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Division Links: BGN asks the provoking question: How many college athlete deaths are acceptable?

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How many college athlete deaths are acceptable?

Some sports writers have shifted the conversation to how “safe” a college football season can be in the age of COVID-19. It boils down to one question.

Every measure taken by sports leagues to bring athletes back in and get games back on “safely” is an effort to mitigate harm, instead of eliminating it. “Safe” is not a possibility. We need to understand that any reopening will lead to more infections and more deaths.

These conversations about testing policies, about team quarantining, about “best practices” are weighted against the inevitable risks that reopening poses to unpaid college students.

How many new infections are okay? How many athletes with lifelong physical damage from this virus that attacks the respiratory system? How many dead college athletes is too many?

Blogging the Boys

Dak Prescott is among the most successful goal-to-go runners in the NFL since entering it

This is obviously a tricky subject because if the Cowboys were to “just use Dak all of the time in the redzone” then it would become predictable and would lose its level of effectiveness. We can all understand that basic principle. Still, though, his legs are a weapon that should be used. Consider how successful he’s been through his four years in goal-to-go situations.

Prescott has run in for a score six times in every season except for the last (three). As far as his three rushing touchdowns last season, all of them came inside of the opponent’s 10-yard line. It’s almost like that is a highly effective weapon for the Cowboys or something!

Dak Prescott is a good runner in open space in general, but when the Cowboys are knocking on the door he is very difficult (as noted) to stop. Consider that he had less than three rushing attempts in five different games last year. That is ignoring a great weapon.

Big Blue View

Can you have a rivalry if one side never wins?

Can there truly be a rivalry when one side never — or almost never — wins?

Truth is that for years now the NFC East has really been two divisions. With rare exceptions in recent seasons the Cowboys and the Eagles have fought for supremacy while the downtrodden Giants and Redskins have competed mostly to see which team would be the least embarrassing.

Cowboys fans and their long ago tiresome ‘America’s Team’ entitlement are sometimes hard to handle. Yes, Giants fans can throw the fact that the Giants have won two Super Bowl titles and appeared in the game three times since the Cowboys last won a title in 1995.

The Cowboys, though, have won the last six meetings with the Giants. Dallas also has three NFC East titles to one Giants’ wildcard appearance since 2012. So, it’s been a while since this has been a real rivalry.

It’s even worse when you look down the highway to Philadelphia. Eagles fans are intolerable, but the Giants don’t have much to argue about. The Giants are 1-11 against the Philadelphia Eagles since 2014, and the Eagles won their only Super Bowl title in 2017. Again, Eagles-Giants certainly hasn’t been much of a rivalry lately. I have sat through a number of late-season games at MetLife Stadium attended by far more Eagles than Giants fans. Until the Giants win some games against Philly, and Giants fans take back their own stadium (when anyone is actually allowed to sit in it to watch games), this is only a wannabe rivalry from the Giants side.