Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFortunately for Linn, the video game “MLB The Show 20” was released for PlayStation 4 on Thursday: “So I played that till 5 in the morning,” he said.If he ever puts down the controller, Linn expects he’ll find himself watching more Lob City highlights than even before.Pete Zayas, the creator of Laker Film Room, said he’ll use the down time to tackle projects he didn’t have time for during the NBA’s busy season – including breaking down some of his favorite Kobe Bryant games on his YouTube channel.“My videos are six or seven minutes long but it takes six or seven hours to make the video, so I’m entertained for six or seven hours,” Zayas said. “I was built for times like these.”He said he anticipates launching some “group project type stuff” online to help his fellow basketball obsessives get through the hiatus. He also encouraged fans to experiment with the kind of video analysis he’s known for. “I started because I was bored,” Zayas said. “I had stopped coaching basketball to help my girlfriend at the time start her private practice, so I didn’t have anything to do and I wanted to scratch that basketball itch and I said, ‘Oh, what’s this iMovie app on my laptop?’“And the thing about basketball, there’s so much meat on the bone. I could watch a game five or six times, it’s like a great movie, watching it again, you’re like, ‘I didn’t catch that last time!’”In that spirit, Francois “Frenchy” Nicolas, an actor, sports entertainer and host familiar to those who’ve attended L.A. Sparks and Clippers games at Staples Center in recent years, said instead of live action this week he watched a documentary on the three-peat Chicago Bulls.“If you’re a true fan, this is your time to brush up, to use this opportunity to look at a lot of older historic moments,” Nicolas said.Otherwise, fans said that beside video games, amid the coronavirus news they’ll distract themselves with Netflix, with “bad reality TV,” with replays of old games, and by spending virtual time together online as they collectively experience “this weird cabin fever we’re all about to have,” as hoops fan Payman Benz put it.But even as fans find productive ways to fill the hole where live sports should have been, it won’t be the same without the outlet that offers reliable escapism for so many.“Life can suck sometimes,” Linn said. “But you can sit down and unplug and just invest in a game … and it’s like a whole ’nother reality. Not having that for a while is going to be hard.”Zelasko recounted covering baseball on Fox Sports after the Sept. 11 attacks, and how much the game meant to a grieving nation.“It was important,” she said, remembering conversations then about how to find the balance between showing respect and providing distraction. “Sports have always been therapy; now it’s very odd not to have the outlet.”Mary Dacuma, a Clippers and Chicago Bears devotee living in Glendale, said she thinks it’s especially tough for NBA fans in Southern California.“It really looked like the Lakers or the Clippers were gonna be the ones who took it this year,” said Dacuma, who noted that her husband logged in to check on his fantasy team out of habit. “It would have been great if the Clippers did it, and they were performing super strong. Or if the Lakers won the championship, that would’ve been such a poetic thing to happen this year of all years. But now we’ll never know now.”Or perhaps we will, if the NBA extends the season and is able to return to the court to finish the season? No one can say yet.“The majority of the text messages I got (after the season was suspended) were, ‘I’m so sorry, (the Clippers) were on their way to a title,’” said Benz, a comedy director and writer and Clippers’ season-ticket holder who began attending games in 2007.“Even if it’s all erased, regardless, it’s been a fun year,” he said. “I had a moment of, ‘Oh man! The playoffs!’ But then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, this is a pandemic. Zoom out, this is not important.’”If anything, Dacuma said, following developments related to “the larger existential crisis” will be what helps distract her from missing sports.And whenever the games get going again, Benz predicts they’ll be cherished as never before.“The arenas are going to be louder than ever, there’s going to be such a relief and appreciation for what we had,” he said. “Across the board, I think maybe this is a time when we start to learn what we do need and don’t need and what are we focused on way too much, and to just enjoy stuff.” “What is on TV on a Friday?” wondered Jeanne Zelasko, the longtime sportscaster and sports fan who said she honestly didn’t know what else people watch.Zelasko, a host for “Clippers Live,” the team’s pregame and postgame show on Fox Sports West, wasn’t the only one already experiencing “withdrawals” without games.“I’ve realized it’s a big part of my life,” said Anaheim’s Joey Linn, a dedicated Clippers and Angels fan who also works as the color commentator for his Biola University basketball teams. “So far it’s been really difficult.”But Linn, like every other sports fanatic, is going to have to find other ways to spend his time after the NBA and virtually every other sport in the United States suspended or canceled play this week in an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Loading …Follow us on Twitter. The political ads are over (temporarily). Now what are you going to watch? Preseason football, maybe some baseball games. Reruns are great this time of year. Fox News and CNN keep me entertained. I have Netflix and movie channels to keep me going. Oprah. Always watch Oprah. It’s a rule I swore off TV for lent. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 314 weeks ago I don’t know about others but The Walking Dead should have been a choice….2 more months. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Gramma · 314 weeks ago You might have included None of the above as a category. There’s the Food Channel, DYI, Turner Movies Golf, etc Lots of things available to watch. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 314 weeks ago Do 9 people actually think Lent is in August? Report Reply 1 reply · active 314 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 314 weeks ago Only the part time Catholics. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments