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“Chiunque Può Fare Cose Incredibili”


Swim Swam Talk. 

L’agenda del nuotatore è solitamente scandita da battiti serrati e spesso affannati. Ore e ore tra piscine e palestre, in giornate dettate dal ritmo delle nostre bracciate e dei nostri obiettivi.

La pandemia globale COVID-19 ha spazzato buona parte delle pagine di queste agende lasciando molto tempo libero, forse troppo.

Swim Swam Italia ha rubato un po’ di questo tempo ad alcuni tra i volti più noti del nuoto tra le corsie. Per parlare di quarantena, serie tv, diete mal riuscite e tanto nuoto. 

Swim Swam Talk Nicolo Martinenghi

 

Terzo appuntamento con Swim Swam Talk. Nicolo Martinenghi ci parla da Varese, in Lombardia. Il campione italiano racconta della crescita che lo ha visto maturare molto tecnicamente e psicologicamente nell’ultimo biennio, grazie al sostegno della famiglia e degli amici di sempre. Spiega che il pass per Tokyo conquistato in anticipo gli ha permesso di lavorare con serenità in questa fase. Il suo modello? Adam Peaty: vederlo nuotare dal vivo, come in finale al mondiale, insegna che non ci sono limiti e che con due braccia e due gambe si possono fare cose incredibili.

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Running

Can Your Fitness Tracker Tell If You’ve Got COVID-19 Symptoms?


Since it’s still difficult to get tested for COVID-19, people are getting creative when it comes to self-diagnosing. For some, that’s included looking to their fitness tracker for early signs of illness.

“I had a sudden onset of fever and fatigue like I’ve never experienced,” one 37-year-old Whoop user based in New York City wrote on Reddit. “Important to be aware that the virus doesn’t manifest itself with respiratory symptoms only.” (This user had not been formally tested or diagnosed with COVID-19.)

A screenshot from their Whoop app, which tracks recovery to optimize exercise performance, showed that their “recovery” scores were red—or below 33 percent—for three days in a row.

“Your recovery score is a measurement of how ready Whoop thinks you are to perform,” Whoop founder and CEO Will Ahmed told Women’s Health. The lower it is, it’s a sign that your body is run down or not prepared.”

Whoop’s recovery score is calculated by measuring the body’s resting heart rate, heart rate variability, and sleep. “If you talk to a Whoop member, it’s actually pretty hard to have a red recovery every day, so the fact that this person had that many in a row is a sign that something really happened to their body,” Ahmed said.

Not long after, a second undiagnosed user posted in the r/whoop Subreddit that they “suspect they have COVID-19 based on their recovery data, which showed a red recovery score four days in a row. They wrote: “Shortness of breath is my main symptom. My lungs feel on fire and dry cough. No fever though. But I did the oxygen test and it came back normal. Like I said, it’s very mild symptoms.”

To respond to these and other Whoop users who believe they may have COVID-19, Ahmed and his team introduced a COVID-19 tag for the Whoop Journal, a feature of the app that allows users to track how things like alcohol, sickness, or diet affect their body’s performance. “One of the things you can track is sickness and we updated so you can now track COVID-19,” Ahmed said. (He stressed that all of the Whoop Journal inputs are voluntary and de-identified.)

Ahmed also said Whoop may partner with researchers studying COVID-19. At the very least, he says the company will provide data insights to Whoop’s users.

[Stay injury free on the road by getting on the mat with Yoga for Runners.]

Whoop isn’t the only tracking company making changes in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that 2,000 emergency medical workers in the city will participate in a study in which they wear the Oura Ring for three months to gather data on COVID-19 symptoms.

Study participants will complete daily surveys to report symptoms and share all of their Oura Ring data, which includes sleep, heart, and respiratory-rate tracking, in addition to body temperature monitoring. Anyone who owns an Oura ring can also participate in the study.

For eight years, Shannon Sovndal, M.D., was the team doctor for a professional cycling team, so he’s familiar with fitness trackers’ ability to measure users’ stress loads. Now, he’s an ER doctor and medical director in Boulder, Colorado.

“We know that people, when they become stressed, lose some variability in their heart rate, and their resting heart rate can also go up,” Sovndal told Women’s Health. “The tricky part is, it’s really hard to determine exactly why those changes are happening.”

Stress can be caused by a lot of factors, including emotional conflict, poor sleep, or illness, according to Sovndal.

