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Afternoon Line- Dr. Allen Sills

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A Sports Czar?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It could be a heckuva job for somebody. Or a few people.

An absolutely enormous task, to be sure. But a necessary one, quite probably.

As we imagine how North American sports are possibly going to get themselves back on track with their respective seasons, it seems abundantly clear that if they attempt to do so solely by following their own individual plans it’s going to create one spectacular logistical and scheduling nightmare.

That means that instead of recouping lost dollars from the current suspension of play due to the coronavirus crisis, these teams could end up hurting each other even more by furiously competing for the same sports entertainment dollar in a severely compacted schedule.

Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense for these sports to work together to ensure maximum profitability for one and all? And couldn’t they get together and nominate an individual or individuals to work as a central office to help North American sports get rolling again in a logical manner?

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Bauer Now Producing Medical Shields

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN.

The hockey manufacturing company Bauer had been winding down business in both of its North American manufacturing facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the company figured, if it couldn't provide helmets and skates for elite athletes, perhaps it could use its resources to help doctors, nurses and other first-responders in the medical field.

Bauer is now producing medical shields that could be delivered to hospitals as soon as next week. By Wednesday morning, Bauer had orders come in to its Quebec facility for more than 100,000 units across Canada, according to Bauer CEO Ed Kinnaly.

The company is also looking to provide for the United States.

"In the U.S., honestly, the word is not out yet." Kinnaly said.

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The Zamboni

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Trailing the bulky beast with its top speed of 15.6 km/h, there’s a surprising history, a lot of water under the blade. For nine decades, it has been the first on the ice every day and last off, still doing laps around everyone.

“It’s hard to believe it has been as successful as it has,” company president Richard Zamboni told the Toronto Sun in a previous interview from his office in Paramount, Calif....

Steven Galyean, who steers for the Carolina Thunderbirds of the Federal League, tried to convey the contraption’s unusual romance for spectators.

“It’s something being driven on the ice, a machine on wheels, it’s just something different,” he told journalnow.com. “It’s got a weird name. Every kid loves the Zamboni, even the big kids. The truth is everybody wants to drive it.”

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Evening Line- Billy Jaffe

Quick vent time. I’ve had it w people who aren’t taking this seriously. Enough of your shit. Good buddy has the virus & says it’s unlike anything he’s had before. Grow up & do your part to help, not just what you “want” to do. None of us want to be isolating for weeks/mos

Stop playing your b-ball, football, rugby, hockey, etc. Stop hanging out like nothing is happening. Take 2-3 freaking weeks off like the rest of us. My family isn’t making a penny right now. We aren’t having any “fun” or “living our best life.” God damn, Be a better human

stop being so selfish/arrogant that U think your life is worth more than someone else’s.  The virus is just starting to ramp up here. Do your part to stop it, not help it grow.

-Billy Jaffe via Twitter

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CDC Recommends Gatherings Of 50 Or More People Be Cancelled Or Postponed For 8 Weeks

via the CDC,

Guidance as of 3/15/2020

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populationshand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businessesThis recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

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Listen To Nick Bonino

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We Need To Start Thinking Like Gretzky When Fighting COVID-19

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Early in the week, before many Americans realized they had awakened in the middle of a Stephen King novel, Anthony Fauci was talking in Washington about COVID-19 and about the only way to beat it....

On Tuesday of this week, Fauci went to the podium in front of a fresh lineup of administration bobbleheads and said this:

“What I want to talk to you about today, just for a moment or two, is that we would like the country to realize that as a nation, we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago. That it doesn’t matter if you’re in a state that has no cases or one case. You have to start taking seriously what you can do now that if the infections do come and they will come, sorry to say, sad to say, they will, but when you’re dealing with an infectious disease, you always have that metaphor that people talk about, that Wayne Gretzky — he doesn’t go where the puck is, he’s going to where the puck is going to be.

“We want to be where the infection is going to be as well as where it is.”...

Dr. Fauci was saying that’s where we need to be, and he said it in the full and apparent knowledge that we are, right now, on the other side of it, the fear side, the side former NHL goalie Mike Liut once described ruefully like this: “I’d see him come down the ice and immediately start thinking, ‘What don’t I see that Wayne’s seeing right now?’”

This is why Fauci chose Gretzky, both for the anticipatory brilliance and for the abject fear of its absence. We’re all chasing the puck and we are nowhere near our Gretzky moment; we have no idea where it’s going.

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Afternoon Line- Dave Hodge

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Ed Belfour Arrested For Public Intoxication

from Max Winitz of WNKY,

A former NHL goalie has been arrested in Bowling Green on public intoxication and criminal mischief charges.

Edward (Ed) Belfour, 54, of McKinney, Texas was arrested after an incident at the Kentucky Grand Hotel in downtown Bowling Green.

According to an arrest citation, Belfour is accused of damaging property at the hotel. When police arrived, Belfour was located laying on the floor and clutching a curtain rod that had been ripped out of the wall.

Police said Belfour had slow, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and could barely stand up.

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