COPING WITH THE VIRUS FROM HELL PART 2

When I wrote my post on how I was doing on March 29, I didn’t think I would be doing a part two of how I was coping with this.

I want to know why the virus from hell is still here with us.

Why are we here in New York City leading the nation with the most cases, sometimes switching places with New Orleans?

This virus is like a renewal of a very bad tv show or a gosh awful movie thst doesn’t need a sequel.

I’m not even going to get into who started it, what government didn’t do what, I just don’t care anymore and I’ve stopped watching news reports about it.

To be honest, I have gotten to the point where I don’t care if it started in Wuhan , China , West Bubblepuck, West Virginia or even West of Whiskey, Kentucky.

This virus is here and it’s like that relative that just doesn’t want to leave.

That’s how I feel about Covid-19.

It’s time for you to go already.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss watching my sports.

I do.

I am the Sports Diva , after all.

Seriously though, I don’t miss my sports as much as I thought I would .

What I do miss a lot though, is doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere to WATCH a sporting event and do other things.

Yes, I am missing telling you all about what’s in my suitcase .

I can’t say that I’m bored though.

There’s videos to watch, music to download, reading other folks blogs, laundry, cleaning ,cooking, eating ,and drinking non alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, sometimes both together.

I go for walks still just to break up the monotony , still with my trusty mask and gloves with me.

When I return back home, gloves and masks go in the garbage where they should be, not on the the sidewalks or in the bushes where some peeps who didn’t get the memo on staying safe, just leave them.

I also spray everything, including the coat or jacket I wore, as well as the doors and hallway.

Then I wash my hands with warm water and soap.

I can only imagine what people who work in essential businesses have to go through .

This is harder on them and their families than it is on me.

This is a new “normal” that I thought I would never see in my country, let alone in my city in my lifetime .

This should have been over by now, but, unfortunately , it’s not, and life must go on as the cases in New York City especially seem to go higher and higher.

I still wish this virus from hell and the horse they rode in on would just go somewhere far, like to the moon or something .

I don’t want to write another blog post titled coping with the virus from hell part three.

I don’t know if I can cope with it.

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GETTING EXCITED AT SEEING CHASE CENTER

I did a day trip to San Francisco while in Las Vegas on 25 February.

I didn’t get to see or do everything that I wanted to do, but the main thing was checking out the new home of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA .

They played at the Oracle Arena in Oakland for many years before moving to their fancy new arena, Chase Center, right across the bay in San Francisco .

As a matter of fact , one of the murals shows two people fighting for a basketball.

One is in Oakland, the other is in San Francisco .

You can see the other famous bridge, the Bay Area Bridge , which separates Oakland from San Francisco .

I happen to think this is a prettier bridge than the Golden Gate Bridge , even if you can’t walk across it.

I didn’t get to see a game here, but the Sports Diva was just happy to be there for the day.

Enjoy pictures of my exciting time at the home of “Dub Nation”

CUTTING DOWN THE BUCKET LIST

Of all the 136 things left to do on my bucket list, this is one of the things that I really wanted to do more than anything else.

No, it’s not seeing Mount Rushmore, Pearl Harbor, the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam.

It wasn’t even taking a ride on the High Roller in Las Vegas or a ride on all the streetcars in New Orleans.

It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for three years, but for some reason, never got the chance.

On March 1, I finally got the chance to do number 115 on my list.

Going to a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game.

From the moment you enter the building affectionately known as ‘The Fortress’, the TMobile Arena, which is located right behind New York New York Hotel and Casino and right next door to Park MGM, you get the feeling that you’re in for something completely different than any sporting event that you’ve ever been to.

It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting behind the glass, the benches, high up in the nose bleed seats or like me, watching the game from Hyde TMobile Arena, located on the very top of the arena, you can see all of the action going on down on the ice.

Hyde does have standing room, but if you get there early enough, you can sit next to your closest friends on couches.

There’s big screen tv’s where you watch the action as well if you can’t get close enough to the seats near the ice.

This is Vegas, peeps.

You’re going to get a little entertainment while watching the NHL’s newest team.

It might be the DJ spinning tunes up at Hyde between periods, members of the Cirque Du Solei performing on the ice between periods, the Vegas Vivas, the team cheerleaders taking pictures with fans before, during and after the game, Chance, the team mascot entertaining the crowd with his antics or even the team announcer, who whips up VGK Nation into a frenzy BEFORE the game starts.

I have been a hockey fan since 1967 and I have never experienced anything like I saw in Las Vegas.

It didn’t even matter that the team lost to their rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, that night.

