Over the past couple of weeks or so, the virus known as Coronavirus Disease 2019, the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has rapidly spread all over the United States and has reached the stage of a country-wide pandemic. Believed to have originated from an animal in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, the disease has since spread rapidly in the tightly populated cities and ports of the country.
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic posed a dilemma for the 2020 Summer Olympics, forcing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the games until 2021. The major sporting competitions were scheduled to take place this year in Tokyo, Japan.
Covid-19 has struck thousands of US citizens locally and nationally. As of Monday, March 24th, Covid-19-19 has expanded and continued to work its way through our nation. This brings the total case number to 875 positive tested cases in the state of CT. There have been 19 deaths and 54 hospitalizations according to Governor Lamont.
The Indoor Track and Field Season has finally come to a close when Eastern participated in the New England Division III Championships meet. This meet took place over the course of two days. It started on Friday, February 28th, and continued into Saturday, February 29th. The Men’s team and Women’s team also participated in two separate locations, with the men performing at the Springfield College Field House, in Springfield, MA; and the Women competing at Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont. Not everybody participated in this particular meet, only because the highest ranking individuals in each event were able to compete.
Monday night’s matchup between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden featured a battle between two of the NBA’s biggest personalities. However, the showdown didn’t take place on the ninety-four feet of hardwood which has been the center stage for New York basketball over the past fifty-two years. Rather, the conflict ensued at the employee entrance to the arena between Knicks super fan Spike Lee and the infamous owner of the franchise James Dolan.
Eastern’s Indoor Track and Field team continues to have a successful season after their performance at the MIT Gordon Kelley Invitational on February 15th. They had previously performed in four consecutive meets in prior weeks, and have set some impressive times for the team’s record.
The 49ers then tied the game by scoring another touchdown. After a halftime show featuring Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, the game picked back up when San Francisco kicked another field goal and scored a touchdown in the third quarter. San Francisco was winning with 20 points while Kansas City only had 10, until they scored another touchdown, and just barely scored another with only 3 minutes left on the clock. With only a minute left, the Chief’s ended up scoring another touchdown, and kicked a final field goal, bringing their score up to 31.
After canceling a game to allow the players time to grieve, the Lakers held a memorial honoring Bryant on Jan. 31 prior to their game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Laker players wore Kobe jerseys with the No. 24, shed tears, and consoled each other, remembering their friend and inspiration. Lebron James, who has been with the Lakers 19 months, did his best to commemorate Bryant for his lifetime hard work and addressed the Laker nation with heartfelt, healing words. “As I look around this arena, we’re all grieving,” James said. “We’re all hurt. We’re all heartbroken. But when we’re going through things like this, the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.” Since the day of Bryant’s death, citizens of Los Angeles gathered out of the Staples stadium, creating makeshift shrines with candles, flowers, and balloons.
This NFL season is winding down and teams already have their eyes toward postseason seeding. This year has given us so many storylines, good and bad alike, that have made this season memorable. One storyline that has flown under the radar is that we are witnessing the shattering of stereotypes right in front of our eyes. The Undefeated coined the phrase “The Year of the Black Quarterback” to explain the reimagining of what a franchise quarterback looks like. This isn’t the first year that a Black quarterback has been successful, Cam Newton and Patrick have both won league MVP this decade, and QBs like Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham, and Warren Moon were all great in their respective eras. The reason why this year has been so important is because we have never seen this many Black QBs positioned as the face of franchises before, as of this season there are about five: Wilson, Mahomes, Jackson, Prescott, Watson.
The Women’s basketball team opens up their season on Friday, where they will face Trinity College at 5:00 pm in Hartford in the first round of the Trinity College Tip-Off Tournament. The Warriors look to defend their Little East Conference (LEC) Championship title after a 77-72 win on the floor of UMass Dartmouth last season.