Morning Free Association: Philadelphia Freedom

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The Boston Bruins are safely ensconced in a hotel somewhere in Philadelphia as they prepare for their game tonight against the Flyers. Tonight’s game will start an hour later than usual due to it being on NBCSN and not on NESN. I’m glad to get a break from Jack and hope to see fellow Rhode Islander Brian Boucher between the glass.

Later this month — for it is indeed February and not a further extension of March 2020 — the Bruins will be taking on this same Flyers team on a sheet of ice between the 17th and 18th holes of a golf course at Lake Tahoe.

In the meantime, there has been a schedule update for games that would occur on Friday and Saturday: They’ve been postponed due to a Covid outbreak among the Buffalo Sabres club. As of this writing, Taylor Hall and Rasmus Ristolainen are in Covid protocol.

Those games would have been played at the TD Garden but now will be days of rest for this ailing Bruins team. Plenty of Bruins players are nursing injuries, some known, some not. Jack Studnicka (undisclosed, day-to-day), Ondrej Kase (upper body, no timeframe), and Jake DeBrusk (lower body, day-to-day) are all on IR. While injured with a third distinct lower body injury, Matt Grzelcyk is not on IR but still as no known date to return. Perhaps the biggest mystery is 7th/8th D John Moore, who is listed as injured with an undisclosed injury and is day-to-day.

The Bruins practiced yesterday with some players taking regular maintenance days: Brad Marchand, Kevan Miller, Charlie McAvoy, and David Krejci. They should all be in tonight.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeesh, COVID is fucking up hockey scheduling all over the place.

We’re actually starting to lower the rate of new cases around here (from an appalling high) even though the new more infectious strains are endemic. (Most states have the British variant, a couple have the Brazilian version, and South Carolina & Maryland have small numbers of the South-African variant lurking about)
Although I wonder how much of that is people taking it more seriously and how much of that is the dumb-asses having contracted it already. 10% of our town has gotten it since they started testing – though that may be under-reporting because who knows what % of people with symptoms are getting themselves tested.

I got an email from our Congressperson a few days back – she’s gotten it, and is quarantining. I have to wonder if this is part of a congressional break-out related to hiding in a safe room on Jan 6th with Republicans who wouldn’t put on masks, even when offered some.

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We’re down to around 230 cases per 100,000 people from well over 1,000 four weeks ago, but we have been in lockdown for most of that.

Great news today that the early data suggests the vaccines significant reduce how infectious people are, as well as reducing severity of the disease. There were worries that wouldn’t be the case.

I have to wonder if this is part of a congressional break-out related to hiding in a safe room on Jan 6th 

Definitely a superspreader event.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Mornin all,

Tonight’s game will start an hour later than usual due

D’OH!! I cant be doing 1am starts. Will have to try to squeeze in a rerun, although Thursdays are a bastard at work.

Shopping day today. Someone had broken a bottle of non-alcoholic wine in the supermarket (possibly more than one bottle) and the two girls cleaning it up were letting off some steam about clumsy/stupid/rude customers. Good for them. Good to let it out. Of course it wouldn’t have happened if they didnt stock non alcoholic wine .. wink

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STUPID NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE!
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