Morning Free Association: Hockey Soon!

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Hockey is coming. It’s true! Training camp will start sometime later this month. Those dates have yet to be announced but that hasn’t stopped players from coming back to Warrior to practice and train.

In fact, some of these players had been training here since summer, even those from other teams who call Boston home like Torey Krug.

With hockey returning it’s natural to wonder what the Covid protocols will be for NHL players.

With each of the other fall sports detailing their protocols for player both vaccinated and unvaccinated against Covid, the NHL has been curiously quiet. Could it be that the NHL’s ability to get through to their players to get them vaccinated makes this unnecessary?

The NFL has been struggling to get their players vaccinated, with many expressing that it’s a personal choice or likely lost in the rampant misinformation that flows through social media. Only two teams so far have a 100% vaccination rate: Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. Still with so many player opting so far to not get the shots, the NFL has set up a protocol and warned teams that if they have outbreaks, teams will have to forfeit games if they cannot reschedule within the 18-week schedule.

Yesterday, the NBA announced that vaccinated players will not need to undergo testing unless they exhibit symptoms. Unvaccinated players will have to undergo testing on game days and practice days, sometime having multiple tests per day. And that’s not all: those unjabbed players will have to stay away from the vaccinated players in dining experiences and travel.

Presumably, the NHL will come out with protocols soon.

Edit, Thursday 9:48pm: The NHL just dropped a 27-page memo regarding the Covid protocols for the 2021-22 season. As I have been dealing with a migraine this evening and since I wrote the article 6 hours prior to this point in time, I’ve decided to take this weekend to review the information and present it in Monday’s MFA.

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#NHLBruins defenseman Connor Clifton announces that he has contracted COVID on his honeymoon.

:facepalm:

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While tempted to get on big water in great weather, i intend to keep worki g today…. Jesus Jones, Right here, right now is today’s theme song!

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Best intentions, eh?

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Morning all. Ready for the long weekend. Not much planned other than binging on my silly wrestling shows.

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Down a YouTube rabbit hole the other day I watched the whole of the 1992 Royal Rumble. I remember watching it live, nearly 30 years ago!

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Ha! I’ll catch WWE if there’s something I’m interested in. There’s some really good women’s wrestling going on these days.

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I used to enjoy it many years ago, but it has the tendency to go off the rails into the extreme silly.

I recall that back in the day, WWF had a plot where Undertaker and Kane really were supernatural entities, and they had some sort of crowd of enthralled wrestlers with halloweenie occult costumery & characters, and even a goth-friendly yours truly was just “No… I just can’t. *click*”

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That’s what I enjoy about it. The extreme silly helps give my brain a break.

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Oh do tell. What wrestling shows?

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It’s a newish one that started up a couple of years ago. I’m finally getting around to checking it out. Orange Cassidy is my new favorite off all things favorite. His gimmick is he doesn’t like putting in the effort if he doesn’t have to.comment image&ct=g

Plus his entrance music is Pixies Where is my Mind!

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Ooooo! Where is my mind is one of my all time faves! Okay, points for that.
I harken back to the days of Cheif Jay Strongbow, Professor Tanaki and Mr Fuji, George “the Animal” Steel, … and Andre, the true giant! True relics, like me!

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Should I read anything from the fact that the banner advert at NHL.com this morning was
“LeafFilter® Gutter Guards”

?

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Did you guys get hit by the storm/hurricane, whatever it was? Scary scenes in NY

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Not much up in the northwest hills. A couple inches of rain, no more. South of us got hammered. I am getting a lot of messages from boaters to my south

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loads of rain, but only a fraction of what they got. No real winds.

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Good morning!
Friday! I should go boating, but I want to push the house forward as far as possible…. my brother is coming to visit in a week or so. He should be here next Saturday, but Dan runs on his own personal time.
So my neighbor stopped by yesterday. He saw my March and Mill Co shirt and tells me “oh yeah, those guys want me to take them fishing.” WHAT? I wanna go, I wanna go! Yup, Brian is the best of the best fly fishing guides. I need to start a new career!

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Yes! You need to get yourself on that fishing trip!

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I really get an awkward ‘redneck’ feel from Marchy & Miller when they push their gear, but I suspect they’d be loads of fun to hang with. (And I do enjoy archery if not fishing)

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Brian, who i introduced as next mayor, but is really unofficial sherriff, is also a bow hunter and should bond with these guys like superglue to flesh. Hopefully they will come back often like Porcella does. That fucker is here all the time… could he not have pitched for another team, or played hockey?

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grin

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Of course, it’s Mr Anonymous!