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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Empty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird

So, with the very likely possibility that baseball and basketball — at minimum — will be played to empty stadiums, it begs the question: Will it be as fun?

And before you answer, think about it for a second. No crowd noise. No intensity that builds for the home team or against the away team. Yes, the scoreboard will tell the tale, but the pressure is cranked up when you have a building full of crazy fans screaming their lungs out.

I get that it’s a business and that the money’s at the ML level, but considering crowds, distance from population centers, and the pleasures of relaxed fandom, I’ve been thinking that we might just run some mLs instead.

Mayor Blomberg Posted: April 28, 2020 at 10:17 AM | 13215 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   13201. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: June 09, 2021 at 09:31 PM (#6023496)
Flip II
   13202. MY PAIN IS NOT A HOLIDAY (CoB). Posted: June 09, 2021 at 11:14 PM (#6023510)
current stats
Location Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated
Texas 23.7M 10.7M 37.0%

What could possibly go wrong?
   13203. GregD Posted: June 10, 2021 at 12:55 AM (#6023519)

California is 54% fully
12% one dose

I knew there was a gap but that bad?
   13204. SoSH U at work Posted: June 10, 2021 at 01:05 AM (#6023521)
California is 54% fully

I'm seeing 45 percent fully for California. The Top 6 are the six New England states, with Vermont leading the way at nearly 60 percent fully vaccinated.
   13205. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 10, 2021 at 02:19 AM (#6023523)

The difference between the "best" and "worst" states by vaccination percentage is pretty striking. Mississippi is lowest with 28% fully vaxxed, while Vermont is at 59% (I'm looking at the NY Times tracker).

VT is at 72% with at least one dose, while MS is at 35%.

The only silver lining is that even in MS, 75% of those age 65+ have gotten at least one shot. So hopefully even if another wave hits them, the death toll will be a lot less. The disparity is much more pronounced in the lower age groups -- in VT, 59% of those age 12-17 have gotten at least one shot. In MS it's 7% (and Alabama 5%, and Idaho it says <1% although there might be something off with that data).

As for cruise ships, I never really saw the appeal, but I know people who like them and are eager to go back. No judgment from me, but if they don't have a vaccination requirement, I would think you're taking the risk that you have an outbreak on board and other countries won't let you come ashore.
   13206. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 10, 2021 at 02:36 AM (#6023526)

Also, I caught up with a former colleague from India yesterday. His father died of COVID during the most recent wave. This disease sucks.
   13207. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 10, 2021 at 08:46 AM (#6023540)
I’m flying from PHL today and the de facto social distance is 6”. It’s a total zoo. Thank goodness for TSA Pre-check.
   13208. MY PAIN IS NOT A HOLIDAY (CoB). Posted: June 10, 2021 at 09:52 AM (#6023551)

India’s daily tally of coronavirus deaths has reached more than 6,000 after a single state dramatically revised its data for fatalities during the second wave, increasing fears that the country’s toll is much higher than reported.
The revision came amid allegations that the state of Bihar had undercounted its death toll, which had led the high court in Patna to order a detailed audit that now includes those who died from Covid complications after recovering from the disease, and also those who died on the way to the hospital.
Similar accusations have been levelled at other state governments after a recent coronavirus surge resulted in crematoriums being overwhelmed in many places and hundreds of bodies being dumped in rivers or buried in shallow graves.

With record-keeping poor even in normal times, many experts believe India’s death toll is several times higher than the official number, meaning it could be more than a million, which would make it the world’s highest.

   13209. GregD Posted: June 10, 2021 at 01:44 PM (#6023596)
I'm seeing 45 percent fully for California.
got mine from the state’s page. It is labeled “two doses” so maybe the difference in the numbers is the people who have taken second dose in the last two weeks? ca state page
   13210. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 10, 2021 at 02:15 PM (#6023602)

GregD, CA's 54% number is as a percentage of the eligible population (12+). 45% is percentage of the total state population. The numerator should be the same.
   13211. GregD Posted: June 10, 2021 at 03:34 PM (#6023614)
Dave: You are right!

Thanks for the correction
   13212. "bothsidesism" word 57i66135 Posted: June 10, 2021 at 09:07 PM (#6023666)
bitcoin convention.

enough said, right?
   13213. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 10, 2021 at 10:17 PM (#6023691)
I just bought tickets to tomorrow night’s Mets game — going to see deGrom pitch against the Padres. It’s my first sporting event or large gathering of any kind since the pandemic began, and I’m pretty psyched.
   13214. Howie Menckel Posted: June 10, 2021 at 10:48 PM (#6023713)
I went to see deGrom pitch at Citi Field on April 28.

he clearly didn't have his best stuff, vs Red Sox - he lost, 1-0.

it was a "sporting event" but not a "large gathering of any kind."

maybe 8,000 people there.

good luck!
   13215. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 10, 2021 at 11:42 PM (#6023723)

Thanks Howie. Capacity for tomorrow's game is supposed to be 33,000, but I don't expect actual attendance to be at that level given there were still a decent number of tickets available when I checked earlier. Probably >20,000 though.
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