Before its season was cut short due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NC State softball team was off to its best start in program history and fielded perhaps its best team ever. Here’s how the team lived up to preseason expectations.
With the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Wolfpack nation may never know if the NC State men’s basketball team did enough in the closing weeks of the season to punch its ticket to the big dance. While that question will likely never be answered, there are a number of questions dating back to before the season that can be answered about this year’s team. Here are some of those questions and answers:
Without sports, many fans are turning to the sports video games to bring them joy in these desolate times. This time is also giving fans time to contemplate sports what-ifs and look back on the past, so I figured I would combine the two and see what happened if every college’s all-time best professional players played against each other in an 82-game season, and to see how the NC State Wolfpack would stack up against these teams.
With a condensed 2020 season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the NC State baseball team was only able to play 17 games and one ACC opponent. While this certainly wasn’t the season everyone was expecting, there are a few key takeaways from the Pack’s success.
To satisfy the sports crave that many fans are having across the world in the wake of COVID-19, many sports teams and leagues have turned to playing online sports games. For example, the NBA is currently hosting an NBA2K20 tournament that is being streamed on ESPN, with players in the league going up against each other.
When you think of baseball, a few ideas may spring to mind: large green fields, the crack of a bat, the seventh-inning stretch and maybe a favorite player or two. Bowling must be one of the last things you might consider. After all, the sports are completely different; baseball is an industrialized evolution of cricket and the traditional English game of rounders. Bowling is an ancient sport, dating back to Egypt as early as 5000 B.C. Baseball is primarily played outdoors in competitive settings, like Major League Baseball. Bowling is most often played indoors in a casual setting, like your local bowling alley. The two sports are objectively incomparable.
What do you need to play a sport? Well, obviously you need at least one person or entity. Then, depending on the sport, you might not need more than yourself and maybe some equipment, like a bat or a racket, or maybe a computer and program for some esports. But one very common element in a lot of sports is the presence of a ball.
In a previous article, I had mentioned that I thought NC State’s senior guard Markell Johnson was an NBA-caliber talent. I had talked about many of his strengths, including his ball-handling, ability to slither past opponents, passing acumen and knack for scoring in bunches. But it’s only fair that some of his weaknesses are addressed, because no player profile would be complete without them, and I’d be doing a disservice without at least mentioning them in passing. Fortunately, there’s a solution to Johnson’s most glaring flaw.
On Tuesday afternoon, the ACC announced its postseason awards for the 2019-20 year and NC State wrestling took all three awards to sit next to its conference title.