Tournament affected by the corona virus?

VCUPepBandRules

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Man, these past couple of days has been a surreal experience, we all got back just a couple hours ago.

As I mentioned wayyy back in the thread, we were still set to play for the game, and UMASS was also one of the schools that sent their band down. Because of the initial notification that the game was going to be closed to fans, we had to bid farewell to the rowdy rams bus, as well as some of our fellow Peppas that came up with us since it was decided to send them home. That sucked seeing them leave.

To give you a perspective of how things in NYC were going, our hotel was in the Financial district, a usually packed place at 9am, but I went into the nearby Starbucks and there were more employees then customers in there, and tons of street parking.

Apparently, the driver of the VCU wrapped bus didn't get the memo and showed up, so we took advantage of it and everyone in the band took the initiative that we would continue the tradition of playing on top of it, have some fun and bring some normalcy. The people that were out were lovin' it! Crashing the Today Show was off, as they shut down the outside pavilion, and while there was traffic on the extended route we took to the Barclays Center, it was lite from NYC standards, more like DC. As we got near the arena, we did see several VCU fans out and they too were thrilled to see us, and us them, and I hope it was a close consolation prize to being unable to go into the arena.

Once we were in the arena, which took record time getting through security, we were directed to my least favorite side as it's more confined and we can't be right behind the basket and usually have to go deep instead of wide. It's been a loooong time since we've played there, I think the last time was when we won the A10 championship, But not in this case. Because the arena was empty except for the few family members and some staff we were able to do what we wanted. That empty arena was very sad to see. The team on the other hand was making the best of the situation and doing dunk contests with each other as their other teammates, the band, cheer, and dance teem was cheering them on and they were crackin' jokes anytime someone launched it off of the rim. After a bit of that both teams went back to the locker-rooms and we kicked off a song followed by UMASS's band and then us. I had forgotten how much I like UMASS's band; while they aren't at our level they don't stick to the stereotypical pep or marching band charges and played an awesome rendition of Metallica's Enter Sandman. We of course countered with GWAR's Saddam-A-Go-Go.

As the clock was winding down things get a little fuzzy, but while we were doing our thing it sounded like they were trying to do the starting lineup, which in games like this they go back and forth, and I'm sure they, rather quietly, announced Marcus SS, and then it stopped and they announced that the remaining A10 games were cancelled. At first we were thinking that surly they meant the ones after our game, since the teams were already there, broadcast commentators and TV crew was prepped, and we should be tipping off any time now, so with things seeming like dead air we kinda went into War (which by the way there is a nice piece online in the Times Dispatch on it if you want to check it out) and then coach and the team just kind of gravitated to us. Coach wanted us to play and I believe that we did so in spades for him and the team. Even after they left the court we belted out a couple more songs for ourselves, and for the people who were there. After all of that we packed our stuff up, and the A10 folks were cool enough to give us some of the 2020 A10 Tournament shirts, lord only knows what's going to happen to the rest of them.

On the way back is when it really started blowing up, with updates on virus cases exploding, sports cancelling seasons, VCU going into triage mode and so on. Even the first place we tried to eat at was a ghost town. The travelers were there, but there was like one dude slowly making sandwiches at the Roy Rogers and the other places shut down so we had to trek on to the big mall in Delaware to get some grub. When we got back to The Stu, we had to make sure to properly pack the cage as our upcoming gigs have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

I could not have asked for a better group to travel with. While this whole thing is a disappointment and ended up being nothing like we expected, they took everything in stride and made the best of the situation. The laughing, joking, chatting, goofing off, and enjoying what we have made the trip up there and back not seem like a 7 hour trip, but like a drive down the street. It just breaks my heart that some of these kids, from the team, the band, the dance team, and the cheer squad won't be back and experience the whole experience.
 

rammad90

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I'll believe it when I see it. We've got under 500 out of 350 million dead. China has 4x as many people as we do. Do the numbers on that one.

