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Especially if your club is heavily involved in competing at the right end of the table.

We've been desperate for promotion for ages. It felt like we were winning the race again and anyone connected with Leeds was totally absorbed by it.

Just want to get back to it ASAP.

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Lots more than I thought. 

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A lot more than I thought as well. Weird that there isn't any kind of sport on and moreso with football.

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Strangely, and I think this ties a lot to @Lucas's point about having something to play for, but no I'm not missing it as much as I thought I would and I think that's down to Grimsby not really having anything within reach other than midtable and the playoffs at a huge push.

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I’m not really. Not till Saturday, at least. 

The weeks are largely filled with nothing anyway. Monotonous transfer sagas of the same handful of players does nothing for me and gossip columns aren’t really my thing. 

I don’t have BT so I’ve got used to there not being any/much midweek football to watch anyway and I’m not really prepared to risk killing my laptop to watch a game of football. 

The weekends are pretty dull but I still feel at the minute like this is a bit of a pre-season. I imagine I’d we get to May time and we’ve still not got any sport, including behind closed doors stuff, I will be very very bored. 

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Less than expected. I do think I'm going through a quite bizarre phase in general though and that's not even due to COVID-19 although that's obviously making day to day life strange as well.

I'm looking forward to having it back but other stuff has taken priority for now.

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Much less than expected. It'd be nice to see a match or two over the weekend but overall I don't care that much. 

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Yeah I'm missing it more than expected. The memories of Liverpool soldiering through the back end of the season seem so distant now though, but I'd love to be able to bury my head in football games and sport websites and escape the 24/7 corona deaths news cycle.

But it all seems so distant. March was honestly the longest and craziest month. It will go down in history.

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Can't really say if I am missing it much as now I am reading a lot more but the wife is in breakdown mode as all her beloved soap operas like Corry, Eastenders, Emmerdale etc have cut down production to one episode a week, all I can say about that is...THANK FUCK FOR THAT!!!!  xD

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I miss going go the stadium. Apart from that, I miss football less than I expected. I guess it's nice to have a break from fighting for survival week in week out. 

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I've got to say I do actually feel sorry for fans of the likes of Liverpool and Leeds. If this had happened four years ago I'd have been inconsolable xD

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Way less than expected.

The pause has probably helped me look at it in a detached manner. It's all a big money grab. They say the lottery is a tax for the stupid, but what is a season ticket if not that.

Watching millionaires playing for the club you love but not giving a fuck, while you're putting in more than you should both emotionally and financially.

Foreign investment and champions league qualification obsession disgust me. It's all about the millions. Millions might be the most used word in the sport these days. Think about that.

Who am I kidding anyway? When it's back I'm still paying my monthly TV subscription to watch these pricks kick a ball, or maybe not, maybe I'll go watch the local club for my weekly dose of "opioid of the masses" instead.

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57 minutes ago, Dan said:

I've got to say I do actually feel sorry for fans of the likes of Liverpool and Leeds. If this had happened four years ago I'd have been inconsolable xD

I think we stand to lose the most out of this as well.

Will obviously be a travesty if Liverpool lose out but they have the small consolation of knowing they will go again. Everything will be in place for them squad wise, manager wise, they will be there or thereabouts.

We will lose our top players. The one's that are ours and the loanees. We will not have significant funds to strengthen. Above all else, we will lose Bielsa. We rely on that man's brilliance.

For me, what happens will be a massive game changer for the future of the club.

Might seem an over reaction to some but I think if you know, you know and that's that.

 

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1 hour ago, Lucas said:

I think we stand to lose the most out of this as well.

Will obviously be a travesty if Liverpool lose out but they have the small consolation of knowing they will go again. Everything will be in place for them squad wise, manager wise, they will be there or thereabouts.

We will lose our top players. The one's that are ours and the loanees. We will not have significant funds to strengthen. Above all else, we will lose Bielsa. We rely on that man's brilliance.

For me, what happens will be a massive game changer for the future of the club.

Might seem an over reaction to some but I think if you know, you know and that's that.

I think we're also going to be one of the biggest losers in this potentially. We're effectively back to square one. We timed coming good perfectly with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and to an extent Chelsea all foundering, even Manchester City really we've never been far off this season. If the season started again now I don't think we'd be getting in the top four. Not to mention who we'll lose. We miss out on the CL windfall and therefore have a lot less chance of holding onto players, we're more likely I think to lose about 4/5 players than the 1/2 we would've if we'd made the top four.

