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NCAA Basketball Plans & Covid Condolences For Some DBR Readers

Gonzaga v North Carolina
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Confetti covers the Final Four logo after the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tar Heels defeated the Bulldogs 71-65.
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We more or less have an idea about the NCAA and fall sports now, but what about basketball? When will be able to watch what Shooter in Hoosiers called “the greatest game ever invented“ begin?

Well about that.

There are several options now according to Matt Norlander over at

Option 1

  • First practices allowed: Sept. 29
  • First day of season: Nov. 10 (No change to start of season)

Option 2

  • First practices allowed: Oct. 9
  • First day of season: Nov. 20

Option 3

  • First practices allowed: Oct. 14
  • First day of season: Nov. 25

Option 4

  • First practices allowed: Oct. 24
  • First day of season: Dec. 4

If none of this seems workable then it could be pushed back to January or, obviously, just called off completely.

For people like us, missing football is a drag but basketball? Missing basketball season?

Heartbreaking. Inexplicable.

Covid keeps taking things away from us but none are more important than the people we love which puts basketball in its proper perspective. We can live without it if we have to; of course we can. We can come back to it. It’s not like the game is going to go away.

Some things do, though, including good and worthy folk.

So many people have lost loved ones, including one of our earliest readers, Ann Ferrell Quillen and her nephew Cliff, who also reads here. Cliff’s father and Anne’s brother, Henry C. Ferrell, Jr. was claimed this week by the virus.

We’ve gotten to know a few Ferrells and they’re all wonderful people which means Henry was bound to have been as well. We’re so sorry this has been visited on them. Our deepest condolences to Anne and Cliff and their families and to any of you who have lost loved ones to the pandemic.

Work continues on it obviously and we would like to point out to anyone who hasn’t considered this that this is not like any pandemic that has come before. We don’t mean medically - they’ve all been different in one way or another naturally - but rather in terms of human capacity and ingenuity.

If it hasn’t occurred to you, and it took a good while for it to happen here, we, meaning humanity, can use the Internet to do things that were inconceivable only a few years ago.