Column: In the age of the coronavirus, we’re finding out just how much sports matters

In this file photo, with fans reaching for a touch, Michael Jordan steps into the spotlight as he's introduced for the Bulls' 5th NBA Championships ring ceremony on Nov. 1, 1997, at the United Center. ESPN recently relased a 10-part-series, "The Last Dance," on Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls. (John Lee/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

PHILADELPHIA — More than 96,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, have died from the coronavirus, and still we want sports to return.