For these medical professionals, it is difficult to hold back tears:

“From a nurse in South Dakota who spoke on CNN today, the brainwashed are literally dying and fighting with the nurse that it’s a hoax and must be something else:”

“I have a night off from the hospital. As I’m on my couch with my dog I can’t help but think of the Covid patients the last few days. The ones that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real. The ones who scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100% Vapotherm.

They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that “stuff” because they don’t have COViD because it’s not real. Yes. This really happens. And I can’t stop thinking about it. These people really think this isn’t going to happen to them. And then they stop yelling at you when they get intubated. It’s like a fucking horror movie that never ends. There’s no credits that roll. You just go back and do it all over again.”

Trump’s national security adviser says it looks as though Biden won

Also up for wagering:

Trump will obviously want to replace the man with a totally unqualified loyalist buffoon. But the betting line is … which kind of unqualified buffoon?

So many possibilities …

  • right-wing nutbag commentator
  • unscrupulous lawyer
  • fertilizer baron who made big campaign contributions
  • dumb-ass Trump relative
  • white nationalist
  • embezzler who needs a pardon from Trump
  • senile former senior military officer
  • Rudy Giuliani

It was the best week of the year for the Jets. They got a bye.

Another win for Steeltown. 4 TDs and no picks for Big Ben, en route to 9-0.

More NFL info here.

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Props to the NFL for keeping everything as normal as possible and as safe as needed (we hope).

On the other hand, College football is a real mess, as you undoubtedly know. This week, postponements affected three of the top five teams while #4 Clemson had a scheduled bye, so there was just not much happening. The Badgers did manage to play their second (!!) game of the year. It’s going to get worse as the COVID numbers multiply.

I will note in passing that North Carolina’s QB passed for 550 yards and 6 TDs. That game looked like it should have been in old days of the Big Twelve, when defense was anathema. The final score was 59-53 in regulation, after Wake Forest blew a 21-point lead.

Here’s the weekly scoreboard.