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Posts posted by DarterBlue2

  1. 2 hours ago, roygod said:

    If there is any ignorance being demonstrated here I think it might be by somebody other than me. Over the course of evolution we have been hit with many new virus's and have developed immunities for most of them, and that is what we are doing right now, developing immunities to Covid19, except for the weak and unhealthy. We have hid long enough, its time to get back to living almost normal lives. Our young people have to get back to work before we totally destroy our economy. I'm 78 years old with diabetes, being overweight, and two stokes, a totally high risk subject. I had my flu shot in the fall but I still contracted the flu (or covid19) in the last weak of January while attending a high school basketball game. I'm still alive and ready to go to a high school football game.

    Knock yourself out. I will not be attending your funeral. 

  2. 49 minutes ago, HornetFan said:

    Do you honestly believe that the kids didn't know they were prohibited from participating in supervised practices while schools were shut down for the remainder of the school year?  FHSAA rules do not make exceptions for players or coaches who are "unaware" of the rules. 

    Not the point, though. The players are competing for starting positions and even to just make roster. Failure to go out and practice would surely jeopardize this objective. 

  3. 1 hour ago, badbird said:



    I agree with some of your points Darter.  Someone on a team is going to get it and it will quickly spread to them all.  Teams will have to cancel games and maybe the season.  Not sure the answer and what you can do sports wise.  However it appears we are headed right back to opening every thing up.  It's almost like the China virus never existed.  Problem is the virus isn't going away.  Just as many people are getting it every day.  I almost feel like until 70-80% of the people get it, it is not going to slow down.  I think the virus has to run it's course and not much we can do to stop it.   

    Coach, we have shut down for long enough. I will agree with that. What we did not do effectively, though, is ramp up testing and contact tracing during the shutdown. This is were we and China differed. One of my sons, a proud Apopka alumni, lives in China. So, I am very aware of how they handled theirs compared to how we have handled ours. Now to be fair, China is not America. Their system of government is more authoritarian. But if you look at South Korea and Taiwan, as well, a stark pattern emerges as to how we have behaved versus how they did. And it shows in the results. 

    I am now in my mid 60's. I have maintained good health due to strict diet and exercise. I would love to see my grandchild reach adulthood. You can be sure I will not engage in undisciplined, reckless behavior to compromise that. Based on where we are going in the USA you are probably right. Most of us will have to get it before it runs its natural course, unless a vaccine arrives within the next year. But I strongly feel it did not have to happen this way. 

    I am now retired, so I don't have to navigate the potential minefield of work. So, until we have a vaccine, effective treatment, or it "magically goes away", or it shows clear signs of having run its course, I will restrict my activities to my morning walk/run, grocery shopping, and other essential activities. For the first time in 22 seasons, I think I will miss the entire high school football season. 

  4. 51 minutes ago, roygod said:

    If we follow your plan to stay on our houses till we are safe from all future threats there will be no future football and probably no United States. The depression of 1933 will be kid stuff compared to your plan. We will become a third world country ruled by China.  We have a new strain of Flu Virus every year and we don't have vaccine's for many of them. Heck, one of us may go out and cross the street and get run over by a bus, or may die in a head on crash on I-95, or get hit by an meteor! There is no way we can predict the future, and there is no way we can stay locked up in our protective bubble for the rest of our lives. Let's get out there and return to normal quickly and take another chance like we do with every other situation we encounter in our everyday lives!!!

    You have, in a nutshell, demonstrated your abject ignorance. It is interesting you did not address the questions I specifically asked you. I will leave you be as it is not worth attempting to have an intelligent conversation with you.

    Stay safe, I wish you no harm.


  5. 6 hours ago, THIS_IS_DILLARD said:

    How I feel bout all of this let the kids play in august. No matter what day,year,or month We play ball there will be germs, from deadly to none deadly. 

    the air we breath is pollute,the meats we eat are poisoned & filled with steroids. With that said it’s time to get back to some form of normalcy, we can’t stay locked down forever neither can we expect to just wake up and it’s poof pow the world is back to normal; Everyone just needs to stay sanitary & let’s move forward.

    Bro, the problem I have with that is the following. Unlike something like HIV, it can be contracted very easily; and it kills quickly. Packed stadiums will be breeding grounds for its spread. Also, if one kid on the team has the virus, he will spread it to his teammates. As a result, whole teams may have to forfeit their seasons when an outbreak takes place. These teammates will take it home to their families. It could end up being a vicious cycle in some communities. The thing is, also, that it is the poor and lower middle class that will suffer the worst because of this. This means that minority communities (yours and mine) may end up with the worst impacts from this action.

    Believe me, I want to see high school football as much as anyone. I have not missed a week's game in 22 seasons except for when I have been out of state. I also understand that in some cases scholarships may be on the line. But to me there is nothing more precious than life. I don't want to lose mine, and I don't want to support a situation in which the lives of others may be lost to gratify my pleasure. I feel that by next year this time there will be an effective treatment or vaccine. The loss of one season is a reasonable price to pay for the safety of the community. 

