“All signs are … things are not improving, let’s put it that way.”

From Greg McGarity’s interview with Mark Bradley:

McGarity believes a final decision — to play or not to play — must be made by Aug. 1. “That’s three weeks from now,” he said. “What can change between now and then? Are we going to get a vaccine in the next three weeks? I don’t know. But things are trending in the wrong direction.”

He doesn’t know if there will be a vaccine in the next three weeks?  Hunh?

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68 responses to ““All signs are … things are not improving, let’s put it that way.”

  1. Derek

    When they’re not trying to bullshit us that maybe all is (or will be) well, and not getting Pravda Tony to amplify it, you know we’re fucked.

    If they were thinking of taking the plunge we’d be hearing about how insignificant the infections have been and how quickly they’ve recovered and how anxious all the players are about getting started.

    No happy talk? Not good…

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  2. Mmmm…hmmmm. The loans must have been approved. They’re floated until next season. Adios CFB 2020. I wish I had knew ye.

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  3. Huntindawg

    I think he means he doesn’t know what could change in 3 weeks. Not good news.

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  4. PTC DAWG

    No way they let them play….even thought they are at basically zero risk from this virus.

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    • Debby Balcer

      The staff is at risk and they had a young staff member get quite sick.

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    • Huntindawg

      Maybe they start play in November after the election – when the virus suddenly disappears.

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      • I’m playing by the COVID rules as much as my essentiality (essentialness?) will allow because with this much smoke there has to be a little fire. But if what you are implying is correct, I think it will have much to do with who wins. And if it plays out that way? What then?
        Bluto I know it’s playpen stuff so I’ll drop it right here. Gracias.

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        • HirsuteDawg

          I have said for some time that there won’t be any Georgia football this season. Also, with 130,000 plus dead (of the virus) in the good ol’ USA since March, feel there is more than a little fire going on.

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      • SpellDawg

        I thought it was already supposed to magically disappear twice now? Maybe we should stop talking about it disappearing, stop thinking it gives two spits about US politics. This thing is going to take more American lives than all US wars combined, if we keep ham-handedly responding to its threats.

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          Of course it cares about politics. That’s why it doesn’t infect peaceful protestors. But you are correct that we shouldn’t personify it. It’s not the bogeyman. The dudes crunching data suggest that burnout for this virus is somewhere around 600 deaths per million. In this USA, this would put burnout around 192k deaths. We’re at about 130k so far. Bad, yes. But not greater than the World Cup, World Series and World War II combined.

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          • SpellDawg

            600 per mil would put us at 196,800 deaths if all 328 mil in the US catch the virus. We are at 134,000 now. How many people do you know who have the virus or have tested positive for antibodies? I’m in a hot spot, and I know only a handful out of many hundreds. 196k is a pipe dream, we are already nearly 70% there and this virus is just getting ready for back to school season.

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            • Napoleon Bonerfart

              Burnout doesn’t require everyone to catch the virus. It’s basically where herd immunity is acquired. Using the CDC’s best estimate IFR of 0.26%, 134k deaths implies that almost 52 million people have been infected with the virus so far. Obviously I don’t know most of them. Most of them don’t even know themselves that they were infected. The burnout estimate would be when 76 million have been infected.

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      • I hope you were being funny. Because if you’re serious I guess it means you think half the world (by population) played this whole thing up and totally wrecked their economies just to make Trump look bad?

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        • mp

          They are definitely doing their part to make Trump look bad in comparison…just by having any hint of competence

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  5. “The growing belief is that the 2020 season will be staged, at the earliest, in the spring of 2021.”

    Yeah, right, on weeknights rather than weekends, and on conference networks rather than national networks. If that’s the answer, I bet you’ll see a number of players drop out of school before classes even start in August or soon thereafter unless the NFL announces some change to the plan for the 2021 draft. Even then, that may not be enough.

