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  1. 15 hours ago, Zamboni said:

    US was most prepared country?

    Wow. Who knew ... 



    Media would have us believe the exact opposite. ?

    Overall the low numbers are still shameful IMO.


    I guess John Hopkins University agree with those findings too.

    The system having the tools to fight a pandemic is worlds different than those tools being utilized by leadership. The index speaks to the former, not the latter. "The media" (see also: the president's own words) speak to the latter. It's not the media's fault it took the president a week to go from blabbering about the Defense Production Act to actually using it. It's not the media's fault that the president takes to Twitter to yell about GM using a plant it doesn't even own anymore. It's not the media's fault the president said "Completely contained. 15 cases soon down to zero" a month ago. The media doesn't make the president spew "some say" flowed by lines of untrue drivel that no experts agree with because it came from the bowels of QAnon. The president didn't take COVID-19 even a little seriously until the stock market started tanking, and even now his level of seriousness is highly questionable as he's waging his grievance war publicly against governors who need federal help to save lives, and that's not the media's fault either. But keep going to "the media" boogeyman. ???? I'm sure you'll just dismiss this for various reasons, but I live in a state with a governor I disagree with on 90%+ of policy issues, but Mike DeWine is doing a fantastic job with the pandemic. Why? Because he took it seriously early and has been taking action based on recommendations of public health experts. 

    In happier news, this could be huge: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/03/27/us/15-minute-coronavirus-test/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

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  2. 1 hour ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

    At some point soon we are going to have to re-open our society regardless if their is a 2nd wave.  The long-term damage to the economy, small business specifically,  y remaining “closed” would be worse then the disease.

    Okay Don. 

    You don't help the economy by opening up shop, you help the economy by effectively fighting the virus. These things are not independent of one another, and pretending there is some alternate universe in which things aren't shut down, the virus is running unchecked, and the economy is humming along as if everything is normal is a universe that doesn't exist. 

  3. On 3/24/2020 at 1:11 PM, dudacek said:

    As someone who has worked from home for nearly 4 years now, my eyes have really been opened as to how unneeded and unhealthy commuting culture really is.

    If there is good that comes out of the current situation, it might be how many eyes might be opened to this.


    On 3/24/2020 at 1:20 PM, Zamboni said:

    Agree… There was already a big fast trend of more and more people every year working from home. But I think now that trend is going to increase quite a bit after all this is behind us. I don’t know what the percentage of work at home jobs are in this country, but I can certainly see it doubling or tripling in the next year.



    19 hours ago, Taro T said:

    As someone who's worked from home for a looooooong time, have appreciated both the value of being able to primarily work from home and also how essential having occasional in person meetings are.  

    Will be interesting to see how transformative this quarantine turns out to be.  Expecting it to only result in incremental change; but have been wrong before.

    I'm on day 7 of working from home and I want to gouge my eyes out. 

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  4. 1 hour ago, nfreeman said:

    From Bill Barnwell of ESPN:  https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28871296/2020-nfl-free-agency-trade-grades-bill-barnwell-tracks-every-big-signing-move


    As I've said previously, the success the Bills are having -- including the improved perception of their franchise around the NFL -- is a big factor in giving me hope for TP's ownership of the Sabres.

    It's all about getting the right guys in to run the team.


    Correct. Maybe there is something flawed in their hiring process and McBeane was just pure luck, but the evidence seems to suggest a good GM is a good GM regardless of what these owners do.

    50 minutes ago, shrader said:

    The Bills are potentially the favorite in the AFC east and most of the world comes to a screeching halt.  Coincidence?  I think not.

    Hard to argue. 

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  5. On 3/18/2020 at 8:28 PM, Eleven said:

    1.  Why not?  Other franchises are taking their time.  They will take care of it.

    2.  Why is it different?  Because they have employees (players) who make millions?  It isn't different. Your local bar isn't paying bartenders  Your local restaurant isn't paying servers.  I don't hate that; that's a small business.  But Wegmans is huge and has cut hours, and those cashiers and deli workers and produce stockers suffer the same way. So does every cashier at Tops.  So does every guy who cleans a room at a Hilton-owned hotel.  So does every person who works at a movie theatre or a bowling alley. I don't really see why the Pegulas are the enemy, other than that you and PA want to make them one.  

    Where's your PROPERLY directed outrage?

    This is so much BS, and I know you, and I know you know better.

    I don't expect my local bar is a couple years away from asking for hundreds of millions of public dollars for a stadium. It's not the same. 

