Tech Dude’s Review of Zugu iPad Case

I just upgraded to the iPAD 7th Generation tablet. With the new device, I have been searching for a good case for it. I wanted something lightweight but provided good protection for my new iPad. I have tried a couple already but then I saw this one from Zugu pop up in my Facebook feed (how does Facebook know? Creepy.)

This case got some excellent reviews on Amazon and the videos made this look as if it would be the one for me.

The Zugu case features 8 magnetic angles so you can position your iPad at the perfect viewing angle for you whether you are using it on a flat surface or using it on your lap. If you are good with typing on the on-screen keyboard, you will find the perfect angle for that as well as if you use your Apple Pencil to draw or write on your iPAD.

It is very secure once connected. It is definitely not flimsy. The magnets are powerful enough that you can configure the case to stick to your refrigerator door if you want to refer to recipes or to watch a video.

The case is good for protecting your iPad but it is also very lightweight. The microfiber interior helps from scratching your iPad. It has a 5 foot drop-proof military protection which is pretty good if you tend to drop yours a lot.

The case is only compatible 2019 iPad (7th Gen) 10.2 IN (Model #’s A2197, A2200, A2198)

Okay, so I THOUGHT this was going to be a keeper for me but the only problem I had with it is the location of where you put your Apple Pencil. It has a nifty, stretchy slot but it is on the OUTSIDE of the case which keeps the case from laying flat unless you lay it on the other side which is a bit awkward when you want to open the case. This is the only reason I am returning my case. I’m sorry but I’m not going to risk storing my expensive Apple Pencil on the outside of a case. If you don’t use an Apple Pencil, then you will love this case.

If you want to try out this case, check on the Amazon listing for about $50 or visit https://www.zugucase.com.

When Will Sports Play Again?

With most of America opening up again after the pandemic which caused professional sports leagues to cancel or postpone their seasons, there are plans of restarting professional sports. Here are the latest plans for restarting:

National Basketball Association (NBA)

The NBA Board of Governors has approved a restart of the 2019-20 season on July 31 with 22 of the league’s 30 teams participating in a tournament format. All games will be held without fans at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

National Hockey League (NHL)

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman recently conducted a press conference outlining the NHL’s Return-to-Play plans.

This format will feature the top-12 teams in each conference playing in a qualifying round, with the top-four seeds in the Eastern and Western Conference (based on points percentage) clinching automatic bids into the first round of the playoffs. That means that the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers have clinched playoff berths in the Eastern Conference, while the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars have clinched in the Western Conference.

These eight teams will also play in an intraconference round-robin event that will determine the top-four seeds of the first round of the playoffs in each conference. These games will be played with regular season overtime and shootout rules, with ties in the final standings broken by regular season points percentage.

The remaining eight teams in each conference will compete in a qualifying round that will feature a bracketed format, meaning that the five-seed will take on the 12-seed, the six-seed will face the 11-seed, the seven-seen battles the 10-seed, and the eight and nine-seed will matchup for the chance to move on to the first round of the playoffs. The matchups for the first round series remain to be set as the Return To Play committee is still determining whether to set the format based on seeding or a bracket.

Here is how that playoff format would look in both conferences:

Eastern Conference:
5 – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 12 – Montreal Canadiens
6 – Carolina Hurricanes vs. 11 – New York Rangers
7 – New York Islanders vs. 10 – Florida Panthers
8 – Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 9 – Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference:
5 – Edmonton Oilers vs. 12 – Chicago Blackhawks
6 – Nashville Predators vs. 11 – Arizona Coyotes
7 – Vancouver Canucks vs. 10 – Minnesota Wild
8 – Calgary Flames vs. 9 – Winnipeg Jets

The qualifying round will be a best-of-five series, while the Return To Play committee has yet to finalize whether the first and second round of the playoffs will be a best-of-five series or a best-of-seven series. However, the Conference Final round and the Stanley Cup Final will all be a best-of-seven series.

Once the round-robin and qualifying rounds have ended, the league will conduct conference-based playoffs in each hub city.

The league is currently still debating over a total of 10 cities, and it will eventually come down to two final cities to host the Return To Play format once the league can officially restart play.