“The study in San Francisco is cool because they’re going to have all the healthcare workers wear [the Oura Ring] for three months and then they’re going to track the data,” Sovndal said. “That’s actually the right way to do it because you can say, ‘Hey, what are we seeing in providers when they’re exposed to COVID-19? Or when they get COVID-19, what did we see on their variability in heart rate and sleep and all of that?’”

Still, Sovndal says a diagnosis is the only way to really determine if you’ve contracted novel coronavirus or any other illness.

“Using a heart rate monitor or a sleep monitor, you can’t make a diagnosis,” Sovndal said. “If you want to know if you have COVID-19, you need to get tested, and hopefully in the near future, we will have more tests available to us. The healthcare providers’ concern is that we just don’t have enough tests to test everybody. We would love to test everybody.”

COVID-19 symptoms can occur two to 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC. If you are experiencing symptoms you think may be related to COVID-19, Donald Boyd, M.D., R.D.N., previously told Runner’s World to contact your local coronavirus hotline, which provides recommendations on what to do based on symptoms.

As a general guideline, if you have mild symptoms, stay at home and self-isolate, and take medications such as Tylenol and decongestants, Boyd said. If you have more severe symptoms, such as a fever over 100 degrees, a cough, and shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider or local health department.

Bookmark your state, county, and local public health departments—you can find a directory of state offices here. They’ll have the latest on the recommended protocol in your area.



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Hockey

Our Line Starts podcast: Bauer’s COVID-19 efforts; best NHL rosters – ProHockeyTalk


With the 2019-20 NHL season on hold we are going to take a look at where each NHL team stands at this moment with a series of posts examining their season. Have they met expectations? Exceeded expectations? Who has been the surprise? All of that and more. Today we look at the Dallas Stars.

Dallas Stars

Record: 37-24-8 (69 games), third in the Central Division
Leading Scorer: Tyler Seguin 50 points (17 goals and 33 assists)

In-Season Roster Moves

• Acquired Oula Palve from the Pittsburgh Penguins for John Nyberg.
• Traded Emil Djuse to the Florida Panthers for a 2020 sixth-round pick.

Season Overview: 

The Stars have gone from being a team with a lot of firepower to being a talented team that takes care of their defense first. That started happening when they hired Jim Montgomery as their head coach and it’s continued under interim bench boss Rick Bowness.

So, yeah, it’s a little shocking to see Seguin, their leading scorer, with 50 points in 69 games, but this is what the Stars have become. Their roster was always a little top-heavy. Now, their scoring is a little more spread out.

After Seguin’s 50 points, there’s no other player on the team over the 40-point mark. Captain Jamie Benn is second on the team in scoring with 39 points. Behind him is defenseman Miro Heiskanen (35 points) and Alexander Radulov (34 points).

As for their season as a whole, it’s been a strange one.

The Stars opened up the 2019-20 campaign by losing their first three games and eight of their first nine. But they went on to win seven of their next eight games to put themselves back on track. After losing in OT to Winnipeg on Nov. 10, Dallas went on to win seven games in a row.

“We’ve really matured throughout the year,” Montgomery said at the time. “This win streak and this run we’ve been on, we don’t want to get too excited and pat ourselves on the back because we’ve got to continue to get better. There are certain parts of our game that need to be better, but there is a lot of confidence on the bench and a lot of different people stepping up and saying the right things. They’re pushing each other, which is nice to see.”

Unfortunately for Montgomery, he was fired in early December to “unprofessional conduct. That’s when Bowness took over behind the bench.

Leading up to the NHL’s decision to pause the season, the Stars were struggling. They had dropped six games in a row (0-4-2). They were still sitting in third place in the Central Division, but Winnipeg (two points back) and Nashville (four points back) were quickly closing the gap.

Would the Stars have gotten back on track? We’ll never know. But what we do know is that seven of their next 10 scheduled games would’ve been played on home ice (they’re 19-12-3 at home this season).

Highlight of the Season: 

As we alluded to before, the Stars managed to tie a franchise record with a seven-game winning streak between Nov. 13 and Nov. 25. They won in Calgary, in Vancouver and in Edmonton, and they followed that up by beating Vancouver, Winnipeg, Chicago and Vegas at American Airlines Center. They also went 12 games between regulation losses

The Stars have won seven games in a row four different times. The previous time occurred back in 2008.

