Valley churches keep the faith in creative ways

The Rev. Kenneth Gifford, pastor of Poland United Methodist Church, speaks to members of the church and guests in their cars as part of the new drive-in worship service that takes place 10 a.m. Sunday mornings.

Whether broadcasting a service or Mass live on social media, standing in a church parking lot with a microphone or handing out bags of communion wafers ahead of time to allow for participating at home are just some of the adjustments local churches have made for social distancing.

At Poland United Methodist Church, the Rev. Kenneth Gifford has created a new way to worship together while staying apart, with a “drive-in” worship in the church parking lot.

He said he stands at the front of the parking lot and gives the worship and prayer while people stay in their cars listening on FM Channel 88 on the radio.

The church uses a transmitter to broadcast its service across an FM radio frequency, reaching about 35 cars in its parking lot at a distance of about 200 feet.

“I speak into the microphone, and people can listen to me in their cars in the church parking lot,” Gifford said, noting in addition to the sermon and prayers, he also plays music.

The drive-in worship will continue each Sunday at 10 a.m. until the coronavirus diminishes.

“This was like having a drive-in in the parking lot but with no movie screen. We were able to lift spirits Sunday morning while keeping everyone apart and safe,” he said.

Gifford said the church also broadcasts on Facebook during the week, but many of the older church members are not on social media.

LIVE STREAMED

Msgr. John Zuraw, chancellor for the Diocese of Youngstown and pastor at St. Rose Parish in Girard, said he, Msgr. Robert Siffrin, pastor of St. Edward Parish in Youngstown, and Msgr. Leo Wehrlin of St. Christine Parish in Youngstown, all were live streamed on WFMJ-TV 21 on Sunday. Siffrin’s Mass was streamed from St. Columba Cathedral, where he is filling in for Msgr. Peter Polando, who is on a medical leave of absence.

Zuraw said he and Wehrlin will broadcast their Masses at 9 a.m. and Siffrin at 10:30 a.m. each week and allow people to still have some connectedness with the parish.

“We were able to celebrate Mass and gave a homily live. That was the trial week to see how it would work. Since 99 percent of the people at the parishes have cable television, they would be able to watch the Masses. We will continue doing this as long as we need,” Zuraw said.

He said most of the parishes have the capability to live stream and broadcast the celebration of Mass. Zuraw said all the parishes have websites that offer words of encouragement to those who are stuck at home.

“Mass is a very important part of people’s lives. People are used to coming together at church and interacting with the priests and others. They are isolated. There is fear and concern. People are uneasy. This is not normal. If they can view a Mass live or on cable television, they can still have some comfort watching and being part that way,” he said.

Zuraw said there are a variety of opportunities to view broadcast Masses.

He said the Diocese has Catholic Television Network of Youngstown broadcasting Masses 6 a.m. Sunday and also 7 p,m. Saturday from the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington. He said there are also Masses in Spanish for Hispanic viewers.

In addition, Masses are broadcast on the Ecumenical Channel.

Zuraw said the situation is most interesting in the unique ways different denominations are working to have their services and Masses viewed.

“I think it is interesting that people are using a variety of different approaches to reach their congregations. We are all coming together in many unique ways to worship God,” Zuraw said.

HOME COMMUNION

At Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, Pastor Robert Quaintance consecrated enough communion wafers to allow for parishioners to take communion at home.

“I stand by the church door and people drive under the carport. I hand them a bag of communion wafers and palm strands since we will probably not be here for Palm Sunday,” he said.

Quaintance said it is important at this time to keep people as connected with church as possible. They can watch him livestreamed on Facebook and everyone can take communion together during Lent.

Church members could pick the items up this week and take part watching the services live streamed each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. All services, events and classes are in virtual reality for April. Wednesday Lenten services at 7 p.m. as well as a Sunday service at 10 a.m. are being streamed live via Facebook with links posted on the Facebook page and website for viewing.

Pastor Nick Gatzke, senior pastor at Old North Church in Canfield, said it has started live streaming a modified version of the Sunday worship service at 9:15 a.m. Sundays.

He said this past Sunday service was the first to be live streamed for broadcasting on social media. He said the first week the church live streamed to 3,500 on Facebook.

“We don’t want anyone to feel isolated or alone. We are posting the sermon and short videoes with messages during the week so that there is some sense of togetherness,” he said.