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    • Just taking a quick look at the roster, here are the guys who to watch for:
      1) LeCounte – one of the top safety prospects entering the season
      2) Herring – don’t know if another season of film changes anything for him
      3) J. Johnson – same as Herring about another season of film vs. risk of injury
      4) Stokes – played a lot of ball over the last 2+ years
      5) Rice – no need for film in the spring
      6) Cleveland – started a ton of games
      7) Davis – 6’6″ and 320-pound NTs who can move don’t grow on trees
      8) McKitty – you have your degree & your film from FSU – do you want to risk injury that close to the draft?
      9) Newman – same question as McKitty just substitute Wake Forest

      I’m not saying all of these guys would leave, but I would be thinking about whether to risk injury in a spring season.

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      • PTC DAWG

        At least half gone if they don’t play this fall

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        • My gut is LeCounte, Cleveland, Davis, and the 2 grad transfers. Stokes & RIce possibly could improve their draft stock by playing. Herring & Johnson are likely to play but would have a decision to make. I would have Trey Hill on that list, but he only has one year of starting.

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        • Russ

          Sad but true. If we play in the spring, we’ll just have to write off this current group of draft-eligible players and instead treat spring football as an enhanced spring camp for next fall, 2021.

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      • To start playing a full schedule in the spring starting on January 16 with two bye weeks (the schedule as it exists today), the regular season would end on April 24 with the conference championship games. The playoff semifinals and the NY6 bowls could occur the following weekend (May 1) with a CFP championship game on May 10 (Monday night).

        The NFL combine is typically the last week in February, and the draft is currently scheduled for April 29 – May 1. Unless the NFL moves the combine to May and the draft to June with camp opening in late July, there’s no way the calendar works for a full spring schedule.

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        • Of course, all of this assumes they can find the broadcast slots to make any of this work. Mark Bradley writes this drivel and doesn’t even have the brainpower to think of all of the moving parts to challenge that assertion.

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          • And the turn around time to 20:21 is extremely short and not very viable. And I don’t think the northern schools can play football in January and February…that’s an insane idea. We saw low teens 1 February when I was at Georgia. Honestly don’t like anything about the idea of Spring football. Other than maybe 3 or 4 skrimmages in March and April

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            • Even then with 3 or 4 glorified exhibitions in the spring, I wouldn’t expect a single draft-eligible player to participate.

              I return to the premise … if they don’t play in the fall, they ain’t playing at all. If they determine they can attempt to play in the fall with no fans, that’s what they are going to do.

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              • They’re gonna kick the can. If you really really think about it that’s the easy answer, maybe the only answer. Kick the can a month.

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                • Totally agree … I think they could start the season on 9/26 or 10/3 with a 10 game season with 1 bye week to complete the regular season at the “normal” time. After that, it just doesn’t work.

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              • How many come back next, with no season played (2020)….will those seniors or potential early next level entrants rely on past film as their worth/value or build their resume next season….they all have eligibility remaining….

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  6. On the bright side, Jamie Newman will be the first UGA QB drafted in the first round since…Stafford?

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  7. thomas hooper

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  8. Well that fits my thinking all along about an August decision. So the seasons getting rearranged pushed back or canceled for sure.

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  9. ATL Dawg

    He doesn’t know if we’re getting a vaccine in the next three weeks like I don’t know if someone will give me a million dollars this weekend. What an asshole.

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  10. Spike

    This sucks..I need a drink.

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  11. MILLIONS OF JOBS WILL BE LOST BECAUSE THESE PUSSIES ARE COWERING IN THE BASEMENT!

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  12. WHB209

    Illini84, you are correct about millions of jobs being lost. Mainly because 12 million Americans have died because of this pandemic (as of 3:50 PM 07/09/20). Of the 12 million, I am sure at least 1 million had a job before they died….. You did not state a million, but you wrote millions (plural). I still think I am correct. Of the 12 million that have died, I think there were millions (plural) that HAD jobs.
    This is not a football or political problem. It is a medical problem and a medical solution is the only thing we can count on..
    If a vaccine was developed tomorrow, how long do you think it would take to vaccinate the people of the United States? Just trying to test people was an embarrassment and a failure.
    I see no way to have a safe football season this year (safe as far as Covid-19 is concerned)…

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    • From this morning from Mr Finch

      “And finally how many jobs have been created in the private sector as a result because if college football doesn’t happen (and it won’t) then while you are on your crusade you can explain to the millions of jobs lost how fortunate that the mean system (of voluntary participation) has been dealt a blow and we can get back to an ethical and fair system.”