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.





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Soccer

UEFA postpones all June international matches amid coronavirus – ProSoccerTalk


If you’ve played, coached, or watched soccer in the United States over the past couple of decades, there’s a good chance John Motta had a hand in your competition.

As president of the United States Adult Soccer Association, he’s also being trusted to make wise decisions on when you might be able to get back on a field in a world suffering through the coronavirus pandemic.

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Motta also serves on the U.S. Soccer Federation’s board of directors as the chairman of the adult council, and is also navigating a tricky time as the owner of 30 Dunkin’ Donuts franchises.

We thought now would be as good a time as ever to ask Motta what’s up next for soccer in the United States.

ProSoccerTalk: John thanks for your time. Can you fill our readers in on the USASA and your role within it and soccer in America?

John Motta: “We start from your NPSLs and UPSLs which are the higher premier leagues, the women’s premier leagues, all the way down to the local club leagues in your town and the over-the-hill leagues. Our motto is, ‘We’re the game for life.’ I kinda oversee the board which directs all the policy. I’m also the chairman of the adult council, which is one of the four councils of the U.S. Soccer Federation. I serve on the Board of Directors of U.S. Soccer, representing the amateur players and amateur soccer in this country. It’s interesting, especially with everything going on with the federation now. It keeps me busy.”

PST: Now is an insane time for all of us, let alone trying to plan for how soccer’s going to look once it’s safe to get back out there. There’s no good time for a pandemic, obviously, but right before summer is a sincerely daunting challenge in timing. Where is the USASA in the forecasting and decision-making process?

JM: “We’ve got a U.S. Adult Soccer call next Wednesday and we’re gonna evaluate all our programs for the whole year. We had a historic event that was gonna happen in May: The champions of US adult soccer, which was Newtown Pride, were gonna play the UEFA Regions’ Cup champions from Poland (Dolny Śląsk). We already had to cancel that because of travel restrictions. This was gonna be the first time U.S. Soccer and UEFA combined to have an international event. We were psyched, but now we have to wait another year.

“Also the HankSteinbrecher Cup, which was gonna be played in late May. That’s not looking good, only because I don’t see this blowing over that quickly. I hope it does. Being that it’s two months away, it’s hard to keep it on the schedule but we might be able to wait longer because all the clubs are in busing distance. And the soccer festival, our biggest event, from open divisions to Over 75s, was gonna be held in California this year. Even though it’s scheduled in July, we may still wait until May 1. I don’t see us canceling that until at least a month from now.

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“And the USASA National Amateur Cup, which has grown in popularity because of the automatic berth in the Open Cup, the Steinbrecher Cup, and $15,000 in prizes. That usually happens in August with the elimination rounds happening now, which obviously they are not. Maybe we push that final in October to give all the teams in the states the opportunity to hold their qualifiers. That’s what I’m going to recommend to the board on Wednesday. I think they’ll agree, hopefully they’ll agree. When this is over everybody’s gonna wanna do something, anxious to play soccer and watch games. Postponing everything (for a year) is not good idea right now.”

PST: How about all the local leagues that carry so much weight in their communities? New York City and Maryland have institutions. I know the league in my home town of Buffalo (the BDSL) is a monstrous part of summer here with many divisions and promotional/relegation. What advice would give players wondering what their summer holds?

JM: “We definitely contacted our insurance provider to give us some guidance. It takes one incident, let’s say a player is playing and catches it, claims he caught up from playing soccer and passes away. That’s a tragedy and a huge lawsuit, right? That’s why we postponed all activities until April 30. In a couple of weeks, we will have to get together and maybe again extend that. But we’ve told our members if they go out and play, they are on their own because our insurance company wasn’t going to cover anything for the month of April.”

PST: As a soccer lover, how do you feel at an emotional level, watching leagues contemplate their summers and clubs contemplate their present and futures?

JM: “I’ll be honest: In the 1990s I owned a Division 3 professional team, the New Hampshire Phantoms. I think they still exist today in the USL amateur league. As a former owner of a team, you rely on games and your sponsors rely on your playing. I know the difficulties of running teams in the NPSL, even the UPSL. Even though they aren’t classified as professional, they run their teams in a professional manner. I’m saying to myself, Wow, here are these owners that put all this capital up front to run these teams and now they are just doing nothing. I own Dunkin’ Donuts shops, luckily they are open cause it’s called an essential business but I can imagine what it would be like if I have to close all my doors. How will I survive? There’s no difference with lower league soccer clubs. Hopefully they will survive. Every day that goes by it just kills me because I know they want to get on the field and this damn virus is keeping us all locked up.