I was finally happy after three years crossing seeing a Vegas Golden Knights game off my bucket list.

FAN FEST TIME WITH THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS

This is a 30 Plus Teams Tour after all, and the Sports Diva is making the most of it.

On the last day of February , the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team had their annual Fan Fest at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

This year was different , though

Normally, the players meet and greet the fans.

Not this year.

Even though they never mentioned it, concerns about the Coronavirus might have had something to do with why the players didn’t interact with many of the fans , even seasons ticket holders.

However, fans did interact with the team mascot, Chance, the cheerleaders , known as the Vegas Vivas, the team play by play broadcasters and the in game entertainment people.

There were some Golden Knights players though, and while they were on stage, many of us loved the games that they played.

How well do you know your teamate, Vegas Golden Knights Family Feud, and other games were played by the players as well as a Question and answer session with the coach and new players .

Now what would a fan fest be without some swag and of course, the Sports Diva was happy .

A Team Sports Apparel Fashionista ALWAYS needs new swag.

Even though this fan fest was different, a good time in Vegas was had by all .

GETTING THAT WORLD PRIDE FEELING IN NEW YORK CITY

June 30th was the World Pride Day parade here in New York City .

I was never interested in attending this parade when it was the Gay Pride parade.

It wasn’t that I didn’t care about Gay Rights, but I’m not going to get political because that isn’t what 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams is all about.

I was a participating as a volunteer marcher.

Yes, I walked the length of the parade route from 33rd street all the way down to Christopher Street , past the Stonewall Bar, where 50 years ago, the Stonewall Riots took place.

Stonewall is now a historical landmark by the way.

Now if you know New York City , you know that when the streets no longer have numbers, but letters and names , it’s a long way.

But my friends and I had a great time marching and throwing out pucks that said, ‘Hockey Is For Everyone” and waving to the happy people who lined the streets of New York City , even though it was after 9pm.

Wait a minute here.

You say you’re surprised that the Sports Diva was involved in something that had to do with sports?

You either don’t know me very well or are a newbie to 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams .

If sports are somehow involved , I am there!

When the NHL asked for fans of the three area hockey teans, the Rangers , Devils and Islanders to march under the banner of “You Can Play” and “Hockey Is For Everyone “, it just wasn’t the New York area hockey fans that wanted to do this, but there were fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs , Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers that were ready to tell the world that indeed , Hockey is for everyone.

By the number of high fives and a couple of “Let’s Go Devils, Rangers Suck” cheers , a lot of people along the parade route agreed.

Many of them weren’t only waving the rainbow colored flag, but they were waving the You Can Play and Hockey Is For Everyone flags.

Some of them even were waving flags with the NHL shield in rainbow colors .

It was a festive occasion and the weather was perfect even at night.

No high humidy which is rare for a summer night in New York City .

Next year, God willing , if the NHL asks for volunteers , I’m going to do it again .

I’M JO JO AND I’M A SPORTS ADDICT

Fellow blogger, Bill Fonda, from Bill’s Writing Place, which I suggest you check out, wrote a post in his blog titled “Sports is a drug”.

Now if you know me or even if you just know me by my blog, my crazy love of sports should tell you that I just had to read this post.

Of course I’m going to put in my two cents because after all, on Instagram I’m known as “Puck Princess 62″, but most people know me as ‘The Sports Diva”.

Bill is right.

Sports are a drug, just as much as alcohol, cocaine, and gambling are.

Ironically , many of us do gamble on sports, and we even have , “fantasy teams” that we bet on.

Sports can be just as dangerous as those other addictions .

Many soccer fans may remember that during the World Cup, the tragic story of Colombia soccer player Escobar, who was killed when he returned to his country by a “fan”.

His “crime”?

He scored the winning goal- for the other team.

That’s right, he put the ball into his own net by mistake.

Many fans don’t go to that extreme, thank God .

It seems to happen a lot in soccer.

Can we say “soccer hooligans “?

The United States isn’t immune from this addiction , and I always tell people who don’t live in the country about the three things that you really don’t discuss with Americans .

Politics Religion , and Sports .

For some reason, sports seems to make us act differently than we normally do.

What happens to people,men and women, whenever a sporting event comes on, no matter what the sport is?

The most mild mannered people seem to turn into raving lunatics.

Since we’re confessing here, I am one of those people who act as crazy as hell when a sporting event comes on.

I rarely get angry at anything or anyone, but let there be a game on.

I will swear like a sailor , using all sorts of curse words that my parents and the nuns at school certainly didn’t teach me.