It is the flu. Most all flus are a version of the Coronavirus. Slam me for not being in a panic and buying a gross of toilet paper in case I get the urge to go 10x more than I usually do. If I say I'm not worried, who are you to tell me I should be? Why should I be? Because the TV says I should be. I'm intelligent enough to think for myself thank you. Now leave me alone. My opinion is as valuable as is yours or anyone else's here.

How many people in RVA infected by this ultra scary bug? I could look it up but I'm sure that rammad will do it for me...I don't think we have any here in Dallas (multiples of times larger than RVA)...

I do look at the positive though. My commute is an absolute dream this week. Maybe everyone will work from home for the next year or so and make my life easier. And, we officially didn't miss the tournament because it's not happening. Two less things...

Let's eat our own! The time is here!
Do you really believe that the stock market tanks 20%. All major sports and entertainment venues shut down. Universities closed. Business shifting to Telework all for the flu? How about this one, Fox News and CNN on the same page? Democrats and Republicans (your Lt Gov. (Texas) was on Fox news earlier today discussing the crisis)

Well then Ok.

Oh and by the way since you posted your nonsense there are now 5 cases in the Dallas metro area with at least 33 cases in Texas. You are a true Texan. SMDH

Seriously you remind me of the King in the old Monty Python skit. You know the one where the island kingdom is sinking but the King even though the water is rising above him keeps denying anything is going on. Yep that's you. I have studied public health, and worked in health and I tell you I have never seen anything like this in terms of the logistical moves being made by almost all healthcare facilities.
 
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MobileMunchies

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Man, these past couple of days has been a surreal experience, we all got back just a couple hours ago.

As I mentioned wayyy back in the thread, we were still set to play for the game, and UMASS was also one of the schools that sent their band down. Because of the initial notification that the game was going to be closed to fans, we had to bid farewell to the rowdy rams bus, as well as some of our fellow Peppas that came up with us since it was decided to send them home. That sucked seeing them leave.

To give you a perspective of how things in NYC were going, our hotel was in the Financial district, a usually packed place at 9am, but I went into the nearby Starbucks and there were more employees then customers in there, and tons of street parking.

Apparently, the driver of the VCU wrapped bus didn't get the memo and showed up, so we took advantage of it and everyone in the band took the initiative that we would continue the tradition of playing on top of it, have some fun and bring some normalcy. The people that were out were lovin' it! Crashing the Today Show was off, as they shut down the outside pavilion, and while there was traffic on the extended route we took to the Barclays Center, it was lite from NYC standards, more like DC. As we got near the arena, we did see several VCU fans out and they too were thrilled to see us, and us them, and I hope it was a close consolation prize to being unable to go into the arena.

Once we were in the arena, which took record time getting through security, we were directed to my least favorite side as it's more confined and we can't be right behind the basket and usually have to go deep instead of wide. It's been a loooong time since we've played there, I think the last time was when we won the A10 championship, But not in this case. Because the arena was empty except for the few family members and some staff we were able to do what we wanted. That empty arena was very sad to see. The team on the other hand was making the best of the situation and doing dunk contests with each other as their other teammates, the band, cheer, and dance teem was cheering them on and they were crackin' jokes anytime someone launched it off of the rim. After a bit of that both teams went back to the locker-rooms and we kicked off a song followed by UMASS's band and then us. I had forgotten how much I like UMASS's band; while they aren't at our level they don't stick to the stereotypical pep or marching band charges and played an awesome rendition of Metallica's Enter Sandman. We of course countered with GWAR's Saddam-A-Go-Go.