PST: What else should people know about the USASA right now?

JM: “They should know that we’re doing everything we can. I gotta call from (a professional league) the other day to talk about the possibility of a combined event or schedule, and we are in the process of contacting our insurance company. I’ll jump over a mountain to play soccer, so hopefully we can get something done this summer once this is over.”





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Golf

Kirby Smart, a true Bulldog, “couldn’t stomach” Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’


Listen, if you haven’t seen ‘Tiger King’ yet, you’re either A. living off the land in northern Manitoba or B. a contrarian jackass, abstaining from Netflix’s wildly viral new docu-series simply because everyone has given in. There is, however, one additional possibility: You can’t and won’t get your ‘Tiger King’ on because you are a card-carrying member of a mysterious cult residing in the backwaters of deep south, who have pledged its very existence to the opposition of all things Tiger-related. You are an SEC football fan.

Exhibit A: Georgia ball coach, Kirby Smart, who admitted on a media conference call on Tuesday that while he started the incredible surreal-life look at the world of Joe Exotic and co., he couldn’t make it past episode two (that’s just where it starts to get good, Kirb!)

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But while Smart said he “couldn’t stomach it” and was looking for “a little more plot” (he’s knows it’s a documentary, right?), we suspect the real reason the proud Bulldog couldn’t bring himself to bend knee to the Tiger King has something to do with this . . .

We guess it’s true what they say: It. Just. Means. More. But in Smart’s defense, if we got smacked that bad in the SEC Championship with a trip to the College Football Playoff on the line by a team called the friggin’ Cheeseburgers, we’d probably give those up too. Revenge is a hell of a drug kids. We don’t recommend it.

Tribal allegiances aside, however, all of this raises perhaps the most important question of all: How did Coach O like ‘Tiger King’? Please lord, this is the content we really need.





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Tennis

Wimbledon Announces Cancellation Of The Championships 2020 | ATP Tour


It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.

Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.

Since the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in January, we have followed guidance from the UK Government and public health authorities in relation to our year-round operations, alongside developing an understanding of the likely trajectory of the outbreak in the UK. This has enabled analysis of the impact of the Government restrictions on the usual commencement in April of the significant preparations required to stage The Championships, either on the original date of 29 June, or at a later date in the summer of 2020.

These considerations are particularly related to the concerns brought about by mass gatherings and the strain on the medical and emergency services, as well as movement and travel restrictions both within the UK and around the world. With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement.

Following a series of detailed deliberations on all of the above, it is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Championships. Members of the public who have paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021. We will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.

In addition, we have taken account of the impact that this decision will have on those who rely on The Championships – including the players and the tennis community in Britain and around the world – and we are developing plans to support those groups, working in partnership with the LTA and the other leadership bodies in global tennis. This also applies to our loyal staff, to whom we take our responsibility very seriously.

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Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman, commented: “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen. It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond. Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”

Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive, commented: “While in some ways this has been a challenging decision, we strongly believe it is not only in the best interests of society at this time, but also provides certainty to our colleagues in international tennis given the impact on the grass court events in the UK and in Europe and the broader tennis calendar. We have appreciated the support of the LTA, and the ATP, WTA and ITF in coming to this decision, and our friends and partners who stage these grass court events that are so important in the build up to Wimbledon. I would like to thank the UK Government and public health authorities for their guidance and support, and we will do whatever we can to assist their efforts in tackling the crisis.

“Finally, I would like to thank all those who love Wimbledon for their understanding of these unique and unquestionably challenging circumstances. It is your passion for The Championships that has shaped our event over the years, and will continue to do so, and we look forward to preparing a fantastic Championships for 2021.”

Our efforts will now be focused on contributing to the emergency response and supporting those affected by the coronavirus crisis. We have begun distributing medical equipment and offered the use of our facilities to the NHS and to the London Resilience Partnership, the collection of agencies in London fighting the battle against COVID-19. We are working with the local authorities in Merton and Wandsworth, particularly on food distribution, and we are distributing food supplies through our partnership with City Harvest. Our charity, the Wimbledon Foundation, is offering funding support to our local communities through our partnership with the London Community Foundation, and more broadly for the London and UK population through our partnership with the British Red Cross, the Foundation’s emergency response charity.

