This summer just feels different

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patman52

Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
First time in years that I wont be going to camp, Been going since the mid 70s at Bryant. Last year was my first summer retired and it was so nice going there a few times a week, instead of maybe getting there 3 times all camp. I refuse to watch felger just to catch glimpses of the team. I wish they would stream practices
 

signbabybrady

Pro Bowl Player
First time in years that I wont be going to camp, Been going since the mid 70s at Bryant. Last year was my first summer retired and it was so nice going there a few times a week, instead of maybe getting there 3 times all camp. I refuse to watch felger just to catch glimpses of the team. I wish they would stream practices
I only started doing TC after I graduated college. Living down the street I go several times each camp. I definitely miss it too. The real kicker is we were supposed to get a free ticket to the replace-a-goat show this year.
 

farn

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Life will be different for a while. All aspects. We can’t possibly know what is to come, but if history is an indicator, this will pass...

Our provincial head Dr, in today’s press briefing, made reference to 1-3 years. Ugh. Sure hope things calm down before then.
 

patman52

Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
Life will be different for a while. All aspects. We can’t possibly know what is to come, but if history is an indicator, this will pass...

Our provincial head Dr, in today’s press briefing, made reference to 1-3 years. Ugh. Sure hope things calm down before then.

I was hoping for a lottery of a 1000 tickets a day, there was usually 12,000 there so I thought they could get a thousand of us there every day, but alas, 15 second clips is all I get. :(
 

DarrylS

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I also used to go to Bryant back in the day, complete with the roped off area where the players ran the gauntlet on the way to the practice field. The first time I saw John Hannah and was amazed at the size of his legs, a very powerful man.

Have been a frequent flyer ever since, I am not crazy about the current configuration, as the crowd have gotten to huge..

The NFL right now seems distant and not as real as it was last year, maybe it will change when the season begins.. if the season begins.
 

scott99

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Life will be different for a while. All aspects. We can’t possibly know what is to come, but if history is an indicator, this will pass...

Our provincial head Dr, in today’s press briefing, made reference to 1-3 years. Ugh. Sure hope things calm down before then.
I was hearing 2 years. Being that we are only 6 months in, that sure seems very daunting. So many mixed reports, Being a NY'er, things seem to be opening up after such a horrible 4 months, so many people got sick, so many died. I ate at an outdoor restaurant this past weekend, first time I've been to a restaurant in 6 months. Yet I'm hearing indoor dining will resume soon. Sure, if indoor dining resumes, it will be at a small percentage of occupancy. But it will be some sense of normalcy.

I have a feeling it'll be the same thing at training camp next summer. If we are still fighting this horrible disease, they may allow 20%-30% occupancy of fans. Hopefully we will have a vaccine and/or successful treatment by spring, and everyone will be inoculated.
 

PatsFanInVa

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Life will be different for a while. All aspects. We can’t possibly know what is to come, but if history is an indicator, this will pass...

Our provincial head Dr, in today’s press briefing, made reference to 1-3 years. Ugh. Sure hope things calm down before then.

I was hearing 2 years. Being that we are only 6 months in, that sure seems very daunting. So many mixed reports, Being a NY'er, things seem to be opening up after such a horrible 4 months, so many people got sick, so many died. I ate at an outdoor restaurant this past weekend, first time I've been to a restaurant in 6 months. Yet I'm hearing indoor dining will resume soon. Sure, if indoor dining resumes, it will be at a small percentage of occupancy. But it will be some sense of normalcy.

I have a feeling it'll be the same thing at training camp next summer. If we are still fighting this horrible disease, they may allow 20%-30% occupancy of fans. Hopefully we will have a vaccine and/or successful treatment by spring, and everyone will be inoculated.

From your keyboard to God's monitor. The main thing is, let's all hope that we've just got the greatest most complete response EVAH by then, and that our ability to respond is what we always thought before this present moment (that is, we're this technological powerhouse that can do anything etc.)

Precautions are all we have right now, really. (Unproven but promising convalescent plasma -- recently recategorized without proof when it was accessible without such recategorization... some effect from remdesivir... but no cure, no vaccine, no "silver bullets.")

Thing is, people want the future to be like the pre-COVID past. Maybe in NZ. I dunno, here.

We know a little bit more than zero -

- there are vaccine candidates starting large scale human trials. We don't know how they'll do. We know they're starting this phase of trials. That's a different place from where we were in March... We know they're "challenge trials," an aggressive route best described as human experimentation.

- We know that the safety/efficacy protocols have been changed, and that there is ongoing political pressure on the CDC to be "done" sooner, whatever the specific topic...

- We know that the CDC has been instructed to reduce testing, in line with the "slow the testing down" line from the rallies

- We know that, by the way, the level of testing in the U.S. needs to be enormous, because the level of infection is enormous. You know, so we're all liberated. That's how we have "testing like nobody thought was possible etc." and surprise, surprise, it's still not enough.

- We know that the vaccines going through final large scale testing are said to have done great at the small scale -- and that's a good thing, reserving whatever level asterisk you feel this administration has earned for politically unbiased evidence-based response.

- THE MAIN ISSUES EVEN IF EVERYBODY HAS THE BEST MOTIVATIONS:

1) We're thinking of getting a vaccine that's 100% effective or somewhere close, with no adverse effects. A lot changes if we get that. But much less changes if it's 50% effective.

