Philadelphia sports in 2020; what’s its been like

Philadelphia Eagles fans rally before a game in the 2019-2020 NFL.

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Philadelphia Eagles fans rally before a game in the 2019-2020 NFL.

What’s America’s favorite thing to watch? Sports. What’s the main activity keeping sport’s fans distracted by the fact that there is a worldwide pandemic? Also sports.

From the Thanksgiving Day game to the Super Bowl, Football is America’s number one watched sport. And there was a chance America almost lost its cherished sport.

COVID-19 made its entrance on March 12th, 2020. It started off as a two-week quarantine and eventually led to everything closing and masks becoming mandatory— this became America’s new reality. That is including the many sports seasons America once watched every day, being abandoned—so we thought.

The Philadelphia Eagles, our beloved sports team, has made a return since COVID-19. Their return had fans in much excitement.

Their first game was on September 13th against the Washington Football Team, a game that started well for the Eagles but slowly went downhill, ending with a score of 17-27 Washington. Soon, the games became difficult for Eagles fans to watch.

The Eagles are actually in the NFC East division—or should I say NFC Least? The Eagles have a 1-2-1 record, winning their game against the San Francisco 49ers. Even with a winless record, the Eagles still find themselves at the top of the NFC East standings.

Do any of our precious Eagles players have injuries so far for this 2020 season? Yes. Our players that are currently out are Trevor Williams (rib), Avonte Maddox (ankle), Alshon Jeffery (foot), and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf) who is doubtful he will be coming back. Also, 3 players have been placed on a reserve list for COVID-19, but only one official player has tested positive, Lane Johnson.

With football coming back, you may be wondering what other sports have made a comeback or will be making a comeback? Well, NBA basketball, another fan favorite, made its return in July. Philadelphia’s team, along with other NBA teams resumed their season, playing eight more games. Not only did Sixers fans need redemption, but so did the players. They ended their season with a record of 39-26.

The NHL returned in August after canceling its regular 2019-2020 season but began doing an expanded 24-team playoff format. The NHL had 35 total players who tested positive for COVID-19, none who were on the Flyers. They played in the Stanley Cup, ending in second in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers’ season ended in September with a record of 41-21-7.

Obviously, we can’t forget the MLB who had a total of seven players on our Philadelphia Phillies team. Originally, the MLB announced that the 2020 season was going to be canceled, but after much rescheduling, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases for MLB players, staff, and coaches, a decision was made to go back. They concluded they will be doing a 60-game schedule for the 2020 season. The Phillies ended 3rd in the NL East with a record of 28-32.

All of America’s top 3 most popular sports have returned, but will sports ever be the same after this global pandemic? Only time, patience, and following safety guidelines will tell