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  1. Amen to that, but I'm talkin' on TV. The puck smashing through ice, the music, the two shadowy players... just old and tired. How's everything in Europe?
  2. I hear ya, but the employment numbers back then were not hit on a scale like this. Unemployment peaked at 9.9 percent. We've already seen "official" numbers over 14% with government economists suggesting it's over 16. Yet John expects his full pay, and apparently a raise, when he hasn't worked since March and we don't know when there will even be another full season. I gotta tell ya, if I'm Dundon, I'm doing the exact same thing, thanking him for his service and wishing him good luck. People are lucky to be working at all right now. Not the time to demand the same or a higher contract for a job you're not even doing.
  3. I just hope they change the break music and graphics. They're 15+ years old and look (and sound) like it.
  4. Forslund is the best in the business, and it's not even close. Between him and Gene Hart, I feel fortunate to have heard my two favorite teams win three Stanley Cups through their vocal artistry. But like it or not, this comes with the broadcasting turf, and every broadcaster knows it when they go into it. How many people these days work for the same company for 20+ years in any industry, let alone in that one? IMO--and I'm not disparaging it, because it is his choice to make--John is playing both ends against the middle. He learned TD's ceiling last year, and he thinks it's too low. By going public, he is hoping fan pressure will change the number. It won't, but it especially won't when it is anybody's guess when he'll even work again. He says he'd prefer to stay here--but it's contingent, apparently, on getting money that is more typically paid those doing his job in larger markets. Again, it's John's right to play his cards this way. But stop following the Canes because they change the play-by-play guy? If others are willing to give up Canes hockey over that--well, it's their right too, I suppose. But I'm a lot more interested in what's happening on the ice than in the broadcast booth. I don't care if they let Tripp (try to) call the games. I'd just turn down the volume, turn up Spotify, and keep right on watching.
  5. What's most sad is that despite reading coastal's account, the ignorance prevails. Perhaps the "Alta" refers to "alternative facts"...
  6. Prisons too. NC announced this week it will test all inmates (and corrections employees) in accordance with a court order issued earlier this month. It's gonna take 60 days and cost over $3 million.
  7. People don't need anything other than food, shelter, exercise, and adequate sleep to "maintain their sanity," all of which can be pursued and secured (some would argue a lot more efficiently) without the distraction of multimillionaires chasing a rubber disk around, to generate billions of dollars that will not go toward solving the crisis that caused the "pause" in the first place. None of the people playing or running the games needs money, so I'm with xray, but I'll go a step further: Give all profits to coronavirus research--because this is unlikely to be the last one humankind will deal with--and then maybe it's justifiable. But I still wouldn't want anyone over 50 working inside "the bubble."
  8. https://apnews.com/4e69ef82dcc9d39b80e2dcfeecf98806 Let's do a little math: The fittest specimens on the planet (pro/Division 1 athletes) clustered together + a virus that spreads virulently in the days prior to people displaying symptoms + not testing those fittest specimens until they display symptoms = WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!
  9. Bettman said cancelling the season would be "too easy"... so a cluster [****] oughta put a big ol' SMILE on his face!
  10. Which totally supports my premise: All it says is an unhelmeted rider must be able to produce proof of insurance covering catastrophic brain injury, or they lose the privilege. It's got nothing to do with red meat, snacks, liquor, or anything else you attempt to link to it.
  11. The cost of care for uninsured motorcyclists who suffer catastrophic injury is potentially borne by "everyone" too, albeit not (their) death. But it's analogous enough for me, in terms of that one person's selfish decision potentially impacting society more widely.
  12. Tampa is right across the way from Clearwater: https://apnews.com/a1c992288e12382463b605b0f98dfa5e
  13. I wrote an editorial when the same thing was being debated in PA, saying fine--but such a law must require that any biker not wearing a helmet carry with them an insurance cert stating that they own a policy covering them for any catastrophic injury, to be produced when pulled over. The bottom line: "If they don't have it, they sacrifice the bike, which is confiscated on the spot, and they lose their license--forever. If they do have it, they're free to feel the wind in their hair... and very possibly, their brains on the pavement."
  14. From what I've seen, you're hit-and-miss at best on the test's accuracy. More: https://www.wsj.com/articles/tested-positive-for-coronavirus-antibodies-dont-let-your-guard-down-11591794007 https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-06-01/are-antibody-tests-accurate-no-is-the-fda-allowing-them-yes
  15. xray, thanks for the work you do on behalf of others, and for the wisdom in this post. It is hard to understand people's complaint that wearing a mask is somehow a violation of their "personal freedom." Taking KJUN's Russian roulette analogy upthread only slightly further: Would law enforcement consider it okay to play Russian roulette out in public by spinning the cylinder and then pulling the trigger with the gun pointed at the person to whom you are serving breakfast (or ordering breakfast from)? While it is true that we know far too little, how can anyone seriously say it's a violation of their rights to be required to protect themselves and others from what we do know? Two of those precious few known things are (1) there is asymptomatic spread, and (2) masks and distancing are the best preventers of it. Instead, public health officials and researchers who have confirmed and reported these things are having their lives threatened every day by people claiming the pandemic is a hoax. (Listen to the linked interview starting at 10:13, though I highly recommend the whole interview).
  16. It's not ironic, Rem. It's lazy on your part. It was all over the news--at least the news that's done by actual journalists.
  17. I'm sure some uninformed parents worried about their kids contracting polio were as certain as you that it "would never be safe again." And they were wrong, too.
  18. Rem, I can't help noticing that your stuff tends to become "tongue-in-cheek" when someone calls you on it. You could have found the walk-back just as easily as I did--easier I would think, being in the biz. As for the bolded line, I'm sorry, but no. You surely are aware that perspiration, excrement, urine--all are at minimum suspected as possibly spreading the virus. The fact is that, like so much else with this thing, we just don't know. And I surely hope that, as a physician, you subscribe to the maxim, scientifically proved again and again throughout history, that what we don't know CAN hurt us, yes? Because there is not one thing "biased" about that. In other news, talk about burying the lede:
  19. Source? Because if you're referencing Monday's comment by the WHO's Maria Van Kerkhove, she corrected it at a special news conference less than 24 hours later: That same day, her boss clarified further: Still more, from the previously linked Stat story: But yeah, let's play hockey! /sarcasm
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