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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: February 20, 2021, 09:32:54 PM »
Got my first COVID test today. Not fun, but not as bad as a swab up the urethra.

Hope it goes well. What are your symptoms that made you go get one if you don?t mind me asking?

If you have kids in school, the requirements are pretty wild. I semi-jokingly tell the kids that even if you fart now in class they?ll force you and the family to get tested.

Mostly due to potential exposure. I've had a mild tingling/burning in my chest for a couple of days and a bit into my throat and some headaches. Positive kid in school > exposure to nephew (in the kid's class) > exposure to my son > to me. So, definitely not a direct exposure scenario, but I'm scheduled to be in a number of people's homes in the next week for work, so I'm being cautious. My nephew's test came back negative today, so everything's probably fine.

Good luck!

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: February 20, 2021, 09:18:08 PM »
Got my first COVID test today. Not fun, but not as bad as a swab up the urethra.

Hope it goes well. What are your symptoms that made you go get one if you don?t mind me asking?

If you have kids in school, the requirements are pretty wild. I semi-jokingly tell the kids that even if you fart now in class they?ll force you and the family to get tested.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: February 20, 2021, 07:19:28 PM »
That?s crazy.

I?d be crapping my pants as I?m sure many were looking out the window and seeing that.


Most of the focus is rightfully on how crazy Matthews has been but Mitch Marner is on pace for a 36 goal/123 point 82 game season.

Since he signed his extension Marner's scored 94 points in 77 games

As much as Matthews gets the spotlight shone on him and all the accolades, and rightfully so, I?ve consistently thought that Marner, not Matthews, would be the one leading the team in scoring in more seasons than not.

Goalie swimming. Empty net. Right in the hash marks. Perfect feed. Matthews to the side. I don?t see any player ever passing that up.

I thought heading in the Leafs we?re going to spank the Sens 7-1.

And sure as heck would not expect them to blow and lose a 5-1 lead after 40 to a crummy Sens team.

The decision by Rielly to shoot there was the right one. Just got robbed by Dadonov and then made foolish when he got blown by him going the other way for the breakaway.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: February 11, 2021, 05:06:31 PM »
Mike Wilner has landed on his feet quickly and will now be writing for The Star.  Absolutely despised him and his condescending self and homerism on the radio, but this could turn out to be a great add by The Star.  Hopefully he brings objectivity this go 'round than spouting off that Travis Snider has MVP potential.

Can the Coyotes be moved, like, 10 years ago already.  Geez I hate that franchise.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: February 06, 2021, 03:22:01 PM »

Pretty astounding that Bell took money for the government employment assistance program, posted big profits they paid out to shareholders and are still firing people.

Between stuff like that and just the general way Canadians get screwed over for internet/phone service I'm genuinely astonished they're not the subject of more ire.

Not to mention it being a week after their ?advocacy? for mental health awareness. More like self-serving hokeyness.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: February 04, 2021, 09:49:21 PM »

TSN firing a lot of people, just like Sportsnet did in 2019.

Something tells me the NHL broadcasts aren't paying out like they hoped.

#BellLetsTalk  ::)


Someone in my fantasy league just dropped Jones and I was going to claim him as quick as I could before looking at his numbers.

Seth Jones?

I assume this person has never won your fantasy league before.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: February 04, 2021, 02:44:38 PM »
So I agree that there have been a lot of notable policy failures. Travel restrictions should have been in sooner, lockdowns should have been stricter, tracking and tracing needed to have been better done, better income supports and paid sick days...the works.

But why not at least try to do what Australia and New Zealand did and see what our results are? It's one thing to look at Australia and New Zealand and say "Well, their circumstances are different so their results with the same method are better" and it's another to be a Simpsons meme and say "Well, we've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas".

And, just for what it's worth, as someone who lived for a bit in Australia the idea that it's significantly more isolated than Canada doesn't really match up with my own experiences of it. Basically everything in Australia they can't grow themselves needs to be imported and given Australia's climate that does account for a lot of stuff.

So long as the flow of goods from the border and via air are monitored and people who make those deliveries effectively quarantined, I really don't see any concrete reason we couldn't have the same success.

I don't disagree, although I think we're way too far in the game now.  This should have been done from the onset. 

Canada shares the largest land border in the world, whereas New Zealand and Australia are surrounded by water, so that was one inference I was making in distinguishing the two.  Also, from my understanding, those two completely shut down travel to and from the country (save for the import of goods as you referenced to). 

Whereas here in Canada, pleasure air travel was never restricted.  I think that is a big difference.  I couldn't drive to the States, but I could certainly fly there.  We've heard stories of many people saying, "Eff this," and flew over to Europe the first chance they got back in July/August. 

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: February 04, 2021, 02:29:51 PM »
We lost my father in law on August 23rd, 2020.  He died alone in a hospital from a heart attack.  He had cancer, and was receiving the treatments that he could but in the end the whole situation felt somewhat botched.  I'm not a doctor, so I can't really say.  I can say he was a good man, and he deserved a better end than he got, not having the people that loved him around him during his final days.  My wife did not get to say goodbye to her father.  I can understand the fear and anxiety that people who have medical conditions are experiencing right now.

Ugh.  Sorry to hear.  Hate hearing stories like this, which are far too common these days.  There have been numerous people that we know who have said they'd rather take their chances with COVID than not getting to see their grandkids.  Can only imagine what it's like, from both the dying person and their family, to be completely isolated from each other in their final days and moments.

We've lost four people during COVID.  The first, and closest one, was my uncle just weeks after the pandemic was declared and things were completely halted.  To not be able to say your final goodbyes, pay your respects, nor be there for your closest family (in my case my cousins and's sister), is something that will live with all of us for a long, long time.  It will forever haunt my aunt that she couldn't give her husband a proper funeral and not have us, her closest loving family, surrounding her.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: February 04, 2021, 01:18:00 PM »
I'm genuinely puzzled as to why you think Canada can't achieve what countries like New Zealand, Australia and more have.

New Zealand and Australia are isolated countries that actually imposed strict travel restrictions.  They, along with the few other countries, are more the exception than the rule.  Every other country should be aspiring and enacting the same measures as them that being the case.

As long as international flights were continued to be allowed into the country, including multiple flights each day from countries hardest hit from the virus, it's going to continue swirling and not just go away.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: February 04, 2021, 12:43:07 PM »
So just to update on COVID cases/siolations in 2021

Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, LA, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, NYR, Philly, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Vegas, Washington, Winnipeg

24 of 31 teams have had players/coaches end up on COVID precaution so far this year.

MLB looked like they were going to spiral out of control after the few teams had to isolate in the first couple weeks of the season.  But in the end, it seemed like it thinned out didn't affect as many teams as it has already has the NHL.

Not to mention MLB had to reschedule a total of 43 games in their season.  Roughly 20% of the way in, the NHL is already at half that amount.

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