What A Week Trash Talk

Since the period where there was no sports to trash talk about, and this turned into a music blog, it has been hard to get back into the normal trash groove. Let’s try to get back to it, because everything else is botched up.

The NBA has actually been pretty good in their bubble, but not that many are watching as normally would. Ditto for the NHL and MLB. For all the clamor to get sports “open” from all kinds of preening politicians, maybe that is okay. Sports are great, but there is a problem going on in the world.

The NFL is also back, and initially without much drama. That worm has turned. The Tennessee Titans had a full on Trump White House like outbreak. The Saints had a scare that, so far, seems to have abated. But then, as they were preparing to make the already perilous trip to Arrowhead to meet the Chiefs, the Patriots’ Cam Newton has tested positive for Covid. That’s a problem, both for the Pats and the league. The first three weeks went quite well, but the inevitable has arrived. The Covid has arrived, and not just as to the Trump crew. King Roger (h/t Scribe) we have a problem. It is sad in a way, because Newton’s reclamation in New England was one of the really good stories in the NFL so far.

On a more somber note, Bob Gibson has passed. He was simply one of the best athletes in history. He did not just star in baseball, but was also a Harlem Globetrotter. If he had played in the NBA instead of MLB, he might have rivaled Elgin Baylor. He was that good. But MLB it was, and what a career. Read this great story.

Here is the Gibson stat line from just 1968. Keep in mind, this is just ONE season.

.112 ERA
34 Starts
28 Complete Games
13 Shutouts

Yep, that is pretty good.

Music today by Johnny Rivers. No, he did not write all his songs. But neither did Elvis. Johnny Rivers was great. With a hat tip to the Dodge City Cowboy Band.

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        • bmaz says:

          28 complete games and 13 shutouts??

          Has anybody else ever done that?

          Honest question, I dunno. Unlikely, but I did not go search

        • P J Evans says:

          Christy Mathewson pitched 34 games one season, with 11 shutouts (1908). ERA was something like 1.14.

        • Alan Charbonneau says:

          I don’t know if anybody has matched that, but Sandy Koufax had 25 complete games with 11 shutouts in 1963, which is also impressive.

        • BobCon says:

          They lowered mounds because he was too good. That’s a rules change on a par with the NCAA banning dunks because Kareem Abdul Jabbar was scoring so much.

    • Savage Librarian says:

      Speaking of other worldly (in a really bad way), Jake Tapper did an interview with Rick Gates. It’s scary how creepy Gates is.

  1. posaune says:

    Thanks, bmaz for the great photo of Bob Gibson. My parents used to take me to Saturday Cardinals games after my trombone lesson when the team was in town. Many fond memories of seeing Gibson and the team. First at Sportsman’s Park on Grand, then Busch Stadium. He and my mom even brought my neonate 4-week-old sister to a Dodgers game during the 1964 pennant race, LOL (They bought two seats to hold her portable bassinet). The series that year was electric! Even the nuns at school let us have TV!

  2. BobCon says:

    After a surprise comeback in game 1, Football Team has lost two straight. Things aren’t looking so good for Football Team in the next two games either, with tough games against the Ravens and Rams, and former Football Team QB RG3 may see cleanup duty if the Ravens jump out to a big lead.

    Football Team is also facing a possible QB controversy if Dwayne Haskins doesn’t improve.

    I don’t actually care about Football Team, I just love opportunities to trash Dan Snyder’s failures by writing about the absurdity of his team being stuck with the name Football Team.

    • heddalee says:

      If I were Snyder, I’d be a man petty enough to (temporarily) name the team the Washington Football United.

    • Peterr says:

      1967 World Series:
      3 wins, 0 losses
      3 complete games
      ERA 1.00
      Batted only 0.091 with one hit in 11 at bats, but that hit was a home run and turned out to be the game-winning run in game 7.

      1968 World Series:
      2 wins, 1 loss
      3 complete games
      ERA 0.67
      Batted only 0.125, with one hit in 8 at bats, and again that hit was a home run

      In 1968, Gibson was named an all-star, and also won the Golden Glove, Cy Young, and MVP awards. That one loss in 1968 kept him from being the World Series MVP, which was about the only non-batting major award he didn’t win that year.

      But don’t knock his batting. I said “batted only” above, because Gibson was a career 0.208 hitter, which is pretty damn good for pitchers of that era. His best year at the plate was 1970, when he hit 0.303. Gibson was also used as a pinch hitter and a pinch runner (though less pinch running after he became so dominant on the mound).