He said he, the music minister and others share the message each week to reach the church congregation.

TAKING TURNS

At the Salvation Army in Trumbull County, Captains Kiley and Chris Williams are taking turns delivering the Sunday sermon while being streamed live for Facebook viewing. A camera on a tripod or a handheld camera captures the sermons.

Kiley Williams said the first week’s service on March 22 was from the territorial commander out of New York and for the upcoming Sundays will be either her or her husband preaching.

“People can sit at the computer and watch. We will be at the podium in the sanctuary or at our desk. I have seen people at different Salvation Armies preaching live in their sanctuaries,” she said.

Also during the week, Williams said she shares thoughts of encouragement to help people all the time.

“We want to offer them encouragement when they cannot get out of the house,” she said.

At the Unity Spiritual Centre in Liberty, all worship and prayer services and ministry are now remote.

Pastor Cay Tomerlin said she encourages everyone “to be patient with the changes in the world as we come together in the spirit of oneness while in the midst of our physical separation.”

“We are honored to support the world with prayer during this challenging time. We’ve set up many of our beloved prayer associates to pray and hold 24/7 prayer vigil from their homes,” she said.

Tomerlin said all services, events and classes will move into virtual reality for April. All services will be live streamed on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

Tomerlin said she has also set up and volunteered to open an online video chat room each Sunday morning after the virtual service at 12:10 p.m. An online prayer vigil is also available at unityprayervigil.org.

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LiveU Remote At-Home Production Helps Tencent Bring Speed Skating Race Live to Viewers in ...

LiveU technology used to stream live the Simulation Game of the International Skating Union (ISU) Championships in Beijing within the strict limitations of the COVID-19 outbreak

HACKENSACK, New Jersey, April 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the International Skating Union (ISU)'s postponement of the 2020 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in South Korea, the China Short Track Speed Skating team decided to go ahead and organize a 'Simulation Game of the ISU Championships' in Beijing. Tencent Sports, the main broadcaster responsible for the live production and public broadcast, turned to LiveU to implement a remote production solution, deploying only the necessary equipment on site, including the cameras and wireless transmission units. All the rest, including production, contribution and distribution, was handled by Tencent personnel back in the studio in Tencent's technical center.

Tencent Brings Speed Skating Race Live to Viewers in China using LiveU technology.
Tencent Brings Speed Skating Race Live to Viewers in China using LiveU technology.

This was challenging work within the strict limitations of the COVID-19 outbreak. The event organizer closed the stadium, didn't allow an audience to minimize the risk of people gathering in one place, and limited the number of essential staff on site. Tencent Sports used four LiveU LU600 HEVC bonding units, which provided solid high-quality live video streams with low delay. All the streaming came to a single high-density LiveU server, with the same delay, optimizing LiveU's Precision Timing™ in its at-home production solution. With support from China Unicom, 5G signal was also available in the field – all the LiveU units combined both 4G and 5G connectivity to ensure optimal streaming conditions.

According to Tencent, the live coverage and production workflow was fully enhanced, comparing favorably with previous remote productions. Just like the Simulation Game itself reached real-world Championship levels, Tencent Sports accomplished the same high-quality production standards with its comparatively 'light' infrastructure.

Ding Yi, Chief Director of Tencent Sports, said, "Remote production with fewer facilities and lower costs will undoubtedly become a major trend in sports production in the future. During this difficult virus period, it has showed unique advantage under circumstances which didn't allow us to use the traditional ways of production. Looking ahead, we are keen to cooperate with world-leading technology providers like LiveU to deliver creative sports production solutions."

Yaal Eshel, General Manager LiveU Asia, said, "Tencent's coverage of the Simulation Game is truly uplifting, showing how 'the show can go on', even with the challenges of this terrible virus. Live sports bring so much enjoyment to fans and viewers everywhere and we're humbled that LiveU is helping a world-leading broadcaster such as Tencent bring an amazing viewing experience to its audiences."

The Simulation Game enabled the skaters to sustain their performance levels and continue their preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympic. The Game was organized in a way, which strictly followed the rules and regulations of the ISU World Championship.

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Former AEW Star Signs Long-Term Contract With IMPACT Wrestling

IMPACT picked up an interesting name.