Those cities include:

Chicago
Columbus
Dallas
Edmonton
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Pittsburgh
Toronto
Vancouver

Commissioner Bettman did say that a final decision on the two hub cities to host the conclusion of the 2019-20 season might not come for another 3-4 weeks, and that a final determination will depend on COVID-19 conditions, testing availability, and government regulations.

Major League Baseball (MLB)

There is no decision on how or when Major League Baseball will return. This is largely due to indecision on plans between the league and the players’ union. The latest proposal is for a 76-game season to begin in July and end in October. The issue seems to be cutting player salaries for the shortened season proposal which the MLBPA is rejecting. If the indecision continues, the 2020 season could be cancelled.

Major League Soccer (MLS)

The latest plans are that MLS teams will go to Orlando and play all the tournament games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The teams would be divided into groups like at the World Cup and play three group stage matches, which will be added to the original two matches all teams played towards their regular season totals.

Then 16 teams would advance out of the ‘group stage’ into a 16-team knockout style tournament. The teams that didn’t advance would go home with the others moving through the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and finally the championship. Only the group stage matches will be added to the season totals.

Holy Eye Roller

I have a real bad habit of rolling my eyes when I don’t like something. My facial expressions sometimes betray what I am thinking. Unfortunately, when I hear someone like a celebrity or person of influence quote a Bible verse, I can feel my eyes start to roll. The gag reflex begins.

There are too many times when people invoke a Bible scripture to support their cause or somehow influence the religious crowd with what they are doing or saying. Some even pick up the Bible in front of a church for a photo op. That’s pretty sad. It really irks me when people do that. I can only imagine that God is rolling his eyes when people do this too. It is no wonder that God and the legitimate Christians get a bad rap.

I don’t have a problem with people using Bible references, especially when it is done right. You can’t just grab some random verse and put it out there. There is a lot of consideration that should be done in using the Bible. Don’t just grab something from the book without knowing what it’s really saying.

Context. Context. Context. First you need to have context about the Bible verse or passage. Ask yourself HOW was this verse used and why? You have to read the verses before and after that too.

Consider the historical and cultural background. You need to consider the time period when something was written as well as the culture during that time. Some things can’t literally be applied in the same way. While the Bible CAN relate to us today, you still have to consider the background.

Don’t be so quick to quote an Old Testament passage. You need to balance it with the New Testament. I’m not saying that the Old Testament is not important but that the New Testament changes a lot of the way they served God, especially when Jesus came into the World.

Standing in front of a church holding a Bible or quoting a verse doesn’t make someone an authority nor does it lend credibility to your cause. Some folks let their spiritual emotions override the need to STUDY the Bible. So, yes, my eyes go on a roll when someone Tweets a Bible verse or uses it in some fruitless debate about an issue.

It’s better to LIVE the Bible verse rather than quote it to someone. Christians are bad at spouting religious cliches – even some which aren’t even in the Bible. Sometimes DOING is a whole lot better than saying it. It is no wonder people don’t believe anymore because we are a sad representative of people who are supposed to be the “light of the world”.

Satan is good a quoting scriptures too.

Just a thought.

Let’s do some good today.

Racist or Ignorant?

I was raised by my parents NOT to be racist and to treat everyone with respect. This is odd since I was a child in the 60s and 70s and grew up in small towns in South Georgia. My parents forbid the use of the N-word and taught me to treat everyone the same. So, I never paid attention to someone’s color unless they made an issue of it. Even though I wasn’t racist, I still had times when I was either insensitive or ignorant to it. It is hard for a white person to truly understand. The recent tragedy of George Floyd has uncovered an ugly division that still exists. I had assumed we were better people today that we shouldn’t have a problem with racism.

Obviously that was ignorant thought on my part. It reminded me of other times in the past when I have been ignorant or insensitive about race.

I am reminded of the time when I was going to the football games of my favorite team. There was a protest that was initiated against the band playing “Dixie” as the team’s theme song. I went into the office one day and expressed my disgust that people were protesting a fight song until my co-worker and friend, Sam, explained to me why the song was offensive. Since it offended him, it then offended me. I understood it and I was happy when the school removed any references to “Dixie” to the band.

