Another Reason to Embrace the Depth: It’s Flu Season

Tighter rotations would mean less time on the floor for those further down the bench and flu season provides severe challenges.

Almost every team deals with norovirus and flu related issues as the season progresses.  Teams do not just have isolated flu instances, they have team outbreaks that afflict them for 3 games and they happen during the conference season.  Why during the critical conference season?  It’s flu season.  Players are often roommates with each other and it is easy to transmit the flu.  Campuses are breeding grounds for airborne illness.

Fine, then everyone gets a flu shot.  The rotation can still be tight.  

It does not work that way.  Influenza vaccinations only protect against a limited number of strains.  In fact, this flu season is expected to be one of the worst and there are various strains of the virus.  However, the flu shot does not account for all of them that exist.  It was not a good sign that the New England Journal of Medicine bemoaned the ineffectiveness of the vaccine while making the case for a vaccine that is not of a seasonal nature.  Typically, the flu vaccine is 40-60% effective, but the H3N2 strain is said to have mutated and estimates are at 10% effectiveness.

Georgia’s Depth Helps During Flu Season

The by-committee approach to production that is exhibited by this Georgia Basketball Team could ultimately result in wins in games that other teams would typically lose due to key personnel losses.  Almost everyone on the Georgia Basketball roster can step up and make an impact.  The team does not lose a step and the team can weather the temporary attrition.

Limiting the team’s production to a few key players limits the team and eventually results in offseason attrition.  Mark Fox gives out enough minutes per player to keep everyone fresh, happy and weather the viral storms that come during the season.  Fox’s decision to tune out the corporate media analysts is a wise one.

Embrace the depth.  To Hell With the Flu.