Last year one of the first females signed by All Elite Wrestling was the fun-loving Kylie Rae. She wrestled at their inaugural event Double Or Nothing and was a massive fan favorite. She was then scheduled to wrestle Leva Bates at Fighter Fest but then was replaced. That was never announced by the company but accidentally leaked by FITE TV.  Throughout the summer there were a lot of questions on what is going on with Rae and AEW before it was revealed she was granted a release.

Clothing, Apparel.

Back in October of 2019, we saw Kylie Rae work a show for IMPACT Wrestling and it was said she was very happy doing so. She did a few more dates with IMPACT and tonight it was revealed that Kylie Rae has signed a long-term deal with the company. She stated that from the moment she stepped into an IMPACT ring she felt like this was her home.

it is still unclear what exactly happened to Rae leaving AEW after working only one show with the company. With that, it is great to see her happy no matter what company she is working for.

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Some WWE stars are worried about getting released

There is some concern among a few wrestlers in WWE about releases that could be coming when things get back to normal.

WWE will be taking a big hit this WrestleMania weekend as they will not be seeing revenue from ticket sales or merchandise sold and they are losing out on revenue that would have been generated from SmackDown, Raw, NXT TakeOver and the Hall Of Fame ceremony. People in the company have talked about how the company is unlikely to hit revenue projections this year and there will be pressure to cut back on costs.

Vince McMahon has offered big contracts to keep wrestlers from going elsewhere but given what is going on in the world, some lower card wrestlers have privately acknowledged that there may be some tough decisions made this year and there is a fear of talent cuts coming at some point.

One wrestler in WWE told me, “I think guys know they can’t depend on AEW as their safety net because they are going through their issues with canceled shows. This will be tough for a lot of guys and for a lot of people in [the wrestling business] overall.”

The feeling is that most of the mid-card wrestlers and the top stars will be fine but some of the wrestlers not used much on shows are worried.

Eventually, travel restrictions will be lifted and WWE will be able to run shows in front of fans again but there is a realization that some fans may not be so quick to attend sports/entertainment events and WWE seems to be aware of that. A few days ago, the company sent out a fan survey and one of the questions asked was about spending habits and if they have changed during the coronavirus outbreak. There is no question that the entire business will be affected even after restrictions are lifted.


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Sling TV vs Hulu Live: Best TV Streaming Service?

With Hulu you get tons of content, including sports AND major networks, which is something Sling lacks. Most users will find the four major networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — or their local affiliates depending on your region, not to mention most major channels for sports and content similar to Sling. Overall Hulu has more, but it also costs more. They do NOT have AMC, sadly.

Keep in mind that channel lineups change, often, which is why we don’t have a huge list of them. Go to Sling and Hulu and look for what you need, then decide.

Supported Devices

These days streaming services like Sling and Hulu work almost everywhere, on any device, or there’s an app you can download. This means you can access them on any and all devices, platforms, smart TVs, web browsers, streaming boxes, phones and more.

If you have a smart TV, apps for these and other streaming TV providers may be pre-installed or easily added. You can download the apps on your phone or tablet, then for all other devices, you just need a simple streaming box. It does look like Sling TV has more options, but for the most part, you’ll be good with either of these.

Both services are compatible with RokuFire TVApple TV, Google Chromecast, and several others. Buy a Fire TV stick and you’ll be good.

Multiple Streams at Once

One of the most important questions for any family considering Sling TV and Hulu Live is whether or not they can have multiple streams going at the same time.

By this we mean you can watch a movie in the living room, while kids watch cartoons or Disney in one room, and maybe your daughter streams another show in her bedroom. And the answer is yes, both offer this, but Sling TV is the winner here.

  • Sling Blue can stream on up to three devices at the same time
  • Hulu Live can stream on up to two devices at the same time

You can stream Hulu on unlimited devices and streams for an extra $9.99 per month, which is expensive, but could be very useful for a large family.

Sling Orange only allows for one stream at a time, which is frustrating. However, if you get Sling Blue + Orange you can stream to four devices at a time. That said, channels from Sling Orange can’t be viewed on multiple devices, so you can’t have ESPN on two different TVs. This limitation is mainly in place for sports.

Cloud DVR Features

And finally, we need to talk about Cloud DVR and being able to save movies and TV to watch later.

