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Inside the NFL’s ‘new norm’: What game day sounds and feels like in 2020

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Welcome to NFL game day in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic. Please remember to wash your hands, wear a mask and stay six feet apart.

When the NFL decided to push forward with starting the 2020 season on time, the league implemented rigorous protocols and procedures to keep its players, coaches and team personnel safe. And even those have had to be altered — sometimes weekly — as teams battle COVID-19 outbreaks within the walls of their facilities.

Getting to game day each week has been a challenge for almost every team as the entire aesthetic of NFL games has changed during a season unlike any other. From the number of buses teams take to the stadium to maintain social distancing to the way quarterbacks call plays in the huddle, the coronavirus has forced teams to adapt and adjust the way they operate.

Travel has changed. Schedules have changed. Competitive advantages/disadvantages have gone out the window for many. The look and feel of game day is totally different in 2020, but the NFL has marched on, aided by an understanding of the need for flexibility.

We asked players and coaches to describe the differences they’ve experienced on game day — from travel all the way into the huddle — as the NFL continues to forge ahead with the 2020 season.

Road life and pregame

Team travel has extra complications in 2020. No longer are players, coaches and staff allowed to explore the cities they’re playing in during what little downtime they have on the road. They’re not permitted to leave the hotel to eat in restaurants open to the public, can’t jump in an Uber or use other forms of public or private transportation. They can’t have visitors to their room other than members of their traveling party or use shared hotel facilities (such as the pool or fitness center) unless it has been designated for use by the traveling party and thoroughly disinfected.

To limit exposure to COVID-19, the NFL reduced the number of staffers on road trips from 110 to 70, which includes coaches, medical staff, equipment and front-office personnel.

Just getting to and from cities adds a new wrinkle to the week’s preparation.

Joe Judge, New York Giants head coach: “Anytime you have a mask on, it slows down your hydration. Also when you’re on the [team] plane, you naturally dehydrate from the air pressure and the way it affects the cells and the moisture in your cells. We need to make sure we do a really good job traveling with hydrating on the plane, even though we have masks on.”

Adam Gase, New York Jets head coach: “I think it was a little odd, though, when you get on a plane. It had been so long since any of us had really done anything — traveling, being in a different hotel. It felt like it had been a long time.”

Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach: “My experience has been, you arrive at the hotel and if you go to get a workout in or sauna, it’s packed with your travel party, packed with coaches. I rarely have ever seen players in there, but that’s like one of things that I had to make sure the coaches [know]. I’m like, ‘Look, [you] better get a workout before you go’ and then Sunday morning if you’re going to get a workout, get it at the stadium. You’re not going to be able to get it at the hotel, but these are the things you have to go over to keep everybody safe.”

Matthew Judon, Baltimore Ravens LB: “I usually find one of the best pizza spots in town — one of the highest rated — and I eat pizza the night before a game. We aren’t allowed to leave our hotel, I think. So, they’re just going to have to bring it to me and we’re just going to have to be chilling up in a hotel.”

Sean Ryan, Detroit Lions QB coach: “If you’ve got friends or family in that area you used to be able to see them, even if it was briefly you’d be able to say hello and talk to them a little bit. That’s obviously not the case and also they are obviously not at the games so that’s probably the biggest difference. There’s none of that interaction with friends or family on the road, and in some ways, there’s no distractions, either. Which is a good thing.”

For the past few years Ezekiel Elliott‘s mom, Dawn, would sit in one of the end zone field suites at AT&T Stadium with the running back’s sisters or other family and friends. But not this year. Elliott’s mom will remain in St. Louis for games even though AT&T Stadium is one of the few NFL venues — so far — to allow fans at games. The money Elliott might have saved by not booking a suite didn’t last long.

Elliott, Dallas Cowboys RB: “Me and my mom, we had a trade-off. I told her that she couldn’t come down this year, so I finished her basement and got her a nice TV and couches so she has somewhere nice to watch the games.”

Jordan Akins, Houston Texans TE: “The meals are like individually packed. It’s not like you can sit there and say I want a chicken salad, or I want this, or I want that. It’s like pre-ordered. You sit down and you write down what you want. They have everything set up for you. It’s kind of more isolated and it’s not just out for the open.”

