As the world hunkered down during the coronavirus quarantine, sports as we know them ceased to exist.
All sporting events have been canceled, which means die-hard sports fans were suddenly cut off from the daily commentary, recaps, and games they love so much. Even pro athletes are self-isolating! So what’s a sports-loving fan to do?
Naturally, they’re not going to take this lack of sporting events lying down! People from all over the world have been inventing their own games and other unique ways to exercise during self-isolation. Here’s a run-down of the creative new events they’ve come up with so far.
1. Robotic Vacuum Curling
Update: Not all sports are cancelled pic.twitter.com/VHmxFinflV
— Marty O (@martoo14) March 14, 2020
So simple, yet so brilliant. Why didn’t we think of this?
2. In Spain, these guys are playing table tennis (minus the table) while maintaining a safe distance.
Here's two guys playing quarantine tennis out their windows in Spain pic.twitter.com/9ZCd0O8iah
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) March 16, 2020
What happens when they drop the ball, though?
3. Indoor Parkour, anyone?
Floor is lava – STAY AT HOME PARCOUR‼️?
For every like I get, I will donate 1 cent to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the fight against Covid-19.Please don’t try this at home, it was only made to entertain you!#StayAtHome #Parcour #FloorIsLava #WorkOut pic.twitter.com/tcYyejPetU
— Andri ragettli (@Andriragettli) March 22, 2020
Don’t try this at home, kids. Or… wait, never mind.
4. Squirrel Obstacle Course
Day 8 of quarantine: Revolutionized sports as we know them pic.twitter.com/c6mYpdgLYP
— AK? (@ajakobian) March 21, 2020
This only works if you’ve already got a tame squirrel. Don’t just bring one in from your yard. Trust me on this one.
5. Why play X-Box when you can play with your X-Box?
6. We can hear the Olympic theme song from here!
QUARANTINE OLYMPICS ? ?
— Whistle (@WhistleSports) March 20, 2020
He gets a perfect 10 from all the judges!
7. Does finding a new Doritos-delivery system count?
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 21, 2020
We’re going with yes.
8. Traffic Pac-Man
Quarantine day 6. pic.twitter.com/er652Oy3Ki
— jamie (@gnuman1979) March 16, 2020
If it makes you happy, go for it!
9. Epic in-home dominoes
The cat almost ruins it, but winds up making it even better!
10. ESPN8, The Ocho, is here to help!
ESPN is bringing back ESPN8: The Ocho for a full 24-hours on Sunday, March 22 on ESPN2.
The line-up includes:
➖ Stupid Robot Fighting League
➖ Marble Racing
➖ Cherry Pit Spitting
➖ Sign Spinning
➖ Cup Stacking
➖ Death Divingpic.twitter.com/Uwg46XSSUT
— Front Office Sports (@frntofficesport) March 19, 2020
The real ESPN had some fun during quarantine, transforming themselves into a real-life Ocho for 24 glorious hours. Fans of the movie “Dodgeball” may recall that ESPN8 is the fictional obscure sports channel that televised their tournament.
11. Last but not least, what’s an out-of-work sports announcer doing during quarantine?
— Next with Kyle Clark (@nexton9news) March 23, 2020
It’s good to see people thinking outside the box! We don’t need professional sports or a fancy gym to have fun. Attitude is everything, both in sports and in life!
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