Oh and of course we also miss out on the Champions League again, they were some of the best nights I've had following us.

I mean we've had some great times lately so there's only so much we can complain but we're a huge loser in this scenario as well I think.

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Don't miss it per se but I do miss getting out and about to different places on the weekend to watch the thing. Suppose I'm a groundhopper more than a general fan but I thankfully have other interests to fall back on.

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It’s definitely Saturday’s that I miss it. Especially when I would have had plans to go to places.

I’d have probably gone to Tottenham U23 v Everton U23 today. It was, according to Spurs’ website, scheduled to be at White Hart Lane, which would have been a good opportunity to go there without needing to purchase a membership. 

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22 hours ago, Dan said:

I've got to say I do actually feel sorry for fans of the likes of Liverpool and Leeds. If this had happened four years ago I'd have been inconsolable xD

I'm actually feeling quite numb about the whole title charge right now. 

I still will be gutted if they void the season because it will be so hard to get the jump on city again, and I'd be fearing a disappointment hangover like Spurs had with poch.

But if it's not voided I kind of don't want the season to continue until we can fill stadiums again and celebrate a title win properly. Some muted, social distancing adhering party where everyone's got a bottle of hand sanitizer on hand rather than a pint is not really gonna cut it.

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Surprisingly no. Maybe cos I've distracted myself well, but I could be doing worse really. Of course I'd still love for it to return as soon as possible.

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2 hours ago, Harry said:

I'm actually feeling quite numb about the whole title charge right now. 

I still will be gutted if they void the season because it will be so hard to get the jump on city again, and I'd be fearing a disappointment hangover like Spurs had with poch.

But if it's not voided I kind of don't want the season to continue until we can fill stadiums again and celebrate a title win properly. Some muted, social distancing adhering party where everyone's got a bottle of hand sanitizer on hand rather than a pint is not really gonna cut it.

I maintain it's absolutely staggering how few seem to be missing the really obvious alternative in this situation. Just wait to play it. Fuck next season. Why prioritise next season over this one?

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35 minutes ago, Dan said:

I maintain it's absolutely staggering how few seem to be missing the really obvious alternative in this situation. Just wait to play it. Fuck next season. Why prioritise next season over this one?

I think this too, especially given the likelihood a second wave will impact some point(s) in time between August 2020 and May 2021. At least at present we have a tally on the board that is quite easy to tie up when the time is right. What do we do if we abandon this, start afresh in August then get stopped again for four or five months in October?

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10 minutes ago, tlr said:

I think this too, especially given the likelihood a second wave will impact some point(s) in time between August 2020 and May 2021. At least at present we have a tally on the board that is quite easy to tie up when the time is right. What do we do if we abandon this, start afresh in August then get stopped again for four or five months in October?

Precisely. I don't get what the big rush is. Problem is it's hard to know who to trust in this because we've all got our own biases - and mine are pretty obvious.

I think fans of Liverpool, Leicester, Leeds, Coventry, West Brom and a few others in-particular are going to be biased towards wanting it to finish but the truth is I'd have wanted that anyway.

I'm yet to be told a proper reason this can't happen. Contracts are a complexity, but not a reason you can definitely rule it out, and I'd argue that's a far smaller obstacle than the alternatives.

I want common sense to prevail but I'm worried that the authorities are going to use this to force more dross on the sport such as games abroad.

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Our son misses it like fuck, he coaches an under-15 side and misses the training nights and the games normally on a Sunday, the wife does not miss washing the kit when it's his turn for a wash routine, mud, grass, sweaty socks, tops and shorts. :D   

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4 minutes ago, Dan said:

Precisely. I don't get what the big rush is. Problem is it's hard to know who to trust in this because we've all got our own biases - and mine are pretty obvious.

I think fans of Liverpool, Leicester, Leeds, Coventry, West Brom and a few others in-particular are going to be biased towards wanting it to finish but the truth is I'd have wanted that anyway.

I'm yet to be told a proper reason this can't happen. Contracts are a complexity, but not a reason you can definitely rule it out, and I'd argue that's a far smaller obstacle than the alternatives.

I want common sense to prevail but I'm worried that the authorities are going to use this to force more dross on the sport such as games abroad.

Aye.

