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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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While Jon Rahm is obviously not my favorite golfer, I was shocked to see the scene at the 18th hole when Rahm finished up leading the 3rd round of the Memorial by 6 strokes. Two officials, wearing masks, approached Rahm as he walked off the green with an overwhelming lead after 3 rounds. They informed Rahm that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and he had to withdraw from the tournament. Rahm doubled over in grief and shock.

No matter how you felt about Rahm the golfer or man, one had to feel his grief and shock about the manner in which he was kicked out of the tournament that he was destined to win. It was extremely sad to see how the PGA handled this and denied Rahm a chance to finish the Memorial.

The Memorial had a rain delay and players were playing an extra round on Saturday to make up. Rahm had actually made a hole-in-one on a par 3 earlier on Saturday. He was playing his best golf this season and had a 64 in the later round before he was informed the bad news.

I believe the PGA could have handled this differently. Rahm could have played the final round alone, maybe the first off the tee on Sunday. Or he could have still played with two other players, as long as he wore two masks and kept more than 6 feet apart. Instead, the PGA stripped Rahm a chance to continue on Sunday and that is as much of an embarrassment for the PGA (for not handling it properly) as it is for Rahm not getting fully vaccinated.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/06/jon-rahms-covid-disaster-is-a-great-vaccine-psa.html

Jon Rahm’s COVID Disaster Is a Great Vaccine PSA

By Will Leitch


Golf is designed for masochists; it’s a sport that exists to make you feel bad about yourself. Even for professionals, it’s an exceedingly rare day when everything on the course is going perfectly, and on the rare days it happens, you want to soak it up.

Jon Rahm, a 26-year-old Spaniard who until very recently was the top-rated golfer in the world, was having one of those days this past weekend. At the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, Rahm hit a hole in one on Saturday and spent most of the rest of the day laying waste to his competitors, taking a six-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round. He was 24 hours of not-blowing-a-big-lead away from earning a $1.674 million payday and considerable momentum toward his first golf Major, with the U.S. Open just two weeks away. Things were going great!

And that … was it. He was bonked out the tournament right then and there. No championship, no best round ever, no $1.674 million. Rahm has been asymptomatic and is isolating for the next week: With any luck, he’ll be back for the U.S. Open. But he’ll never get that perfect day back.

Rahm’s positive test — again, one he was informed of right there on the course — seems to mark a new phase of COVID-19 in the world of sports. We have spent the last year seeing a COVID-19 positive test as a debilitating occurrence for athletes, not just for their personal health but for the ability of leagues to move forward. The college football season was almost entirely canceled because of COVID, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred threatened to shut down the season on baseball’s very first weekend last year, and Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski wondered, after a loss last year, whether any of his sport’s games should be happening at all. The lasting image of the last World Series was not of celebratory Dodgers players, but star third baseman Justin Turner — who had tested positive and had to be pulled from the final game — running out, maskless, to celebrate and pose for pictures with his teammates.

But the collective reaction to Rahm’s positive diagnosis was something different. It was closer to being along the lines of man, what an idiot. And that’s because Jon Rahm was not vaccinated.

This has not been announced officially. (Rahm studiously avoided mention of his vaccination status in his statement on Saturday.) But the only people the PGA is testing anymore are non-vaccinated players, so it’s pretty easy to draw conclusions. Rahm had initially been subject to contact tracing after having been exposed to someone who tested positive, and he’d spent the last week getting regularly tested and avoiding “indoor club facilities.” It is his misfortune that his positive test came just as he was about to win a golf tournament. But it is his misfortune by choice, because he chose not to be vaccinated. He now has 1.674 million reasons that he should have been. And he also has COVID.

Persuading athletes to get vaccinated has been a challenge for all sports leagues. While more than two-thirds of Major League Baseball teams have met the 85 percent vaccination threshold to relax restrictions, that still leaves several laggard organizations. (You can tell which teams are in which category by whether or not their players and coaches  are wearing masks in the dugout.) The NBA has had issues as well, including a continued (and bizarre) reluctance from LeBron James to say whether or not he has been vaccinated. College football officials are already worried that they’ll have trouble getting enough of their players vaccinated by the fall.

Leagues have been reluctant to require vaccinations, partly due to labor issues (the last thing any league wants to do is pick a fight with players unions, particularly in an age of athlete empowerment) and partly because there’s a lot of evidence that mandates won’t work anyway. But it’s undeniable that leagues need players to be vaccinated to get back to normal. It’s quite difficult to social distance when your job involves shoving the face of the guy carrying the ball into the dirt. The stands may be opening up nationwide, but sports can’t function normally moving forward if there’s a chance players are going to be passing a deadly virus to one other.