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings QB: “There’s scheduling differences. There’s subtle differences, like, when you have the pregame meal at breakfast, there’s only four players at a table instead of maybe having six or eight. So we’re a little more spread out. We’re doing our chapel virtually, so we’re sitting in our rooms on a computer instead of being in a room together.”

Hank Fraley, Lions OL coach: “Normally you go somewhere, you wake up extremely early [on game day] and it’s a chance to go out and just have a cup of coffee down the street instead of the hotel if you’re able to do it, you know, and just take a walk around the block and come back in. Since that’s going on now, there’s none of that. It’s fine. It’s just the new norm, right?”

The atmosphere of game day

More teams are allowing fans into stadiums at limited capacity as we enter Week 6 of the season, but many remain closed to patrons for the foreseeable future. That means the continued use of artificial crowd noise. Players need to provide their own juice with little to no crowd energy to boost them.

Wes Martin, Washington G: “It was very quiet. It was almost kind of eerily quiet. Even in pee wee football in fourth grade you’d hear your parents yelling and screaming. For the first time ever you’re out there in a game and it’s really, really quiet.”

Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams head coach: “In terms of the crowd noise, it was extremely irritating, but I didn’t notice it until — it was kind of like white noise until I realized that it was crowd noise. Then I couldn’t stop hearing it. It was like, you want to talk to someone, but you couldn’t because you realize there’s this white noise just drowning out anything you wanted to say.”

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans QB: “Definitely no energy coming from the stadium; you have to bring our own energy on the sidelines, within the huddle. At the end of the day it’s still football though. We have to be able to go out and play, feed off of each other instead of the crowd, and be the best at playing in that circumstance because both teams are dealing with the same stuff.”

Kevin Byard, Titans S: “It’s all about being locked in and being more detailed.”

Ty McKenzie, Lions LB coach: “When I first went out there I am looking and there’s no one in here. It’s dead silent and quiet. This is weird. This is strange. Once you kind of felt the energy of the teams. You always want the fans there.”

J.J. Watt, Texans DE: “I mean even comparing just last week with whatever it was, 15,000 to this week with none I was surprised at how big of a difference even just 15,000 fans makes. So as an athlete, as a competitor, did it make a difference in how you play? No. But you can definitely tell just the atmosphere, the excitement, the energy is definitely different.”

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs QB: “It’s like practicing in the locker room with nobody else in there. There’s literally no noise. It is different. It’s not like practice because in practice, you can at least get music playing.”

Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints DE: “Looking up and seeing the Superdome — the Superdome — just sorta felt like we were at a Tampa Bay game.”

The sidelines

The lack of crowd noise makes it easier for television broadcasts to pick up some of what’s being said on the sidelines, such as defenders yelling out to declare passing situations or players cheering for their teammates in celebration after a big play.

Without the boost from fans, the sidelines have a different feel in 2020.

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders QB: “Do you do this for fans’ appreciation? Do you do it for fans to pat you on the back? Or do you do this because you love it and you’ll get up whether there’s noise or not. And if you’re one of those guys, which I think we have a team full of guys like that, then you just go out there and you just love making plays with your teammates. That’s where our juice comes from, within our sideline, within our team.”

Jared Cook, Saints TE: “Pretty much the whole game we were on the sideline talking about how different it was. Everything from start to finish was weird. It was eerie. … You could hear a lot. The music was not loud enough. The crowd noise we felt was not loud enough. The only crowd noise we had was some of our inactive players that were in the stands cheering so loud.”

The best teams are a well-oiled machine on the sideline. There’s someone in charge of signals while another staffer handles substitutions. As always, coaches with headsets roam the sidelines as they communicate with everyone, including other coaches up in the booth. Orchestrating an effective communication strategy has taken some getting used to for coaches.

Tim Kelly, Texans OC: “[A quiet stadium has] made [communication] it easier. You’re not dealing with 70,000 screaming people.”

Matt Patricia, Lions head coach: “Honestly, for myself, I don’t really hear that well anyways, so I do a lot of lip reading, and that’s real hard when you have masks on from that standpoint. I know the players do out on the field too. There’s a lot of times where I’ve had players that — they’ll read my lips. They don’t necessarily get the call through the helmet, and they might just be able to understand what we’re running based on the communication based on looking at somebody’s face. Sometimes it becomes really difficult.”

