Perhaps a friendlier outlook amid this COVID-19 pandemic will be provided within the next few weeks, but May 2020 could go down as the most desolate sports month of our lives.
As of right now, we are looking at four NASCAR Cup Series races from May 17 to May 27, with the first two in Darlington, South Carolina, and the second two in Concord, North Carolina. None of those four will have spectators, including the protracted Coca-Cola 600 on May 24.
Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods are expected to challenge Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson in an 18-hole competition at some point later this month, and that pretty much sums up May's live sports calendar in this country.
April obviously wasn't much better, though the NFL's three-day draft certainly delivered, while June is scheduled to provide resumptions of the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and MLS, with the possibilities of the NBA, NHL and MLB being back or close to returning as well.
Until then, who's ready for some college football?
While many in the sports world are responding to ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary by incessantly regurgitating the MJ versus LeBron debate, the Times Free Press this month is going to provide you the top five players in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee gridiron history.
It will be based on one simple guideline: college credentials and college credentials alone.
Former Alabama two-time All-American John Hannah was nearly a decade into his career with the New England Patriots when he graced the Sports Illustrated cover on Aug. 3, 1981, with the accompanying headline "The Best Offensive Lineman of All Time." Hannah is in the discussion as one of Alabama's top five all-time players, but Barrett Jones also was a two-time All-American offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide, though he played just two NFL seasons.
Georgia has four players who have reached the Pro Football Hall of Fame — Champ Bailey, Terrell Davis, Fran Tarkenton and Charley Trippi — yet none of them were named Herschel.
Alabama's top-five countdown begins Monday and runs through Friday. It will be followed by a Georgia countdown from May 11-15 and a Tennessee countdown from May 18-22.
Hopefully this can help us get through most of May. If not, there's always another airing of "Bohemian Rhapsody" on HBO.
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