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  1. MLB is crazy, they must still think it’s the 1950s and they’re the King of Sports and fans will always be there. The fans haven’t been there for over 20 years. Of the major team sports, baseball has the least physical contact and had the easiest path to get back to playing games safely. This was their big opportunity! Baseball was played through the Spanish Flu! Even Babe Ruth catching the Spanish Flu in spring training that year couldn’t stop baseball back then, but now, these owners and players look like they are going to squander their opportunity to take center stage in the sports world, at least for a fleeting moment until the NBA and NHL figure out their restart timing.
  2. Houston is a more attractive market than Raleigh. Of course, Houston is more attractive than a lot of current NHL cities. What keeps Dundon put? One thing in the short run was the Raleigh market proved that put a decent product on the ice and the fans would return. Attendance this year was way up from last season which was up solidly from the year before. Had the fans not returned in numbers and passion, that could’ve been a green light to bolt, but realizing there was a latent fan base here eager to return buys some time for now. The investment and infrastructure in having a top line practice facility will help anchor the team here, but the arena is an issue that needs addressing.
  3. Well, the Penguins have dealt with a virus rampaging through their team before in the fairly recent past. Arguably the league‘s best player at the time, Sydney Crosby, even came down with the virus. This was a highly infectious virus but it had a very effective vaccine and Crosby had been vaccinated, but still got the virus anyway. Will the initial COVID-19 vaccine be anywhere near as effective as the mumps vaccine? Unlikely, so even when there is a vaccine, figuring out the risk levels and those ‘what if’ contingency plans when someone gets sick will be on-going by the league planners perhaps for years...
  4. And that view of risk changes over time in response to real or imagined changes in the threat. After 9/11 some in the media and many people said there would never be mass gatherings again, no Super Bowl could ever be held, people wouldn’t fly, people would not want to go in tall buildings. Years later, looking at air traffic numbers and mass gathering gate receipts, etc., it was like 9/11 never happened! What changed? A lot had to do with the perception that the risk was less or the realization that the risk of any one mass gathering being attacked and result in death or injury was always small. Also changed was there was at least the appearance of safety, TSA seizing your bottle of water or shaving gel, of course, makes nothing safer, but adds to an illusion of safety, that the risk is less. The same with metal detectors and screenings at PNC Arena. If someone intended to do premeditated harm to PNC Arena attendees, would those security measures prevent it? Doubtful, but the appearance of those checkpoints gives an illusion of reducing risk and making folks feel comfortable, normal. Likewise we’ll see mask wearing by service providers and encouragement for others to wear them, temperature checkpoints at entrances to businesses and workplaces, random testing, sanitizers everywhere, where to stand markings on the floor, etc. Some of these measures will be of dubious ability to actually prevent someone from getting the virus, anymore than taking your shaving cream will prevent the airplane from being blown up, but it will make many folks feel safer, reducing their perception of risk.
  5. He took 16+ minutes to cover something he could’ve done effectively in 5 or less, but some interesting nuggets in there. One is the reminder of what a ridiculously sweetheart TV deal the NBA has. With the pandemic shutdown, NHL is in pickle with both the CBA and TV contract expiring the same year—doesn’t seem like good life cycle timing there Mr. Bettman.
  6. Minor leagues, in all sports, have different operating revenue sources than their major league counter-parts. The minor leagues depend significantly on gate receipts, so operating without fans is really a non-starter. The NFL, with its huge TV revenue stream, likely could operate for a long time with no or limited fans. The NHL, not as much. Those planning and scenario analysis meetings at league headquarters must be something...
  7. This makes me think Fencing is the perfect COVID-19 sport— You’re required to wear gloves. You’re required to wear a mask. And if someone gets within six feet of you, you stab them!!! 😜
  8. I was there too, sales were brisk and Waddell even loaded one of the cases in my vehicle. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to tip him... 🤔😂
  9. I agree, young teams will have an advantage. I also think the teams that play in the play-in series will have an advantage over those with the bye. Will it happen? We’ll see. UFC has matches this weekend, NASCAR races the following week, Indy Car and the PGA in June, MLB and NBA are both looking at July. If the NHL is shooting for an August Stanley Cup tournament, they’ll have some time to take notes on what works or doesn’t in these other sports.
  10. I read—well, ok, skimmed—about six or so articles yesterday that said pretty much the same thing. Here’s one from the NY Post for example: https://nypost.com/2020/05/07/nhl-restart-would-go-directly-into-24-team-stanley-cup-tournament/. I don’t recall if any of them really directly cited the source of their info but it may have been from players and what they’re hearing from the League, The Minneapolis StarTribune had this good update from Dubnyk, the Wild’s union rep https://www.startribune.com/wild-s-dubnyk-on-nhl-restart-i-m-not-interested-in-packing-up-and-going-away/570287352/ on what he’s hearing and general outlook.
  11. Several reports indicate the NHL is looking at jumping right into the playoffs to finish the season: “NHL has shifted its reopening plan from completing the regular season to heading right into a 24-team playoff field that would include a best-of-three play-in round (involving 16 teams).”
  12. Me and Mrs. Storm have taken the train to Charlotte a couple times over the years for Checkers games and to do other city stuff while there, pretty convenient way to get there for those in Raleigh that haven’t done it. A break in the Canes affiliation is unfortunate. I guess, from the reports, Chicago was a better financial deal and perhaps the Chex played a game of chicken that the ‘One Carolina’ marketing would win out. Still it is too bad, I liked having the in state affiliate, but can’t blame the Canes for going with a better deal.
  13. Hopefully future tyrants have not learned a lesson at how easily the populace gave up their most cherished freedoms, either completely or in a limited way, with this so-called “invisible enemy”, the right to assemble, the right to free speech, the right to vote, the right to bear arms, the right to practice religion, the right to hockey... After this, it is not difficult to imagine—is it?—a future ‘public health’ or similar crisis, real or created, leading to totalitarianism here or in other western democracies. Patriots beware!
  14. Indeed...the Spanish Flu basically disappeared very shortly after peak deaths in its second wave In many areas. Mystery still surrounds this disappearance, but rapid mutation is a common theory. Even though it mostly disappeared, the Spanish Flu did linger beyond 1918, even into March and April 1919 when it killed “Bad Joe” Hall, defenseman for the Canadiens, and hospitalized most of the team and some of the Seattle Metropolitans were sickened too. The Stanley Cup finals were cancelled mid-series and no Cup awarded. Actually in a great show of sportsmanship, the Canadians manager said he was forfeiting the Cup to Seattle, but the Seattle manager said he could not accept the Cup under such circumstances and the series was cancelled instead.
  15. Our ancestors dealt with the potential for catching the plague, small pox, dysentery, consumption, yellow fever, leprosy and all manner of pestilence. If they’d have locked themselves up until it was over, we’d probably still be playing hockey with wooden sticks... 😜
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