Yesterday we told you the NFL wasn’t going to slow down the league’s first ever virtual draft—which is just two weeks away—for teams that had any computer glitches.
But now it seems the league is softening its stance after a league source said yesterday that the NFL will be prepared to show flexibility in the event that a genuine technical breakdown happens.
In late April, for example, thunderstorms tend to happen on a fairly regular basis. Chances are that, somewhere in the U.S., a storm will be firing at some point during the first round of the draft. If a G.M. or head coach or owner temporarily lose all connections due to a lightning strike, the NFL will make allowances.
The league is working with all relevant sponsors—like Verizon, Amazon, and Bose—to ensure that, despite everyone taking the office to the home, a legitimate workplace will emerge.
Maybe they should bring in Boost Mobile, because when something does go wrong on a team’s feed, we will be sure to hear, “where you at?”
Here are some of the major coronavirus developments that are making headlines right now . . .
- Dr. Anthony Fauci says the White House coronavirus task force is considering giving the green light to a select group of people to go back to work: People who’ve been exposed to the virus without showing symptoms.
The plan could take effect at the end of the month, when the White House’s 30-day social distancing guidelines are over. Nothing’s certain yet . . . but it’s a possible step toward SOME return to normal life.
- Fauci also says that even once the pandemic is over, we should end the custom of shaking hands. Quote, “As a society, just forget about shaking hands. We don’t need to.”
- Coronavirus has made its way into the rural communities around the country. As of Monday, more than two-thirds of the rural counties in the U.S. had at least one confirmed case.
- Almost one-third of people who rent apartments in the U.S. didn’t pay their rent last week.
And while many places have temporary bans on evictions, some landlords are still filing eviction papers and preparing to evict people once they are allowed.
- Only 21.6% of the hotel rooms in the U.S. were occupied last week. That’s a 68.5% drop from the same week last year. Oahu, Hawaii had the lowest hotel occupancy rate . . . only 7%.
The Ukrainian city of Dnipro has so far registered only 13 coronavirus infections and no fatalities attributed to Covid-19, but the local authorities have already dug over 600 fresh graves, just to be sure.
Unwilling to risk the same kind of insubordination from his constituents, the mayor of Dnipro, a city of almost one million people, has gone to extreme lengths to make sure locals understand the dangers of ignoring social distancing measures. Last week, Mayor Borys Filatov wrote on Facebook that quote “We are preparing for the worst. Not 400, but 600 graves were dug in the city cemeteries for the possible burial of the coronavirus dead. One-thousand thick plastic bags were bought for storing bodies,”
Mayor Filatov also mentioned that medical workers will be prohibited from performing autopsies on people believed to have died from coronavirus infection.
And as if these statements weren’t enough to scare people into obeying social distancing rules in the city, photos of hundreds of freshly dug graves in a large field surrounded by forest at a cemetery lined with orthodox crosses outside the city also started doing the rounds online.
Since we’re not able to get together with loved ones for a meal this Easter, why not treat yourself to a stress-free dinner by letting someone else do the cooking? There are several restaurants offering Easter day meal delivery or pick-up options with all your favorite foods. That way you get the feast you’re looking for, without having to leave the safety and comfort of home.
Boston Market – They’re offering heat-and-serve pick-up meals from Friday, April 10th to Easter Sunday. You can choose from ham or turkey, or both, along with sides including mashed potatoes, stuffing, apple pie, and dinner rolls. You can order all your favorites online and then all you’ll have to do is warm it up and celebrate.
Cheesecake Factory – Open for take-out and delivery on Easter, they’re even offering a free slice of cheesecake when you order $30 or more and use the code FREESLICE.
Cracker Barrel – Their heat n’ serve Easter family meal to-go serves 10 and comes with a spiral-sliced sugar-cured ham, hashbrown casserole, sweet yeast rolls, three country sides, and two buttermilk pies for dessert. Order online and give them 24-hour notice for curbside pickup or have it delivered for free. And even better? Save $15 with the code EASTER15.
Olive Garden – Looking for something other than ham this year? Olive Garden has family-style meals that include entree of your choice, soup, salad, and breadsticks. They also offer online ordering and delivery is free for orders over $40, or you can take advantage of their carside pickup.
In case you’re still not sure how much money professional athletes make, try this on for size.
While the unemployment rate is at an all-time high, a guy that has been dead nearly 80 years just pulled in a cool million.
This after one of Lou Gehrig’s bats recently sold for $1 million at auction.
The bat that the Iron Horse used at Columbia University, with the Hartford Senators and his early days as a New York Yankee featured his last name and a special message from the manufacturer on the side.
“It was one of Gehrig’s favorite bats and one he likely used over several seasons,” Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions said. “I believe that it’s the most significant Gehrig bat in the hobby.
The final price for Gehrig’s bat was $1,025,000. As for the buyer, there’s no word on who bought the legendary stick, but it’s a fantastic get for any baseball fan… well, anyone who can afford it.
As for former teammate Babe Ruth, one of his bats also sold for over $1 million.
Just one more story about a bat to drive you insane right now.
Just when you think you’ve heard every possible thing you could about Joe Exotic, you hear this – President Trump could be considering a pardon for Joe. To review, the subject of the Netflix documentary, “Tiger King” is currently serving 22 years for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his archenemy, Carole Baskin. At yesterday’s coronavirus press conference, “New York Post” reporter Steven Nelson asked the president if he’d seen “Tiger King,” and if he’d consider issuing a pardon. “I know nothing about it,” said Trump, before playfully asking the press corp if anyone else would consider it. He then told him, “I’ll take a look,” before moving on.
With folks stuck at home for now, it’s never been a better time to binge-watch your favorite TV shows. But don’t you wish you could be paid to binge? Guess what, you can! CableTV.com is offering five lucky people the “dream job.” They’re looking for people to sit down and watch every episode of every season of their favorite TV show, from “X-Files” to “Walking Dead” to “Breaking Bad” and share their thoughts online. The best part? You don’t need a degree, or an office – you just have to be at least 18 years old, eligible to work in the United States, and be active on social media.
If hired, you could make up to $2,000 for sitting on your can and watching shows like “Friends.” Interested? Get more info and send your application HERE. Here are the hourly rates per show:
“The X-Files”: $12.22
“The Walking Dead”: $20.24
“The Office”: $27.02
“Star Trek:The Original Series”: $30.38
“Game of Thrones”: $32.58
“The L Word” (original): $34.28
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”: $35.28
“Trailer Park Boys”: $38.10
“Breaking Bad”: $44.76
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: $104.26
“Rick and Morty”: $151.52