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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16950 on: May 22, 2020, 12:50:51 pm »
Hi there -- I think to equate the measures being taken as demanding zero risk is a false equivalency. Obviously zero risk is unattainable, but lowering the risk is certainly possible, and it's what is being done.

Now, obviously there are different ways to mitigate risk, and nobody has prohibited people from going into grocery stores, at least not long-term, or from leaving their houses at all, but there is a wide range of what people believe are "reasonable safety restrictions."

One thing for sure -- the virus cares not what people's opinions are of safety restrictions. It moves when people move and transmit it to other people.
I’m basically on the same page as you. But, you have some government officials that are suggesting we need to have  zero, or near zero risk. For instance, within the past week Governor Murphy of NJ said things will not get back to the “new normal”, let alone normal, until we have a vaccine or treatments. Problem is we may never have either, and we’re certainly not likely to have either soon. So I again state that the schools can and should formulate adequate plans to open an operate in person, including sports and activities.

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16951 on: May 22, 2020, 01:21:09 pm »
Hi there -- I think to equate the measures being taken as demanding zero risk is a false equivalency. Obviously zero risk is unattainable, but lowering the risk is certainly possible, and it's what is being done.

Now, obviously there are different ways to mitigate risk, and nobody has prohibited people from going into grocery stores, at least not long-term, or from leaving their houses at all, but there is a wide range of what people believe are "reasonable safety restrictions."

One thing for sure -- the virus cares not what people's opinions are of safety restrictions. It moves when people move and transmit it to other people.
I’m basically on the same page as you. But, you have some government officials that are suggesting we need to have  zero, or near zero risk. For instance, within the past week Governor Murphy of NJ said things will not get back to the “new normal”, let alone normal, until we have a vaccine or treatments. Problem is we may never have either, and we’re certainly not likely to have either soon. So I again state that the schools can and should formulate adequate plans to open an operate in person, including sports and activities.

I actually agree with Governor Murphy. Things will not go back to normal. But how close they get is in the interpretation. It's like 9/11. We NEVER went back to a pre-9/11 normal, witness all the extra precautions when getting on an airplane or in and out of a major office building in NYC. But we adapt and move forward. I think that will be the same with this virus. Non-pandemic normal means going back to a time when this was unthinkable. That will, hopefully, never happen again.

Most people will be more aware of their personal space and giving it when possible. Most people will be more aware of being around people who are sick, and sick people will, hopefully, be less likely to "push through" their illness as opposed to taking a day off. Hopefully employers will adapt to a "new normal" where they don't punish employees for taking sick leave. People will be more aware of washing hands and good hygiene (as sad as it is that it took a pandemic to do so). There will be more. For example I think schools will adapt to a new normal that involves more cleaning and more space. It will be expensive, but it needs to be done. Hopefully taxpayers will approve it. Public transit will need to adapt, quickly, to the need for a cleaner environment. As will office buildings, the debate over elevator cleanliness is an interesting one to watch. I wouldn't be surprised to see the return of "doormen" in elevators in high density buildings.

So pre-pandemic normal is NOT returning in lots of ways. I expect serve yourself buffet restaurants are all but finished as a business model, though I could be wrong.

But people who equate "not normal" with this shutdown continuing indefinitely are simply reading into what isn't there. New normal is more along the changes, and inconveniences, that happen with disturbing events. If we return to what was, we learned nothing. That would be a very sad outcome. So I'm pleased when people acknowledge that pre-pandemic normal is not returning and it frustrates me when people think it has to. That just means we, as a society, have failed to adapt to a new challenge. Of course, I'm not always pleased with the "new normal" measures. We don't always get them right. But doing something to prevent a re-occurrence of a significant bad outcome is a good sign.

Hiding your head in the sand and wishing for things to go back to what they were before, without acknowledging that it contributed to the harm done and needs to be fixed, is a poor use of the intelligence we have, sometimes, been graced with as a species. 

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16952 on: May 22, 2020, 03:23:42 pm »
With everything like this -- whether it is a pronouncement by a governor, a scientist or a college or university about its fall plans -- I think we would all benefit by taking it with a grain of salt.
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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16953 on: May 22, 2020, 08:24:19 pm »
Hi there -- I think to equate the measures being taken as demanding zero risk is a false equivalency. Obviously zero risk is unattainable, but lowering the risk is certainly possible, and it's what is being done.

Now, obviously there are different ways to mitigate risk, and nobody has prohibited people from going into grocery stores, at least not long-term, or from leaving their houses at all, but there is a wide range of what people believe are "reasonable safety restrictions."

One thing for sure -- the virus cares not what people's opinions are of safety restrictions. It moves when people move and transmit it to other people.
I’m basically on the same page as you. But, you have some government officials that are suggesting we need to have  zero, or near zero risk. For instance, within the past week Governor Murphy of NJ said things will not get back to the “new normal”, let alone normal, until we have a vaccine or treatments. Problem is we may never have either, and we’re certainly not likely to have either soon. So I again state that the schools can and should formulate adequate plans to open an operate in person, including sports and activities.

