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Technical Tidbits 4/16: Sports With No Fans?

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Could sports events comeback minus the crowds?

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Though this article isn’t directly related to Tech, it does have an impact on the school and its athletic program. Here’s a quote from Dr. Anthony Fauci that pretty much sums up the article:

”There’s a way of doing that,” he said. “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put [the players] in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. ... Have them tested every single week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family, and just let them play the season out.”

What are your thoughts? Would you be OK with not being able to attend Tech football games? It seems it would be a big sacrifice but it’s better than having no sports. For the Atlanta Falcons it might actually be an advantage.

This was a great article for several reasons. It is nice to read positive stories like this. It was definitely a nice gesture of Georgia Tech’s football head coach Geoff Collins to recognize the firefighters and policemen who are the everyday heroes that are doing so much for the rest of us. I think it’s also important to recognize the workers in the restaurant and food services industries. They are certainly essential too and are having a great impact on people’s lives in these unusual times.

This article is part of the Tech Talks series and focuses on Tech basketball head coach Josh Pastner. It points out some of the Yellow Jackets key successes in the season that ended last month. Here are some of the accomplishments that stood out:

  • Tech had its most ACC wins since 1995
  • The Yellow Jackets set a program record in 3-point field goal percentage (Not bad for a team that had struggled on offense going into the season).
  • Four of Tech’s five starters return next season

Also worth mentioning is how Tech finished above .500 in the ACC for the first time in several seasons. Overall, I would say the season was a good one for Pastner and the Yellow Jackets.

This was an interesting article that focuses on Tristan Maxwell, or as the article points out, “Mr. Basketball for the state of North Carolina”. It gives the backstory of how Tech assistant coach Julian Swartz happened upon Maxwell as a potential recruit back when Maxwell was a rising junior. It has certainly turned out favorably for the Yellow Jackets and Maxwell who recently signed with the school.