As the clock was winding down things get a little fuzzy, but while we were doing our thing it sounded like they were trying to do the starting lineup, which in games like this they go back and forth, and I'm sure they, rather quietly, announced Marcus SS, and then it stopped and they announced that the remaining A10 games were cancelled. At first we were thinking that surly they meant the ones after our game, since the teams were already there, broadcast commentators and TV crew was prepped, and we should be tipping off any time now, so with things seeming like dead air we kinda went into War (which by the way there is a nice piece online in the Times Dispatch on it if you want to check it out) and then coach and the team just kind of gravitated to us. Coach wanted us to play and I believe that we did so in spades for him and the team. Even after they left the court we belted out a couple more songs for ourselves, and for the people who were there. After all of that we packed our stuff up, and the A10 folks were cool enough to give us some of the 2020 A10 Tournament shirts, lord only knows what's going to happen to the rest of them.

On the way back is when it really started blowing up, with updates on virus cases exploding, sports cancelling seasons, VCU going into triage mode and so on. Even the first place we tried to eat at was a ghost town. The travelers were there, but there was like one dude slowly making sandwiches at the Roy Rogers and the other places shut down so we had to trek on to the big mall in Delaware to get some grub. When we got back to The Stu, we had to make sure to properly pack the cage as our upcoming gigs have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

I could not have asked for a better group to travel with. While this whole thing is a disappointment and ended up being nothing like we expected, they took everything in stride and made the best of the situation. The laughing, joking, chatting, goofing off, and enjoying what we have made the trip up there and back not seem like a 7 hour trip, but like a drive down the street. It just breaks my heart that some of these kids, from the team, the band, the dance team, and the cheer squad won't be back and experience the whole experience.
TY for posting this I wanna share it, people need to see this. It's amazing what you wrote here. TY for everything, you and this band are the BEST, TY for being our everything!
 
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<============ Smack the Kat!

I'm posting thoughtful comments. Just not the ones that agree with yours. Have you lost the ability to deal with those who disagree with you? Hope not. It's a terrible way to live and leads to a lot of frustration. Frustration sucks and it leads quickly to anger which no one needs.

I for one am one happy friggin camper every single day I wake up breathing and I intend to keep it that way.
Sneak over and tell us what the Spiders are thinking.
 

Havoc2Ut2

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Do you really believe that the stock market tanks 20%. All major sports and entertainment venues shut down. Universities closed. Business shifting to Telework all for the flu?

Well then Ok.

Oh and by the way since you posted your nonsense there are now 5 cases in the Dallas metro area with at least 33 cases in Texas. You are a true Texan. SMDH

Seriously you remind me of the King in the old Monty Python skit. You know the one where the island kingdom is sinking but the King even though the water is rising above him keeps denying anything is going on. Yep that's you. I have studied public health, and worked in health and I tell you I have never seen anything like this in terms of the logistical moves being made by almost all healthcare facilities.
Did someone say Monte Python? We have one case for every 4883 square miles. Leave it to me to be the unfortunate soul that meets one.

I'm being repressed!!!!
 
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DisplacedRam

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the only real question remaining about the tournament for me is will they release a "bracket"

once that has been decided then the season will officially be over
 
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the only real question remaining about the tournament for me is will they release a "bracket"

once that has been decided then the season will officially be over
I would like to see them release the field of 68...no need for matchups, just the field. Give the kids who earned it the recognition they deserved. Even just to give us all some closure on this season.
 
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I too, would like to take a look at the bracket.
Wow, sportsbooks will be totally crushed, i wonder what degenerate gamblers will bet on?
Also, if you live in or near RVA, please take the appropriate precautions
It does kinda put things in perspective; we're heartbroken because there's no march madness (for me at least, it's my favorite sporting event of the year and it will leave a huge void in my 2020)...but think of how much Vegas lost on. They lost EVERYTHING. And the advertisers, forget it. This is going to hit the economy HARD.
 
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I would like to see them release the field of 68...no need for matchups, just the field. Give the kids who earned it the recognition they deserved. Even just to give us all some closure on this season.
I doubt they do that. I’m wondering if it would count as “making the tournament” for bonus purposes for the coaches. A lot of the smaller schools wouldn’t be able to afford that bonus payment without the NCAA payout there not getting this year.