In theory, Rovers have a chance of the play-offs should the season restart and play to a traditional conclusion. Even if that were not the case, even if we were back in the relegation mire like we were in 16-17, I would still want to pay to a finish. Two things I think are important here - one is integrity (I suppose), playing everything to a finish whenever that may be, and awarding or punishing clubs accordingly as we would normally. The second is the connection people have with the game. All the money spent, miles travelled, hours invested, whatever else from fans, local sponsors, unpaid staff, etc. Throwing all that away as if it never happened in the pathetic hope of starting again as if life was normal in August is scandalous. I think expunging or abandoning the season would be catastrophic for those reasons, I dare say fatal for some clubs. I'd be bad enough as a Rovers fan and our mediocre season, if I supported someone like Liverpool, Leicester, Leeds or any of those non league teams who have been fucked already I'd throw the towel in and get a new interest.

On your last point, as with society, it will be interesting to see what gets changed now as an emergency measure and never goes away. I'm fully expecting the 15.00 broadcast blackout to never come back, and that's only been relaxed about 6 hours ago.

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10 minutes ago, tlr said:

Aye.

In theory, Rovers have a chance of the play-offs should the season restart and play to a traditional conclusion. Even if that were not the case, even if we were back in the relegation mire like we were in 16-17, I would still want to pay to a finish. Two things I think are important here - one is integrity (I suppose), playing everything to a finish whenever that may be, and awarding or punishing clubs accordingly as we would normally. The second is the connection people have with the game. All the money spent, miles travelled, hours invested, whatever else from fans, local sponsors, unpaid staff, etc. Throwing all that away as if it never happened in the pathetic hope of starting again as if life was normal in August is scandalous. I think expunging or abandoning the season would be catastrophic for those reasons, I dare say fatal for some clubs. I'd be bad enough as a Rovers fan and our mediocre season, if I supported someone like Liverpool, Leicester, Leeds or any of those non league teams who have been fucked already I'd throw the towel in and get a new interest.

On your last point, as with society, it will be interesting to see what gets changed now as an emergency measure and never goes away. I'm fully expecting the 15.00 broadcast blackout to never come back, and that's only been relaxed about 6 hours ago.

I always want it to as well to maintain the integrity in the competition. Now I've been pretty vocal in my questioning of it for other reasons this season but that isn't really the point this time, to just wipe it away seems like a complete waste and the more I think about it, the more I think it will bring about far too many complications for that to be the case. I can only conclude that people vehemently demanding the season is wiped just don't want Liverpool to win the league. That's fine, but I think you're just living a lie in this case. They say Liverpool fans will be unbearable but I think they'll be even worse if this happens, and the fact is this time everyone knows they've got a point and nobody can seriously argue against it. It would be hollow to laugh at them for this. Funny because of the fact it seems they're just destined to never lift the Premier League, but we all know what's happened here.

As stated as well with Leicester I think we'd be one of the biggest losers, right up there, we capitalised on far better resourced clubs failing and would be very unlikely to make the top 4 again. We also had Vardy back in the form of his life which he's unlikely to repeat I think at his age. If Leicester finished in the top four this season we would be absolutely laughing. We've already progressed a lot due to one unexpected CL windfall. To get another would make us very well established at this point. Not to mention we've also never won the FA Cup - and had a quarter final tie against a Chelsea side we sit above in the league lined up, with Liverpool out of the competition. We had a chance to rectify that.

Sadly I think football's general reaction to the situation has been pretty appalling, the greed is astounding at times and it only edges me towards thinking they will come up with another alternative based entirely on how lucrative it is, rather than it being fair - so I'm totally braced for us, the unfashionable provincial club from the Midlands to be shafted out of playing in the elite competition.

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The more this, and by that I mean the virus, goes on, the less and less arsed I am about an ending to this season. Might be because I’m not emotionally attached to any club and therefore I don’t have a feeling of unjust that we’re being robbed or that we’ve got absurdly and a little bit disgustingly, “lucky” that a global pandemic has not led to the very minor incidence of relegation but overall, I think things are a bit bigger than Football at the minute. 

As for what happens to this season. I’m just not sure. I imagine the headache that would go with finishing this season and then re-adjusting absolutely everything would be incredibly tough to do. Part of me is looking towards the Qatar World Cup in December of 2022 and I do wonder if letting this season run its course may help in rescheduling the seasons around that. 

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Readjusting towards the Qatar World Cup is the common sense solution to me. Granted I don't know what you do after that, but the two situations may actually work with each other ironically and that's what I'd go with. I don't mind a couple of years of change. February to November seasons. I'll take it.

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Already been said by Dan, but fuck next season. Just get this one finished and go from there. If we end up fucking off Qatar 2022 altogether, it will be an added bonus.

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