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Author: Jon Kuzma
Michigan is no stranger to semi-pro football. Every Spring hundreds of players suit up hoping to get an escape from everyday life. Football is a healthy distraction and it’s a good choice for someone who’s hoping to stay active. But this isn’t a normal year by any means. The coronavirus has shutdown most of the pro sports world. However semi-pro football in Michigan is alive and well. The Great Midwest Football Conference just kicked off their season last weekend. It’s a resilient act by a league that hopes to gain an upper hand while most of their competitors have put their schedules on hold. And it seems to be working because many players have flocked to the GMFC. If their previous teams don’t offer an option to play and someone else does. Then the guys that want to get back on the field will go wherever the action is. That seems to be the case here and luckily Michigan hasn’t seen a rise in COVID-19 cases like some of the other states have. Initially the Detroit area got hammered by the virus and there’s been 5,907 deaths in the state so far. But after that first wave things have calmed down. The GMFC is crossing their fingers that trend will continue. And if everything works out this gamble could help the upstart league gain some traction. Like so many other businesses around the world. They’re staying defiant in a time of uncertainty.
Click here to see the results from week one of the Great Midwest Football Conference.
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