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Baseball

Today in Baseball History: Umpire John McSherry dies after collapsing on the field – HardballTalk


Opening Day in Cincinnati is special. Everything basically shuts down. A big parade is held and a party atmosphere pervades the city. The Reds have not gotten the honor of hosting the absolute first game of each year’s baseball schedule for some time, but the first Reds game each year — always at home, always a day game — is a special experience.

Opening Day 1996, however, was a tragic one, as home plate umpire John McSherry, working his 26th season as a major league umpire, collapsed and died during the first inning of the Reds game against the Montreal Expos.

McSherry was in good spirits before the game, jokingly telling Reds catcher, Eddie Taubensee, “Eddie, you can call the first two innings.”  A few moments later, however, there were some signs — recognized only in hindsight — that something was off. Expos coach Jim Tracy said that when he brought out his team’s lineup card, McSherry slurred some of his words. Reds starter Pete Schourek was surprised when his first pitch of the game — a fastball delivered to leadoff hitter Mark Grudzielanek that was right down the middle — was hesitantly called a ball, as if perhaps McSherry didn’t really see the pitch.

Things proceeded normally for a few moments. Grudzielanek flied out to right. Expos second baseman Mike Lansing struck out swinging. Then Rondell White came to bat. With the count 1-1, McSherry stepped away from the plate, raised his right hand, and waved it toward second base. Taubensee later recalled that McSherry said “hold on, timeout for a second.” Taubensee thought that maybe McSherry had pulled a muscle in his leg or hurt his back. He walked back toward the gate in the stands that led to tunnel leading to the umpire’s room. That’s when he collapsed.

McSherry never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead of a massive heart attack at University Hospital in Cincinnati about an hour after the start of the game. He was just 51 years-old. His was the first death to occur in the course of a major league game since the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Chapman was struck and killed by a pitch during a game in 1920.

The immediate aftermath of McSherry collapsing and being taken away was, quite obviously, characterized by shock and confusion. At 2:45 — over an hour and a half after McSherry collapsed — the PA announcer told the 53,000 in attendance at Riverfront Stadium that the game would resume in 30 minutes. It was not until well after 3PM that the crowd was told that the game was postponed until the following day. It was not announced over the loudspeaker that McSherry had died.

That delay was a product of some understandable confusion and emotion on the part of umpiring crew and the teams on the field.

Third base umpire Tom Hallion followed McSherry to the hospital leaving umpires Jerry Crawford and Steve Rippley at the stadium. It’s hardwired in umpires that the game must go on and, often, umpiring crews will continue on when one or even two of their colleagues fall ill or get injured. They come up in the minor leagues working as two-man crews and they’re equipped to handle it. Reds manager Ray Knight told Crawford that he was 100% behind him and Rippley and would do whatever they wanted to do, and said that they were fine to just go home. Crawford — later admitting that he was in shock and was auto-piloting to some degree — said that he planned to go with two umpires and to play the game when the starting pitchers were ready.

At that point Knight and the players stepped in. From Tim Sullivan, writing that evening for the Cincinnati Enquirer:

On an afternoon when the umpires were incapable of dispassionate opinions, it fell to the players and managers to provide perspective . . . . “Barry (Larkin) told me very quietly and with very much emotion: ‘Ray, I’ve had a lot of deaths in my family. In good conscience, out of respect for life, I can’t go out there.’ ”

Larkin and outfielder Eric Davis then went to the umpires’ room behind home plate to offer their condolences and express their concerns.

A few minutes later, Crawford called the game off, citing the emotions of all involved. “It’s probably a little too traumatic,” he said.

Not everyone was as thoughtful as Barry Larkin, Eric Davis, and Ray Knight. Reds owner Marge Schott felt that this had all happened to her.

“I feel cheated,” said Schott, “This isn’t supposed to happen to us, not in Cincinnati. This is our day, our tradition, our team.” It had snowed that morning, threatening Opening Day, and Schott said “First snow, now this.” Schott called the National League office and complained to Vice President Katy Feeney, saying “This is screwy, I’m telling you . . . you can’t imagine the boos that are going on here. Why can’t we play the game? This man wouldn’t want to disappoint 50,000 fans.” Schott later said, “We’ll never play on April Fools’ Day again,” Schott said later.

