Morning Free Association: Playoffs or Regular Season?

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Were the season to resume any time soon, two top players in the league, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, are fine with the idea of skipping straight to the playoffs. While they both understand that players on other teams still vying for a playoff birth with those remaining 12-14 regular season games may want to continue on that path, they just want to move on.

The Chief Medical Officer of the NHL, Dr. Willem Meeuwisse, warns against resuming play too early since no one knows how long the coronavirus outbreak will last and that getting people together to watch and play seems like a bad idea at this point. Bill Daley, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, announced last week that the self-quarantine order for players is extended to April 4th.

One other concern is running the season too long, which conflicts with the start of next season. With teams providing arena availability through August, that means that sheets of ice that already break down in May and June will be in even worse shape by July and August. Sloppy ice leads to bad hockey and potential injury.

I hope that the season doesn’t get end up going that long once play resumes. It’s either that or this special Bruins team missing out on a cup run a year after nearly winning it. I guess we have to hope that hockey will return by May.

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Your Richard E. Grant fact of the day:

Grant is from the African Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), and Africa was particularly hard hit by the AIDS crisis. Eswatini was particularly struggling with it, with some 300,000 HIV-positive cases in the tiny nation, so it should come as no surprise that it would become a bit of a sore point with Grant.
In 2006, Grant heard from a neighbor that people were selling a goat serum as a “totally reliable” cure for AIDS. A man named Michael Hart Jones had a company that claimed to be injecting goats with HIV, and harvesting the antibodies, and that patients in dire health recovered within about two weeks. He had a letter, supposedly from the King’s son, endorsing the company. Grant started digging around, and found that Jones had been involved in the blood-diamond trade in Sierra Leone, so obviously he must be on the up-and-up, right?Incensed by this, Grant talked to the BBC’s Newsnight, who launched an investigation.

Jones had been pushing this phony cure in multiple countries, particularly in Africa,
where he had lots of contacts. The plan was to get $98 million of investor funding and start a trial where 40 AIDS patients in Eswatini would be given this serum instead of the anti-viral cocktail that was actually effective at treatment.

The show apparently kept Grant involved for out takes (“Dead people are now Lazarused from the grave – Bullshit!“), and were able to get close to Jones, by running a sting where they posed as investors. The sting ends with Newsnight bringing Grant to meet the ringleaders at a hotel where he bursts in, confronting them and their snake oil plan.

This has been your Richard E. Grant fact of the day.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Wow. The Dos Equis Most Interesting Man Alive needs to step aside because clearly Richard E Grant is the most interesting man alive.

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Quaider4everwash

Good Morning!
Most of you know that my mom passed away yesterday. I’m happy for her. She left this world with dignity. I’ll miss her but, as my brother says, i can still talk to her anytime. Been prepared for awhile. Time to celebrate her life.
Maybe teams could play one or two games before the playoffs, just to shake the dust off. If they play at all. Remains to be seen.
Going for a trail ride today (bike). Air out the brain a bit… (Shouldn’t take long :-D)

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I’m so sorry, Joe. Yes, celebrate her life. No doubt she want you all to be remembering the good times! All my best you, Jo, and your family.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Best wishes to you and your family, Joe. Time to celebrate her life indeed. From what you’ve said there’s a lot there to celebrate!

Enjoy the trail ride – bike as in motorbike?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Sorry to hear about your mom. My condolences.
I’m glad I got to meet her – she was a hoot!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. It really was great chatting with you all again and look forward to another Saturday chat!

As much as I would love for hockey to return and to see another Bruins Cup run and for Pasta to get 50 goals, it does kind of pain me that I’m leaning a bit on the side of cancel the season. I’m not sure the risk is worth the reward right now. But I also want hockey and sports so I really don’t know what’s best!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

I misread that first line at first – thought you called Sid & Ovi THE two top players!

As I see it the best chance for a quick resumption is for games to take place in empty arenas, at least at first. That would help the ice condition too, cos 15000 bodies give off a lot of heat! And if the season ends in August then next season will have to be shortened.

Every morning Leah joins about a million other people following a live workout on YouTube. It’s run by a fella called Joe Wicks, don’t know if you’ve heard of him.

I managed 15 minutes before the legs turned to jelly!

Before the craziness I used to walk about 4 miles a day, usually at full speed. Keep active, folks, the muscles forget what they’re supposed to do really quickly! silly

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Definitely agree with the empty arena. We’re all going to need to ease back into things.

I keep meaning to check out some of the online exercise things people are doing but the couch happens! lol

I have been keeping up with my walks, though, to keep my sanity. I walk to end of the road and back in morning so I can pretend I’m going to work. Then walk to the other end of the road on my lunch break. Then repeat walk 1 to pretend I’m going home.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I walk to end of the road and back in morning so I can pretend I’m going to work.

That’s a fantastic idea! Love that.
Just don’t be late like Phony! lol

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

That was hilarious!