Lots going on in the world of sports
After a long game of wait and see throughout the latter part of spring and throughout summer wondering if there would be any sports whatsoever to talk about, now there is so much going on its hard to stay on top of much of it.
In prep action, football teams have reached the midseason mark and now are competing for region championships as evidenced by the Unaka and Cloudland game while the Elizabethton football team is on a 20-game winning streak and on top of Class 4A in the state.
Hampton football continues to climb in the rankings in the state as well as the Bulldogs are playing excellent football while Happy Valley is working hard to get back to a good seeding in the playoffs over the final weeks.
Middle school football is getting started for the county schools this week in a small schedule of games while TAD has been putting the hurt on the teams they have played to date.
Girls volleyball will be entering district action within the week while girls soccer also is beginning to shape up its seedings for the upcoming tournament.
Middle school soccer and volleyball are also starting its charge toward district tournament play and performing quite well.
Golf has been wrapped up for the most part with a couple of Elizabethton golfers participating in the regionals this week while Cross Country also is getting toward the end of the season.
Many didn’t know if this would be the case early on but here we are and there is no one more thrilled than I am at being able to see these kids get to compete – win or lose.
Collegiate football is underway with the Tennessee Vols playing their first game on the road in South Carolina this past week and preparing for its second opponent in Missouri this week while other conferences are three to four games into their seasons.
The Big 10 and PAC-12 will be playing shortened fall seasons as well while ETSU will be looking at hopefully having a season in the spring of 2021 in their conference.
In professional sports, the NBA finals have been set with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers set to square off while Major League Baseball has completed its 60-game season and are now playing best of three series as they work to set up who will be in the 2020 World Series.
NFL football has experienced its first COVID-19 outbreak in the Tennessee Titan camp after the Titans have gotten off to a 3-0 start on the season with its game against Pittsburgh being postponed from its Sunday kickoff.
And NASCAR is in its playoff mode as that season begins to wind down as well.
So, there definitely has been a whole lot of sports going on that many didn’t expect to this point but here we are.
And even with sports going at the prep and collegiate level, there is not a whole lot known about how the season will impact the seasons next year as far as from a financial standpoint with limited attendance at events.
Time will tell, but for right now sports fans, take time and enjoy your favorite sport(s).