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Eye on the Y: COVID quarantine musings on the BYU Cougars

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (1) out runs Western Kentucky defensive end DeAngelo Malone (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Before I get into what’s going on at BYU, I feel like I should let you in on what’s been going on the last two weeks: I’ve been quarantining with COVID.

When I went to Boise for what was going to be my first road game of the season, I had been dealing with some headaches and fatigue. Because I don’t go anywhere and take every precaution when I do need to go somewhere, I wasn’t worried about the COVID test I needed to take the morning before the game — I thought it was stress related.

Low and behold, a few hours before kickoff I got the news that I was positive. Suddenly, I was stuck in my room and wouldn’t get to see the Smurf Turf in person (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing just yet).

Over the next few days, I’d go on to develop just about every other known COVID symptom. Most of them have resolved over the last few days, but I’m still dealing with decreased sense of smell, fatigue, headaches and COVID brain (I can best describe this as a fuzzy feeling, your head feels heavy and it’s hard to concentrate).

Anyway, because I’ve been sequestered to my room for the last two weeks with not much to do, I’ve had some time to mull some things over. Mainly, and this might upset a lot of people, I don’t believe BYU should schedule any more football games.

Hear me out, I know the Cougars all “we’ll play anyone and everyone” and “we want to play 12 games,” but let’s be a little realistic here. First off, the pandemic is getting worse — not just in Utah, but all over the country. We’ve already seen a dozen games canceled this week due to outbreaks.

It’s not getting any better and, most importantly, it couldn’t be going any better for BYU right now.

The Cougars are undefeated, nationally ranked, have a Heisman candidate and are receiving a lot of national attention. The way they’re playing, they’re almost a shoo-in for a New Years day bowl berth and they’re a dark horse contender for the College Football Playoffs.
Should BYU add another opponent, particularly a Power Five opponent, and lose, the Cougars’ postseason plans would drastically change. I know Kalani doesn’t like to play it safe, but I say it’s best to just finish off the current schedule and win out.

More thoughts

• Having to rely heavily on Doordash for meals the last two weeks, I realized I need to find more places to eat from. If you know of any good local places in the Provo-Orem area that delivers, please let me know.

The Pac-12 on Thursday approved nonconference games. That seems to open the door for BYU to schedule some more games at the end of the season. But, like I said, I wouldn’t go that route.
• Y’all, we’re less than a week from basketball season!! I’m so excited, in case you can’t tell.

Other voices

• A NFL Mock Draft lands Zach Wilson with the Panthers.
• Kalani Sitake is one of 20 coaches up for ‘Bear’ Bryant national coach of year award, as per KSL.

Normita’s Spanish Lesson of the Week

cuarentena

quarantine

Example: “Si han sido expuesto a alguien que a probado positivo de coronavirus, es mejor entrar en cuarentena por dos semanas.”

Translation: “If you have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID, it’s best you go into quarantine for two weeks.”


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