A month later Schott would be caught on camera praising Adolf Hitler, saying “Everybody knows he was good at the beginning but he just went too far.” She would be suspended from active ownership for two years.

Perhaps his most notable game as an umpire came during game six of the 1977 World Series. That was the game in which Reggie Jackson hit three home runs off three different Dodgers pitchers. Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda later told the story that, after Jackson’s first home run off Burt Hooton, Lasorda asked McSherry during a pitching change who he should bring in from the bullpen. McSherry said Lasorda should bring in Elías Sosa. Lasorda was going to bring in Sosa anyway — it was just banter — but for years he’d joke with McSherry that it was his fault that Sosa gave up Jackson’s second home of the night.

After his death it was revealed that McSherry had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for the next day. It was a followup due to the fact that he had been diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia. McSherry was well over 300 pounds as well, and after the incident, Major League Baseball began to require that its umpires be more physically fit. While some veteran umpires are, it would appear, given a bit of leeway in this regard, almost all newly-hired umpires since the 1990s have been in better shape than one might typically see from the men in blue in previous generations.

McSherry was not remembered just by his death, however. The National League retired his number 10 (it has since been re-issued after MLB assumed oversight of umpires). The Mets wore a patch on their sleeves that season in his honor. The Reds named the umpires room at Riverfront Stadium after him.

Still, anyone who was a baseball fan in 1996 will forever remember the tragedy of that afternoon. As well, quite obviously, the people who were at the ballpark that day.

“I watched a man die today,” Reds pitcher Pete Schourek said at the time. As did thousands more. It’s something they’ll always remember.

 

Also today in baseball history:

1950: The Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League wear shorts and rayon shirts as their Opening Day uniform. In 1976, the White Sox will do the same, to much greater notoriety.

1962: College basketball star Dave DeBusschere signs as a pitcher with the White Sox. He will compile a 3-4 record in 36 appearances with Chicago in 1962 and 1963 and will pitch in 67 minor league games in the minors between 1964 and 1965, winning 15 games in each of those two seasons. He does this all while beginning his NBA career with the Pistons in the 1962-63 season. He commits full time to basketball in 1966 and goes on to enjoy a Hall of Fame career with the Pistons and Knicks.

1963: The Mets purchase the contract of Duke Snider from the Los Angeles Dodgers for $40,000, bringing The Duke back to New York where his career began.

1969: The Seattle Pilots trade minor-league outfielder Lou Piniella to their fellow expansion team, the Kansas City Royals, for outfielder Steve Whitaker and pitcher John Gelnar. Piniella will go on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in Kansas City.

1987: Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden avoids suspension for substance abuse by agreeing to enter a drug rehab facility. Gooden will miss the first two months of the season, making his first start on June 5. He’ll win 15 games that year.





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Fashion

The Best Style Releases This Week: Supreme, Undercover, Palace & More


Supreme will have its first sample sale in nearly a decade this Thursday–just kidding. Although it’s April Fool’s day, the best style releases this week are no joke. Palace Skateboards is collaborating with EVISU to release a collection that pays tribute to the London club scene of the late ’90s. Undercover is dropping off some of its first pieces from its Spring/Summer 2020 collaboration with Cindy Sherman. Haven is collaborating with the cult Japanese brand Mountain Research and Supreme is teaming up with the car company Lamborghini. 

Check out the best style releases this week, and others, below. 

Palace Skateboards x EVISU

Palace x EVISU
Image via Palace Skateboards

Release Date: April 3
Where to Buy It: shop-usa.palaceskateboards.com and evisu.com
Price: TBD

London and Japan connect for this collaboration between Palace Skateboards and the Japanese denim brand EVISU. Palace’s latest collaboration looks to pay homage to the London club scene of the late ’90s and early ’00s. The collection includes a wide array of 13.5 oz selvedge denim pieces. Denim jackets, jeans, tote bags, and bucket hats will be available. Graphic sweatshirts, hoodies, and T-shirts are also in the mix.

Undercover x Cindy Sherman Spring/Summer 2020 

Undercover Cindy Sherman
Image via Undercover

Release Date: Available Now
Where to Buy It: store.undercoverism.com
Price: $600-$2,833

Pieces from Undercover’s Spring/Summer 2020 collaboration with the American artist Cindy Sherman are now available. Trench coats, shirts, windbreakers, sweaters, and leather bags are embellished with graphics from Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills series. 