Ryan, Lions QB coach: “Up in the [coaches’] box it’s not a huge difference because once you put your headset on, you’re kind of locked in to the field and the crowd is not that distracting to you. So not a huge difference up there. Other than we’re in two separate boxes now so there’s a lot more spread out to work. It’s actually pretty nice.”

And don’t even think about pulling that mask down to call a play.

Gase, Jets coach: “There was a suggestion by our starting quarterback that maybe I need to pull it down sometimes when I’m calling plays. I’m glad I didn’t … I’d rather not get fined $100,000. That would not go over well.”

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On the field

While the protocols and procedures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 have affected nearly every part of the game-day operation, the X’s and O’s remain the same. It’s how they’re being executed, though, that adds another element to these weekly chess matches.

Ron Rivera, Washington head coach: “I will say there were a couple times where I wished we had a little bit more of a crowd noise, especially fourth quarter when they got the ball with a couple minutes to play. I was kind of wishing we had the crowd going right now. That would be cool.”

Nick Martin, Texans C: “When you play you’re so zoned in you don’t really notice it, to be honest. It’s more like the big plays you noticed it, when your defense is out there, running out of the tunnel, kind of little things like that, momentum shifters. But when you’re actually in the framework of the game, the play, you really don’t notice it because you’re so locked in on your job.”

Martin, Washington G: “We tried to stay alert to [line calls] like with some of our line communications let’s do certain things not to show our hand. But some things you can kind of try to hide. With some things it is what it is.”

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers QB: “I feel like it was going to be an advantage for guys like myself who have cadence that can be rhythmic enough to draw people offside. At the bare minimum, it definitely keeps them at bay; they’re not really able to jump the snap count. Which, for us, is all it needs to do. It’s a new world we’re living in, playing in.”

Mahomes, Chiefs QB: “[A verbal snap count] is definitely an advantage. The only thing that’s kind of a disadvantage is that you have to change a lot of code words for a lot of your audibles because everybody can kind of hear you on the TV copy and everything like that.”

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos QB: “I wanted to call the play quietly in the huddle because I didn’t know if they could hear us calling plays.”

Cousins, Vikings QB: “I’m used to saying it [the playcall] at the top of my lungs in an away stadium. Sunday, I’m actually trying to say it with some level of quiet and calm in my voice. And I want a tight huddle. I want the linemen to create a wall so the defense can’t read my lips or get a feel for the play across the line of scrimmage.”

Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns G: “A few times, I wanted to be like, ‘Should we be this loud? I feel like we are calling the play too loud,’ or something like that.”

Carr, Raiders QB: “People hear calls and checks all the time. That’s every game, every week. So, you’re used to that, you’re used to changing them and you’re used to saying the same thing and it meaning something else the next week and things like that. That’s nothing new in the NFL.”

Aaron Donald, Rams DT: “It just felt more like a little league game back when I was 6, 7 years old playing. The only thing that wasn’t there was my mom and dad screaming ‘Aaron!’ That was the only thing that was different.”

Drew Brees, Saints QB: “It’s like, you gotta visualize people jumping up and down at home or something like that. But yeah, you gotta worry about what we can control. You know, create your own emotion and lock in on the game.”

Jared Goff, Rams QB: “I thought it was really cool that we could really, throughout the game, hear our sideline. I told those guys, I thought it was really cool being able to make big plays and hear our guys kind of erupt and could hear like individual voices.”

Anthony Weaver, Texans DC: “The thing I think I miss the most, particularly as a defensive guy, is when you have a situation like we did against Baltimore when you’re having a string of sacks. When J.J. Watt gets a sack and Charles Omenihu and Zach Cunningham, when those things happen, typically that ignites the stadium and the defense feeds off that energy. Now we’ve got to make sure we bring all that energy and juice within ourselves.”

Bitonio, Browns G: “Before the first game, I was just thinking I did not know how quiet it was going to be and I don’t want to get up to the ball and they are hearing us call passes or call runs. We do not want to give them any advantages in that sense.”