Neither of these guys has the best options for DVR but at least Hulu gives you the ability to fast-forward through stuff, which some people will love.

  • Sling TV: 10 hours of cloud DVR included, or pay $5 per month for 50 hours ($10 for 100)
  • Hulu + Live TV: 50 hours of cloud DVR included, or $9.99 per month for 200 hours and the ability to fast forward through commercials

These are both pretty poor when you compare it to something like YouTube TV, which offers truly unlimited DVR recording on several accounts. That said, Hulu offering 50 hours is a lot better than Sling’s measly 10-hour option.

Final Thoughts

In closing, if you’re still on the fence about which live TV streaming service is right for you just go ahead and try them both. Free trials are readily available, and Sling TV is actually offering the service available free for 14-days right now, which is nice.

For cord-cutters just trying to save money and still have some sort of television option, Sling TV is hands-down the best and a great place to start. It’s minimal, has no contracts, and still delivers some of the most popular TV content.

Read: Best WiFi Routers in 2020

As far as a replacement for traditional TV, or in terms of overall content, Hulu + Live TV is the better choice. They have more channels, more television shows, plus everything else people have loved about Hulu for the last 10 years. Basically, the huge on-demand library that makes Hulu a competitor to Netflix.

That said, you can quickly add more streaming options, more DVR, and extras like HBO and showtime and get over $100 per month with Hulu. It can add up quickly, so pay attention to what you use.

Personally, Sling TV is what I use at my house as it’s cheaper and has everything I need for the most part. Everything else I supplement with Netflix and Amazon.

So, again, look at the channels available and decide what you or your family truly needs, then choose what is right for you and your budget. If you’re still stuck deciding, here’s a bigger roundup of every major streaming service compared.

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Aew dynamite rumours

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Kylie Rae Signs Long-Term Deal With Impact Wrestling

Impact Wrestling has signed Kylie Rae to a long-term contract.

The company announced Thursday, Rae has agreed to a long-term deal with the company.

Kylie Rae made her Impact Wrestling debut last fall at All Glory.

According to PWInsider, Rae signed a deal a few weeks back with the company.

Rae previously was signed with All Elite Wrestling, but was released from her contract last summer after a mutual decision from both parties.

The length of Kylie Rae’s deal with Impact has not yet been revealed.

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The Undertaker Responds To Chris Jericho Tweet Over Phrase Used During WWE RAW Promo

WWE Superstar The Undertaker and AEW star Chris Jericho had a brief Twitter exchange earlier today.

As noted, Taker cut a promo on this week's WrestleMania 36 go-home edition of RAW to build to his Boneyard Match against AJ Styles that will air this Saturday or Sunday. Taker said he hopes AJ brings his "two assclowns" with him, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, so they can also feel his wrath.

A fan tweeted Jericho and joked that the leader of The Inner Circle would have a "BIG lawsuit" to hit The Deadman with over his use of the "assclown" name, which Le Champion has used over the years, as have others.

Jericho responded to the fan and wrote, "[email protected]! He's the @undertaker...he can used as many of my catch phrases as he wants!!! [cowboy hat face emoji]"

Taker responded to Jericho's tweet this evening and wrote, "My bad @IAmJericho ....I knew I had heard that somewhere before...."

That was the last of the tweets between the pro wrestling legends, at least as of this writing. You can see the full exchange below:

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Kylie Rae Signs Long-Term Impact Wrestling Contract, Rae Comments On Her Return, Wins ...

Impact Wrestling has announced that top indie women's star Kylie Rae has signed a long-term contract with the promotion.

Tonight's Impact on AXS TV saw Rae make her singles debut. She defeated Cassandra Golden by submission.

The 27 year old Rae participated in the "Call Your Shot" Gauntlet Match at Impact Bound For Glory back in October, but was eliminated by Mahabali Shera. She also wrestled a Triple Threat for the Zelo Pro Women's Title the night before Bound For Glory at the Impact "All Glory" event, with current WWE NXT Superstar Shotzi Blackheart and the defending winner that night, Laynie Luck.

Rae then debuted for AEW at AEW Double Or Nothing 2019, in a Fatal 4 Way with winner Britt Baker, Awesome Kong and current AEW Women's World Champion Nyla Rose. Rae was set to face Leva Bates at AEW Fyter Fest last year, but she was replaced by Allie. There were lots of rumors and speculation surrounding's Rae's status at the time, but AEW President & CEO Tony Khan noted during a media scrum that Rae had requested her release, and that AEW granted it. Khan said the split between the two sides was very amicable.