      To me, it’s the complete game stat that is so incredible. Part of it was clearly Gibson’s approach to his job (that article linked in the main post is great about that). Another part is, as Red Schoendienst (the manager for the bulk of Gibson’s years) told to various groups, it was pretty scary to go out to the mound to pull Gibson.

      • posaune says:

        great stats, Thanks Peterr.
        I can believe that Red Schoendienst was afraid to pull Gibby! btw, Red was a first cousin to our elementary school principal (Sr. Annunciata Maria) and he made a yearly obligatory appearance at assembly for us. What a sport!

  3. biff murphy says:

    Hey bmaz, Jay Johnstone, 20 yrs in the majors and a lunatic in his own right, also passed last week.

    But tomorrow the Pats and KC will play at 7pm with Hoyer going against Mahomes.
    If the tests go right It will be the $500 million dollar man against the 1 million dollar man. At the very least it will be interesting!
    Stay safe,
    Go Pats!

  4. RMD says:

    I was a kid when Gibson tllted against Lonborg in the series against the Red Sox in ’67.
    Dreaded seeing him on the mound, he seemed larger than life. Was unbeatable. What an athlete.

    Was looking forward to the NE / Chiefs contest.
    NE is playing well, handled the Raiders, did much better than many expected in Seattle.

    It’s not safe to proceed on Monday after Cam tests positive. Expect others to test positive.

  5. Peterr says:

    Mrs Dr Peterr went to Costco earlier this afternoon, under the assumption that folks would be watching the early games and the store would be less crowded.


    In the parking lot, there were tons of vehicles sporting Chefs flags, and inside were tons of folks wearing their red Chefs gear. With the game against the Pats being postponed a day, these folks probably are going to go ahead with their planned late-afternoon tailgate partying today, then do it all over again tomorrow. Thus, the need for an emergency Costco run to stock up for party #2.

      • Peterr says:

        They also have been working on a little side hustle this past week:

        Thanks in large part to Patrick Mahomes, Arrowhead Stadium is now the home of the reigning Super Bowl Champions.

        And once again, thanks to Mahomes, Arrowhead will make even more history later this fall.

        On Monday, the Kansas City Election Board confirmed that Arrowhead will serve as a polling location for voters who live in the Kansas City limits of Jackson County.

        It’s been talked about for weeks now, but the only detail the Chiefs and election officials have been working out is how to pay for it. And of course, the Chiefs beloved quarterback helped saved the day.

        On Monday, Lauri Ealom, the election board’s Democratic director, said the $100,000 cost to host voters on Nov. 3 will be split evenly between the Chiefs and Mahomes’ foundation, “15 and the Mahomies.”

        When folks tell stories about athletes who sign a big contract and then go out and spend a bunch of money, this is not the way those stories usually go. Gotta love it.

  6. Mart says:

    As a youth in Pittsburgh we would get about 4 road games per year on TV. On one of those TV occasions Clemente was up against Gibson. Clemente hit a rocket line shot into Gibson’s shin. Gibson dusted himself off, got some treatment, and got back on the mound. After facing a couple more batters, his shin bone snapped right there on the TV. Think I was about nine or ten years old and it freaked me the fuck out. That’s what they mean by old school son.

    • tinao says:

      God, I grew up watching Roberto as another burgher. Love the Man!!! I don’t remember that Mart, but thanks for all the info folks!
      Now bmaz, can I make an OT statement please before I go into work pretty please?
      Here are the democrats who voted to confirm billy barr, and their lame excuses f rom a Politico article at the time.
      Key votes
      Democrats Joe Manchin, Doug Jones and Kyrsten Sinema voted to confirm Barr and one Republican, Rand Paul, voted against Barr.
      Doug Jones, Ala.
      Jones voted to confirm Barr, saying that he is “qualified” and will remain independent.
      Voted Yes
      Joe Manchin, W.Va.
      Manchin has broken with Democrats before on Trump’s nominees. He previously confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Barr’s predecessor Jeff Sessions.
      Voted Yes
      Kyrsten Sinema, Ariz.
      Sinema, a centrist, announced she’d support Barr after meeting him.
      We need to ask them what they think of their votes now, and make sure they don’t get away with that kind of shit again.