So the plan has been persuasion. Leagues are increasingly making things more difficult for players who haven’t been vaccinated. Unvaccinated players have to sit out during contact tracing if they are exposed to someone who tests positive; vaccinated players do not. Vaccinated players can also go back to doing normal athlete things on the road, like eating out instead of being stuck in a hotel. Naturally, not everyone is happy within the organizations that have not earned these privileges. One of the baseball teams yet to hit the 85 percent threshold is the Chicago Cubs, much to the frustration of team president Jed Hoyer, who has actively called those players out. “It’s disappointing to not be at 85 percent as a team,” Hoyer said two weeks ago. “We’ve worked hard to try and convince or educate the people that have been reluctant. We’re at a place right now — I’m not going to give up hope we’re going to get there — my level of optimism is waning. It is disappointing. … There’s a competitive advantage we’re going to miss. Being transparent about it, we’re not a player away from being at 85 percent. It’s a disappointing thing that we’ll have anxieties and restrictions that others don’t.”

As with America’s vaccine plan in general, there’s a long way to go for leagues to get everybody inoculated even with doses widely available. One can’t help but wonder if Rahm’s predicament over the weekend will help. It is one thing to tell baseball and basketball players that a vaccination will allow them to sample the local cuisine before an away game. It is quite another for athletes to watch a fellow athlete who declined to be vaccinated lose out on a huge amount of money. (Or, in the case of team sports, missing out on a playoff game.) PGA Tour officials say that “north of 50 percent” of the players on tour have been vaccinated. You can probably expect that number to go up soon. And fast. Eventually, it becomes harder not to be vaccinated. Jon Rahm just learned that lesson, and he will likely not be the last.

 
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61189.2 In reply to 61189.1 
I was thinking the same thing. They should of let him play alone with a caddy who was vaxxed. That made sense to me not what they did.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61189.3 In reply to 61189.2 
Seeing Jon Rahm's reaction showed how hurt he was. I do think the PGA dropped the ball on their decision. Give the guy the chance to win the tournament, he certainly deserved that after leading the entire tournament by a big margin.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61189.4 In reply to 61189.3 
The only thing worse would be if a guy leading a marathon by a very wide margin was told his pre-race test was positive for covid. Then, taking him out of the race at mile 20 even though he is solo and not near anyone.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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Yea, that would be absurd wouldn't it? I wonder if that could possibly happen, maybe in the Olympics?
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61189.6 In reply to 61189.5 
I hope we boycott the Wuhan Olympics. But I doubt Biden/Harris will do it.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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Actually, the Olympics are in Tokyo this year. I think they may still postpone or cancel the Olympics as Japan isn't doing too well with Covid.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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I should of been clearer as the 2022 Winter Games will be in China. Cannot wait to see the Chinese ice hockey team which will be obliterated. LOL
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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If anything is in China, the U.S. and most of the world should boycott it because of the pandemic they issued in. Biden should really get tough and find out what actually happened at that Wuhan lab.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61189.10 In reply to 61189.9 
Biden is clearly not in charge. His minders are running the WH. Obama and Susan Rice are the chief operators. Nothing will happen.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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Yikes! I'm so sick of politics and every politician. I used to have a saying..."Show me an honest politician and I'll show you a liar." I want to change that to "I'll show you a criminal."
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61189.12 In reply to 61189.11 
Most pols have accomplished nothing in their lives, yet think they can run large cities and states? Go figure/
 
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While some pols seem better than others, they are mulch alike. Dig deep into their affairs and history and you will find similar traits: super egos, lies, cheating and maybe hidden criminal activity.

I also have another old saying: Line up crooked politicians, lawyers, real estate agents and used car salesmen, blindfold them, aim and fire.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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There is a guy I like. Peter King is from Long Island and a congressman who retired. He has his head on straight.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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Isn't Peter King that Sports Illustrated writer? I'm sure this is a different one, but not as famous as that football analyst.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61189.16 In reply to 61189.15 
Yes. That is another Peter King. Not the retired Republican congressman from Long Island. I think he quit because he got tired of the Washington nonsense.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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Just in: A major side effect with the Pfizer and Moderna shots. It can cause heart inflammation called myocarditis, especially in teenagers.
 
 
Heart inflammation cases in young men higher than expected after mRNA vaccines -U.S. CDC

June 10 (Reuters) - Preliminary findings from two vaccine safety monitoring systems suggest a higher-than-expected number of cases of heart inflammation after the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in young men, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday.

  More than half of the myocarditis or pericarditis cases reported to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System after patients had received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines were in people between the ages of 12 and 24, the CDC said. Those age groups accounted for less that 9% of the doses administered.

 "We clearly have an imbalance there," Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC's Immunization Safety Office, said in a presentation https://www.fda.gov/media/150054/download to an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that is meeting on Thursday. 

  He said that the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) - another safety monitoring system - showed an increased incidence of the heart inflammation in 16 to 39 year olds after their second dose of the shots when compared to the rate observed after their first dose. 

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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61189.18 In reply to 61189.17 
I still wonder if there are not some unannounced long term side effects? Clearly, based on Fauci and his nonsense, you wonder if they are covering that up too.

The fact that Fauci was part of funding the Wuhan Lab was bad. But lying about it makes it all much much worse and worrisome.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61189.19 In reply to 61189.18 
Fauci obviously has taken a page out of Cuomo's book. Lie about his misdeeds and hope that people forget about them.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61189.20 In reply to 61189.19 
Both have a lot in common. It will be interesting to see how long the media supports him.
 
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