Morning Free Association: What NHL Players Are Doing Right Now

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Credentialed NHL writers have been scrambling with much success to write about other aspects of the NHL: the teams, players, and other employees affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. So far 4 NHL players have tested positive for the virus: 2 on the Avalanche and 2 on the Senators. These positive tests coincide with the last two home games that the San Jose Sharks played before the league shut down due to the pandemic. Of course, San Jose and the greater Bay Area of California are places that have been hit hard by the outbreak. Since late last week, writers have been given another way to communicate with players through the NHL: Zoom chats.

For those of you who don’t know (and will know soon enough): Zoom is a free or pay video conferencing platform. More and more businesses have turned to it to conduct meetings of up to 100 people when distance prevents people from gathering in the same spot. College professors are using it to conduct lectures. Even with social distancing guidelines in place, it’s truly a great time to have this technology to communicate. Heck, even we are switching our Saturday Night Party to Zoom from Skype due to Skype’s limitations on screen space.

Today’s Zoom meeting involved a players from the Atlantic Division, including one of our own: Zdeno Chara. The captain has decamped to his Florida home, one at which he has been known to train. The Chara family chose to drive down to Florida since it gives them more options: for him to train in his studio and his pool and for the kids to spend time outside enjoying the nice weather. Chara said that the Bruins trainers have been sending some suggestions for players as to how to remain in shape with whatever equipment they have.

As for what will happen with the season, especially with the Bruins on top of the league right now, Chara downplayed the importance of playing right now, even as he admitted some disappointment.

A couple of the questions were light-hearted about being quarantined with teammates. One would think he would be diplomatic about his answers, like saying that Kevan Miller and Charlie Coyle being his best picks for being stuck together. However, his response for whom he wouldn’t want to be quarantined with was surprising.

Even Pasta confirmed that Tuukka has some impressive farts but he’s willing to put up with it because of their shared love of chicken wings.

Speaking of Pasta, he really likes games. He plays Fortnite daily with Jake DeBrusk and he has a console of Big Buck Hunter as well as a collapsible pool table at his place.

I can’t wait to find out more about players during this time of social distancing.

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Your Richard E. Grant fact of the day:

As previously mentioned, Richard’s father, with whom he lived, was the Minister of Education of Swaziland prior to its independence. After independence, the new Kingdom of Eswatini appointed a new Minister of Education (unsurprisingly, a Swazi), and this new government official’s family became close friends with Grant’s family.
The new Minister’s son, Becky, had spent time in the United States, studying to be an evangelical minister before returning to Eswatini. When Grant’s father passed, naturally Becky et. al. were in attendance at the funeral service. Grant and his father were atheist, so there was no formal sermon, but as a family friend, Becky asked to say a few words at the service. And as he was a friend, and was regarded by Grant as a very compassionate man, of course Grant was happy to assent.
Now did I mention that Becky was an evangelical minister? Well, there are many different variants of evangelicals in the US, some a little more extreme in their beliefs than others, and the more extreme variants have been particularly influential in parts of Africa.

Becky believed that he could raise people from the dead.

Was providing him with this opportunity to exercise his faith a mistake?
Perhaps.
When it was his turn to speak, Becky jumped into the grave, and opened up the casket, and began a tent-revival faith-healer prayer/sermon to bring Grant’s father back to life.

he said “I’m going to raise [Swazi name]“, which is the Swazi name he was given. “I’m going to raise [Swazi name] from the dead. I’m going to raise him from the dead.” And then of course, you know, my father was a cadaver of, you know, 65 pounds.

And there’s this awful Monty Python-like, Joe Orton grotesque moment when – you know, everybody leant forward, myself included, to look in almost the mistaken desire or belief that maybe a miracle was going to happen. Then Becky had to be consoled because he then collapsed on top of my father’s corpse and – in a hysterical state because he felt that his faith had failed him, so he had to [be] hauled out.

They had gotten a Swazi actor to recreate this scene (for the film Wah Wah!) but test audiences felt that it was too “over-the-top”, and it wasn’t included in the final work.

This has been Your Richard E. Grant fact of the day:

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That is phenomenal.

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You have outdone yourself here skull lol

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Hi folks. Hope everyone’s well.

However much a pain in the ass these restrictions are it’s probably nothing compared to actually having the virus. Or, maybe even worse, someone close to you having it.

I haven’t left the boundaries of my property since Thursday, but boredom hasn’t set in yet. I’m actually fairly enjoying it. I knew being a lazy bugger would pay off one day!

One of the things I’ve done in this downtime is learn how to play the card game Cribbage. And found a place to play people online. Anyone fancy a game?!

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Have been in the house since about Thursday as well. (I don’t really count the daily trek to the mailbox to be ‘leaving the house’ even though it’s 100 yards away)

My only real excursions in the week prior had been the morning trip to the local doughnut shop – where I would pick up my morning iced coffee through a drive-thru window, and last Tuesday I drove to a hospital about 15 miles away to drop off some n95 construction masks to a nearby hospital system.

I’m adjusting surprisingly well, considering I usually get stir crazy by the end of the weekend if I spend all of Friday evening & Saturday inside. I guess this coming at the end of winter has conditioned me to be able to handle it.

Have not murdered GH so far. Am considering other isolation activities such as brewing raisin wine in a jar hidden in the toilet tank, carving a mock pistol out of a bar of soap, and tunneling through the back wall of the house, hiding the hole behind a pin-up poster.

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Yeah, the timing could certainly have been worse.

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Satan 81's Sister

I haven’t played cribbage in a long long long long time. Don’t even remember how to play it. I’ll see if I can brush up in the rules and let you know if I’m down for a game.

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Morning all. Mmmm….chicken wings…..

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Good Morning!
Nice ride yesterday. I ride a mountain bike. I’m usually self propelled in whatever sport I participate. There is a 4,000 acre nature preserve that borders our downtown here in Connecticut. There are a million trails. Some are pedestrian only, most are open to mountain bikes. Cross country skis and snowshoes are fine when there is snow. I was testing the bike. Planning to boat with a pal and don’t want to rideshare. Plan is to leave kayaks upstream, drive our own cars downstream, then bike back to the boats, then paddle to the cars. Great workout complete with social distancing!
Couldn’t watch game 6 vs Montreal(too frustrating!), but will watch game 7 tonight!!
Could not be quarantined with a farter…. I know, we all fart, but some people! My oldest is a workout fanatic on a high protein diet. Sorry, son. Here’s a couple rolls of TP, good luck out there! When we reffed together, he liked to be on the bench side of the ice. He would do a “drag by farting” and laugh his ass off while players looked at each other in disgust. The game within the game, eh?
Back under the truck today…. Unless someone wants to surf!!!

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That’s quite a workout. My muscle ache just reading it!

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Sounds like a great plan!

We’ve got a fair amount of open countryside starting about a 10min walk from the house. Might venture out for a family wander at the weekend.

The trouble is there’s tons of lovely country pubs and cafes round here and not being able to fit any of them into a walk is going to be painful!

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There is nothing like a frosty beer and some pub grub after a ramble! I have given up beer and whiskey for the duration of quarantine, however, and that makes it a bit easier. Figure I’ll save some dough and clean out the bod some.

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Oh wow, well done you!

I’ve heard in South Africa they’ve banned booze during the lockdown. There would be riots if they tried that here I think!

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My oldest is a workout fanatic on a high protein diet. Sorry, son. Here’s a couple rolls of TP, good luck out there!

Be careful that he doesn’t turn feral out there in the wilderness of Connecticut with the farty tribes!