      • DAT says:

        Jones, in Al, is a special case. I suspect he was holding his nose as he cast that vote, but felt his seat depended on it. Let’s get him reelected, then we can insist on penance.

        • tinao says:

          Yeah DAT, I’ve thought about that but, I think waiting to use your power until you feel you are untouchable in your seat is wasting the critical time you have to stop the insanity running rampant. Without billy barr the Mueller Report would have had the desired effect, and we would have had a better chance of getting him out of our house.

        • tinao says:

          Yeah DAT, I thought about that, but I feel waiting to use your power until your seat is more secure wastes critical time allowing insanity to run rampant. Without billy barr in there the Mueller Report would have had the desired effect and we would be much closer to having him out of our house.

        • tinao says:

          Ooops, you can delete the first recent post. One more thought though I can’t get out of my head. It’s seems to me that the democrats act like the abused spouse of the republican party.

  7. e.a.f. says:

    There are some good tennis games on right now. The sibling is watching.

    The NHL, Canadians were watching until the Canadian teams were knocked out. Now many don’t care. I think we should simply go get the trophy, put it in a Canadian museum and tell the Americans to go their own way. yes, some here are “talking” about just a Canadian league. Hockey in the southern U.S.A. give me a break.

    • Re entry says:

      ‘Skating on soft ice feels similar to skating on shag carpet‘

      said my pro neighbour who has done both

      • e.a.f. says:

        omg you made me laugh. Do recall something from the 70s about skating on shag carpet…….its a bit of a blur, but I do recall it. Skating on soft ice is different………you usually fall through it. usually the local municipal authorities put up a sign about the “soft ice”, but the odd idiot persists. sometimes they drown. guess why skating on shag carpet is better, but then there were other things to do on shag carpets besides skating, even in Canada. but then our ice is usually hard unless your in the lower part of B.C./ of course in the 70s those who skated on shag carpet and soft ice usually were using our best product omg you made me laugh. orange shag carpet is more fun to skate on that blue.

  8. Skilly says:

    Great to have the trash talk back. I want to comment on the outstanding early NFL games. My zone got cowboys and the TB bucs. Both games had the kind of endings that will get the fans excited.

  9. quebecois says:

    Pogacar won the Tour de France. I nailed that one, I never nail anything…

    Remco Evenepoel fell off a bridge, broke his pelvis after a 25 feet free fall. He rode 70 km this week, on his bike, they were hoping for a mid november outing. He’s phenomenal.

    Giro d’Italia started yesterday, the covid bubble put in pace for the Tour is way larger this time. I don’t think they’ll be racing anymore after the first rest day.

    Honda is leaving F1. Red Bull is in deep sheep dip. Karma for Horner who’s an all around sheepy guy.

    Montréal Canadiens playing in Tampa Bay has always been a ludicrous reality.

      • quebecois says:

        Been following F2 this year. Tons of great talent in there.

        Mick is on a roll these days, he’ll do good in F1. Tested a two years old Ferrari at Fiorano this week, Friday morning practice in a few weeks for Alfa. They’ll sack Kimi and hire Magnusen.

    • Geoguy says:

      “Pogacar won the Tour de France. I nailed that one, I never nail anything…” I didn’t call it but I sure enjoyed the Tour. Pogacar also won King of the Mountain, Best Young Rider and was the youngest winner in over 100 years. Quite a ride!

      • quebecois says:

        Pogacar is out of this world, they say he has a VO2max that is close to 100…

        Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Roglic won an epic battle. Hirschi and Pogacar were blocked by Alaphilippe who is a clown of a World Champion.

        Giro: Geraint Thomas crashed during the neutralisation of the third stage, 140 km in pain, I hate when that happens. His Giro hopes are finished.

  10. d4v1d says:

    nfl is back, but not here in tom br…. cam newton nation. sorry to see the inestimable bob gibson depart for better worlds; he broke our 1967 red sox hearts with unfathomable pitchery. good travels, maestro.

    • RMD says:

      I remember my uncomprehending amazement as a yoot in ’67 thinking, “why aren’t the Red Sox hitting those pitches?”
      “Why don’t they hit the ball?!” I was exasperated with Gibson. Then afraid of seeing him again…. thinking, “this isn’t going to go well…”

      It didn’t.

      • Ginevra diBenci says:

        I feel ya. First game at Wrigley I saw him pitch. Couldn’t believe my dad had set me up to witness our Cubbies lose–I was too young to buy the whole “you’ll never see anything like this again” line. Suffice to say I haven’t.

