View from the Grandstand returns, as host Justin Paura recaps the year that was in 2022 and reflects on all the champions that were born in the past year. He also previews the first championship games of 2023, shares the most recent update on Bills safety Damar Hamlin, and more.
As Justin notes, for the first time since 2019 we were in 2022 reminded what a full, "normal" year of sports looks like. When the virus took over the world in 2020, the sports business had to adjust by canceling seasons, postponing international tournaments and playing NFL games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when necessary. In 2021, things weren't perfect, either. Vaccine statuses complicated players' playing statuses and we saw the 2020 Olympics branding all over a spectacle that was played in a different year. Stadiums weren't being filled and there was still much hesitation around getting back to business as usual.
By comparison, 2022 was a breath of fresh air. Games weren't moved, there were no egregious travel restrictions, schedules were adjusted back to normal and rosters weren't depleted due to positive tests. The face of this shift back to normalcy was the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament finally not being played in a bubble and featuring packed up crowds for the first time in three years.
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