In a world with canceled or postponed sports during what would have been the first week of the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament, Paul Finebaum said he’s “worried about sports fans from a psychological standpoint.” As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues and the sports world pressed pause in an attempt to “flatten the curve,” what normally offers fans an escape is absent from our daily lives. And we have no real idea when it’s returning. The ESPN and SEC Network college football analyst spoke with the Knoxville News Sentinel on Wednesday and described the progression of the mood of his radio show’s callers from anger to confusion and a “level of almost psychological disorientation.” “People really are hurting, and they’re struggling with this,” Finebaum said on The Volunteer State podcast. “And I’m not going to let somebody say, ‘Well, sports don’t matter.’ Sports do matter. They matter a lot.” Finebaum said on Monday or Tuesday — he wasn’t sure exactly — when he was at work in a building typically filled with hundreds of people, he looked out the window and the only people he saw were security guards. “I really for the first time in my life,


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