Sly Sylvester

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    • #47598
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      Politics has become a sport, unfortunately. Fans pick a team or side and continue to cheer and root for them even though their team suck and their ideology is a lost cause. It is fueled by passion and loyalty, not logic and objectivity.

    • #47229
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      Testing is great if we can get results within an hour or a day at the latest. I don’t think we are there yet.

    • #47228
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      I am with you Daz. We should be careful not to mislead and endanger the young and restless healthy people into believing that they are safe.

      I am all for liberty but liberty also requires responsibility. I’m not sure the people in this country in general is up to the task. I live in an area that has the highest number of cases in an SEC state. I don’t know about other parts of the country, but about 90% of the people I see shopping at stores still don’t wear masks and they don’t keep their distance even with signs and taped marking on the floor everywhere showing how far apart they should stand in line. Perhaps if our leaders are more vocal about PPE and safety which I don’t see happening, the masses will follow. I liken the situation to parents (the government) and the children (the people). Not sure the children have demonstrated enough responsibility to handle more freedom. Sure there are many that respect authority and are considerate of others. They have earned and deserve more freedom. It’s the others who ruin it for the rest. Unfortunately, they are the most vocal about having more freedom and showing great disrespect for authority in the process.

    • #47120
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      When Trump resumes participating and leading large public events in close proximity is when it will be safe for public gatherings. I wouldn’t listen to what leaders and their political supporters say. Watch what they do. Don’t be a pawn to their political, economical, and ideological agenda. These are troubling times because our country is not pulling together against a common enemy as we should.

      To answer your question, I will pose a question. Even though playing in an empty stadium is not considered a public event, would 200 football players touching and breathing heavily in close proximity to each other be safe for them?

      Manage your individual risk, if not everyone around you. When you are in public, be aware that the virus can be transmitted asymptomatically. That means everyone is flying blind because no one knows who is infected just because they look healthy. You may think that you are in the 95-97% of the population that will beat the virus if infected and don’t care because it’s an acceptable risk for you. However, try thinking about it in terms of how you could be killing 3 to 5 people out of every 100 you come in contact with. Plus, how many more people may die from the 95-97 people who didn’t die? Is that an acceptable risk? Until we have a vaccine, large gatherings are not acceptable risks in my opinion. Employment and essential activities to survive individually and as a society would be acceptable risks depending on individual situations. Entertainment is not essential, although that will be hard to convince the people of Alabama. The problem is that there are so many stupid people who can’t think independently and critically. When they hear numbers and percentages, their mind shuts down. They just follow other stupid people that think like them. As the saying goes, “the blind lead the blind” and “stupid is as stupid does”. Stupid people used to be tolerable. Now they are a possible minefield, not to mention being used as political pawns.

      Be smart. If you are going to listen to someone, listen to smart people who has specialized experience, training, and education on the subject who doesn’t have a political agenda. They are generally unbiased. Don’t listen to your buddy or the talking heads on TV. I love you all.

    • #45566
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      Florida 45, Florida State 20.

    • #45075
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      To prevent boosters from signing contracts with players, they will have to register with the NCAA, pass a test, and have graduated from a different college than the player is attending.

      On a more serious note, I hope it doesn’t ruin the game. I might have to drop college sports in favor of high school.

    • #47534
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      Well said mtn2top. I agree with your analysis completely. It looks like the cases and deaths have leveled off albeit still at high levels. With the polarization in this country, I don’t see the country getting much better or worse in either direction.

      The Corona Virus has no party affiliation. It says pay me now or pay me later. Some countries decided to pay now in full and have reopened after taking the bitter medicine. We have chosen the later and pay in installments. I’m afraid the economy, school, and sports will not return to normal until it has been paid in full. The installment plan is much more costly in the long run in my view but it is what it is because I don’t see a path to paying it off early before a vaccine.

