By LARRY VAUGHT
During my weekly show Thursday morning on WPBK-FM, co-host Tim Estes constantly upped my optimism about having football this fall.
I went into the show feeling about 50-50 — my most optimistic feeling in weeks — but I think by the time we went off air after our interview with former UK All-American Mike Pratt, he had the prediction to 60-40 in favor of football or maybe higher.
Then a few hours later my 50-50 feeling probably dropped to about 40-60 after Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN that he was not optimistic about a fall football season because of COVID-19.
“Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall. If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year,” Fauci said on CNN.
I don’t know about you, but I just don’t see college or high school football players living in a bubble. Maybe the NFL could figure a way to do it, but not high school and college teams.
Of course the NFL does not agree with Fauci — or at least not yet — and believes increased adjustments will allow the season to start on time. Colleges also seem to be gearing up more for football and high school coaches are getting more optimistic even though KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett keeps cautioning them that there’s no way what might happen the next three months.
I just know that if Fauci is supposed to be as good at his job as we’ve been told, then his words are something to pay attention to even if we might not like what he said.
And remember that a few hours after Fauci’s comments the University of Texas said 13 players had tested positive for COVID-19 and 10 other players have self-quarantined.