The extracurriculars

Aaron Jones still did the Lambeau Leap after his touchdown even though there was no one to catch him.

Jones, Packers RB: “I definitely miss the fans, the pats on the helmet, the pats on the back, them screaming. But I mean, anytime I get in the end zone. I like the Lambeau Leap. It’s a tradition we have here. Hopefully I picked up some sponsors, leaping on FedEx, Invisalign.”

Big-play celebrations don’t yield the same feeling as before.

Donald, Rams DT: “It was like a more intense scrimmage. You make a play and it’s a high-five; you don’t have the crowd to celebrate to.”

In Week 4 during the Colts-Bears game, field mics picked up Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers‘ friendly trash-talk of Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith as he tried to draw the defense offside in the fourth quarter.

Even the smack talk between the lines carries a different feel this season.

Sheldon Richardson, Browns DT: “If anything, [trash-talking] has picked up more. Not at home games for us, but the first away game felt like a little scrimmage or something like that with no fans in the stands at all. If you were trash-talking, if anything, it got picked up more and more low-toned so your guys are not yelling and just talking to them and talking to you.”

Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons RB: “You hear [trash-talking] a lot more, for sure. That’s really like the only thing to do is to trash-talk. You can’t talk stuff to the fans, so you might as well just do it to the opposing team.”

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Toronto FC hoping to make MLS Cup run having spent much of 2020 far from home

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On a recent Thursday in Hartford, Conn., Toronto FC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg pondered the dichotomy of wanting to reach MLS Cup on Dec. 12, but also desiring to see his family again. Meanwhile, Jim Liston, the team’s director of sports science, was planning a trip to Lowe’s to buy 15 garbage cans so players could have an ice bath after training. As for manager Greg Vanney, he was fretting about his team’s health and the lack of practice time their schedule was affording.

Such is the life of a team as it attempts to not only navigate its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, but has been forced to do it away from home.

Due to travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, TFC — like the league’s other two Canadian teams, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps — set up a “home” base in the U.S. for the remainder of the season; Toronto were stationed in Hartford. (Vancouver Whitecaps took roost in Portland, ground-sharing with Timbers, while Montreal Impact split use of New York Red Bulls’ facilities in Harrison, N.J.) This was on top of nearly every team spending nearly a month inside a bubble back in July at the MLS is Back Tournament outside Orlando, Florida.

The Reds spent about seven weeks back in Toronto as they played a series of matches against Canadian teams. In mid-September, the remainder of the regular season — and the temporary move to Hartford — beckoned. The vagabond nature of the campaign is what led Liston to joke that he was willing to discuss “whatever five seasons” the team has been through so far. But for Vanney and the players, the campaign has required a special kind of focus.

“A lot of what we’ve done here, and what we try to preach here is just control the controllables, and don’t get too drawn into the things you can’t,” Vanney told ESPN. “Roll with it, and make the best out of whatever the situation is.”

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Toronto has largely succeeded in spite of its odyssey. While there was disappointment at missing out on the Supporters’ Shield to the Philadelphia Union, TFC went 7-3-2 during its Hartford sojourn and finished with the second-best record in the league. But the challenges have still been immense. Simply being out of one’s home environment is difficult enough, but the time spent away from family and loved ones weighs heavy on the psyche, even as Vanney has given players the occasional trip back to Toronto — under quarantine — to reconnect with loved ones.

“It’s just very different, very challenging and emotionally exhausting,” Westberg said of his experience while based in Hartford.

Westberg has arguably had it tougher than most. The TFC goalkeeper is married with four children, including a baby girl who was born in June. For that reason, Westberg and his wife, Ania, made the decision at the end of September that it would be better for her and their kids to head back to his native France so they could be surrounded by family. Westberg called it “the least bad decision,” but there are difficulties nonetheless.

“I’m a very even person, and this year has challenged me a lot,” he said. “I’m still pretty even, but I keep a lot to myself and for sure there’s some difficult days, seeing your family [struggle] from your absence.”

The inability to be home has affected the players and staff in other ways. In Toronto, there are ways of disengaging from the game. Being with friends, loved ones or even in familiar surroundings can be the best medicine in terms of forgetting a bad game or training session. But in Hartford, at the team’s hotel, that escape is nearly impossible even as players try to distract themselves by reading or taking online classes.

