One year ago, many of us were coming off an awesome 2019 Christmas celebration with friends and family. We were two months into the NBA season, the NHL a few weeks older, and the NFL was hurling towards Super Bowl LIV. We as fans and as Americans were clueless about what was about to happen.
About one month later, news broke about a pandemic that started in the capital of the Chinese Province Hubei. Wuhan was the epicenter for news media coverage as headline after headline showed stories about where this new disease that was killing hundreds and even thousands in and around Wuhan, started.
It didn’t take long for life here in the States to take a drastic turn. The major sports associations and leagues took swift actions being the first to respond to the pandemic given its responsibility for tens of thousands of fans in packed arenas and stadiums across the country.
“The Bubble,” will now be a common phrase for NBA while NHL fans will remember “The Hubs. Watching both the MLB and the NFL with no fans was not only surreal, but also extremely disappointing. The NHL split the League in two for their 2020 Pandemic Playoffs with half the league playing at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, and the other at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
As we take a look back at 2020 we are reminded at how quickly things can change around us and that our love of sports is all but a distraction from a crazy and chaotic world us. Although we didn’t have the luxuries of sitting down at Coors Field to eat an pulled pork BBQ Sammy, or have some fully loaded nachos at the Pepsi Center, we were lucky enough to have sports this year, period.
For some, sports could very well have saved any shred of sanity from a year that’s clearly been insane.
We are now at the end of the NFL season, and starting a new NBA season (late because of COVID-19) with the new NHL season right around the corner and although we haven’t seen much change in terms of how we watch the games, the more important thing is that we still have them.
Twenty-Twenty will forever be remembered as an apocalyptic type year, but we still have high hopes for 2021 and the direction of our favorite teams.
The Denver Broncos 2020 was what you would expect of this type of year, however there is promise in this young offense and we just hope for 2021 to be a year of leaps and bounds for this team.
The Denver Nuggets won their first game of the season after dropping their first two of the season to the Sacramento Kings and the L.A. Clippers. This team also, young and talented has huge potential in 2021 and over the next few years.
The Colorado Rockies have been the talk of many sports stations around the country, mostly for rumors that third baseman Nolan Arenado was been shopped around for a trade. Rockies management denied the claims and Rockies fans can still breath… for now.
The Colorado Avalanche are and probably will be the most promising team for 2021. The Avs made it to game seven of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs earlier this year. Look for another deep push into the post-season from this undeniably talented squad.