Speaking of Dixie, it sickens me to see people display or fly the Confederate Flag. The flag should be in a museum and not on public display. The war is over. It is a symbol that is insensitive to the feelings of black men and women.

I was also reminded of the time when I attended a church with a pastor that liked to tell racist jokes when he was not behind the pulpit. He thought it was okay to share these jokes with me since I laughed at them and never called him out about it especially considering the fact that we had some mixed races in the congregation. Looking back now I see that I only encouraged his behavior by laughing at his jokes and not ever calling him out about it. I repented of condoning his jokes and I hope that he has repented of this at some point.

I have also seen where employers have fixed the hiring process to ensure that they hire minorities- not based on qualifications – but simply because of a quota. While I understand the reason for this practice, I also think this is unfair to all minorities to simply make an office or company “look” like they have diversity. Given the appearance of diversity doesn’t mean there is equality.

So, yes, there are still race issues today and I am ignorant if I say there’s not. We really need to fix this.

It is ridiculous that we have police shooting and killing black victims. The actions of these overzealous law enforcement officers taint the many who are good and do their jobs without regard to race. I know I wouldn’t want to be in law enforcement. Unfortunately, officers tend to get jaded and desensitized to their subjects because they do see the negative side of society. It is too easy from some of them to fall into stereotypes and make assumptions about people based upon their race. It’s going to take more than requiring classes on race sensitivity training.

The ugly truth is that America still has race issues. While racism does exist, there is also ignorance and insensitivity.

It is disappointing to see how divided our country is right now on race, politics, sex and religion.

Dude’s Review of Earto’s Bluetooth Keyboard Case

Today I am trying out a new keyboard case for my IPad. I recently purchased the iPad 7th Generation. Instead of plucking down $150 dollars for Apple’s Smart Keyboard, I decided to shop around and Earto’s keyboard was my first stop. I was not disappointed.

First, let me tell you some of the things that are “must-haves” for a keyboard case:

  1. The iPad needs to easily detach from the keyboard case so I can use it as a tablet when I need it.
  2. The keyboard should have backlit keys so I can type in low light conditions.
  3. It should function like a laptop and used in my lap.

Here’s what I found:

  • Pros:
    • Easily detachable case. I loved it. The case is magnetically attached and slotted to firmly hold the iPad but can be removed quickly. I like having this function so I can still use the iPad as a tablet when I don’t need the laptop configuration.
    • Backlit keys. This case has seven colors with three levels or brightness with over 300 color combinations. You can definitely give your keyboard some personality but honestly, I don’t think it’s necessary to have so many color options but it’s still nice to have..
    • Laptop for your lap. This case actually sits on your lap like a laptop instead of trying to find a tabletop or place to sit your iPad when you need to use it as a laptop.
    • Protective case. It is very sturdy and will fully protect your iPad when the case is closed. I didn’t actually test drop it or anything but the materials used for this case are solid and not some cheap plastic shell.
  • Cons:
    • Apple Pencil holder. It has one but I am not too confident that it will last. For me, this was the biggest negative about the case. The pencil holder is located on the outside of the case which will make it vulnerable to bumps and eventually wearing out. While it has done well keeping my Apple Pencil in place, I find myself constantly checking it to make sure it’s there.
    • Keys. I am a fast typist so it is probably unfair me to list this as a con but they were a little awkward for me. My hands weren’t cramped but the keys seemed somewhat low to the keyboard. I figured it was to cut down on key travel and clicking noises. It is still a good keyboard but, for me, a bit awkward.
    • Weight. There is also a trade off with having a solid keyboard case. It does add some weight to the iPad so you will have to decide if it’s something that will work for you. If you are a minimalist it might not be the thing for you but if you want a case that can sit in your laptop along with backlit keys, you will have to think about that.

The case also gives you the flexibility to adjust to different angles. The shaft bracket design allows the iPad to be tilted up to 135°to provide the most comfortable viewing position for typing, watching videos, playing games or reading.

You also have an auto sleep/wake function with this case which works seamlessly to extend your iPad’s battery life. It automatically wakes when open or goes to sleep when closed.

So will I keep it? Maybe. I’m a tough critic on keyboards but this one is going to be hard to beat. It’s still a better choice – at half the price – of Apple’s Smart Keyboard.