“You don’t really unplug,” Westberg said. “You FaceTime family, or this or that, but it’s too short. You’re 100 percent focused on your soccer, and your whole day basically relies on being ready for whatever soccer activity that you have next, whether it’s practice or game. It’s good for your physique, it’s optimal for the way you eat and the way you [train]. But mentally, you’re not as fresh as your body.”

That isn’t to say there are only negatives to the separation. There is also an us-against-the-world mentality that Toronto has adopted, given that their players and personnel are experiencing the season in a way that is vastly different than most other teams. The team staff has done what it can to make their surroundings a home away from home, whether it’s personalizing the locker rooms at Rentschler Field or having hotel staff brand the surroundings in TFC colors. The hotel went so far as to bring in a barista who could consistently give the players their coffee fix. Supporters groups have even sent down banners in a bid to convey the fact that the players are remembered.

The care that TFC takes for players has extended to families back home, with the club supplying meals to loved ones three times a week.

On the logistical side, Liston made sure that one of the gyms used at MLS is Back was brought to TFC’s hotel in Hartford, and he remarked that the food at the hotel is “arguably the best we’ve ever had on the road.”

There have also been efforts to create new routines. Assistant coach Jason Bent, aka DJ Soops, has been in charge of the pregame music selection for the past 18 months — no easy feat for a squad that has a considerable international presence. In Hartford, Bent has set aside Thursday nights to spin music in one area of the hotel. He’ll even go live on Instagram or Twitch for those who prefer to relax in their rooms.

“[We] opened it to players and staff and basically anyone that’s part of our bubble to come relax, listen to music and just enjoy each other’s company,” Bent said. “I enjoy making people happy so if it’s helping everyone even in the slightest, I have no problem arranging the set and spinning.”

For Vanney, the pandemic and operating outside of the team’s home market has meant any number of challenges. He said the team has used three different training facilities in Hartford, with varying field conditions. He recognizes that the trips home are vital for the mental health of his players and staff, but any breaks also mean less time spent on the practice field. The compressed schedule, which at times involved games every three or four days, has had an impact as well. Even the best-laid plans in terms of squad rotation were impacted as minor injuries began popping up.

“We end up with a lot of guys in different positions because they need special kinds of treatment or care to help them get fit and back to health,” Vanney said. “So it ends up being a lot of different things kind of going on all at once, and that’s been the challenge of it.”

Recovery from matches has been complicated by the fact that TFC doesn’t have access to the same level of facilities that it does at home — hence Liston’s emergency trip to Lowe’s to fashion impromptu ice baths for the players. Then there are the different ways the players occupy themselves on the road as compared to home, especially amid the pandemic.

“There’s really no life outside of the hotel,” Liston said. “[At home], you may go walk the dog in the afternoon or go for a walk with your wife or friend or girlfriend or family and you’re out and about. The recommendation [here] is to kind of stay put. So you’ve got a really active population and pro athletes, who we’re asking them to be sedentary the rest of the time, kind of stay in the hotel from a COVID and safety standpoint. That’s not optimal for recovery either.”

There are also the creature comforts of home that are no longer available on the road, which can impact sleep.

“Sleep is the number one tool for recovery, and that’s definitely been a challenge,” Liston said. “We do well-being questionnaires and the scores on quality of sleep, and hours of sleep, just drop.”

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Another change has been same-day travel, which has drawn mixed reactions from the TFC players and staff. Vanney and Westberg are generally in favor, saying it reminds them of when they each played in France. Flying back the same night also means a training day isn’t lost. Liston has a different perspective in that he prefers arriving the day before, and then leaving the same day.

“I think [same-day travel] makes for a really long day,” he said. “And there’s definitely a negative impact on performance, taking three bus rides and a plane ride before your game. You’re getting home — it can be 12:30, but it could also be 1:30 in the morning, and that’s where you know our well-being scores and sleep hours and quality just disappear. When you have so many games in succession, you can’t make up the sleep.”

With the playoffs set to begin for TFC on Nov. 24, the end is in sight, even as it makes for a complex — and even conflicting — set of emotions.

