Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Life without sports

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Clay Herrell

Sports have a way of making everything happening in the ‘real’ world seem non-existent. Sports are a release for many people, including myself. For anyone who’s known me, you know my entire life revolves around sports.

If you walked into my bedroom you would be greeted with a Fathead of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, a Fathead of the 2017 Golden State Warriors championship team and a wall dedicated to the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup Championship.

Whenever people ask me if I’ve seen a certain movie or TV show, my response is typically, “I only watch sports. If it isn’t ESPN, Fox Sports Midwest or NBC Sports, I probably haven’t seen it.”

So when all of the major professional sports began suspending their seasons due to COVID-19 concerns, my entire life halted as well.

It hasn’t even been a month without sports and I already miss the pure excitement of yelling ‘HE SCORED,” when watching a Blues game, or trying to stay quiet in my room at midnight because Steph Curry knocked down another 35-foot three-point shot.

I miss the sounds of the beer salesman walking up and down the section yelling “Beer man here,” at the Enterprise Center. I miss the sound of a baseball hitting the bat at Busch Stadium.

All of these things that I maybe didn’t appreciate as much before are the things I would do anything to experience at this moment.

I have even found myself scrolling through my camera roll watching videos from previous Cardinals and Blues games I’ve attended

One of my favorite sports memories came during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Enterprise Center watch party.

When Alex Pietrangelo scored to give the Blues a 2-0 lead, I will never forget high-fiving every single person around me. The feeling of euphoria is something I will always remember.

One thing this pandemic has taught me is to never take the simplest things for granted.

I would do anything for the MLB, NBA, and NHL seasons to resume tomorrow. April is arguably one of the best months for sports. You have the conclusion of the NCAA Tournaments, the NBA playoffs begin, the NHL playoffs begin and the MLB begins their season.

I can’t wait for the day I get a Twitter notification informing me one of the major professional sports will be resuming their season.

Until then, I will continue rewatching games I have seen countless times and playing an unnecessary amount of MLB The Show 20.