I actually agree with Governor Murphy. Things will not go back to normal. But how close they get is in the interpretation. It's like 9/11. We NEVER went back to a pre-9/11 normal, witness all the extra precautions when getting on an airplane or in and out of a major office building in NYC. But we adapt and move forward. I think that will be the same with this virus. Non-pandemic normal means going back to a time when this was unthinkable. That will, hopefully, never happen again.

Most people will be more aware of their personal space and giving it when possible. Most people will be more aware of being around people who are sick, and sick people will, hopefully, be less likely to "push through" their illness as opposed to taking a day off. Hopefully employers will adapt to a "new normal" where they don't punish employees for taking sick leave. People will be more aware of washing hands and good hygiene (as sad as it is that it took a pandemic to do so). There will be more. For example I think schools will adapt to a new normal that involves more cleaning and more space. It will be expensive, but it needs to be done. Hopefully taxpayers will approve it. Public transit will need to adapt, quickly, to the need for a cleaner environment. As will office buildings, the debate over elevator cleanliness is an interesting one to watch. I wouldn't be surprised to see the return of "doormen" in elevators in high density buildings.

So pre-pandemic normal is NOT returning in lots of ways. I expect serve yourself buffet restaurants are all but finished as a business model, though I could be wrong.

But people who equate "not normal" with this shutdown continuing indefinitely are simply reading into what isn't there. New normal is more along the changes, and inconveniences, that happen with disturbing events. If we return to what was, we learned nothing. That would be a very sad outcome. So I'm pleased when people acknowledge that pre-pandemic normal is not returning and it frustrates me when people think it has to. That just means we, as a society, have failed to adapt to a new challenge. Of course, I'm not always pleased with the "new normal" measures. We don't always get them right. But doing something to prevent a re-occurrence of a significant bad outcome is a good sign.

Hiding your head in the sand and wishing for things to go back to what they were before, without acknowledging that it contributed to the harm done and needs to be fixed, is a poor use of the intelligence we have, sometimes, been graced with as a species.
I lived through 9/11 in a very intimate way. Life has never been the same. So to say that things will change after this crisis passes is absolutely accurate. And, I do not hide my head in the sand over anything. Change in life is inevitable under the best of circumstances. But when I hear we must have a “new normal”, I fear drastic changes will be forced on us. For instance, I can’t imagine being forced to wear a mask in public will be the “new normal”. But such attempts are not beyond the possible, perhaps even probable.

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16954 on: May 23, 2020, 01:35:11 pm »
Hi there -- I think to equate the measures being taken as demanding zero risk is a false equivalency. Obviously zero risk is unattainable, but lowering the risk is certainly possible, and it's what is being done.

Now, obviously there are different ways to mitigate risk, and nobody has prohibited people from going into grocery stores, at least not long-term, or from leaving their houses at all, but there is a wide range of what people believe are "reasonable safety restrictions."

One thing for sure -- the virus cares not what people's opinions are of safety restrictions. It moves when people move and transmit it to other people.
I’m basically on the same page as you. But, you have some government officials that are suggesting we need to have  zero, or near zero risk. For instance, within the past week Governor Murphy of NJ said things will not get back to the “new normal”, let alone normal, until we have a vaccine or treatments. Problem is we may never have either, and we’re certainly not likely to have either soon. So I again state that the schools can and should formulate adequate plans to open an operate in person, including sports and activities.

I actually agree with Governor Murphy. Things will not go back to normal. But how close they get is in the interpretation. It's like 9/11. We NEVER went back to a pre-9/11 normal, witness all the extra precautions when getting on an airplane or in and out of a major office building in NYC. But we adapt and move forward. I think that will be the same with this virus. Non-pandemic normal means going back to a time when this was unthinkable. That will, hopefully, never happen again.

Most people will be more aware of their personal space and giving it when possible. Most people will be more aware of being around people who are sick, and sick people will, hopefully, be less likely to "push through" their illness as opposed to taking a day off. Hopefully employers will adapt to a "new normal" where they don't punish employees for taking sick leave. People will be more aware of washing hands and good hygiene (as sad as it is that it took a pandemic to do so). There will be more. For example I think schools will adapt to a new normal that involves more cleaning and more space. It will be expensive, but it needs to be done. Hopefully taxpayers will approve it. Public transit will need to adapt, quickly, to the need for a cleaner environment. As will office buildings, the debate over elevator cleanliness is an interesting one to watch. I wouldn't be surprised to see the return of "doormen" in elevators in high density buildings.

So pre-pandemic normal is NOT returning in lots of ways. I expect serve yourself buffet restaurants are all but finished as a business model, though I could be wrong.

But people who equate "not normal" with this shutdown continuing indefinitely are simply reading into what isn't there. New normal is more along the changes, and inconveniences, that happen with disturbing events. If we return to what was, we learned nothing. That would be a very sad outcome. So I'm pleased when people acknowledge that pre-pandemic normal is not returning and it frustrates me when people think it has to. That just means we, as a society, have failed to adapt to a new challenge. Of course, I'm not always pleased with the "new normal" measures. We don't always get them right. But doing something to prevent a re-occurrence of a significant bad outcome is a good sign.

