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  1. At least we've moved on from #[blank]Strong.
  2. When I, a truck driver in Buffalo, pull that number out of thin air, that's conjecture. When there is a consistent voice from experts in positions of authority in multiple locations around the world, that's just the reality we live in.
  3. I understand this is an unprecedented situation to moderate, but I think this is a strange tack to take. You know darn well there are people here who don't think this is serious. We're two or three days removed from a basketball player testing positive after touching everything in sight to mock the threat. A certain cable channel is literally telling its viewers that it's a political plot and a North Korean bioweapon. Sticking to the facts without the context in this situation (I think) would lead to underestimating the problems society faces. The facts are that a few thousand people in the US are sick and a few dozen have died is not that noteworthy in a country of 350M. The context of every health expert telling us this is going to get worse is the reason everything is cancelled. The facts are the tracks are clear; the context is every expert in the world says there's a train coming.
  4. The goal in cancelling large events is precisely the opposite... they don’t want massive waves of patients that would overwhelm the health system. In Italy, every patient cannot get the care they require because there are so many. If they are actually successful at slowing down the spread of the virus? It could be a while.
  5. Would you settle for Bulls who happen to be blue? On an XFL-related note, I heard two 50ish employees at the hardware store talking about the records of various XFL teams today. I can safely say that had never happened before with any of the other football minor leagues.
  6. Was there a theory he wouldn't be? That contract is a monster.
  7. The points record is certainly further from reach, but the goal record is still a tall challenge. It wasn't that long ago that Ovechkin looked like he might be headed downhill himself (IIRC he had tough times when Trotz took over in Washington?). Ovechkin has basically 700 goals, and only one other active player has more than Crosby's current 455. Yeah, I do think it's surprising that the goal record is possibly within reach. Comparing records across different eras is hard. I wouldn't put asterisks next to new records (maybe for steroids or other cheating), but it's totally part of the conversation. It's nice to be able to shut off that part of my brain in this instance, because virtually all variables make it harder for Ovechkin.
  8. It will be amazing, because nobody thought Gretzky would be caught so soon and I don’t think there’s an argument for why it “won’t count”. Goals are harder to come by now, Ovechkin lost the 04-05 season to balance out Gretzky’s WHA year that doesn’t count toward his NHL stats, Gretzky had a personal security detail to keep him from getting mugged, etc. I guess you’d have to get down to composite sticks and fancy skates? I don’t know if anyone would take that argument seriously. I’m 100% pulling for him, but it won’t be a surprise if he gets old all of a sudden. Scoring 30-40 goals at 40 isn’t very common. Also the NHL will probably steal more games from him with another lockout...
  9. Yeah, but it was the Groundhog Day one, right?
  10. Can somebody explain the coin toss to me? I didn't even realize it was possible to screw up the coin toss until the Dallas game a little while ago. Here's how I thought it worked and how it should work: team that wins the toss decides whether they want the ball in the first half or the second half; the team that loses decides which end of the field they want to defend. How in the hell was it even an option in that Dallas game that the Cowboys could have somehow kicked off for both halves?
  11. Yup, those lazy slobs in the NFL...
  12. The weirdest thing about that Gritty story is the dad doesn't even have a lawyer yet. How many lawyers and "lawyers" do you think have contacted him by now? He says he wants an apology and something special for his son. The Flyers offered to let him sit on the bench during warm-ups for a game. Should be case closed.
  13. Early contender for the new decade:
  14. I do not understand this post, but she does have a new TV show on the network that's airing the Super Bowl...
  15. When there's a penalty that isn't shown on replay despite time being available between plays, does everyone else also assume it was a complete garbage call and the network is covering up for the league?