Sports world virtually whitewashed by virus
By Tim Clinton
COVID-19, SARS-CoV2 or novel coronavirus.
Whatever you call it, it has made a mess of the sports world, including at the local level.
Right down to Little League regular season baseball and softball games at such charters as Pacwest, West Seattle, Southwest, Ballard, Skyway Foster and South Highline American and National.
"While each community is being affected differently by the coronavirus, we feel that it is in the best interest of our volunteers and families to delay the implementation of the Little League season to begin no earlier than April 6," Little League announced in a statement on Twitter.
Washington governor Jay Inslee closed schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through April 24 and with that went the high school spring sports seasons until then.
The national sports seasons changed in a hurry as well.
The NCAA went from playing its basketball tournaments before empty arenas to cancelling them altogether for the first time in history.
So West Seattle graduate Lydia Giomi and the high-flying Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks will not get another crack at the Final Four this year.
The Seattle Dragons went from playing in an empty CenturyLink Field to having the rest of the fledgling XFL season cancelled.
The Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League went from having their Friday match against San Diego switched from the accesso Showare Center in Kent to the tiny Tacoma Soccer Center to having the league pull the plug on the entire season as well.
"The decision to suspend games and cancel a season is unprecedented," the Stars said in a statement.
Having their season suspended indefinitely were the Seattle Thunderbirds of Showare and the Western Hockey League -- not to mention the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association.
The Seattle Mariners and Major League Baseball have had spring training suspended and the regular season suspended for two weeks, and the M's will not play at T-Mobile Park until at least sometime in April.
The Seattle Seawolves of Tukwila are suspended 30 days along with the rest of Major League Rugby.
"The health and safety of our fans, players and staff is the top priority of the Seattle Seawolves and Major League Rugby," wrote team president and owner Shane Skinner in an online statement. "Our hearts go out to members of our local and global community who have been affected by COVID-19."
The Seattle Sounders and Major League Soccer are also suspended 30 days, and the Sounders have ceased their practices at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.
But Skinner ended his Seawolves statement on a positive note.
"We look forward to seeing you back at Starfire Stadium soon," he wrote to fans of his twice defending league championship team.