Island sports on hold, will Bucs play 2020 season?

As we turned the corner into May, Covid-19 cases continued to climb in Manatee County.

It seemed likely that youth and adult sports wouldn’t resume anytime soon, despite the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-step” plan to reopen Florida.

The sports and fitness programs at the Center of Anna Maria Island remained on hold.

Golf and horseshoe action are logical choices to get going as they’re not huge groups and social distancing can be achieved. However, the Key Royale Club won’t be resuming organized golf outings until mid- or late-May at the earliest, according to member Tom Nelson.

Horseshoes also remained on hold, according to player/spokesman Jay Disbrow, who said, “They still have yellow tape blocking the paths to the pits, so as soon as we get the all clear, we will resume play.”

Buccaneer fans, giddy with the acquisition of Tom Brady and his right-hand man, Rob Gronkowski, tuned in to the NFL draft on TV, hoping the Bucs could sign one of the four elite offensive tackles. They got their man after swapping a fourth-rounder to move up a pick, selecting Iowa Hawkeye offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs.

Wirfs, at 6 feet 5 inches and 320 pounds, is set to step in and help protect the 43-year-old Brady this season — if there is a season.

The Bucs’ faithful, including myself, are excited for the season to start but, as a card-carrying, long-suffering fan, it wouldn’t shock me to see the season canceled and quarterback Brady KO’d for the season!

The National Hockey League playoffs should have started April 8 and, here we are in May, when Major League Baseball should be about 30 games into the season.

Meanwhile, I recently found myself watching a rock-skipping competition on ESPN.

The resumption of sports and our regular routine can’t get here soon enough.

— Kevin P. Cassidy