  6. 22 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

    We look at them today and think how crazy they were.  Those folks had no TV, no radio, no AC, etc etc.  I think about how desperate they must have been for some sort of diversion.  We have people today going off the deep end because they cannot get a haircut.  Put folks with today's mindset back in time and I bet they would be sitting in the stands, too. 

    For the past 22 seasons, I have gone to a game every week except when I was out of state. This season, I think I am going to take a pass unless there are positive developments between now and the start of the season. I feel I should, both for personal safety, I am not a young man, and because I don't want to condone/support a situation that could end in the death or serious illness of some of the participants, especially since they are all still amateurs in the strictest sense. 

  7. 3 hours ago, roygod said:

    The smartest medical people in the world cannot predict a second spike. If there is one we'll be ready for it. Also you'll notice there have been no deaths to high school age healthy players. But I can guarantee you there will be hurricanes!

    There have been deaths to a number of individuals under 20. So, you are wrong on that score. Also, your statement ignores the fact that high school players could be asymptomatic carriers, taking the virus home to older, sicker relatives. As, to a second spike, Coronaviruses almost always have second spikes. And, they typically occur in the fall.

    You state we will be ready for it if it occurs. Prey say how? We currently have neither a vaccine nor an effective regimen of drugs that can at least mitigate, if not cure, the illness. 

  8. 20 minutes ago, Floridatech said:

    Dont take the vaccine 

    If it goes through proper testing I will take it. If I have issues with an American produced vaccine, I will travel abroad to get one. A vaccine or an effective treatment via a drug combination are critical to returning to normal life. If this disease stays with us in un-treatable form, life as we currently know it, will never return. 

  9. 1 hour ago, roygod said:

    Between Covid19 and hurricane season, this would be a great excuse to start Florida high school football later. The FHSAA should consider how many games were cancelled because of hurricanes. As August and September are peak hurricane months, maybe we should consider starting high school  football in Florida October 1st. Just don't schedule out of state games in the 2nd half. The only problem I see is the overlap into basketball season, where players will have to choose a sport.

    I hate this idea. Covid-19 is almost certain to have a fall spike. The last thing I want to do is put: athletes, coaches and fans at severe risk.  If we are going to do football late, then the season should be played February through the end of April. By February, we should be able to measure the extent of any Covid spike and scrap the season if necessary. Also, there is a shot that an effective vaccine may be developed by then. 

  10. 2 hours ago, Floridatech said:

    I think this year hurricane season gonna play a big role in how the football season may turn out too, I'm wishing we can get football this year tho

    Probably, the forecast is for several severe storms. Personally, I want the kids to stay safe. So, I am torn between wanting a season and thinking we should wait a year to when we have a vaccine. 

  11. 1 hour ago, gatorman-uf said:

    I stand by assertion from a month ago that by August, school districts will have sports. The CDC guidelines are almost impossible to implement at any school that has more than 100 students, so school districts will say screw it.  Parents will be at the end of their ropes come August and will have bigger protests than the "I need a hair cut" protests. Governor opened up gyms and gave permission for youth activities (summer camps, sports, etc). So I have no doubt that we will have football. I do agree with some that maybe a shortened season of 8 games might be appropriate to allow some flexibility for school districts that might start late. 

    If we are going to have football, from a Coronavirus perspective, we would be better off starting early with a shortened season. The odds are fairly high we have a second wave of this bad boy in the fall. And, coupled with the flu season it could be worse and we likely will still not have a vaccine that quickly.

    Ending the regular season in late September and the whole season by early November, would reduce the risk of exposing the kids, fans, officials and other parties to what could be an unmitigated disaster. 

  12. 4 hours ago, OldSchoolLion said:

    The coach I have in mind had back-to-back state title game appearances.  Those may or may not have been his team's only title game appearances.  And it says nothing of whether he won those games, lost those games, or split them.  Take the statement concerning title appearances at face value.,

    Rod Shafer, Lake Wales High School. 

  13. 3 hours ago, Perspective said:

    People continue to underestimate the toll that a long (4 plus hours) bus ride can take on young athletes - especially when gametime heat becomes a factor, as well. 

    Lincoln made the 3.5 hour drive from Tally and took Edgewater to overtime in the second round before losing. Regarding the state title final, St Thomas has abundant resources. If they chose to drive up day of game and not spend the night in Daytona, it is totally on them. 

  14. 18 minutes ago, Hwy17 said:

    Palmetto's #1 rankings at the time was due to an inflated RPI that in hindsight was not as strong at year end. 

    Palmetto was a good team. The state semifinal was way more competitive than the final. Palmetto gave Miami Central a good game and could have won. Central won the sate title game in blowout fashion. 

  15. 2 minutes ago, Perspective said:

    Ernie Sims III

    North Florida Christian High School

    FSU (rated by some the number one recruit in the country . . . picked FSU over Florida)

    Drafted by Detroit, but played with a few other teams, too. 

    As for the bonus question, I'll go with 4 (even though NFC didn't win a state championship his senior year).  But, he probably won a medal in another sport like T&F that I don't know about. 

    You beat me to the punch by a minute. But I will go with three title medals. 

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