OK, Gator fans, time for a show of hands: How many of you want college football in the fall? Better yet, how many of you want it desperately?
So, everyone is in agreement here. You want it. Desperately.
Now, another show of hands: How many of you are refusing to wear masks in stores, restaurants and other public places where people gather?
I thought so. Everyone’s not together on this. Some of you are stubbornly sticking by your stance that it’s your right not to wear one.
To those, I say this: wear a mask. It’s not that hard to do. Do it for your safety, for the safety of others — and do it for the sake of college football.
While COVID-19 continues to spike in the SEC region, time is starting to run out on whether we’re going to have a college football season this fall. The SEC is expected to announce its plans at the end of this month. If things haven’t changed by that time, man, what are we looking at this fall? Maybe no football. Maybe just a few games. And maybe no fans in the stands.
That would be a nightmare for all of us who love football and can’t wait for it to get here every year.
For the sake of football, wear the mask. The SEC coaches have all said it (photo of UF’s Dan Mullen courtesy of UAA), so I guess I can say it.
Everyone needs to work together on this. There’s still time to turn this spread around and put college football in a position where it can at least get off to a safe start at some point.
Some people are going to have to change and put on a mask. What worries me is those people won’t do it.
Take Georgia for instance — the state, not the university. It really worries me. We were in north Georgia, in the mountains, last week and people, lots of people, were walking around with no masks, acting like the virus is gone and life is back to normal.
We went to one restaurant where the bar was absolutely stacked with people — none of them wearing masks. When we walked into the restaurant wearing our masks, people looked at us like we all had two heads.
Hey, it’s OK to wear a mask. Now just do it.
This isn’t about politics. It has nothing to do with red or blue or whatever. It’s about football — college football. Let’s do everything we can to make it happen this fall.