Don’t take my word for it. Give it a try and order one from Amazon by clicking below. If you don’t have an iPAD 7th Generation, no worries, Earto also offers keyboard cases for other models. Go to their website at http://www.earto.net/ and take a look.

The “Real” You

Who are you?

No, who are you really? Who are you when no one else is watching? The “you” who doesn’t have to impress or please others. Are you truly being yourself or are you playing a role that others expect from you? Do you even know who you are?

God knows you.

Just that thought alone scares us because if there really is a God, He knows the good, the bad and the ugly about us. We don’t like knowing someone knows all of our skeletons and who we really are.

I often wonder about people who are different from their social media profile. They are one person on Facebook and totally different in real life. Sometimes we try to project ourselves as being something more than who we really are. We want people to like us and think that we are interesting or special in some way.

Why is that?

Did you know that God thinks we’re pretty special? In fact we are wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14). He also says that “the mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end” (Isaiah 54:10)

Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be enough for us. Instead, we try to play a role and be the person that others want us to be. Why do we feel the need to impress others? We do it because we want others to acceptance us or we lack the confidence in that people will like us for who we really are.

You are special in your own unique way. As for me, I know that I am quite eccentric at times and do things that are totally not what people expect but I am who I am. Some times, like many others, I get pushed to the side because I don’t always say much and not the center of attention in a group setting. You just have to get to the place of accepting yourself and feel good about the person you are.

Will the real you please stand up?

What are you afraid of?

Don’t be afraid to be who you are. What does it really matter if you lose some so-called friends over it? We are all special in our own way. We shouldn’t be ashamed of who we are. If you try to be someone you are really not to please others, you will be the one who is miserable. Don’t conform to the person people THINK you should be.

God has created you for a purpose and it isn’t to be a preacher or to be a missionary in a foreign country. Some think that God’s purpose is always something related to a ministry position in a church or religious organization. That isn’t always true for everyone. Maybe God’s purpose for you is to be the best you that you can be. Your purpose could actually be you secular work. Businesses are desperately needing good, dependable employees. It is becoming increasingly true that good help is hard to find. Just be careful to not let your work define who you are either. You are not what you do. Your job occupation doesn’t describe who you are.

People also tend to judge who you are based on your family. Some folks live off of their family name but that’s not who we are. For most of my young life people assumed that I would become a preacher simply because my father and grandfather were preachers before me. I have had to remind people that being a preacher isn’t hereditary. It’s not a family business. Sure, I would know how to be a preacher but that isn’t who I am. Don’t let people – or even your own family – dictate your life based on your family name.

Who is the person you see in the mirror? We either like the person we see or we don’t. If you don’t then what is it about yourself that you don’t like? Why can’t you look at yourself and accept who you are? You have the power to change things on your own.

One of Satan’s most effective lies is to convince you how unworthy you really are. God is holy and perfect and we are not so compared to that, we can never reach it but God doesn’t want us to compare ourselves with His perfection, He wants to simply love us. We have a hard time letting go because we don’t think we are worthy of that. We feel that somehow we have to earn it.

The end of Romans 8 is a place I always end up if I doubt about God’s love. It starts with verse 38 which says “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Now that pretty much covers it.

We do not have to be bound by being the you that others will accept. IF they accept you they will accept you and if they don’t, they don’t.

Isn’t it time to be who you are?

Frisbee Golf: Is That A Sport?

I was driving through a park recently and passed – what I thought was a golf course – but when I looked more closely at one of the holes, I noticed strange contraption where the cup should have been. I noticed it was for a sport called “Disc Golf”. I had heard of this before but I had never seen a REAL disc golf course.

Yes, Frisbee – or Disc – Golf is a sport and it is a refreshing variation of the traditional form of golf.

Disc Golf isn’t a recently discovered sport. It was actually invented in the 1900s when the first recorded game was played in Bladworth, Saskatchewan in Canada. It was never organized into a sport until the 1970s.

Instead of using golf clubs, players throw a disc at a target on a course with 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a target, throwing again from where the previous throw landed, until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target are tallied (often in relation to par), and players seek to complete each hole in the lowest number of total throws. The “hole” is a strange contraption. Baskets are constructed with a central pole holding a basket under an assembly of hanging chains. When a disc hits the chains, it is often, but not always, deflected into the basket. To complete a hole with a basket target, the disc must enter the target above the top of the tray and below the bottom of the chain support, and come to rest supported by the target.