Regarding Rae signing with Impact, PWInsider reports that she actually inked her deal a few weeks back. Tonight's win over Golden was taped on March 6 at the Impact TV tapings in Atlanta.

As seen in the video below, Rae spoke with Jimmy Jacobs in a backstage segment and announced that she has signed a long-term deal with Impact. Jacobs asked her how it felt to be back with the promotion.

"How does it feel, how does it feel? I'm gonna tell you how it feels," Rae said. "It feels amazing. You know what? It's been an emotional year. We had highs, and we had lows. We had ups, we had downs, but I knew from the moment that I stepped into this Impact Wrestling ring, the arena, this is my home. I felt that. I felt that! That's why I'm very proud to announce Kylie Rae just signed a long-term wrestling contract with Impact Wrestling, baby! Great news!"

Rae took to Twitter after her win on tonight's Impact and quoted author & businessman Stephen Covey, adding that she is grateful for the job. She posted this quote from Covey: "At some time in your life, you probably had people believe in you when you didn't even believe in yourself."

She also re-tweeted a clip of her Kylie Special and thanked Lucha legend Skayde. She wrote, "Daaaaa Kylie Special. #ThankYouSkayde"

You can see Impact's announcement below, along with Rae's tweets and shots from tonight's match on Impact:

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The coronavirus guilt this Olympic medalist faces

She had decided to retire. Not because she’d tired of a career, but rather to begin one. In September 2016, with an Olympic silver medal in tow, Gevvie Stone was ready, at last, to put her medical school degree to good use.

Life, after all, had been on hold long enough. For more than a decade, morning after morning, often before dawn, the water had called out to her. And rowing, week after week, year after year, had lured her back. It delayed med school in 2007. It interrupted again in 2010. It put off post-grad endeavors four years later.

Finally, at age 31, residency applications had been sent. In 2017, Stone went to practice emergency medicine at a hospital in Boston. And she loved it. Loved the people. Loved the work. So one day, less than a year in, she phoned a legendary rowing coach. She told the coach she was done. And she wept.

Next, she called a teammate, informed her of the decision, and wept again.

So she devised a test. She made a third call, this time to a college friend. I’m training for Tokyo, she said through the phone, and excitement bubbled inside of her.

“And once I told her,” Stone says, “and saw how it felt, I knew I was going to go back.”

Back to the water, that is, full time. In August 2018, Stone left the hospital to return to the three-a-days; to the calming serenity; to the monotonous grind. She’d be there for two years, until Aug. 17, 2020, one week after one last Olympics.

Instead, five months before her restart date, she feels directionless. Those Olympics have been postponed. She doesn’t know what to do.

Had the water ever ceased calling, Stone would be on the frontlines right now, fighting an unprecedented pandemic that is threatening to overpower hospitals just like hers.

Instead, she’s a doctor-in-waiting, sitting at home, feeling helpless and guilty.

She’s an Olympian who’s trained thousands of hours for one more shot.

And she’s a human who’s wondering: Can life wait one more year?

Gevvie Stone competes in the women's rowing single sculls quarterfinal heats during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (AP)

‘A really dumb thing’

Gevvie Stone began rowing in high school, and continued in college, and in 2008 almost gave up. She was 6 feet tall, powerful and driven. But she’d poured everything she had into making the 2008 Olympic team and had fallen short. So as her peers prepared for Beijing, she trudged off to a kids summer camp as a counselor. Med school awaited in the fall. Rowing, in truth, had begun to feel like a job, not a love.

So she told her father, Gregg: “Dad, you keep saying I’m good. I’m not good. I wasn’t good enough to make the team. That’s fine. I’m going to be a doctor.”

Dad, however, was a rower himself with a particularly pertinent experience. He’d narrowly missed the 1976 Olympic team. He’d carried on in the sport during law school, representing the U.S. at world championships. By 1980, he was the top single sculler in the nation, and an Olympic lock – until Cold War politics intervened.