    • #47382
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      Overreaction? There’s been over 100,000 deaths and counting in just a few months due to Covid-19. It is more than the Vietnam and Korean conflicts combined. We will surely surpass the WWI tally in short order. New York alone has had 10 times the casualties than 9/11 that the country has vowed to never forget. Almost every day for the past two months, we’ve had a Katrina level of deaths. It has cost the tax payers on average a trillion dollars a month in bailouts that we will pass on to our posterity.

      I apologize to the innumerable suffering families and friends of the deceased for my callous fellow Gator fan’s remarks. There’s nothing that can be said – no logic, no reasoning, no data that can change the minds of those brainwashed by a certain political agenda. Nothing!!! Love is blind.

    • #46947
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      Good post. Locking down 100% of the people is definitely impractical. Even the Wuhan lock down, which many considered to be very restrictive, allowed people to go out to buy food and seek medical attention. However, it prevented people to come in or leave the area. Many experts now attribute that drastic measure and similar lock downs across China’s hot spots as the reason for the country bringing the spread of the virus under control and saved many lives. I don’t know how much of their lives have returned to normal at this time (8 weeks later) or how much of the restrictions have been lifted. Perhaps the better question is whether it just delayed the inevitable of everyone eventually catching the highly contagious virus when restrictions are lifted. I think though it did buy them some time and saved lives. Most experts are confident that a vaccine will be widely available within 18 months. I think there’s a lot of hedging in that number and I predict a vaccine will be available much sooner with the scientists from across the globe working on it and governments cutting red tape to get it out soonest.

      Incidentally, the U.S. has now blown past Italy and China with the most cases to become the new epicenter. Yesterday, the U.S shot up to 17,224 new cases while China has dropped to 55 new cases. In fact, China has had a daily new case count below 100 since March 6. This begs the next question, Should we impose a Wuhan style lock down in NYC which has become the new epicenter? What about other emerging hot spots like Chicago, New Orleans, and others?

    • #45595
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      I don’t know for sure either, but I’ll see your bet and raise you another half that Florida will still be up by 23 at the final whistle.

    • #45352
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      I think the best hire for FSU is not Bob Stoops, but his younger brother Mark. Not that Bob is a bad coach, but I don’t think FSU could afford him after the Willie buyout. I don’t know what their budget is so maybe they could afford Bob, or yet they could be so bankrupt that they couldn’t afford Mark either. Mark is good coach with head coaching experience who can identify talent and recruits well in the State of Florida. He should do better at FSU than at UK with a higher caliber of talent. Not that my opinions matter because the powers never listen to me. After all, I did suggest we go after Dabo Swinney to replace Muschamp but fellow forum members gave me so much grief to even suggest such a clown. They thought his assistant at the time, Chad Morris, was brains behind the goofy Dabo. I also suggested we go after Mario Cristobal to replace McElwain but I was drowned out by the Chip Kelley supporters who drooled over his spread offense. So what do I know?

    • #45269
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      I get what you are saying and I agree that the program is improving under Mullen. However, I question the choice of a narrow set of data points to prove the point. I think we won in 14, 15, and 16 which wasn’t included. Yet, both coaches during those earlier years got fired. But Mullen, who haven’t beaten UGA, is currently very popular. In 17, there were reports that the coaches and players knew before the game that McElwain will be fired after the game which undoubted affected their performance in the UGA game and the rest of the season. To be fair, I’d put an asterisk on that year because that season’s record is on the administration for firing a coach mid-season. So good point but not sure about the choice of data to prove it.

    • #45007
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      Joe – Those are great candidates to fill them roles. We shall see. Really looking forward to this season.

    • #45006
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      Totally agree.

    • #44985
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      During the LSU game, Mullen threw caution to the wind by playing and running Jones often. Perhaps it was because of the magnitude of the game and he went all in. Then for the USC game, he went back to managing risk by not running the quarterbacks because of the lack of depth at QB. It will be interesting how Mullen will play his hand against UGA. I suspect you will be correct as Mullen will again go all in by running Jones often. No need to manage risk with a game that decides the post season on the line.

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