“This is the tricky part. I miss them a lot,” Westberg said of his family. “But in a way I want to see them as [late] as possible in December, because obviously, there’s this idea that we want to do well in the playoffs and we want to keep going. TFC has a history of setting high standards and high expectations. It’s a heavy load to carry but also an exciting one.”

Win or lose, it’s a season they’ll never forget.

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Bettman: NHL is mulling temporary realignment

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The NHL is considering a temporary realignment of its teams for the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to commissioner Gary Bettman.

Bettman said Tuesday that restrictions on travel across the Canadian border, as well as “limitations in terms of quarantining when you go from certain states to other states” within the United States, could mean the NHL creates a more regionalized alignment for its upcoming season.

“As it relates to the travel issue, which is obviously the great unknown, we may have to temporarily realign to deal with geography, because having some of our teams travel from Florida to California may not make sense. It may be that we’re better off — particularly if we’re playing a reduced schedule, which we’re contemplating — keeping it geographically centric and more divisional-based; and realigning, again on a temporary basis, to deal with the travel issues,” Bettman said during a 2020 Paley International Council Summit panel with fellow commissioners Adam Silver of the NBA and Rob Manfred of MLB.

The NHL board of governors has a meeting scheduled for Thursday which will provide a progress report and possible recommendations for a season format, based on talks between the league and the NHL Players’ Association. The target date for starting next season remains Jan. 1.

Bettman said the league is considering a few scheduling options for the 2020-21 season. Something that’s off the table: playing the entire season in the kind of bubbles the NHL had in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, to complete last season. But Bettman said teams opening in their own arenas is a possibility, along with a modified bubble.

“We are exploring the possibility of playing in our own buildings without fans [or] fans where you can, which is going to be an arena-by-arena issue. But we’re also exploring the possibility of a hub. You’ll come in. You’ll play for 10 to 12 days. You’ll play a bunch of games without traveling. You’ll go back, go home for a week, be with your family. We’ll have our testing protocols and all the other things you need,” he said.

Bettman also indicated that the NHL is exploring “a hybrid, where some teams are in a bubble, some teams play at home and you move in and out.”

The NBA’s board of governors unanimously approved a deal with the players’ union that sets the stage for a season that will open on Dec. 22 and with a reduced schedule of 72 games. Silver said that the commissioners are in communication on COVID-19-related issues, especially the NBA and the NHL, since the two leagues’ teams share arenas and, in some cases, team owners.

Silver said he senses that the NBA will have fans in many of its buildings this season.

“We’re probably going to start one way, where we’re maybe a little bit more conservative than many of the jurisdictions allow,” he said. “What we’ve said to our teams is that we’ll continue to work with public health authorities. Arena issues are different than outdoor stadium issues. There will be certain standards for air filtration and air circulation. There may be a different standard for a suite than there will be for fans spaced in seats.”

Silver said there will be standardized protocols that are consistent from arena to arena, such as proximity between players and fans: “In certain cases, for seats near the floor, we’re going to be putting in testing programs, where fans will certify that they’ve been tested — some within 48 hours, some within day of game.” While Silver supported a continued expansion of the NBA postseason through its play-in tournament, Bettman said that he’s not in favor of expanded playoffs or “playing with the fundamentals of the game.” The NHL had 24 teams in its postseason last summer.

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The Battleground States Where We’ve Seen Some Movement In The Polls

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With apologies to The Raconteurs, the presidential race continues to be “steady as she goes,” with little sign of tightening despite a plethora of new polls. FiveThirtyEight’s presidential forecast gives Joe Biden an 89 in 100 shot at winning the election, while President Trump has just an 11 in 100 chance. This makes Biden the favorite, but still leaves open a narrow path to victory for Trump, for whom a reelection win would be surprising — but not utterly shocking.

At the same time, we also have fewer polls from live-caller surveys, which have historically been more accurate and have shown slightly better numbers for Biden, than polls that use other methodologies, such as polls conducted primarily online or through automated telephone calls. Nevertheless, while the overall picture has shifted only a little in recent days, a few battleground states have seen at least some movement in their polls, which has slightly altered the odds Biden or Trump wins in each of those places.

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