The U.S. boycotted the Moscow Games, and Gregg Stone immediately quit. He had a well-paying job lined up for the fall. Most teammates went to trials that spring, made a USOC-recognized “1980 Olympic team,” and went on a memorable European tour. “Why would I ever do that?” Gregg thought at the time. “I’ll go and begin my legal career.”

He told Yahoo Sports this story months ago, long before the 2020 Olympics became imperiled. And it’s a story, he said, that Gevvie has heard, with this conclusion: “In retrospect, that was a really dumb thing. You can work your whole life. How many times can you row at the highest level?”

Gevvie goes all in

Father coaxed daughter back out to the water that fall. “Hey, I still think you’re pretty good,” he told her, and he was right. Gevvie started with a few races here and there. Before long, she was all in on London. She took a leave of absence from medical school in 2010. She made the 2012 Olympic team. She graduated in 2014, trained full time for two years, and won silver in 2016.

It was, she admits, “the perfect story.” Of doubts overcome and confidence regained and exertion rewarded. Rio, and the success, and the joy seemed like a perfect final chapter. She was “100 percent committed” to residency, and to her career as a doctor.

Along the way, however, she’d fallen back in love with rowing.

She realized she loved the training, and the international community, and the linear relationship between effort and results. She loved working toward an unattainable goal, striving to be faster, dedicating everything to the pursuit, all while understanding: “You’re never gonna achieve fast. There’s always faster. There’s always something more.”

“And that is definitely a huge part of why I came back.”

Stone heard from retiring peers who “were just exhausted and done with training.” She never felt the same way. Logic, she admits, would have sent her to residency, and three years later to doctorhood, perhaps as an orthopedic surgeon.

Emotions overrode logic. They’re one reason why she chose emergency medicine over orthopedics. The schedule would allow for more rowing.

There were other reasons for that choice, though, too. Such as the variety of procedures and patients. And the adrenaline rush, when a gravely ill patient needs urgent care. And the human connections. “You feel like you’re really able to help people,” Stone says.

Which is why the past few weeks have been so difficult.

Gevvie Stone celebrates after winning silver in the women's single sculls at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

COVID-19 tweaks the calculus

Even before the coronavirus gripped America, perhaps in between grueling workouts in Austin, Texas, this winter, with Tokyo months away, a thought would occasionally cross Gevvie Stone’s mind. Or, rather, a question without a satisfactory answer.

“Which contributes more to society, and the world?” she’d ask herself. “Is it training for the Olympics? Or working in the emergency department?”

Her Olympic pursuits, she believes, do have broader purpose. “Hopefully by doing that, I’m a role model to kids, and an inspiration to people everywhere,” she says. But the COVID-19 outbreak has tweaked the calculus. Emergency rooms in some U.S. cities are overflowing. Stone is trained to be in them, qualified to evaluate patients, to send them home or to the hospital floor or to the ICU, to insert breathing tubes if necessary.

Instead, she’s communicating with residency classmates from afar. “We’ve got a running [group] text that’s pretty active these days,” she says. And she’s monitoring the news; the rising case counts and death tolls; the troubling accounts, just like the rest of us are.

And that’s the source of her guilt – which she brings up, unprompted. It’s not regret. It’s helplessness. It’s “the feeling that I could be doing something I’m not.”

“Fortunately, Boston has not gotten a surge yet,” she says. “But we’re anticipating a surge, and it’s really hard knowing that my friends and colleagues are all dealing with this, and helping, in ways that I am most certainly not right now.”

She has volunteered to help if necessary. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of paperwork, logistics, certification stuff” that could stand in her way, she says. There are various “levels of crisis activation” that could call her to the frontlines. Until then, all she can do is wait. And think.

To postpone or not to postpone

The all but official news arrived over the radio during a Monday afternoon lift. The official announcement appeared on her phone Tuesday morning. Stone had been running steps at Harvard Stadium, up to the top row overlooking Cambridge, then back down. Still training, up until the IOC made the call: The 2020 Olympics were postponed — to a date after Stone’s residency is set to resume.

And thus, the decision: To push it back another year, or to finally give in?

To choose the latter would be to discard two years of relentless, strenuous training as something resembling waste.

To choose the former would be to “postpone a lot of other things in life” yet again.

“Adding to the equation: training is exhausting, physically and mentally and emotionally,” Stone says. It’s even more so without the rewards — “the fun, of racing internationally, traveling internationally, world championships,” much of which has or could be shuttered by the virus, she adds.