Believe it or not, there are actually over 6,000 disc golf courses in the United States. The best course in the world is Jarva Discgolf Park in Kista, Sweden. Maple Hill in Leicester, Massachusetts has the top U.S. course. Disc golf is the 4th fastest growing sport in United States. There has been a rapid increase in installed permanent courses with an average of more than 400 new courses added each year between 2007 and 2017. The game is played in about 40 countries and, as of 2019, there are 53,366 active members of the PDGA worldwide.

The top men’s player is Paul McBeth from Huntington Beach, California. He has 126 wins and has made over $400,000 in career earnings. Paige Pierce from Plano, Texas is the top women’s player. She has won 128 events and earned over $218,000. Both are members of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).

Paul McBetch is the top men’s player
Paige Pierce is the top women’s player

After the coronavirus pandemic caused a two-month hiatus that canceled or postponed 645 events, 36 eager competitors flocked to a golf course in West Point, Utah, this past week for the official return of PDGA-sanctioned play.

Want more information about Disc Golf? Check out these cool books about the sport:

56 Things

Today as I turn 56, I am reflecting back on 56 things that I have learned about life so far:

  1. The older you get, the faster the world becomes.
  2. People will let you down.
  3. No matter what you do, you will let others down.
  4. Money only brings temporary happiness.
  5. A house is not a home.
  6. Whether or not you attend your high school prom really doesn’t matter.
  7. Don’t base your self-worth on what others think about you. Just because they have an opinion doesn’t mean they are right.
  8. Trust God and leave the results to Him. Don’t try to “help” him out.
  9. Don’t marry the person you can live with, marry the one you can’t live without.
  10. You body will wear out. Things will break or not work as they should.
  11. Everything does happen for a reason but you won’t always like the reason
  12. Church attendance is overrated. Going to church doesn’t make someone a Christian.
  13. You don’t know you are in a cult when you in one.
  14. Don’t breathe through your nose when changing a diaper. (Trust me on this one)
  15. Be good at adjusting to change.
  16. Be quick to forgive. The longer you wait, the more bitterness will set in.
  17. If people gossip about others to you, they will gossip about you to others.
  18. Never make an important decision when you are hungry.
  19. Learn from your mistakes.
  20. Give people a second chance
  21. You can never detect your own bad breath. This amazes me since our nose is so close to our mouth.
  22. Never assume anything.
  23. Never talk about having extra money around your house or car.
  24. Be careful what you post on social media.
  25. All of your Facebook friends aren’t your friends. You also don’t HAVE to friend everyone from high school or all of your relatives.
  26. Know your limitations. Just because you set your mind to do something doesn’t mean that you can.
  27. Don’t judge someone based on how they look. Actions speak louder than anything else.
  28. If work was fun it wouldn’t be called work.
  29. Do the right thing even when no one is looking.
  30. If you do a million good things people will remember the one bad thing.
  31. You can’t pick your family but you can pick your friends.
  32. Follow your heart but take your brain with you.
  33. Be on time.
  34. The one who really cares about you will be the one who cares for you.
  35. You can’t control what others do, you can only control what you do.
  36. When I die I want a representative from the Atlanta Falcons to be a pallbearer so they can let me down one more time.
  37. Don’t get so wrapped up with your favorite sports team.
  38. Take time to sit in silence.
  39. Work isn’t the most important thing in life.
  40. Hallmark doesn’t have a card for everything.
  41. There’s only one God and we’re not it.
  42. Nobody likes a smart ass.
  43. Take a European vacation.
  44. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  45. You can’t finish something you don’t start.
  46. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  47. Time doesn’t always heal all wounds.
  48. It’s never wrong to do the right thing.
  49. Do more than what’s expected.
  50. When one difficult co-worker leaves, they will be replaced by two.
  51. You can’t always plan everything.
  52. When times get tough, hang on.
  53. A good attitude can change everything.
  54. True love does exist.
  55. Wear Sunscreen.
  56. 56 years go by faster than you think.