  11. Rugger9 says:

    This also comes after the Cardinals were evicted from the playoffs by the Padres, so it was a double whammy in St Louis. However, the Padres-Dodgers series ought to be intense, since SD hates the Dodgers almost as much as the Giants do. The only reason it’s not equal is that they haven’t had enough reasons from games to hate them as much, yet.

    • P J Evans says:

      As a Giants fan (former, mostly), I don’t hate the Dodgers. I just don’t want them to win titles.

  12. scribe says:

    Thanks for putting up the trash. It was starting to pile up around here.

    I sent some commentary in the background to EW who, by virtue of time zones, is looking at the end of the Bills-Raydah game coming in about 0030 Monday morning. I’ll share. I only have so much pithy available in any particular week.

    On the Titans, who went out and got a big torrent of corona so they could hide The Ryan Tannehill Experience from my Stillers’ D:

    Seems like Vrabel learned more than just coaching defenses from Cheatin’ Bill.
    Like, lawyering the rules and adopting the stance that it’s not cheating if you don’t get caught.

    “This isn’t a failure of the protocols; it is a failure to follow the protocols,” a source told ESPN.

    I recall saying (to you, IIRC), back early this summer when the idea of a season was still an idea, the only way King Roger was going to keep the teams free of corona while not having A bubble, was to have teams that blow up the schedule with corona infections forfeit the games they miss. The NHL managed an entire post-season without a positive test and the NBA pretty much the same.

    So, now, the Titans have a raging inferno inside their team and have f’d the schedule (not to mention depriving the Steelers of their bye week and messing with the Ravens’ schedule, too) and there are no signs the Titans’ problem has peaked. Similarly, Cam has blown up the League’s highlight game of the week, best case pushing it off to Tuesday.

    This morning the radio tells me King Roger will have “an intervention” with all the head coaches and all the general managers tomorrow, about following the protocols. Best time to announce a forfeit, IMHO.

    Have one team forfeit one game because they didn’t obey the protocols – as opposed to fining the coaches and teams some mere thousands – and watch everyone be the bestest obey-er of a the protocol rules you ever saw.

    Funny, some third-string talking head was commenting early this morning (as I headed out to watch the sunrise) on the distinction between college and pro football players and their respective susceptibility to breaching the protocol catching corona, to the effect of college football players have to go out to meet women, while women come looking for pro football players. That’s the kind of thing that got Mike Milbury summarily tossed out of the NBC booth for the hockey playoffs but, hey, since it’s football, no biggie. Still, the NHL bubble was extremely effective. Tens of thousands of tests and only a tiny number of positives. The last month or 6 weeks, NO positives.

    I gotta tell you, Cam is not going to test negative tomorrow or this week unless there’s a tuck rule for corona testing.

    On the recently concluded Bills game my short conclusion: the Bills are For Real.

    I spent a little time – mostly in the car running to the market – on the Browns-Owboys. I have to say I had a hard time cheering either side, seeing as how I have an anti-Dallas mindset going on a half-century long. And the Browns are perennial rivals, or doormats, for my Stillers. I guess I was hoping for the stadium roof to fall in or something. But Dallas lost and that makes me smile.

    Other than an offensive line as deficient and hole-ridden as the across-the-street Phillies’ bullpen was this season, I am at a loss for why the Iggles are so damned bad. Tonight they go to play SF and it looks like a bloodbath in the making. Wentz’ only salvation comes from the Meadowlands’ turf blowing up Bosa’s knee a couple weeks ago.

    Laughing at the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS is not even satisfying any more. The NYP had an article about Steve Smith, now a talking head on NFLN, calling out their coaching staff (and in particular their D-coordinator) for the multiple personal fouls to end their drubbing at the hands of Denver Thursday night. In short, the D-coordinator was the bounty administrator for the Saints a decade or so ago, got suspended for a year, and somehow found his way back into the game. Read it yourself: https://nypost.com/2020/10/02/gregg-williams-nonsense-is-jets-real-problem-steve-smith/ Disgusting.

    Tompa Bay seems to be rounding into something approximating the form we all expected. Brady had 5 TD passes and one pick today. They won.

