The Duke City Gladiators were only four hours from kickoff in their Indoor Football League season opener when word was passed down that their game that night in Frisco, Texas, against the Fighters was called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.
That was eight days ago. By this time there already were ominous clouds over the national sports scene.
A day earlier the NBA opted to suspend its season indefinitely. Within the next 24 hours March Madness was canceled and the NHL called a halt to its season.