I will yell and scream loudly at the tv or radio, calling the players, managers , and referees every name except the names that their mamas gave them.

I will even call into the radio sports talk shows and give my opinion also.

I’m not the only one who’s gone to a game in person and acted the fool.

I know my limits though.

I’m not going to go start a fight with ushers, security or fans so that I can get thrown out.

I’m addicted to sports but not that addicted.

Besides, I paid good money for these seats and my brand new team jersey that I bought just for this game to get thrown out.

Like an addict looking for the next fix or drink , sports have made us dependent on it as well.

Many of us count down the days until the season starts up again, and we look at the team’s schedule so that we can plan trips accordingly .

Been there, done that. How do you think 30 Plus Teams , 30 Plus Dreams started?

Some sports fans even name their children and or pets after their favorite player.

I even have named my stuffed animals and electronic gadgets after my favorite baseball , football , or hockey player.

Don’t judge me , okay?

There’s no intervention for being a “sports addict” or even if one likes sports just a little too much.

What does one do if their significant other is so into sports that nothing else really matters?

If you’ve been married a long or even short period of time, sorry divorce is not an option .

Please don’t get to the point where you have to offer an ultimatum .

“It’s you either like the Golden State Warriors or me. CHOOSE!”

Don’t do it, pardon the pun, but you’re going to lose that bet almost every time.

Try to accept that your boyfriend or girlfriend really does like sports and it really isn’t the end of the world if they like sports and you don’t.

Get upset if the family funds seem to be used for gambling on sports, a lot.

Then it’s ‘Houston, we have a problem ‘

Learn to tolerate your sports nut if they turn into someone that you don’t recognize when a boxing match comes on.

If all else fails, it’s not the end of the world .

Move on and maybe find another person who isn’t a sports nut.

Yeah, good luck with that .

TAKING IN A PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HOCKEY GAME

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he final stop on my 30 Plus Teams Tour of Pittsburgh was, what else?

Attending a sporting event.

This time because baseball season hadn’t started, and the football team, the Steelers had finished their season, I decided to see the team that just happens to be the defending hockey champions , the Pittsburgh Penguins .

It was the day after my birthday, the hotel is right next door, why not go?

No actually this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour and one the first things you do on a 30 Plus Teams Tour is check to see what teams are playing when you’ll be in the city.

I checked the schedule for the Penguins, found out that they would be playing the San Jose Sharks and called up a girlfriend who lived in the city and got us tickets for the game.

Penguins tickets are always hard to get because of the popularity of the team so I was really lucky to get these.

Word of advice from the Sports Diva, if you think tickets are too expensive on the team’s own website, try one of the second party dealers like Stub Hub, NBA ticket exchange, NHL Ticket exchange or even Vivid Seats .

Don’t worry if the name on the ticket isn’t yours.

More than likely, it’s a season ticket holder who for some reason or another doesn’t want to or can’t attend the game.

The night of game there was a lot of snow, and it was 25 degrees, but since my hotel was right next door, no worries .

As I was just getting over being sick you’d better believe that I was dressed warmly, even though I still was dressed like the sports team apparel fashionista that I am .

This arena used to be known as the Consol Energy Arena, but as with most sports arenas these days, when a company goes out of business and a new company takes over, they have the right to change the name of the arena to whatever they want , no matter how really silly the name sounds.

The arena is now known as the Pittsburgh Paints Arena , and our seats are in the 200 section.

That may seem high, but compared to other hockey arenas in the United States and Canada , it really isn’t .

We can see the ice, the flags of the United States and Canada and the five championship banners hanging from the rafters.

What you can’t see from your seat on the ice, just look up at the big scoreboard.

You’ll see everything there , including graffics urging you to make some noise .

As a New Yorker, I find this kind of funny.

You don’t need to tell us to get loud or make some noise at a sporting event or any where else.

It’s in the DNA, I guess.

I had been to a Penguins game a few times but this time I really noticed just how reserved and quiet the fans were.

The team does have a mascot, Iceburgh, who gets the fans hyped up with his antics and drum beating, and of course , fans scream out every once and awhile , “Let’s Go Pens!”

But once again, it wasn’t with the excitement and passion that I’ve heard at other arenas, like New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston, let alone in Toronto at a Blue Jays baseball game .

Could it be that because the team has been doing well thst Penguins fans have been really spoiled by their team?

I don’t know .

I had a good time at the game as the Penguins won, but it didn’t feel like a sports atmosphere.

It felt more like being at a boring concert with people sitting on their hands waiting for something to happen .

Sorry Pittsburgh , I expected better from you when taking in Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game .