    Baseball will continue this week with best-of-5 series. Yankees-Rays, A’s-Astros, Dodgers-some tomato can, 2 Future Dodgers’ tomato cans. I would love to see the Yankees and Astros go at it next week in the ALDS, just to remind all those ‘stros who think they “won” last time just how hard it is to win when you can’t cheat. What I like and what will happen, my rational mind tells me, are 2 different things. The Rays look to have some mystical power over the Yankees. They call it “good pitching”, which supposedly winds up being all paper to good hitting’s rock. It’ll go 5 and the Rays most likely will win. The A’s will, true to their Moneyball roots, make a series out of it but come up short. Their equations won’t balance and the ‘stros will win. The Dodgers will win in 3, to face Miami. Still waiting to find out – it’s early in his career – whether Derek Jeter will wind up being the Derek Jeter of General Managers or was just lucky this year. I’m betting against luck on this one.

    I’m about out of words now and wanted to say something deep, profound and meaningful about Bob Gibson, who really deserved my best. He always gave his best. Joe Torre, both an opponent and teammate of Gibson’s during his own illustrious career, once said Gibson was head and shoulders the single most competitive competitor he’d ever encountered. That’s saying something.

    Gibson owned the plate. He enforced his property lines. Batters should have felt honored to be brushed back or hit by his pitches, or that’s how he acted. MLB lowered the mound because he was so dominant, meeting the true test of leaving a mark on the game, any game. If they change the rules because of you you made a mark. (BTW, re the dunking counterexample upthread – circa 1964-65 the NBA both widened the lane and several years later fiddled with the 3-second rule for lane violations. In response to Wilt.)

    • bmaz says:

      The Wagon Circlers really do look for real. They are running some, Allen is making some plays and otherwise not hurting them, and the defense is pretty good to date. That is a winning combination. Which is a good thing.

      The Astros have one pretty glaring problem. No Verlander. They are still a good team, but if have to face the current Murderer’s Row, you need Justin Verlander. He is exactly that guy, it is literally what he is made and paid for, but he’s not in play. That’s a problem.

    • posaune says:

      scribe!!! good to see ya!!
      and I love the line about Gibbs’s property lines! I hope you’re well.

    • Epicurus says:

      High praise about Gibson from Stephen Jay Gould from his book “Full House…..”

      ” We then come to what may be the finest record in modern sports— Bob Gibson’s truly incredible 1.12 ERA of 1968, for fourth place, surrounded by forty old-timers before we meet Doc Gooden at number forty-two. Gibson’s only superiors are Tim Keefe with 0.86 in 1880, Dutch Leonard at 0.96 for 1914, and Three Finger Brown at 1.04 for 1906. How could Gibson compile such a record—the only post-1920 value below 1.50, and way, way below at that—in our modern era of greatly improved average hitting?

      I don’t want to take a thing away from Bob Gibson, who absolutely terrified me in the 1967 World Series, when he almost single-handedly beat the Red Sox by winning three games and casting a pall of inevitability over the whole proceedings. But, in slight mitigation, 1968 was a really funny year, as mentioned previously (see page 104). For some set of reasons that no one understands, pitching took a dramatic upper hand that year, capping a trend of several years’ duration. (As explained before, the rulemakers then restored the usual order by lowering the pitching mound and decreasing the strike zone; batting averages and ERAs rose appropriately in the 1969 season and have remained in balance ever since.) The 1968 season didn’t just belong to Gibson; in that year, low ERAs sprouted like dandelions in my garden. In most years of modern baseball, no pitcher in either league has posted an ERA lower than 2.00. Uniquely in 1968, all five leading American League pitchers bettered this mark, as Yastrzemski won the batting title with a paltry 0.301 (Tiant at 1.60, McDowell at 1.81, McNally at 1.95, McLain at 1.96—a banner year for Scotland—and John at 1.98. As I said, Tiant was a terrific pitcher and great fun to watch, but not one of the game’s greatest. If he could post 1.60 for 1968, baseball was really out of whack that year.) So Gibson certainly took maximal advantage of a weird year, but let’s not take anything away from him. No one, no matter how good, had any statistical right to post a value so much better than anything achieved for sixty years, especially when general improvement in play should have made such low ERAs effectively unobtainable. Gibson had one helluva year!

      • bmaz says:

        Maddux had that one year with a 1.63 era. And that was an insanely good season for him. It really still stands out.

        But that stuff really does not happen much anymore. Gibson and Koufax still seem….different.