Biggest U.S. Cities Without Professional Sports

Most professional sports leagues are successful when they have franchises in major U.S. cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Unfortunately, some of the cities with the largest populations get left out. Then you have cities such as Green Bay and Oklahoma City who get professional sports teams even though they aren’t in the top of U.S. population. Some cities are more popular than others.

Here are cities currently without a professional sports franchise in the five major leagues (Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League or Major League Soccer):

Austin, Texas (964,254)

The closest professional sports team is the San Antonio Spurs which is about 80 miles away from Texas’ state capital city. Although home to the University of Texas and several minor league teams, there has been no talk of any of the major leagues placing a franchise here. Austin seems to fall behind San Antonio and Houston which are 4th and 7th in U.S. population.

Current minor league teams: Spurs (basketball), Round Rock Express (baseball) and Stars (hockey)

What could work here? Perhaps an National Hockey League (NHL) team since there aren’t any in San Antonio or Houston. Austin was – in fact – awarded an MLS franchise and will begin play in 2021.

Fort Worth, Texas (895,008)

Technically, Fort Worth has the Dallas Cowboys as AT&T Stadium is only 18 minutes away but Fort Worth really has no team to call its’ own. The Texas Rangers are also 18 minutes away as well. Forth Worth has to adopt Dallas as their teams.

Current minor league teams: Vaqueros FC (soccer)

What could work here? Nothing really since they are so close to the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and Stars. They are just cursed to be so close. Nobody really likes a hyphenated team called the Dallas-Ft. Worth team. St. Paul and Minneapolis are in a similar situation but they use Minnesota as their team name but they are the only sports teams in that state. I can’t see anyone changing names to Texas Cowboys or Texas Mavericks.

El Paso, Texas (682,669)

Here’s another Texas city without a team and they are a long way from the closest one. The Arizona Cardinals are actually the closest team to El Paso at over 400 miles away.

Current minor league Teams: Chihuahuas (baseball) and Coyotes (indoor soccer)

What would work here? With El Paso on the border of Mexico, it would probably work to have an MLS team since soccer would be pretty popular. Unfortunately, there has been no talk of locating an expansion team here.

Louisville, Kentucky (620,118)

Of all the cities on this list, Louisville seems to be the most ideal location for a professional sports franchise. The Cincinnati Reds and Bengals are the closest to Louisville almost 100 miles away. The city had the Kentucky Colonels in the old American Basketball Association (ABA) in the 1960s-1970s but nothing serious since then.

Current minor league teams: Bats (baseball) and Louisville City FC (soccer)

What would work here? Definitely the NBA. Kentucky loves basketball and it would seem a perfect choice for an NBA franchise since the closest one is five hours around in Memphis. It seems odd that no new leagues have even considered Louisville. It would seem like a prime location.

Albuquerque, New Mexico (560,218)

The pro sports teams in Phoenix are the closest at 480 miles away from the largest city in New Mexico. The city did have a short-lived professional volleyball team in the 70s called the Lasers but nothing much except for minor league teams. There hasn’t been any discussion to include Albuquerque from any of the major sports leagues plus it’s not that easy to spell on a consistent basis.

Current minor league teams: Isotopes (baseball), United (soccer) and Duke City Gladiators (indoor football)

What would work here? Probably nothing. It seems that this city will be stuck in the minor leagues. Baseball seems to be the most popular sport here but I wouldn’t think the MLB would expand or move a team here.

Tucson, Arizona (545,975)

Tucson is about 113 miles away from Phoenix for their professional sports teams but none of their own. Tucson loves baseball as they are busy during MLB’s spring training in March every year. This city is completely overshadowed by Phoenix and there has been no serious talk about placing any professional sports teams here.

Current minor league teams: Sugar Skulls (indoor football) and Roadrunners (hockey)

What would work here? MLS would if could snag it away from Phoenix.

Fresno, California (530,093)

Fresno is halfway between the Bay Area and Los Angeles but 150 miles from San Jose and 200 from Los Angeles. It is not likely they would have any interest from any professional league.

Current Minor League teams: Grizzlies (baseball) and Monsters (hockey)

What would work here? Probably nothing. It would be hard to compete with other cities in California.

