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That thing

That thing we don’t talk about

Of that we mustn’t speak

Yet it’s all around us

In the air, on our lips, on our minds

Always on our minds

We can’t escape it, but we pretend oh so well

The occasional nervous laugh, a reminder of what we know

The side glance, our way of asking if it’s been found out

The whisper, words of worry quietly shared between us

We act as if that thing isn’t real, alive, ever present

We walk away, in opposite directions

And that thing isn’t spoken of

For at least another day

BREAKING: NY TIMES: CDC tells Americans to prepare for coronavirus outbreak

According to the New York Times,

“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

She said that public health officials have no idea whether the spread of the disease to the United States would be mild or severe, but that Americans should be ready for a significant disruption to their daily lives.

TIME: Coronavirus Could Cost World $1 Trillion If It Becomes a Pandemic, Analysts Predict

The ghastly prospect that the coronavirus outbreak could become the first truly disruptive pandemic of the globalization era is renewing doubts over the stability of the world economy. With the death toll approaching 3,000, over 80,000 cases officially recorded and an outbreak in Italy now shutting down the richest chunk of its economy, some economists…

via Coronavirus Could Cost World $1 Trillion If It Becomes a Pandemic, Analysts Predict — TIME

2020 MLS Predictions








As always, the predictions are never wrong, it’s the actual players who mess them up 🙂








Atlanta: New faces in key places, but Josef Martinez is still there
NYCFC: A team that never is clutch when it counts
Toronto: A steadier regular season could mean a big postseason
Philadelphia: Time to prove last season was no fluke
Columbus: The Crew is good enough to be really good
New England: Bruce Arena has made all the difference
DC United: Goal scoring will be a challenge
NY Red Bulls
Inter Miami
Orlando City
Chicago Fire
FC Cincinnati

LAFC: No excuses in 2020, it’s championship or bust
Seattle: The Sounders will muddle along and then BAM!
Sporting KC: Last year was a one off
Portland: Another team that seems to always be in the title talk
Dallas: Good enough to make the postseason but not much else
LA Galaxy: The defense can’t be that bad again, right?
Minnesota: The jump into the postseason was good. Now what?
San Jose
Real Salt Lake
Colorado Rapids

Atlanta v LAFC: Both teams brush aside pesky competitors to get to the title game; and this is LAFC’s year