by Max Osias ’24
Published Nov. 11th, 2020
The NFL and The Montgomery Football team have both been dealing with COVID-19, although one has been hit harder than the other. At the beginning of the season, the NFL, the sports league with the most personnel, seemed like it was handling the difficulties of navigating the restrictions enforced by the pandemic flawlessly.
These initial results were a great success for league officials, disproving the idea that an NBA-like bubble would be needed in order to complete the season without a major pause in play. However, after the Tennessee Titans’ win over the Minnesota Vikings, several of the Titans players and staff started receiving positive COVID results, forcing them to quarantine. The Vikings were also panicked and reacted by closing down their facilities.
After several tests, the laboratories confirmed that the team was not infected with the virus. On the other hand, the Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers game had to be postponed to Week 7 in order for the NFL to ensure that there were no positive cases. While the Titans fiasco was eventually resolved, the incident opened the eyes of the public to the challenges of trying to orchestrate an NFL season in the midst of a pandemic.
On the other hand the Montgomery football team has been working relentlessly to deal with the dangers of COVID. The PawPrint talked to Kevin Thomas, one of the starting offensive lineman and captains of the Montgomery Varsity Football team.
When asked what the team does before and after games to prevent the spread of COVID, he replied “We always stay socially distanced whenever possible… we always have our masks on no matter what, when we take off our helmets we have our masks on, unless we have our helmets on then we just play football… we always wash every single pad before we put it away.”. Preparation and the safety of players was also mentioned. “We try to stay quarantined as much as possible”. He reiterated the importance the team places on wearing masks religiously in order to ensure that they can play in the upcoming game.
Kevin reassured that, despite the fact that some of the games were cancelled, the team is thriving during these hard times. Despite the adverse circumstances, MHS has a record of 2-2 and 1-0 in their division, mostly without JJ Malek, their starting quarterback, being sidelined. This injury forced Alex Benitez, their starting running back and kicker, to play QB. COVID-19, unfortunately, will still continue, however, as long as there are opponents to compete against, our beloved teams will also continue to persevere in a safe manner.