Morning Free Association: Suspended

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Well, it’s official, the NHL announced yesterday that it would suspend the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. I’m sorry, it would “put the season on pause”.

The NHLPA was involved in this decision, as they rightfully should be. Apparently in addition to no games, there will be no practices, no meetings, no travel. Players are being encouraged to take safety precautions and self-quarantine if needed.

I honestly wonder about how the players will stay fit since they often use team facilities to train. But, this is a small concern at this time.

It is unsure if the league will restart with remaining games needed to finish the season or just head straight to the playoffs. With teams/arenas providing availability through July, it could be an either or situation.

Maybe a team will just receive the cup?

The AHL also seems to be taking the precautionary step to prevent the spread of the virus by pausing their season as well.

Before any of the talk of cessation, the Boston Bruins announced that they had postponed the celebration of the 1970 Stanley Cup championship team to the Fall, citing the coronavirus outbreak as a concern.

So, I guess we won’t be talking about hockey stuff per se, but we’ll still be able to gather here and chat 5 times a week while we’re waiting. And if you’re so inclined, give Bearly on Topic a listen. It’s free!

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I suppose it’s a good time to pick up a hobby or learn something new. Or just stare at the wall!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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My brothers used to play a game at home called “Sockey”.
It was a cross between soccer & hockey played with a bundled pair of cotton socks as the puck.
Our mom had a somewhat irrational hate for it. — Which only encouraged my brothers. chuckle

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Were the socks struck with sticks or feet?

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Sticks in our house…… broken sticks. We played on our knees in the hall.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Knee hockey!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Usually no sticks.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Gooooood Morning!!!
Suspended! Yup, hockey fans are hanging by their thumbnails right now!!! My guess(as good as anyone’s, right?), sports will return in … three weeks, tops. Board of Guvs may have to shorten the season by, oh let’s say ten games [probably helps the Bruins], then resumes on schedule. Could be worse. I have three weeks of food and TP….. ain’t scared!
I’m the meantime, which is a groovy time, I’m reading “Wilding” Isabella Tree. It’s about returning nature to Knepp Castle, in Sussex. It’s very good. Well written, understandable (even fo’ dis guy!), and will change the way you look at the world around us. Recommended!!!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hey NESN, can I get some replays???

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

It’s ESPN Classic’s time to shine!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Just saw in a local news source that the virus is really close to home.

I’d checked the state’s website, which said there was 1 presumed case in the county where we live and 41 in the county where I work.
The local reports are that there is a case in my town and there are cases in all the towns surrounding where I work. I figured I had another 2 weeks before this point.
Thanks Biogen.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

We’ve had a case in our office building (not our floor). Just the one, though, and that was a couple of weeks ago.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away…

Just had a meeting at work (accessed remotely, of course) about what the hell we’re going to write about for the next few weeks.

Sport provides a welcome distraction from real life for millions, and we will all miss that, but some of us hate real life so much we’ve made a career out of watching sport!

Still, we have to look at the positives. It seems to be almost under control in China – only eight new cases yesterday – so with these extreme measures most of the world are implementing maybe it’ll only last a few weeks.

Satan 81's Sister
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Yes, definitely best to get it under control ASAP and prevent as much spreading as possible. But I do feel horrible because all the cancellations will have a huge impact on hourly wage employees. I really hope teams do the right thing and help out arena workers and such who rely on these events happening for income.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

A little tears on Sir Paul’s cheek at 1:38…. Or he’s just another sweaty prick.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Well, it’s hot under those lights. And under all that hair!

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IntentionallyWidenberg

We just got out of our morning status meeting. We had 3 in the meeting room and 7 remote, with the boss just blowing it off. (Usually it’s 8 local & 2 remote).
Corporate just banned putting 20+ people in a single room.
I’m glad that we’re getting responsible leadership from large private organizations.

Unfortunately, the White House & Senate are largely “fiddling while Rome burns”. The House of Representatives is trying to lead, and is only getting grudging support. The 50 state governments are typically a little slow to react, but are now engaged. Perversely, the inaction from Washington is forcing the state governments to step up, which may turn out to be a good thing. (At least for “blue states”. Red states are notoriously uninterested in doing the meat & potatoes work of governance.)

Meanwhile, Fox News – always more focused on promoting the political interests of the GOP than informing their viewers – was echoing the President’s downplaying the actual threats up until 3 days ago when individual anchors started breaking the wall of silence. Suddenly, Trump actually tries to address the issue, the stock markets tank, Fox pivots 180 degrees, and we had a run on the supermarkets.

I hope the UK handles things better than we’ve been doing over here.
This is gonna get real ugly before it gets better.

The London Bear
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What the US has going for it is population density. 34 people per square km (according to Wiki). UK is 274.

I think for the sake of all our mental health we need to try to cling on to any positives and not to listen to panic stories.

I saw Trump found $1.5 trillion to bail out the stock market, so presumably he has plenty more to help out the people affected, right?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I saw Trump found $1.5 trillion to bail out the stock market, so presumably he has plenty more to help out the people affected, right?

Eh, kinda.
The $1.5T is from the Federal Reserve, which is a pool of money maintained by a consortium of the US Govt & all insured banks, so I don’t think it is money available to anyone but the banks. The federal tax revenue is ~$3.5T/yr and the federal budget is $4.3T/yr (we run an annual deficit).
Trump asked for $1B for health orgs CDC & NIH, the House got annoyed at his stinginess, and gave $8.5B.
Congress is inclined to be generous, but there are limits to what is possible.

The London Bear
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Yeah, I figured there’d be more to it than I’d heard.