Polling place

With steve green­berg

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - sgreen­berg@sun­times.com @slgreen­berg

It hap­pened in the NBA and the WNBA. It hap­pened in the NHL and in MLB, too. Across much of the sports world ear­lier this week, pro­fes­sional ath­letes sat out games — in some cases, play­off games — in sup­port of Black lives as at­ten­tion homed in on Kenosha, Wis­con­sin, where Ja­cob Blake was shot by po­lice.

Ac­tions were taken not only by in­di­vid­u­als, but by en­tire teams. In bas­ket­ball and hockey, en­tire days’ slates of games were post­poned.

In 2020, sports fans have known noth­ing but dis­rup­tion to their usual rooting rou­tines. This time, though, it had noth­ing to do with the coro­n­avirus.

Where do you stand on pros choos­ing not to work as a form of protest? That was the lead ques­tion in this week’s “Polling Place,” your home for Chicago Sun-Times sports polls on Twitter.

“You mean pro­fes­sional hu­mans, right?” @Rock­stadSarah com­mented. “Glad I could clear that up for you.”

Yes, hu­mans. Flesh, blood, hearts, minds, feel­ings. We get it. It’s kind of why we posed the ques­tion in the first place.

“As long as they don’t go over­board,” @out­law­booster wrote.

Put Out­law in the I-feel-you-un­til-I-re­al­ly­want-to-watch-some-ball camp.

Also this week, we asked about the up­com­ing NFL sea­son — sched­uled to start Sept. 10, with the Bears open­ing in Detroit on Sept. 13 — and the right-around-the-cor­ner base­ball play­offs. Will pan­demic foot­ball work? Should base­ball hit the bub­ble?

“No teams have to play mi­nus key play­ers [who] are out with COVID-19 and, of course, it’s much safer for the play­ers and their fam­i­lies,” com­mented @bran­don_hugh­es_, clearly in fa­vor of a base­ball bub­ble — and he had a lot of com­pany among fel­low vot­ers.

On to the polls:

AP PHO­TOS

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo Lu­cas Gi­olito Khalil Mack

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