NFLPA Approves Changes to Covid 19 Testing Protocol. (Final)

September 20th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No comments

Teams and players within the NFL now have another reason to disagree with each other due to a recent change with the Covid 19 policy.

 On August 30th, the NFLPA made an official change to the Covid-19 policy moving the usual 14 day test requirements up to once a week for vaccinated players. Some players and coaches expressed their agreement with the rule, but it was also met with backlash from others.

 ESPN reported, super bowl winning head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians stated, “I was fine with the other protocols. If your team is 100% vaccinated, I don’t know why you have to test at all.” Arians’ main concern about new NFLPA protocols? Players missing time because of false positives or mild symptoms.

With changing policies, and vaccination rates in the NFL reaching the mid ninety percent range, another debate reentering the limelight is whether players and coaches should have to be vaccinated at all.

While vaccinated players are now only subject to weekly testing; unvaccinated players are still in a daily testing protocol, will miss time for close contacts, and must wear a mask inside of team facilities… this according to an article on the NFL website.

 Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley made waves in the topic in March when he openly expressed his anti-vaccination views on social media, early into the vaccine’s release.

 More recently, Beasley and his fellow Bills receiver Isaiah McKenzie were fined approximately $14,000 each after breaking mask mandates for unvaccinated players. McKenzie later posted a tweet with the picture of the fine adding, “They got me!” and “@NFL you win!”

On the other hand, many members of the NFLPA as well as the NFL’s chief medical officer Dr. Alan Sills has praised the vaccine for what it has been able to do. Sills said this about the vaccine in an article on ESPN: “We already have enough data to say that vaccinated people are not transmitting in a way that leads to widespread outbreaks because we’re not seeing the kind of outbreaks we saw last year.”

 Countless other NFL players have sited their reason for getting the vaccine as the competitive advantage it brings. This competitive advantage comes from the less frequent testing and shorter quarantine times for positive test and close contacts.

 The NFLPA is hoping to keep the players safe and the football season going with the help of the vaccine.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32109624/tampa-bay-buaccaneers-coach-bruce-arians-says-more-frequent-covid-19-testing-help-all

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32088864/buffalo-bills-receivers-isaiah-mckenzie-cole-beasley-fined-covid-protocol-violations

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32116110/nflpa-accepts-nfl-proposal-increase-covid-19-testing-players-fully-vaccinated

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32171757/high-vaccination-rates-unique-opportunity-model-path-nation

https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-nflpa-agree-to-covid-19-protocols-for-regular-season

Lead Writing Assignment Day 2

September 14th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No comments

Armed robbery last night leads to hundreds of dollars in losses at BJ’s Drug.

At approximately 8:30 pm last night, two men held up owner Barney Joseph at gun point while he was working the front counter. One man took $382.65 out of the cash register while the other kept the gun locked on Joseph.

Bj’s Drug, which is located at 450 Stanley Street, saw a similar situation nearly 25 years ago when Joseph’s father resisted and pulled a gun on the robbers which resulted in him losing his life.

Joseph also had a gun under his counter, but decided to not use it. Joseph cited the quick operation time of the robbery and high risk as his reasoning for not pulling the gun.

News Comment Week 4

September 13th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No comments

The story I picked talks about how the New Orleans Saints upset the Green Bay Packers in a dominate week one victory. With Hurricane Ida ravaging New Orleans, the Saints was forced to practice and play outside of their home facilities. Not only was it a great win for the Saints, but it was also a proving game for Jameis Winston who was starting his first game for the Saints. After being drafted first overall in 2015 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans is a chance for Winston to start over and show why he was picked first years ago.

I really liked this story because it had a good lead and it perfectly embodied the idea of the upside down pyramid. It started with the most important details of the game and why it was significant during Hurricane Ida, then trickled down into some of the lesser important details and stats. Even though the latter part of the story was less important, it still held my interest with unique stats and future information. This story is newsworthy because it is significant to anyone that is following the NFL or possibly even Hurricane Ida. Overall, I think this is a great story and there are minimal aspects I would change about it.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32199634/jameis-winston-tosses-5-tds-leads-new-orleans-saints-blowout-wins-packers

NFLPA Approves Changes to Covid 19 Testing Protocol.

September 13th, 2021 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

Teams and players within the NFL now have another reason to disagree with each other due to a recent change with the Covid 19 policy. On August 30th, the NFLPA made an official change to the Covid policy moving the usual 14 day test requirements up to once a week for vaccinated players.

Some players and coaches expressed their agreeance with the rule, but it was also met with backlash from others. When talking about the new regulations, super bowl winning head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians stated, “I was fine with the other protocols. If your team is 100% vaccinated, I don’t know why you have to test at all.” Arians main concern about new NFLPA protocols? Players missing time because of false positives or mild symptoms.

Another debate revived by the protocol changes is whether players and coaches should have to be vaccinated at all. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley was first to make waves in the topic when he openly expressed his anti-vaccination views on social media, early into the vaccine’s release.

 More recently, Beasley and his fellow Bills receiver Isaiah McKenzie were fined approximately $14,000 each after breaking mask mandates for unvaccinated players. McKenzie later posted a tweet with the picture of the fine adding, “They got me!” and “@NFL you win!”

On the other hand, many members of the NFLPA as well as the NFL’s chief medical officer Dr. Alan Sills has praised the vaccine for what it has been able to do. Sills said this about the vaccine in an article on ESPN, “We already have enough data to say that vaccinated people are not transmitting in a way that leads to widespread outbreaks because we’re not seeing the kind of outbreaks we saw last year.”

 Countless other NFL players have sited their reason for getting the vaccine as the competitive advantage it brings. This competitive advantage comes from the less frequent testing and shorter quarantine times for positive test and close contacts compared to unvaccinated players who face much harsher regulations. With vaccination rates in the NFL reaching the mid to high ninety percent range, the NFLPA is hoping to keep the players safe and the football season going with the help of the vaccine.

Lead Writing Assignment

September 9th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No comments

A local pastor plans to lead a protest of evolution teachings at a Backwater University Biology class. Ever Faithful Church pastor Wilbur Stracking is developing a group of citizens to help protest the teachings. Stracking stated, “We believe the teaching of evolution is against the principles of this Christian country, and we want to put a stop to it.”

Laura Cliff is currently teaching the class at hand and has refused to comment on the matter. The president of the school has also declined to make a comment.

Lead Practice 2

September 9th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No comments

Car accident kills one and injures three early yesterday morning. Central City resident Moyer Quick (65) was pronounced dead after a head-on collision on highway 20.

Others involved in the crash were Quick’s wife, Dorthy, and another passenger Maxine steuerwald, 43, of South Sioux. As for the other vehicle, the driver was 17 year old Randy Radin of Swan Lake who is currently in critical condition with a skull fracture and internal injuries.

Patric Stewart, a South Iowa Highway Patrolman, reported the accident happened after Quick failed an attempted pass of Radin as they were both heading West. The impact sent both vehicles into the ditch after rolling Quick’s car once. Police believe weather had no cause on the accident.