Mountain Research x HAVEN

HAVEN x Mountain Research
Image via Haven

Release Date: April 2
Where to Buy It: Online and via the HAVEN app at 11 a.m. EST
Price: $60CAD-$795CAD ($42-$561)

HAVEN will release a collaboration with Mountain Research, Setsumasa Kobayashi’s cult Japanese streetwear brand, which is well known for its utilitarian outdoor gear​.​​​​​​ Produced entirely in Japan, the collaboration includes a bomber jacket with a fishing vest, “Phisherman” cargo trousers, hoodies, T-shirts, bandanas, and plush bear toys. 

Supreme x Lamborghini

Supreme Lamborghini
Image via Supreme

Release Date: April 2
Where to Buy It: supremenewyork.com
Price: TBD

Supreme will release a collaboration with the luxury Italian car company Lamborghini this Thursday. The collaboration includes hooded work jackets, hockey jerseys, short-sleeve button-ups, mechanic coveralls, T-shirts, skateboards and beanies. Pieces will be available in black, bright red, and slime green colorways. 

Rokit Spring/Summer 2020

Rokit
Image via Rokit

Release Date: Available now
Where to Buy It: rokit.one
Price: $40-$185 

The Los Angeles streetwear brand Rokit has just released its fourth drop from it’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. T-shirts, anoraks, vests, trousers, and more are now available. 

Sergio Tacchini New Young Line Sneakers

Sergio Tacchini New Young Line Sneaker
Image via Sergio Tacchini

Release Date: Available now
Where to Buy It: sergiotacchini.com
Price: $110

Originally released in the mid ’80s, the New Young Line sneaker was known for its classic silhouette and premium construction. Sergio Tacchini has re-released it in red, navy, and forest green colorways.



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Zoom weddings: saying ‘I do’ over videochat


The day — her day — was finally here. As Lisa Kabouridis walked down the aisle with her two sons, accompanied by a 19th century waltz played on bagpipes, she was grateful the wedding had miraculously worked out. Despite the social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, her fiancé, Graeme Blackett, stood smiling at the altar in a kilt.

Sure, the aisle was the hallway of their house in Edinburgh — not the historic castle they’d envisioned — and the altar was in their living room. One of Blackett’s sons couldn’t be there because a shelter-in-place order had gone into effect the week before. And while some couples say they feel like they’re the only ones in the room once they say their vows, for Kabouridis and Blackett, this was true: everybody else was on Zoom.

Photo by Lisa Kabouridis and Graeme Blackett

Kabouridis and Blackett are one of the many couples who’ve had their weddings upended by COVID-19. As the virus continues to spread around the globe, the basic tenets of a wedding have become dangerous, if not illegal. Asking a large group of people, including elderly relatives, to travel on planes and spend days in close proximity now sounds less like a celebration and more like a death sentence.

Many couples have simply decided to postpone their weddings. But others, like Kabouridis and Blackett, have moved their ceremonies online. A search for #ZoomWedding on Instagram turns up over 100 photos of couples who’ve live-streamed their nuptials.

As the hashtag suggests, Zoom — the enterprise video streaming platform that was used in pre-coronavirus days mostly for business meetings — has become the venue of choice for couples hosting digital weddings. It’s relatively easy to use, even for the less technically savvy, and it allows people to mute and unmute guests to moderate their participation.

Zoom weddings have provided a bright spot in an otherwise dark couple of months. Blackett’s cousin, who’d been in lockdown in Italy for weeks, told him afterward that the event was a much-needed pick-me-up. “We thought it would be anticlimactic, but it really wasn’t,” Kabouridis adds. “There were loads of people crying on screen. It was really beautiful.”

Scott Westergren and Kristy Washer were planning to get married in Louisville, Kentucky, in March. But when the novel coronavirus started to spread earlier this year, they tried to roll with it by looking into whether they could relocate the ceremony to Louisiana where some of their older relatives lived. But by mid-March, it was clear they had to cancel.

But Westergren didn’t want to give up. He told his fiancé: “Look, I don’t care what we do. Even if I have to marry you on a video call we’re getting married on March 26th.” They stared at each other, realizing at the same moment that a video call was the perfect answer.