2) We don't know how long immunity lasts with COVID, i.e., can you just catch it again and if so, after how long.

The "MAIN ISSUES" for the first wave of serious countermeasures beyond social distancing and masking will determine how much we'll all be dependent on the latter "low tech" solutions which just keep our droplets away from each other.

So think of the extent to which we can "get back to normal" as a function of when it will be safe to act like nothing's happening.

(With social distancing/masks as the definition of not acting like nothing's happening, that applies to everything: sports, safely dining out, the economic effects of each choice, etc. You can only safely get "back to normal" when we have the scientific breakthroughs to really get past the need for distancing and masks.)

There is one other option, to get everybody sick, a favorite topic of various internet trolls, some quite well placed. (They act like they know a big sciency theory called "herd immunity" when they say this. Herd immunity means so many people are sick, the virus generally stops finding new victims. Of course, this only works if catching it once makes you immune--an unproven wish. You don't "go for" herd immunity.... you are granted it by the grace of God after effing up every possible legit response.)

So yeah it would be good to have football again. I've written this season off, but if there is a season and a super bowl, okay. Time doesn't just stop.

I fear that the NFL will get caught up in a bad second wave (we're presently in the midst of the first wave, inadvisedly continued into the summer.) But we'll see. I'm open-minded, but a tad on the pessimist side.
 

Hyped

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THEY STREAM PARTS OF PRACTICE!!!! Check Patriots.com on YouTube....this AM's practice was supposed to be streamed....but probably was cancelled.

Not sure how much they stream or whether they record, edit, and upload after practice though...but I watched clips of Sony Michel running last night and he looked good.
 

Simpelton

In the Starting Line-Up
Life will be different for a while. All aspects. We can’t possibly know what is to come, but if history is an indicator, this will pass...

Our provincial head Dr, in today’s press briefing, made reference to 1-3 years. Ugh. Sure hope things calm down before then.
That would be consistent with other viral pandemics of this magnitude, sadly. The Spanish Flu probably started in late 1916, and ran its course by 1921. By that token we can assume this thing will be with us until 2022 or so.

We can only hope that modern science can help us speed things up a bit -- but they thought that would happen in 1917 too.
 

PatsWickedPissah

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Normally I obsess over draft picks and how they're doing. I always have special binkie UFDAs that I worry about making the 53 or if failing that making it to our PS with our a hated rival signing them. Always interested in how new vet FAs are fitting in during camp. Traveling to training camp, Phillips Andover, Smithfield, Gillette a couple times a summer was a religious experience.
This year I have yet to read a single training camp thread. No slam intended at the work of excellent folks here creating the threads. Watched one video on Twitter of Cam rolling out & throwing. ONE. I have kept up with cap issues because I follow Miguel.

I hope Cam, et. al. do well but aside from mild curiosity & boredom my level of caring & reading is down 90%. It could drop to near zero if as I fear on top of Corona, the NFL goes the NBA route.
 

PatsFanSince74

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Yeah. Combine Covid with not having Brady and Gronk around and everything is out of synch.

I find myself wishing that things would just get back to normal. It seems hard to believe that just two years ago my wife and kids and I were psyching up for a long dreamed of trip to Foxboro to watch the season opener.

We just have to remain strong, hopeful and healthy.
 

Star56

Practice Squad Player
I was hearing 2 years. Being that we are only 6 months in, that sure seems very daunting. So many mixed reports, Being a NY'er, things seem to be opening up after such a horrible 4 months, so many people got sick, so many died. I ate at an outdoor restaurant this past weekend, first time I've been to a restaurant in 6 months. Yet I'm hearing indoor dining will resume soon. Sure, if indoor dining resumes, it will be at a small percentage of occupancy. But it will be some sense of normalcy.

I have a feeling it'll be the same thing at training camp next summer. If we are still fighting this horrible disease, they may allow 20%-30% occupancy of fans. Hopefully we will have a vaccine and/or successful treatment by spring, and everyone will be inoculated.

Been to restaurants all summer, weddings, backyard BBQ, waterparks. Don't know where you live but life here is pretty much normal.

Oh..and I haven't worn a mask once. Not once.
 

Simpelton

In the Starting Line-Up
Been to restaurants all summer, weddings, backyard BBQ, waterparks. Don't know where you live but life here is pretty much normal.

Oh..and I haven't worn a mask once. Not once.
Are you bragging or confessing? "Oh look at me, I don't feel like I need to be considerate to my neighbors!"

You do realize that you wear masks to protect OTHERS, not yourself, right? Masks aren't to keep YOU safe. It's to keep people SAFE from YOU, because this disease is contageous before it's symptomatic. You can spread this thing without having ever had any idea you had it.

Kinda changes the context of what you're saying.
 

FCB02062

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
Are you bragging or confessing? "Oh look at me, I don't feel like I need to be considerate to my neighbors!"

You do realize that you wear masks to protect OTHERS, not yourself, right? Masks aren't to keep YOU safe. It's to keep people SAFE from YOU, because this disease is contageous before it's symptomatic. You can spread this thing without having ever had any idea you had it.

Kinda changes the context of what you're saying.
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A Defiant Goose

In the Starting Line-Up
Pretty sure we're one more dead black guy justifiably or not killed by police away from everyone cancelling everything so if COVID doesn't end the season that will
 

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