A virtual Tampa rally for Joe Biden is an example of how the pandemic is changing politics, but it didn’t go so well. The former vice president held a virtual rally yesterday for his local supporters, but his message may have gotten lost in a series of technical glitches that included a recurring black screen, Biden repeatedly asking, “are we on” and the sound of a duck quacking in the background. Things only got slightly better as Biden came on, apparently speaking from his backyard.“I wish that we could have done this together and it had gone a little more smoothly,” the former vice president said as he removed his trademark aviator sunglasses to begin his speech.When the basic tech wasn’t failing Biden, a rather loud, angry-sounding chirping bird drowned out Biden’s remarks better than any MAGA protestor could ever hope to achieve.Virtual campaigning could decide the race between Biden and President Trump. “So plagued by technical problems it looked like it was being run by local seniors attempting Zoom for the first time.” #sayfie https://t.co/VATPuGwbo8— Ken Farnaso (@KLF) May 8, 2020
The spread of the virus also highlights the potential reach of political decisions in a globalized world. According to The New York Times, when officials in China first learned of the coronavirus, their reaction was to suppress the discovery rather than report it. At the time, this was a political calculation, a consideration made with the interests of the Communist party in mind. Now, that political calculation has not only led to a miserable situation for the Party but a potential catastrophe for the wider world of sports. However, there are growing fears that the 2020 Olympics in Japan might not even happen at all. In light of the dire condition brought upon many countries by the coronavirus, the Olympics is now in jeopardy. More than 1,000 people in Japan have been infected with the virus, 12 have died and several schools have been shut down. Now, it’s on our sports pages. The prospect alone of a cancelled Olympics shows just how inextricably linked sports are with politics. Months ago, the coronavirus was a story best suited for the front page of The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. It was a story that highlighted communist suppression and the global threat of pandemics. Tokyo was chosen for many reasons. The city has been a hub for international trade, culture and technology for decades, and it also boasts a metropolitan population of 36 million people, which gives the Games maximum exposure. There are many different ways to approach the situation, and there’s not one easy answer. But whatever the IOC decides to do, it must not simply call off the 2020 Games. The Olympics might be cancelled due to concerns regarding Coronavirus. (Photo from BBC Sports/ Twitter) Other prominent examples exist to further highlight the connection between sports and politics. After 9/11, MLB postponed several of its games, pushing the World Series well into November. The NFL did the same, cancelling the weekend’s games after the attack. Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about the 2020 Olympics. His column, “Going for Gold,” runs every other Wednesday. This is a better option than postponing the Olympics because of the challenges with timing that would arise otherwise. If postponed, many of the athletes and participants would have to wait longer, causing their entire training schedules to be thrown off and, for older athletes, possibly impacting their chances of participating in the Games at all. In addition, the Olympics has a tradition of hosting the Winter Games two years after the Summer Games, so a postponement would throw off the IOC’s time tables. The IOC would be doing athletes and sports fans all over the world a disservice by canceling the Olympics. Though the risk is real and must be approached with the utmost care, the Olympics is a historic tradition that should not be canceled altogether even if there is a fear of a health epidemic. The IOC definitely does not want to cancel the Olympics, and an overwhelming majority of people don’t want that either. If I was in charge of determining where to move the Olympics, I would say move the Games to a location that has already hosted it in recent years such as Rio de Janeiro or London. Most likely, many of the Olympic venues are now being used recreationally and can be quickly turned around to accommodate the Olympics again. Every several years, the International Olympic Committee gathers to determine where the next Olympic Games should be held. Because preparation for the Olympics takes years, the IOC chose 2020’s Tokyo all the way back in 2011. In the same vein, the Olympics, arguably the biggest international sporting event in the world, is under threat. Talk of a potential cancellation is in full swing, and representatives of the IOC have already publicly discussed the potential of delaying the Games or moving them to a different city, which is virtually unfeasible.
All joking aside, on March 4, the Astros, in association with Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston, launched the Crawford Bock. So as spring training ramps up in West Palm Beach, FL, Astros fans back home can crack open a cold one with team colors they can be proud of.Tonight the @astros Shooting Stars will be at @LWmidtown at 6pm for the tapping of #crawfordbock! Spin the prize wheel for some sweet swag and get a raffle ticket for chance to win a @TeamCJCorrea and Joe Smith autographed baseball! pic.twitter.com/Dv1MQZJmTC— Karbach Brewing Co. (@karbachbrewing) March 4, 2019“They wanted to create a brand that paid homage to the past but also was cemented in the current,” David Graham, brand manager of the brewing company told Omnisport. “So we came up with the Crawford Bock name, then the design to root ourselves in the present Crawford Box, that obviously calls out to the Crawford Boxes of Minute Maid Park, and then to focus the design on the throwback rainbow stripes of the past.” Related News Manny Machado signing gives Padres $3M bump in ticket sales But as special of a moment as this is for Astros fans, and a fun one at that, this isn’t simply making a beer for brewing sake. It comes with a cause as a portion of all proceeds will go to the Astros Foundation. The foundation supports community initiatives, including youth baseball and softball, military support, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness.“At Karbach it’s always been part of our philosophy to try to give back to the community as much as possible,” Graham said. “And I think, I don’t want to speak for the Astros, but I think they’re the same way, so when we developed this beer, like other beers that we have where we made a partnership with another organization, we thought that it was important for us to give back.”Fans got a chance to first see the beer at Astros Fan Fest on Jan. 26 in Houston and the product has hit the shelves all over the community. Every single can and keg sold will benefit the Astros Foundation.”Everything we do is for our fans and our community and Crawford Bock exemplifies this,” Matt Brand, Astros senior vice presdent of corporate communications said. “Our hope is that whether folks are watching an Astros game at the ballpark or in their home, this beer will take the fan experience to the next level. Also, the funds raised will allow us to continue to serve the city of Houston through local programs.”This will not be a fleeting product. It will be available year round, not just during baseball season. Baseball season is almost here, and for Astros fans, it’s going to be a little bit more special this year: Not just because Houston is tied for the best odds to win the World Series with the Red Sox, but because something has happened to show the team has finally “made it.”That is because there is now an Astros themed beer coming out of Houston and let’s be honest, until a team has a themed beer, can they really say they’ve made it? Bryce Harper backs Mike Trout comments: ‘If I didn’t mean it, I wouldn’t have said it’ And, who knows, if the product is a success and Houston succeeds once again this season — maybe with another World Series, as Graham said he believes the Astros can once again win — there could more branded beers on the horizon.“I think if it goes really well, if the Astros are really happy with it as much as we’re really happy with it, who knows?” Graham said. “I think it would be fun to do some new releases for postseason … or a draft for draft day.“That’s part of the fun of being a brewer is to find these opportunities to do something that can excite our fans and excite the fans of the Astros, as well.