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  1. Sure, but what I'm seeing is so widespread and on such a scale that it makes me think that it is a very large subset. Bars doing big business.. Thirty or forty people standing in line at a Dairy Queen, practicing something much closer to six-inch social distancing than the six-foot version. Tons of people milling around boat launches. Public docks full of people fishing right next to each other. Packed playgrounds. Busy beaches and lots of people swimming without any apparent concern about COVID-19. Baseball and softball teams with their players sitting right next to each other on the bench. People playing basketball with lots of closeness and contact. And many many people shopping without masks. I'm sure that there is still a contingent of people hiding in their homes, wearing masks wherever they go, and using copious quantities of hand sanitizer. But my observation makes me think that that contingent is not very large, and that it is shrinking rapidly.
  2. The concentration of concern about the coronavirus on this board is much much higher than I am seeing in the real world. Almost none of the small businesses I've visited in recent weeks are enforcing any sort of "social distancing" or mask-wearing. And two or three weeks ago, at big stores like Walmart and Meijer and Kroger, it appeared to me that about 90 percent of the customers were wearing masks. This week it was down to maybe 60 percent. And I've been in two large bars in the last week, and both of them were packed -- people sitting shoulder-to-shoulder at the bar, tables fully occupied, and no one but some of the employees wearing masks. The Free Press keeps telling us that polls show people in Michigan strongly supporting Whitmer's orders and seriously concerned about a "second wave." My observation makes me believe that is not true. It appears to me that most people regard the virus as yesterday's news.
  3. Many people in this society can't understand a garage door pull rope. So getting to understanding of something significantly more complicated is a very tall order. As for the death rate, the reported range from 0.15 to 0.4 percent is a very recent one, and coming from some widely disparate research sources. That is a far cry from the 3 or 4 or 10 percent figures that were hysterically thrown around early on.
  4. If the standard is the unrealistic one of nobody testing positive, this isn't going to go very far. We have gone way past the original goals of "flattening the curve" and "preventing the health care system from being overwhelmed" to the apparent unattainable goals of no one dying or even becoming infected. With epidemiologists now saying that the death rate is only 0.15 to 0.4 percent (meaning that somewhere between 1 in 250 and 1 in 650 infected people die from it), a very large percentage of the deaths being among the elderly (especially in nursing homes), the growing realization that many who get it experience no symptoms or at worst no serious ones, and studies suggesting that the virus may be mutating into a less virulent form, knee-jerk reactions every time someone tests positive (like closing "Spring" Training facilities) seem unwarranted. But if that is the standard that is followed, I am not optimistic about seeing Major League baseball this year.
  5. Wow. If the current version of Jimmy Kimmel is "evolved," he must have been a really low form of life twenty years ago.
  6. Yeah, I used to cover Formula One. Their garage door pulls were braided strands of gold with diamond-studded Tiffany bracelets at the end -- for the bottom-feeder outfits. The top teams didn't have doors at all -- they used force fields like the shields on the starship Enterprise or just beamed the cars and people in and out.
  7. Yeah, I have often misunderstood what a garage pull rope signifies.
  8. What, are you suggesting that someone would falsely characterize a garage door pull that was there long before Bubba was as a noose, just to take advantage of the BLM frenzy and get a ton of sympathy and publicity? No way! What's next, some ridiculous racist suggestion that Jussie Smollett wasn't really attacked by crazed white supremacists?
  9. I'll say it: They both belong in, as do Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and everyone else whose numbers say they should be there but who are being excluded for the sake of stupid sanctimony. Leaving out one of the two best players in the history of the game, as well as the all-time hits leader and the greatest pitcher of at least the last 80 years and at least arguably the greatest of all time makes the Hall at best irrelevant, and in my view an outright joke.
  10. All the way to the betting window, or to the phone to call his bookie.
  11. Yeah, I was at all of those last three games against the Blue Jays. The final one was special because of the Tanana shutout and, of course, it clinched the division, but all three of them were crucial, and all of them were one-run games, so the tension was just a bit on the high side.
  12. Now that you mentioned it, seeing Nolan Ryan pitch is a candidate for my list, too. I was a few rows behind home plate in a game that he pitched, and he no-hit the Tigers for the first six innings or so. Seeing his ungodly stuff from right behind the plate made me wonder how anyone ever got a hit off of him.
  13. Well, I was at the ten I mentioned. (I just edited mine to make it a Top Ten list.)
  14. No contest: Kirk Gibson's eighth-inning home run off of Goose Gossage in Game Five of the 1984 World Series. Turned a one-run lead into a four-run lead and assured us that the Tigers were going to win the World Series at home. When he hit it, the ballpark shook and the noise was deafening. And Gibby's triumphant tour of the bases and the team celebration after he crossed the plate (memorialized in that iconic photograph by Mary Schroeder) were icing on the cake. Second is my first trip to Tiger Stadium -- for a July 12, 1970 doubleheader against the Orioles. Most of the heroes of 1968 were still on the team. The Tigers' starting pitchers were Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain. Lolich won the first game, which featured leadoff home runs by the Tigers in the first three innings, by Mickey Stanley, Bill Freehan, and Al Kaline. And the field was, of course, the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Number Three is that last game in 1987, which was awesome as the culmination of that incredible final week. Number Four is Magglio's pennant-winning walkoff home run in 2006, because it was not only a great moment, but because my sons and my best friend were there to see it with me. Number Five for me would be your Number Two -- Robert Fick's grand slam on the roof as the last hit in Tiger Stadium, followed by the Tigers past and present coming out and occupying their positions on the field to say farewell to the best place there has ever been to watch a baseball game. Sixth place goes to a Kirk Gibson inside-the-park hone run. A no-arc line drive that hit the center filed fence by the 440 mark and caromed right past the center fielder. Gibby was flying and scored without a throw. Seventh is Gibson's line drive hit so hard that the opposing first baseman hit the f\dirt rather than try to catch it. The only time I ever saw something like that from a Major League infielder. That and the inside-the-parker I referenced above might have been the two hardest-hit balls I've ever seen live. Eighth is the Skeeter Barnes/Cecil Fielder triple play. Ninth is Lou Whitaker's home run over the roof. (Honorable mention to Gibby, whom I saw hit one out in a game but just barely foul. I also saw him clear the roof in fair territory in batting practice.) Rounding out my Top Ten is Brandon Inge charging a bunt, fielding it what seemed like about 15 feet from the plate, and turning and throwing a bullet to second base and getting the force. What an arm! The greatest defensive play I've ever seen live. Maybe the greatest period.
  15. Not sure those would be positives. Having a backup quarterback as the face of the team and the focus of media attention doesn't strike me as a good thing.
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