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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: Yesterday at 02:06:24 AM »
Oh and there was also this tweet from the U.K. civil service official account, which has since been deleted  ;D

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: Yesterday at 02:02:33 AM »
The latest from the shower that call themselves the British government:

After putting in place a lockdown and barring people from even doing things like attending funerals of their own family as part of that lockdown, the Prime Minister’s own chief of staff decided to make multiple 260+ mile journeys across the country (with his wife) *both while showing symptoms of the coronavirus*.

Now you would think that like the scientific advisers who had done the same for undermining the lockdown advice (and not even while potentially infected with the virus and spreading it across the country) that would be at least worth an apology and a resignation. ( and )

But oh no.

the prime minister said on Sunday that Cummings had “acted responsibly, legally and with integrity”.

Even the more extreme right wing press including the Daily Mail has said this is a step too far for a pretty horrific attempt at a government and there has been a pretty big backlash from within the Conservative party.

Marner talking some sense about restarting play

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: May 12, 2020, 06:35:21 PM »
Comparing it to Boris Johnson’s “Stay Alert*” message makes it look like War and Peace. A low bar, I know.

*when asked what stay alert meant, it was defined by a government minister as “stay alert will means stay alert by staying at home as much as possible”

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: May 12, 2020, 06:03:01 PM »
Faroe Islands coped very well. 180 or so cases and not a single death as far as I know. No new cases since about 24th April

England’s response has been an embarrassment and all of the 3 devolved nations are handling it much better.

I’m normally very sceptical of our executive here in Northern Ireland but they set out their roadmap to lift the lockdown and I think they’ve done a decent job with it.

We’ve another 3 weeks of the highest level of lockdown “stay home” already set out then we’ll review it again to see if we can start to move along and release any of it. There’s 5 stages and several strands such as education, retail, social gatherings etc and we could see education move to stage 3 but retail only go to stage 2, for example.

They haven’t set defined dates against any state which I think makes sense cos the virus won’t just go away cos we want to get kids back to school on June 1st

(The stages are on pages 10-11 of this )

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: May 11, 2020, 03:47:24 PM »
Farce islands and the Korean league have started back up football wise. German league due next week. I was meant to be in the Faroes for a meeting last week, now rescheduled for October so I shall report back then.

I saw also that there was an agreement that eligible AHL players could be re-assigned to the NHL. I wonder if they'll allow for expanded rosters for getting the NHL back playing.

The football(soccer) authorities seem to be leaning towards allowing 5 substitutes instead of 3 for the remainder of any leagues that get playing in Europe and also allowing the squad size to be expanded from 25 to allow for the fact they could be playing several games in a short period with no real "pre-season" and then a minimal gap before a new season starts

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Rise of Skywalker (spoilers!)
« on: May 11, 2020, 10:10:49 AM »
Rise of Skywalker was... certainly exciting but nonsensical and mostly nostalgic echoes. Like Force Awakens but more contrived.

It entertained me for the nostalgic reasons. However I agree with your link to TFA. I actually thought The Last Jedi had set it up to take it in a nice direction but as it happens TLJ may as well not have happened...

I wonder if the AHL cancellation is any indication of how things might play out...

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Marlies & Growlers 2019-2020
« on: May 11, 2020, 10:08:03 AM »
AHL Season cancelled

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2019-2020 Leafs, if the season resumes
« on: May 04, 2020, 06:13:24 PM »
I think pretty much every sporting league that was suspended should stop. Start afresh when everything is in a position to do so. This feels as if it may potentially even drag on enough to impact next season also.

But, money talks.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: April 20, 2020, 05:49:29 AM »
I agree, I'm quite content at the slower pace of life at the minute. Being purely selfish, this virus sounds like a highly unpleasant one so if I'm able to stay home and avoid getting it and the associated risks to my health, or worse, it's a small price worth paying.

Luckily the weather has been decent so we've been able to spend time in the garden and get out for walks round the village pretty much daily which breaks the monotony of being in the house and working from home. I'd guess for those living in apartments etc it's been much tougher.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: April 19, 2020, 06:05:22 PM »
Week 5 of working from home tomorrow for us. Hope everyone is holding up and nobody has been directly impacted by the virus.

At least another 3 weeks of “lockdown” ahead for us here. I think it’s been mostly pretty well observed. I feel that after those 3 weeks though people may start agitating for a bit more freedom, particularly if the virus infection and death rates continue to plateau or fall

I think this is a fairly fair argument

Bursting the Bubble: Why Sports Aren't Coming Back Soon
The NBA, NFL and MLB are dreaming up ways to play amid a pandemic, with talk of isolating players in Arizona or Las Vegas or maybe on the moon. It all sounds great, until you talk to people who actually know science.
The proposals multiply almost as fast as the coronavirus: The NHL can play in North Dakota! The NBA can play on a cruise ship! MLB can play in a biodome! The NFL can play in its stadiums, with 70,000 fans packed in!

These are fun thought experiments, at least as good a way to spend time in isolation as watching Tiger King. And everyone wants to believe we will be buying peanuts and Cracker Jack this summer. But fans deserve a reality check: According to the experts—medical experts, not the money-making experts in league offices—we will not have sports any time soon. And when we do, we will not attend the games.

Most of these ideas are essentially the same: The players live in quarantine, shuttling from the hotel to the stadium, for the duration of the season. They undergo daily COVID-19 tests. They bring joy to a terrified country. That seems reasonable on the surface. But look closer.

Definitely grasping at straws. And definitely no harm in investigating some ideas.

Also it will be great to have sport to look forward to again as a distraction.

But the way it's coming across from some leagues is giving the wrong kind of optics, the English Premier League for example basically wants to finish its season otherwise it'll have to pay back TV money. So it appears they're pushing ahead with things purely for the money rather than trying to play up the positive things like it being a return to normality and a celebration of distraction.

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