.  Hopefully, it won’t.  Still, I wanted to have our columnists give there opinion on the question below in case it does come to fruition.

IF ALL COLLEGE AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS WERE CANCELLED UNTIL NEXT MARCH, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU MISS THE MOST?

Some really diverse trains of thought here.  From none to a second southern secession.  Now that’s getting serious.

As usual, some are brief and others include explanations.  Either way, you’ll get the gist of what everyone is feeling.  Enjoy.

MIKE SCHULZE – GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
College Football

WILL SMITH – AFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
Was really looking forward to this baseball season, waiting to see how the Astros cheating scandal played out.  How would the Astros players react to the increased attention and criticism?  Would the fear of being “beaned” impact staying down on that hard curveball?
If the season were to be completely shut down until next year the hatred may tone down a little bit, and a lot of harsh booing from the fans may subside.  A rematch of the Yankees Aroldis Chapman’s 105MPH Fastball up and in to little Jose Altuve, followed up by that vicious Slider…. Could he really hang in there without knowing what’s coming?  I guess we still will find out but without the huge buildup, and what a shame that is.
STEPHANIE MATHEWS – PHOTOJOURNALIST
College football!!
JAMES CARLSON – GUEST CONTRBUTOR
MLB
JOHN LENTZ – NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYSIST
None!  On second thought, college.
BARRY JENKINS – GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
NFL
JASON RUBIN – AFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
College football
STEVE VARCARDIPONE – AFC SOUTH CORRESPONDENT
NFL, nothing better on TV!
KATHRYN HAGGERTY – PRODUCER
I would lose my mind and miss The Clemson Tigers the most. Of course I added a THE because Clemson has whooped up on THE Ohio State long enough that they are now just Ohio State. Yes, the NFL would be missed but would it really? It’s turned into touch football. My grandfathers wouldn’t watch NFL these days if they were still alive because of how weak it has become. College still has that thrill we live for every Saturday during football season. This all coming from a female who loves all sports and missing them like Saban missing a National Championship. I’d take competitive badminton at this point. BRING BACK SPORTS.

STEVE JACOBSON – PHOTOJOURNALIST
What would I miss the most?   It’s a tie…College and Pro Football.  That said, I can’t see College Football played with no fans in the stands, outside the stadium, etc.

KAZLIN RIVARD – AFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
NFL, hands down… The season isn’t as long as others. 17 weeks, 16 games, then playoffs. There is something about football that draws the masses together better than any other sport (college football is up there too). Sunday tailgates, BBQ’s, parties, rivalries, and the list goes on. I don’t know stats on this, but I would assume fantasy football is the most played fantasy league across all professional sports platforms. The fun that provides alone is something many of us would miss.  Sports in general bring us all together and create a special type of camaraderie. Choosing which specific sport aside, that is what I will miss the most.

KEVIN NOWAK – PHOTOJOURNALIST
The NFL. The weekly anticipation is unrivaled and it really has become a league where any team can win each Sunday.

DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
I’ve become a big fan of college sports. I’d hate to see no football until after the first of the year. No college basketball would also be painful for me.

TOM HAGGERTY – NFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
I would truly miss NCAA Women’s Volleyball. They are some amazing athletes on the courts these days. The women’s team at St. Xavier where I coach Lacrosse is on the court before my team starts evening practice in Jan/Feb. They are all better conditioned and just as athletic as my team and (except for 4 of my players) bigger than us. Love that they play a team concept and not just support roles for the 2 best players on the court. And of course like most women’s sports their enthusiasm is contagious. #lovemesomevolleyballgirls  #wellworththeclimb

SEAN OSBORNE – GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
I’d miss the most anticipated season in Tampa Bay sports history when it tries to get the Bucs BACK TO THE MOUNTIAN TOP …So my vote is NFL Football is what I’d miss most THIS year .. Baseball is gonna be tough this summer tho ..No one alive today has ever seen a total season shutdown.  Anyways, my vote is NFL football

T.J. SHARPE – AFC CHEF
That’s a no brainer. College football. It’s way too easy to say pro. But if you took one away, college would be way more missed by those who watch it.
JIM THIES – NFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
I’m a confirmed puck head so – hockey.  The NCAA playoffs feature the best teams and players in the country. Several of those players will someday skate in the NHL and it’s fun to be able to follow them from the collegiate ranks to the professional level.  My family has an annual event to pick the NCAA Frozen Four champion. Everyone competes – including the grandkids. We’ve been doing this for 12 years now and it’s called the Thies NCAA Frozen Four Traveling Trophy. Good times and we’re missing it this year!!  For me there’s nothing like the Stanley Cup playoffs. Sixteen teams and it doesn’t matter about the rankings as demonstrated last year when St. Louis won Lord Stanley’s Cup from the 16th spot.  Teams come to play hard every night. One aspect I enjoy is that a team can have a terrible game on one night and then come out two nights later and crush the same opponent. Hockey players have short memories!!  Players see each other for anywhere from four to seven games and there can be some real grudge matchups during the playoffs  And it’s not uncommon for a highly skilled offensive player to give his body up to block a shot.  I’ve been known to watch four games in a given night. And I’m always cheering for a seventh game!! Great stuff!!
RICK MOORE – NFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
College Basketball
MARK PEARCEY – GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
College Football of course
SHAUN HAGGERTY – NFC SOUTH CORRESPONDENT
By far, the sport my fall Saturdays revolve  around is the one I would miss the most. I love college football for its passionate fan bases, the traditions and mostly because it is the ONLY sport where one loss in the regular season can end your chances for a championship. This is why I am against expanding the playoff to 8 teams UNLESS the first round is hosted at the higher seed. Then each game would still have HUGE value. So, as a southerner, I am confident that if the powers that be decided to postpone the season, we will see the south secede for a 2nd time and still play the games down here. All we have to do is invite Ohio State and we have all the teams capable of winning a championship anyway. Side note: Ohio State should have beaten Clemson last year and, with their high NFL draft pick secondary, would have matched up with LSU much better.
ALLEN CURTISS – NFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
College football. The Saturday passion cannot be duplicated and it will feel weird in the spring
LEO HAGGERTY – EDITOR
College Football.  Where else can you park your fanny in front of the Boob Tube every Saturday for 13 weeks and watch a sport CONTINUOUSLY from 11 am to 2 am.  Plus, you get bonus weekday coverage.  That clinches it or me.