The decision to cancel the games that have been cancelled was difficult to hear, but I think it’s for the best. Given what I’ve heard about the importance of preventing cases from spiking all at once, anything that reduces the number of chances for transmission, even a small amount, could very likely save lives. And given the amount of travel involved with intercollegiate sports, the effect of these cancellations is probably greater than limiting events that do not involve people from different metro areas coming into contact.
In this context, I can’t imagine being in a decision-making position and deciding to do anything different than what was done.
I will keep updating the site as new games, if there are any, are played. The win probability engine will do its thing. If there is an NCAA tournament with a selection process, Bubble Watch will be back.
I hope everyone that reads this site is able to stay safe. It has been an interesting 24 hours as I’ve gained an appreciation for how my choices contribute to increasing or reducing the rate of new cases and the ability of the healthcare system in my community to take care of everyone.
While I’m bummed that the season isn’t going to happen, I feel worse for the people with susceptible loved ones who have real fears about the immediate future.
And if nothing else, we are just 325 days away from the next February 1st.