Neither had used Zoom before — they only knew about it because their kids, ages eight and 11, had started taking classes on the platform the week prior — but they decided to try it out. The day before the wedding, they did a dry run with their guests, with the officiant also on Zoom. When it was time for the real thing, they put the laptop on their kitchen island and stood in front of it with their kids. Washer wore a white dress she bought on Amazon (when it was still possible to order nonessential items).

Photo by Scott Westergren and Kristy Washer

“The first couple minutes were awkward and weird trying to figure out what we were doing,” Westergren says. “Honestly, once the officiant started going, we were both locked in and the emotion of the wedding definitely came through.”

This was also true for Gina Frangello and Rob Roberge who live in Chicago and had been planning a literary festival in March followed by a wedding in California. The two writers quickly realized that bringing hundreds of people to a town with less than 300 residents was irresponsible. They needed to postpone both events.

Roberge, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, told his colleagues during a faculty meeting that he was going to cancel the wedding. His boss suggested they “Zoom it” and even offered to help set it up.

The night before the impromptu affair, Frangello and Roberge frantically texted friends asking for their email addresses. Then they sent out the invite. Suddenly, people who they’d assumed wouldn’t be able to come to their actual wedding, either because they lived too far away or were too old to travel, were excitedly saying they could attend.

“We were really sad about lit week, and sad we weren’t going to get married in California, but doing it on Zoom turned that around for us,” Frangello says. “It made us lose a lot of that grief of not getting to do what we’d planned.”

When the wedding was over, the pair picked up sushi at the Lawrence Fish Market in Chicago — not exactly the reception dinner they’d planned, but it felt good to order from a restaurant they were trying to help stay in business. Then, they went home. What else was there to do? Everything was closed because of the pandemic. Still, they felt the day had been a success. “It was one of those beautiful unexpected things that comes together,” Roberge says. “Doesn’t happen often in life. It’ll be more memorable than any of the plans we had.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Kabouridis and Blackett, who say that the last-minute pivot to video gave them a chance to see the best in a bleak situation. They’ve even decided to have their first wedding anniversary at the castle, so their guests can still be part of the fairytale. And for the people who can’t come, they’ll live-stream the party on Zoom.



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Game of Thrones Ending Annoyed Emilia Clarke


Many Game of Thrones fans were clearly not happy with the way the series concluded, and in a recent interview about her time on the series, star Emilia Clarke doesn’t seem too thrilled about the way her character’s story ended, either. At its peak, the series was among the most popular television shows of all times, but it seemed to lose fans rapidly during its eighth and final season. The series finale in particular drew perhaps the most criticism of all, bringing about never-ending waves of complaints from viewers all across social media at the time.

One of the biggest issues fans seemed to have with the Game of Thrones finale dealt with the fate of Daenerys Targaryen, who Clarke played on the series since the very start. Although she had been a fan favorite for many years, the character grew to become much more sinister in the show’s final episodes, using her dragons to slaughter thousands of people to become the new Mad Queen. To end her reign just as quickly as it began, Jon Snow then murders Daenerys with a blade to the heart before heading north of the Wall with the free folk to live out the rest of his days, while the last of the three dragons carries away its mother’s corpse while sparing Jon’s life.

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Speaking about the series with The Sunday Times, Emilia Clarke echoed the sentiments of many fans that the series should have played out for longer than the six episodes the final season had been given. Concerning Daenerys’ death, Clarke also also says she “really felt for her,” feeling perturbed the character was killed with no major consequences for the man who murdered her. “And yeah, was I annoyed that Jon Snow didn’t have to deal with something? He got away with murder – literally,” Clarke says. Touching on the fan backlash, Clarke also had this to say.

When the show did end, it was like coming out of a bunker. Everything felt really strange. Then obviously for it to have the backlash it did… I knew how I felt when I first read it, and I tried, at every turn, not to consider too much what other people might say, but I did always consider what the fans might think… They were the ones who made us successful, so it’s just polite, isn’t it?”

While many fans say the series didn’t stick to the landing, the success of Game of Thrones cannot be denied. We might have seen the last of Clarke as the Mother of Dragons, but we’ll certainly be seeing plenty more of her elsewhere in the future. Recently teasing that she’d one day show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to “have a giggle with mates,” it’s possible she’ll soon join the biggest movie franchise of them all. Let’s just hope whichever character she takes on next will have a better ending to her story than Daenerys.

This news comes to us from The Sunday Times.

Jeremy Dick at Movieweb



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