The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought almost all sports to a halt. This was certainly the right decision because the health of our citizens should be put first. This unusual time has left me and many other sports fans with a feeling of emptiness, trying to take in everything that is going on.

Multiple professional athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. More than a dozen NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and Marcus Smart, have tested positive.

Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, was the first individual from the NFL to test positive.

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Professional soccer leagues across Europe also have had multiple players positive test.

Because of this almost all professional sports leagues and events have had to be canceled.  

Since I was a kid, March Madness has always been one of my favorite times in sports. I constantly watched college basketball, from the conference tournaments to the NCAA field of 68.

The upsets, buzzer beaters and other thrilling plays are  what makes March Madnesstruly one of the most exciting times in sports.

As a senior at St. Bonaventure, I was very excited to watch the Bonnies play on TV at the Atlantic 10 tournament. While I knew it would be very tough for them to win it, the thought of watching my team one last time as a student had me very excited.

Announcements of canceled conference tournaments followed by the almost immediate cancellation of NCAA tournament are when I began feeling that sense of emptiness, because  one of my favorite periods of sports just had been called off.  

That sense of emptiness continued with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons for an indefinite period of time and the MLB postponing the start of its season.

Occurrences like these never previously happened, and I understand what I am living through is truly history.

While I have scanned through TV channels over the last week or so, I have had to find other programming to fill the void.

But, speaking of history, now is a good time to get caught up or learn more about sports history. One thing that I have found to help me get through this is watching a lot of sports documentaries that networks are playing to fill air time. Along with those, reruns of classic games are always a thrill.

I have learned that these documentaries help viewers understand more than just sports. There are life lessons engraved in them to show what some athletes or teams had to go through to be successful.

So while the postponement of sports is making my life as a fan duller, I am now embracing the significance of this time period and noticing just how important sports are in my life.

When they do return, I will have a much greater appreciation for them, and I am sure many other fans will too.

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