        • posaune says:

          which reminds me that I actually attended the “pine tar” game — KC and George Brett, no? And I made it to the “continuation pine tar” game, too. That was a hot summer in NY. I didn’t have an air conditioner then, either.

        • Epicurus says:

          Yes, you are correct. I have two signed baseballs. One is signed by Luis Tiant, with a special comment because I told him I always imitated his pitching motion at least once whenever I raked leaves in the fall. The other is the signed by the 1956 Yankees.

        • bmaz says:

          Excellent! I have a signed Yankees baseball left to me by my grandfather. He died before I had a chance to hear, or at least remember hearing, exactly what year it was from. I “think” he said it was from a WS game, but not positive at all on that. Dimaggio and Berra are on it, but so is Ed Lopat, so is probably 54 or 55 I guess. This pic is from this morning, maybe the second time out of its protective bag in a very long time.

          I too have a second ball, from the mid-60’s Giants with the 3M’s. But it is more of one of those promotional things where the whole team signed it at once, so I just don’t think it holds the weight of the Yankees ball.

        • Eureka says:

          Oh, that’s great.

          I used to play ball with my grandfather’s bats. He wasn’t a pro (college; injury pulled his ticket to the show). Not the same, but there’s something in that connection between (old) family and (old) baseball that’s universally wistful. Guess it’s not up there with apple pie for nothing.

        • Ginevra diBenci says:

          McLain was a monster that year. Between him and Gibson, pitching was so dominant they despaired about attendance; my sisters and I used to have the Wrigley bleachers to ourselves. We were little kids and the Bums looked out for us, until the fifth inning or so; after that we were on our own.

    • Eureka says:

      Not just the O-line: most pass catchers (any WRs you’d ever have heard of, and Goedert), too — which is why you met new ‘hero’ Travis Fulgham, a 2019 Lions 6th-rounder, making his first NFL catches & TD on SNF (as has become customary, he was promoted from the practice squad the day before).

      Also, reorganization of roles and positions in the secondary with Malcolm Jenkins gone — learning on the job. (Some scheme changeups with addition of man-coverage CB Slay, too).

      Those are the main point-differential reasons (incl. why the D had been giving up more than in the customary teens, although @WFT was the offense’s fault — they were set up past the 50yd line on all of their scores). Also, Wentz (initially) pocket-locked too much, unlike his pre-injury and natural style of QB-ing (#LTTB: Let The Bronco Buck, that is).

      Lots of green guys with limited practice at (changing) positions. They’re working it out.

      And there is really nothing more rewarding than when this next-man-up stuff works out.

      Fly, Eagles, Fly.

      Join the (LB) Nate Gerry drinking game next week for some afternoon fun (barring a conversion, he’ll have his own trending hashtag by Q1 end). He’s a Schwartz pet who “lines up correctly” (that’s become a meme) [to give you the skinny on what Eagles twitter will be bitching about].

      I’ll just add here our other Philadelphia sports news, big and good: (1) Sixers now led by Doc Rivers [better late than never for Brett Brown’s exit — nice guy, though (which was one of the team’s problems)]; (2) Matt Klentak gone from Phillies (another year-too-late in coming: he should have exited with his former hire, and pal, Kapler). Now, owner Middleton needs open his wallet or recapture some of that cash his kid dumps on Trumpian causes and pay JT Realmuto — besides fixing the bullpen — or this team-era will sink like a rock (losing JT would be a morale buster hard to quantify).

      This is a Jimmy Buckets fan account — thanks for asking!

  13. Molly Pitcher says:

    bmaz !!! That son of ASU Brandon Aiyuk is the REAL DEAL !! Check out the replay of his touchdown for the Niners against the Fleegales !!!

  14. Molly Pitcher says:

    Oh, I missed these:





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  15. Eureka says:

    Stephon Gilmore COVID positive now. Wondered why they proceeded with Pats-Chefs (and why Tues. would have been on the table, either). Because math.

    Tweets not threaded, parsimonious url here collects them (also positive, a Pats practice squadder who did not travel to KC):

    Patriots CB and NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore tests positive for COVID-19, reports say

    Adding: here’s a thread from last night on new rules:

    Albert Breer: “NFL distributed these new protocols to teams today. • Teams must keep all surveillance video for 30 days. • Must be 10 feet apart to eat in the cafeteria. • Teams must have min. of 5 buses for travel (up from 2). • Mask regulations strengthened. [screenshot]”

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