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  6. 6 hours ago, That Aud Smell said:

    I hear what you're saying. And with the expanded playoff field, I reckon GMs and coaches will have an easier time hanging onto their positions.

    I just think that if Allen detonates as a bust, the chances of Beane ultimately surviving that are slim. "Ultimately" is the key there -- Beane could get time beyond cutting ties with Allen (if it came to that (pray not!!)); I don't think it would be much, though. 

    I was with you last year at this time, but given how the season played out, I think McBeane gets another kick at the QB can if Allen doesn't take the next step unless the team completely implodes this season. 

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  7. 21 minutes ago, That Aud Smell said:


    As for the NFC South being a bit light on competition, you've got the Saints and Falcons, yeah? I know the Falcons have been down, but they should (?) be good again? And the Saints should still be good? Or nah.

    Similar reasoning: Why would he go to the Chargers and have to contend with Mahomes?

    The Falcons stink, and will probably continue to do so until there is a regime change. The Saints are very, very good. 

  8. 12 minutes ago, Brawndo said:


    I'd have liked to keep the 4th, but whatever. The 5th and 6th didn't have a great chance to make this roster, and we weren't getting a better player in the 1st.

    12 minutes ago, WildCard said:

    I can never tell in the NFL, is that a lot?

    Compared to the Hopkins deal, yes. But Bill O'Brien as a baseline probably isn't fair, and #1 WRs rarely get moved in their prime. Prices being equal I'd have preferred Hopkins, but I assume we didn't have a piece of Johnson's value (in O'Brien's eyes) to do it. 

    Mostly I'm happy to see the team finally prioritize offense. And it also has the happy consequence of removing excuses for Allen. 

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  9. 9 hours ago, nfreeman said:

    @Eleven — again, not everything is political.  This is a broad and sober and mostly respectful discussion about the obligations in society of the wealthy and of those who are just getting by.  No one is firing in hysterical and/or gratuitous partisan shots.  

    "You're in your poor situation only because of your choices" is the holy grail of gratuitous partisan potshots. You just don't perceive it that way because of your own leanings. 

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  10. 8 minutes ago, matter2003 said:

    Maybe its time they do something for themselves for a change.  Taking this time to properly assess their situation and then take an ACTIVE role in changing it for themselves like enrolling in colleges using government grants to get a degree that will pay them something more than part time minimum wage would be a good start...

    Is it really humanity, or is it like giving out participation trophies to avoid having the real, hard, truthful conversations nobody wants to have?

    "I don't agree with your life choices without knowing a single thing about your life, therefore you deserve to face financial hardship" is pretty inhumane. But you do you. 

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  11. 33 minutes ago, nfreeman said:

    I think it’s also worth noting that none of us has any idea about the amounts and types of charitable donations the Pegulas are making in connection with this crisis.  Someone who is outraged about the arena workers might feel differently if he/she knew, e.g., that the Pegulas have donated, say, $2 million to healthcare clinics and other similar virus-related causes.  

    I actually think such a decision would be worthy of scrutiny. Plenty of people are and are going to donate to those causes, including governmental resources. Nobody is going to do squat for arena workers other than those directly associated with the team. 

  12. 20 minutes ago, Curt said:

    This is pretty damning.  I mean, it’s true, and no number is perfect, but scoring chances and expected goals can’t just be dismissed.  

    It probably says more about Jason Nightengale than Jason Botterill. If we assume the Sabres have an internal xG model that differs from the public models, it probably says nicer things about current players than the public models. Given the team is mediocre (at best) with a laundry list of useless forward acquisitions, the internal model stinks. 

  13. 1 minute ago, WildCard said:

    Which is a fine thing to say but nothing in our recent history shows it won't be that same guy. 

    I get we pretty much have to fire Botterill, but the message that sends to a lot of fans is buckle in for another 3 years and then we'll be good 

    The message is irrelevant once the games start. Win games and nobody will care what their initial reaction to change was. 

    1 minute ago, Curt said:

    Just as the posters on this board sometimes disagree, GMs sometimes disagree about which players are the “good” ones.

    Well, sure. But when I hear rebuild, I think trading current players for future players. That's the part that simply doesn't have to happen. 

  14. Just now, WildCard said:

    Right that's what I'm saying though. Even if it's %16 to %15, it's more likely with a new GM. They want to clean house, like different prospects, get rid of old players from the new regime...this stuff usually constitutes a rebuild 

    So don't hire that guy. Hire the guy who has a radical idea to keep the good players and add more of them.

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