Hiding your head in the sand and wishing for things to go back to what they were before, without acknowledging that it contributed to the harm done and needs to be fixed, is a poor use of the intelligence we have, sometimes, been graced with as a species.
I lived through 9/11 in a very intimate way. Life has never been the same. So to say that things will change after this crisis passes is absolutely accurate. And, I do not hide my head in the sand over anything. Change in life is inevitable under the best of circumstances. But when I hear we must have a “new normal”, I fear drastic changes will be forced on us. For instance, I can’t imagine being forced to wear a mask in public will be the “new normal”. But such attempts are not beyond the possible, perhaps even probable.

Honestly, there is very little to compare the current pandemic crisis to 9/11.  The threat of global terrorism is as real today as it was in 2001.  The novel Corona virus will slowly disappear over the next 2 years.  A better comparison would be the HIV crisis of the 1980's.  Since that crisis, there have been dramatic changes in the way we handle blood products, perform medical procedures, practice safe sex, etc.  After this crisis passes, we will wash our hands more frequently, use cleaning products on a regular basis in public areas, however, there are not going to be the cultural/societal changes we continue to experience since 9/11

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16955 on: May 23, 2020, 03:10:33 pm »
... we hope.
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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16956 on: May 23, 2020, 03:43:56 pm »
You never know what the “new norm” is when it seems to change every week...due to federal, state, local gov’t setting up guidelines, etc. 
Several interesting sports/football stories today in the WSJ.  First one is wrt the big div1 football conferences planning to start up football in the Fall.  Still within a conference there are some state schools that have conflicts with state gov’t present rules.  In the SEC, the lone private school member...Vandy74’s alma Mater...is not completely in yet.  The NCAA has little say on the matter.  TV and the big powerhouse conferences are in control.  Who controls the “money” will dictate :)
Second article on the sports page has to do with Golf and Football.  Seems there will be a golf match combing big football star QBs with golf legends in Florida on Sunday TV.  To help out the Pandemic fight.
The senior retired Manning brother...former QB great.. will join up with Tiger Woods in a match against Tom Brady and Phil Mickerson.  That’s Brady, the QB for Tampa Bay...I believe.  Seems Brady is a great putter and Manning is a better long ball hitter.  Both football players are fine golfers with Manning having the lower handicap.  I will watch the match...hoping to hear the live chatter going on.
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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16957 on: May 23, 2020, 03:53:43 pm »
... we hope.
And even then, returning to normal assumes we have vaccine or treatment and this isn't running rampant anymore.

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16958 on: May 27, 2020, 07:57:27 am »
Since we've discussed the Amherst lacrosse situation here, FYI, Amherst named its new head coach, Rashad Devoe:

https://www.gazettenet.com/Amherst-College-names-Rashad-Devoe-men-s-lacrosse-coach-34483108

Devoe will have a very difficult rebuilding job, considering that Amherst graduates 9 starters (including 48/63 goals scored), can't participate in the NCAA tourney next year, is rumored to have a large number of players looking to transfer, and this year likely was not able to have much of a recruiting class due to the sudden coaching change. 

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16959 on: May 28, 2020, 12:09:19 pm »
The Amherst’s website wrt Athletics has a positive writeup of the new HC of the men's lacrosse team...citing that he is a strong recruiter and knows a bit about the Nescac.  There is also a story on the new HC of volleyball.  The AD has been busy. :).
Amherst will celebrate the class of 2020 on May 31..online.  Plans are underway to have TWO graduations in 2021...the bicentennial year....one in May and the other in June.  One for the class of 2021 and the other for the class of 2020.  Special fund drive established to assist the 2020 graduates get back to campus for the graduation festivities in 2021.  The 2020 class voted to have an on-site classmate non virtual graduation celebration!
Interesting writeup of the accomplishments of the 2020 class.  Among the academic awards won, there were the athletic awards listed...including Nescac titles and National titles.  Yes, athletics are important to on campus life at Amherst and around the Nescac.

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16960 on: May 28, 2020, 12:42:30 pm »
https://www.voy.com/152805/191564.html

Not good news from the Ivys, hopefully its "fake news"

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16961 on: May 28, 2020, 09:19:43 pm »
Yes I hope it's fake news but believe the Ivies will determine the direction of the NESCAC.

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16962 on: May 28, 2020, 09:24:51 pm »
I have heard a rumor that several New England FCS schools were looking into a shortened season involving home and home games with other NE schools.  The teams mentioned were Maine, UNH, UMass and UConn and maybe Stony Brook.  This is a third person story from the parents of a current UNH football player.  I’m guessing schools are anticipating a second wave up here at some point next winter but who knows.  It seems like we are all gonna wait and see what happens to all these southerners....

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Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« Reply #16963 on: May 29, 2020, 01:59:50 pm »
Interesting story in the WSJ wrt Brown Un..  seems that they are eliminating a number of athletic teams to cut expenses...even with a 4 plus billion dollar endownment.   Wants to focus more on remaining sports.  Brown has never been an Ivy powerhouse in sports...especially in football.
Money appears to be a major factor in the way forward for more schools in the days ahead...imho.