Mesa, Arizona (508,958)

Mesa suffers the same problem as Fort Worth as they are less than 20 miles from a big league city. Phoenix with the Suns, Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Coyotes are the closest major league teams. Mesa is big with spring training for major league baseball but not much in other pro sports and it is not likely they will get a professional sports franchise.

Current minor league teams: Rattlers (indoor football) and Cubs (baseball)

What would work here? Maybe build an arena to lure one of the teams to Mesa.

Colorado Springs, Colorado (472,688)

The home to the Air Force Academy is about 70 miles from Denver’s professional sports teams. College sports seems to have a strong hold on this city and it doesn’t seem likely that any major sports league would put a team here.

Current minor league teams: Switchbacks FC (soccer) and Rocky Mountain Vibes (baseball)

What would work here? Probably nothing. Denver is close enough and they have a franchise in all the professional sports leagues.

Omaha, Nebraska (468,262)

Omaha gets attention with hosting the College Baseball World Series but no one talks much about anything else. The closest they have been was the Omaha Knighthawks in the United Football League (UFL) which tried to become a feeder league for the NFL. The Knighthawks drew well but the league failed. They also had a brief stint in the NBA as they split the Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1972-1975.

Current minor league teams: Storm Chasers (baseball), Lancers (hockey) and Beef (indoor football)

What would work here? Maybe the Kings should move back here. The NHL could possibly work here too.

For many of these cities, you can’t say it would never happen. I never thought Oklahoma City would get an NBA team to move there so there is hope for these top cities.

When The Stanley Cup Was Affected By A Pandemic

We are still not sure how the current COVID-19 pandemic will affect this season’s Stanley Cup Final but we can look back to see how a similar pandemic affected the 1919 final. In 1919, the Spanish Flu outbreak impacted the Stanley Cup Final when it was cancelled after five games and no champion was crowned.

The final featured the Seattle Metropolitans of Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champions hosting the Montreal Canadiens of National Hockey League (NHL). Seattle was the host of the Stanley Cup Finals which was a best-of-five series.

Game #1 – Seattle 7, Montreal 0: Seattle took advantage of playing by PCHA rules as they scored two in the first period, three in the second and two in the third.

Game #2 – Montreal 4, Seattle 2: The Canadiens evened the series in game two with Newsy Lalonde scoring all of Montreal’s goals. Montreal took the lead and never relinquished it, although Seattle scored two in the third in 32 seconds to make it close.

Game #3 – Seattle 7, Montreal 2: Seattle scored four goals in the first to take a commanding lead. No goals were scored in the second. In the third, Seattle prevented any comeback, outscoring Montreal 3–2.

Game #4 – Montreal 0, Seattle 0: Ended in a tie after 20 minutes of overtime, with both Holmes and Montreal’s Georges Vezina blocking every shot. At the end of the first period, the Seattle’s Cully Wilson scored a goal but it was waved off as it was scored just after he had blown the period’s final whistle. Near the close of the second overtime, Louis Berlinguette of Montreal had an outstanding chance to win it but missed by inches. At the end of the game, players laid collapsed across the ice, the crowd gave both teams an ovation after the game in appreciation of the teams’ play.

Game #5 – Montreal 4, Seattle 3: Montreal rallied from a 3–0 deficit after two periods and scored three to force overtime. Montreal’s Jack McDonald scored the game winning goal with Seattle down a player when Frank Foyston was injured.

The teams had planned to play the series deciding game on April 1st but the Spanish Flu outbreak affected several players on both teams. Newsy Lalonde, Joe Hall, Winfred Billy Coutu, Louis Berlinguette and Jack McDonald of Montreal were sick with high fevers. Montreal was going to forfeit the Cup to Seattle but Seattle’s manager/coach Pete Mudoon refused since it was a result of the illness.

Four days later, Montreal’s Joe Hall died of pneumonia brought about by the flu. His funeral was held in Vancouver on April 8, with most team members attending. Manager George Kennedy also fell ill. He seemed to recover and was released from the hospital, but he died a few days later.

No official Stanley Cup winner was declared in 1919. None of their names were engraved onto the trophy; however, when the Cup was redesigned in 1948 and a new collar was added to include those teams that did not engrave their names on the trophy.