Score Quarantine Chronicles, Part III

How much do we miss sports? A lot. A whole lot.

670 The Score Staff
March 26, 2020 - 11:58 am
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(670 The Score) It's an odd time for all of us, as the state has issued stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic and we don't know when life will return to normal.

Life slowing to a crawl has given us more time to think and reflect -- and learn about ourselves and others. With that in mind, we asked our 670 staff a series of open-ended questions that ranged from what they've learned recently to how they're occupying their children at home 24/7 to their most embarrassing moments amid the pandemic.

The answers were a mix of seriousness and lightheartedness, which seems to be the best balance for everyone in these times. We've presented some of the answers already, and in the coming days, we'll share the rest of our staff's responses.

Score Quarantine Chronicles, Part I: What have we learned?
Score Quarantine Chronicles, Part II: What's the most embarrassing thing we've done lately?

Let's get to it.

HOW MUCH DO YOU MISS SPORTS?

Mike Mulligan: It’s an incredible void. I’ve been spending a lot of time reading about the NFL. The NFC North followed by the conference and onto the AFC. I read Nick Foles’ book, “Believe It.” Frank Reich wrote the forward. Why weren’t the Colts after Foles given his relationship with Reich? I looked into it and was told there was no serious interest. Does that bother anyone else?

Dan Bernstein: I miss pretty much everything but Bulls basketball, which probably should have necessitated its own public-health response to keep it from infecting people.

David Haugh: I’m not sure I miss the sports themselves as much as I miss the way people react to the sports, the impact they have on our city

Jay Zawaski: More than I ever imagined I would.

Danny Parkins: The opening Friday of the NCAA Tournament is one of my favorite sports days of the year. My friends and I take off work, gamble, eat and drink all day. That day was tough. Honestly though, overall, sports feel pretty insignificant at a time like this -- though I certainly would welcome the distraction.

Mike Chen: On a scale of 1-10, infinity.

Russ Mitera: Since Chicago's winter sports teams have given us nothing to be excited about, I haven’t missed much. I am going to miss the start of the baseball season, though. As a White Sox fan, I had/have high hopes for the start of the season. This will potentially stunt the growth of this promising team, but I hope not!

Mark Grote: Sports is always with us, whether reminiscing or wondering. It’s been a nice hiatus from the actual games.

David Schuster: I miss sports incredibly. It's both my livelihood and my passion. There has hardly been a day over the past few decades that I haven't been at some local sporting event or game, and it has been extinguished temporarily. At least, I hope it's temporary.

Adam Studzinski: I think I’ll miss sports more as the lockdown goes on. We had the NFL to talk about last week, which provided some much-needed escape. However, once we get to the point that news has died down and we’re missing the start of the MLB season, I’ll be itching for some sports.

Julie DiCaro: I was getting bored with spring training and it's still cold out, so I'm OK for now. But once it starts warming up and there's no baseball, it's going to be devastating. I was actually crushed when Australian rules football shut down, so maybe I miss it more than I thought?

Chris Emma: Part of what make sports so essential in our lives is the constant companionship. Without that, there's a great void for us all. Though the lack of March Madness has been brutal, for me it will truly hit Thursday when there’s no Opening Day in baseball. I'd do anything for a late-night Padres-Pirates matchup on MLBTV.

Kevin Dziepak: I miss the Premier League very much, and I already miss baseball even though it hasn't started.

Jordan Maly: I’ve said it multiple times jokingly on my podcast the last few weeks, but I actually miss watching Bulls basketball, working games at the studio and listening to Chuck and Bill. As a life-long White Sox fan, I was so ready to kick start this season too.

Mike Esposito: Wow. Infinity plus one? A lot, how about that. Plus, as I’m primarily an update anchor for Mully & Haugh these days, there are no shifts on the show as there are no scores to update. So I miss both sports and working on the show. I won’t ever again complain about the 3 a.m. alarm that goes off to go downtown to work the show! (Well, maybe that’s a lie, lol.)

Julio Rausseo: I miss announcing games more than I miss watching them from home. Although, I have enjoyed watching Australian rules football the last few weeks before the season was suspended. 

HOW BORED ARE YOU?

Mike Mulligan: Not too bad. I’ve been remaining active and getting a lot done. I’ve got at least another week of things to do. I’m trying very hard not to slow down. I’m washing everything that’s not nailed down.

Dan Bernstein: Bored enough to actually be answering these questions, apparently.

David Haugh: Fortunately, we’ve continued doing the Mully and Haugh Show, so when you’re up at 3 a.m. and preparing for a daily show, boredom becomes much less of a concern.

Jay Zawaski: I'm not so much bored as I am stir crazy. I've gone for more than a few car rides just for the sake of leaving the house. Thank god for video games.

Mike Chen: Not at all, there are plenty of things to do.

Russ Mitera: I’m not bored yet! I'm still doing my normal job from home, and it’s keeping me super busy – but I do miss human interaction.

Mark Grote: I’m not bored. I like spending time with me.

David Schuster: Plenty bored. I’m so used to always being on the run, and this has slowed me down to a halt.

Adam Studzinski: Not that bored yet, honestly. Luckily, I have a roommate who I’ve been friends with since college, so we find ways to pass the time by playing video games and binge-watching shows/movies/old sporting events.

Julie DiCaro: I'm a weird mix of bored and anxious. I'm writing a book and I'm on deadline, so I shouldn't be bored. And yet I'm just kind of paralyzed, flipping through the channels and obsessively watching the news when I should be writing. So I a) can't find anything to watch and b) am a mess about falling behind on deadlines. It's a ridiculous mix that’s 100% my fault.

Chris Emma: Yes.

Jordan Maly: I’m not really bored yet, although my schedule hasn’t changed all that much. I’m still podcasting five days a week and in at the Score studios to produce shows. I will say as a millennial who grew up in the age of video games, NBA 2K has consumed a lot more of my free time than it used to. 

Mike Esposito: I’m only part-time at the Score, so I’m working my full-time job from home. The hardest times are on the weekends – 48 hours of no work/no going out. What else can I possibly do around the house??? On the plus side, I have gone cold-weather jogging way more than I normally do. That has actually been a godsend for my mental health.

Julio Rausseo: Not bored at all. I've been working from home this week, which has kept me busy. I'm cooking a lot more with my wife, listening to more music. I've kept myself occupied during this period.