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    • Bright Idea

      Testing must not be failing now unless these positives are being made up, but you’re right about a vaccine. It would first have to be argued over in political and media circles for months before one football player or fan got the needle and somebody would have to give the OK. Who would the media chose?

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    • FlyingPeakDawg

      I read this several times with my sarcasm meter on high…12 million Americans have died because of this pandemic? As of 3:50pm this afternoon? Dude. There are only 2.8 million deaths from all causes each year in the U.S. Get. A. Grip.

      And buy life insurance. Call me?

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  13. A vaccine would actually be a modern miracle. I don’t see it happening. Not saying it’s impossible but certainly improbable. But a technological breakthrough for a vaccine would mean that we can create vaccines even for the common cold

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    • I agree, but I would also suggest that in the US, there really has never been a business case for the research and development for a common cold/corona-type of vaccine. The symptoms of the common cold can typically be managed with over the counter medications.

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      • Yes, sadly cures mean no more business. I’m a pretty ardent free market person but that’s something that is pretty stupid. Medicine should always be about cure and prevention. Treatment is when you don’t have those 2 things. But we’ve always been told to cold was impossible to cure.

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        • I assume the places where the basic research happens (NIH or CDC) haven’t made corona type of viruses a priority. Someone should ask Dr. Fauci about that. I would love to see him squirm over that question.

          It’s definitely clear that the US pharma industry hasn’t seen a need to pour billions into research until now.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Dead people mean no more business as well.
          “But US Pharma hasn’t seen a need to pour billions into research until now” (Thanks ee) and it begs the question: Why now?
          So are we supposed to be REALLY worried? Or has Big Pharma decided that the pandemic has done enough disruption and damage that the market is wide open for whatever they offer? I’ve heard the flu vaccine, though not 100% effective, has been quite the money maker.
          I’m not a conspiracy guy, by the way, but I just can’t shake the feeling we’ve been had.

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          • I don’t know, GC. The government is throwing borrowed money at this problem. I’ve done work with life sciences companies throughout my career. They want to develop a blockbuster that is going to drive earnings and cash flow for years to fund their next wave of drug development and recovery. If there were money to have been made in vaccines especially for cold-like viruses, they would have been pouring money into them.

            As always, follow the money and that’s where the investment dollars go.

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            • Got Cowdog

              Doesn’t this situation set up perfectly for it though? Ergo the flu vaccine, if enough people worry about contracting COVID a relatively effective vaccine couldn’t help but be a moneymaker….for years.
              As to the government writing blank checks, are you surprised? The slapstick handling of a truly serious crisis has them desperately trying to get a genie back in a bottle before it really does damage to the economy or worse.
              Maybe had was the wrong word. Maybe we here outside of the politisphere (take that splelchekar) have been left exposed to manipulation and exploitation thanks to the bungling keystone cop approach to leadership. Maybe the Three Stooges are a better analogy.

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  14. Bright Idea

    It sounds more and more like any delay is just a wish and prayer that the virus somehow totally disappears.One positive test is obviously too many to manage much less even the hint of hospitalization and death. A delay until mid September, October or the spring won’t get virus numbers to zero per day, its just a stall tactic. No way colleges are going to expose themselves to such a media firestorm until a preferred politician (maybe Fauci?) gives their blessing.,not even the SEC. Just read these comments. This for sure is going to ultimately create a market correction in coaching salaries, staff sizes and facility excesses and even scholarship benefits. UGA not even printing media guides, saying its too costly. How long can they pay all these people without a dime coming in and no end of the virus in sight?

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  15. BuffaloSpringfield

    For What it’s Worth:
    The jockeys are settling their lemming into the starting gate. The gates are closed and there is the bell. Their OFF ! Look at those lemmings go. They actually are jumping off the cliff faster than the jockeys can prod them at full lemming speed.
    Surviving lemmings will suit up against Clemson in the All Chumps but Clemson conference championship on Masters weekend.

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  16. As a physician, these medical comments are brutal. And I’m sad about college football. I wish everyone had taken things more seriously. Oh well. Sigh.

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