And then there’s her boyfriend’s biggest worry, one that she initially didn’t consider, but that some experts would share. What happens if the pandemic isn’t under control in 12 months? “What happens if you row for another year and then it’s postponed again?” Or ever canceled?

“It’s very unknown and uncharted territory,” Stone says.

The closest thing to precedent, in a way, is what her dad lived through 40 years ago this month. The specifics are different. One takeaway, however, holds up. It was part of the advice Gregg gave Gevvie back in 2017, when the decision between residency and all-out training loomed. And it was informed by Gregg’s own choice, to move on with life, which he now feels was the wrong one.

“It’s totally up to you,” he told his daughter. “But you’re going to be a doctor the rest of your life.”

The pandemic, of course, will play a big role in her ultimate decision. Before she makes it, she’d also like to know 2021 Olympics dates, which remain undecided.

In the meantime, the water still calls. Gevvie still answers. Even this week. She heads to the Charles River. Her oars dip into it. Her boat glides down it. “It’s the happiest place for me to be in the chaos of the current world,” she says.

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“Last Dance” Broadcast Info, 90s Bulls Legacy, Bad News for Pro Sports in China, and Other Bulls ...

Dumb quarantine question: Could the current 1997 Bulls beat a G-League team ONCE if they played seven times?

I know the initial reaction is probably something like “heck no, you idiot, those guys are like 50.” But (1) I will never underestimate Michael Jordan and (2) I’m sure some of them have a ridiculous old-man game. I think the answer is probably no if this is a fullcourt game, however, I’ll take one victory if this is a halfcourt matchup like the BIG3.

  • WE DID IT! Okay, well, I like to think we did it! The constant badgering from the Twitterverse must have played some kind of role in ESPN bumping up the release date for its super-duper-highly-anticipated documentary, The Last Dance. Originally set to air in June, the New York Post reported last night that ESPN would announce an April air-date this morning … and the network did just that!
  • Mark your calendars because Michael Jordan and Co. will hit your television screens on April 19th! And if you so desire, you can join me in watching this trailer every single day until then!
  • One day a week, we’ll be blessed with two episodes of the 10-part documentary. And in case you miss any of the action one night, ESPN will air the previous two episodes on each night they’re set to air two new episodes! More specifically, these episodes will air live on ESPN on Sunday nights, but will be followed up with the ability to stream them on Netflix the following Monday. In other words, it’s going to be pretty hard to miss any of the action. Props to ESPN for listening to all those desperate sports fans out there and getting this documentary a quick turnaround (and Netflix availability is huge). We all just want something to talk about, and with everyone stuck in their homes for the foreseeable future, this should be a great way to unite the sports-loving community!
  • Some of ESPN’s NBA experts decided to share their thoughts on the 90s Bulls legacy, so give it a read. I’m shocked ESPN didn’t ask for me to chime in, maybe the email ended up in my junk folder? But no worries, I’ll still give my quick answers to the questions they asked:
    • What’s the greatest legacy of the Bulls dynasty?
      • Michael Jordan. Duh.
    • Which three-peat run was better: 1991-93 or 1996-98?
    • What is your favorite Michael Jordan memory from the Bulls’ run?
      • Everything.
    • Who was the most unsung hero of those Bulls teams?
      • Scottie Pippen should always get more credit, Toni Kukoc is vastly underrated, and BJ Armstrong deserves some more love.
    • What’s one thing fans who never watched those Bulls teams should know?
      • They probably already know this, but Michael Jordan is the GOAT. I like to remind every single human on this earth (and I guess in space) of this whenever I can.
  • Yikeeeeesssss. This news doesn’t particularly bode well for a soonish return of the NBA. Obviously, things can change quickly, but as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst writes, other major leagues have been trying to use China as a roadmap.
  • The NBA will have another Board of Governors meeting sometime soon, and the group will likely have to address what to do with the player’s salaries. The top executives in the league office have already taken a pay cut, but the longer the league’s hiatus continues, the more pay cuts we’ll see.
  • I will always find it surprising how easily Dennis Rodman fit into the Bulls team. But I’m sure glad he did.
  • Zach LaVine will duke it out in an NBA 2K tournament on ESPN starting this Friday. Will you watch it?

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