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By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


Like everyone, I'm eager for a return to what was once considered " normal " in our lives.

And like a good faction of people, the re-introduction of sports in the era of COVID-19 was seen as both a positive & a blessing.

However, the " return " of sports has not always been smooth.

Several PGA golfers and UFC fighters have bowed out of their competitions based on either test results or proximity to those who have tested positive.

The " MLS Is Back " Tournament opened this week, but not without issues.

Toronto FC was delayed by 3 days before they finally arrived in Florida.

Dallas FC dropped out due to an outbreak, Nashville had their game postponed for the same reason before they dropped out and the Vancouver Whitecaps will be missing at least 5 players when they open their tournament schedule next week.

Major League Baseball was also impacted.

Washington, Houston, St Louis & San Francisco all closed their training camps and the Toronto Blue Jays were unable to confirm exactly where their home games would be played.

The National Basketball Association is due to return later this month, also in Florida. But some of the biggest names in the sport are critical of the concept while others are balking at participating.

And the National Hockey League has confirmed at least 35 positive results through their testing process in Phase 2 of their Return to Play.

Yes, it's great that we're progressing, or returning, to a form of normalcy, but we're kidding ourselves if we think COVID-19 is behind us in terms of pro sports and many facets of our lives.

Have a great weekend.


I'm Fred Wallace




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