Lack of FSU sports forces fans to find new ways to pass the time
The abrupt and absolute absence of sports has left a significant hole.
Beginning with the NBA suspending its season on the night of March 11, the entire sports world in the United States – as well as much of the world as a whole – has closed its doors due to the growing threat of coronavirus.
The ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments were canceled the next day, March 12. The ACC announced that it was suspending all sporting events on the same day and canceled sporting events until the end of the academic year on March 17.
The closure of FSU sports facilities on March 20 to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus was the death knell of the season for all FSU sports.
For the most die-hard supporters of Seminole, this is what hit the hardest. What are those who plan their lives attending and watching as many FSU sporting events as they can do with this new time?
For someone like FSU fan Jeremy D. Jones, this has been particularly difficult.
“My life was organized around FSU athletics,” Jones told the Democrat.
“I only missed games if I was out of town or had an academic commitment and even then I tried to reschedule. I’ve been to every men’s basketball game this season, every 18. I missed a couple of women’s games, mostly because I was out of town. I missed a baseball game. “
The cancellation of all remaining FSU sporting events through June did not come out of nowhere. The ACC shelter for the semester seemed to be a matter of when and not after the mass cancellations started.
However, it is still difficult to understand. The cancellation left more than half of a baseball and softball season, an entire outdoor track season, and a remarkable number of home and away FSU events unplayed.
FSU’s 7-4 victory over Illinois on March 12 will be FSU’s final sporting event of the 2019-20 season.
With an idea that it might be, Kris Gaskins made sure he was there at Dick Howser Stadium that night.
“Really disappointed with the baseball season, but I made sure to go to the last game of the year on March 11 with my daughter,” Gaskins told the Democrat.
“I knew it could be the last game of the year. It was great to see Reece Albert come back and hit (two homers).”
With all the time suddenly vacant, these fans and countless others have had to resort to new ways of passing the time. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of them still revolve around FSU athletics, but in a different way.
“I’m a bit of an amateur graphic designer. I create Seminole player collages for different players,” Tyler Bringman told Democrat.
“I have created over 200 for various football, basketball, baseball and track athletes. Many former players really enjoy them. I create for players who may have never seen one. playing time but still considered part of Florida State University’s team and history. “
Others use time without sport to explore other hobbies.
“I’m a musician. I play bass and I mainly play bluegrass,” Jones said.
“I have a guitar and an organ and I will try to learn to play new instruments and maybe practice bass technique.
Gaskins is set to work on a long overdue house project, saying, “With interest rates getting extremely low, I am looking to refinance the house and get a construction loan so that I can doing the renovations I wanted to do since I bought the house five years ago. “
The abrupt end of FSU sports for the foreseeable future has left each of these three members and many more in the fanbase with a garnet and golden itch to scratch. While there aren’t any new events coming anytime soon, Gaskins is already digging through a library of past FSU games on the internet.
“We’ve always looked at the national championships, but we’re looking at reviewing entire seasons,” said Gaskins.
Others are just not there yet.
“I couldn’t watch the highlights because right now the thought of not having FSU baseball makes me extremely upset,” Jones said.
“But once the negative feelings calm down, I definitely plan on watching a few games. I followed FSU baseball last year during the playoffs. I was lucky to be able to going to Athens, Baton Rouge and Omaha and I would love to see those shows again, relive those good memories. I also want to see a few basketball games from this season again. “
It’s safe to say that many FSU fans had a good appreciation for all of Seminole’s sports before this pandemic hit the country. This continued absence has greatly increased this appreciation.
“It was an eye opener, to say the least, with no FSU athleticism to watch or witness,” said Bringman.
“Between March Madness, FSU baseball and the spring game, there was something to look forward to … FSU athletics is a big part of my life and it’s a bit difficult when there is no matches to watch. “
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