Here it is Leeds fans, your season preview. I will put a potential trigger warning here in my introduction – as unlike many media pundits, I’m not tipping you for top half just yet. Don’t worry though, there are some really merited points to discuss about Leeds and I shall do so below.
Leicester City – you are up next and this will be out very soon. I do want to stress, my table predictions were made prior to the season starting, and I won’t change them, just so we can all laugh at how wrong I was at the end of the season. I have a suspicion that Leeds and Leicester fans will both be telling me “we told you so” in May, but I digress.
How did last season go?
Leeds, you’ve done it. At last, you are back in the big time. And as a neutral, you make the PL a lot more interesting. The 2 way banter with Leeds fans is already getting going between Villa fans, and by the looks of things, half the league. Leeds fans have been out of the top tier for far too long now, and they are back with a bang.
They did it in style also, finishing 10 points clear of 2nd placed West Brom, and 12 clear of 3rd placed Brentford, and Marcelo Bielsa’s side learned from their mistakes from the previous campaign and ensured that they made no mistake in 19/20. Their relentless press was too much for most of the Championship, and if they were more clinical, Leeds would be cementing themselves up there with Wolves 17/18, Leicester 12/13, Newcastle 09/10 and Reading 05/06 as the best sides to ever grace the Championship. Patrick Bamford netted 17 Championship goals last season, which, as the Champions’ top scorer, is arguably a modest tally. Other than this, Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich were the most often to pop up with an attacking contribution for Bielsa’s side.
It was the success at the back that made Leeds so formidable in 19/20. The rock-solid partnership of club captain Liam Cooper and former loanee Ben White was exceptional, while the tireless duo Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling were the most commonly used full backs. Leeds had the division’s best defensive record in the Championship last season, conceding an impressively low 35 goals in 46 games. Leeds have been given plaudits by rival fans and pundits alike for their approach to the Championship, being relentless on and off the ball, ensuring that they try and dominate every single game, having the joint 2nd best attacking record, and the best defensive record last season, it’s clear how Leeds achieved promotion so comfortably in the end.
Bielsa is clearly a great manager – and is the main reason as to why Leeds have managed to get themselves out of the Championship. Before Bielsa, Leeds hadn’t made the Championship top 6 since 2006, with the Argentine veteran manager creating a hard-working, pressing machine that maintains quite incredible fitness levels over the course of the season. How this adapts to the Premier League, over the course of the season does remain to be seen, but their bright start does give good omens to Leeds fans.
What should be done in the remainder of the window/how has their transfer window been?
The big story surrounding Leeds before the transfer window started related primarily to Ben White, with Brighton wanting to keep the former loanee for their new-look back 3, with Leeds extremely keen on White returning. Ultimately, Brighton have learned from the mistakes Bournemouth made last season (selling a player to a club seen as a direct rival.) And placed a £50m price tag on White, that Leeds – understandably, walked away from. Leeds have instead brought in 2 new centre-halves for around half the quoted price of White, firstly, 2-time German international, Robin Koch from Freiburg, and then, Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad. As Leeds now have 5 first team centre-halves, compared to the 3 that they started the season with, Leeds now look a lot more solid in that position.
Leeds also stunned many FIFA Ultimate Team fans with their purchase of FUT legend Rodrigo, the striker who was supposed to come in and replace the “wasteful” Patrick Bamford would be the man to score Leeds’ goals and provide vital assists, as Leeds cement themselves back in the Premier League. For now, it seems that the opposite is true, as Bamford steps up, while Rodrigo sits on the bench. 2 weeks running, he has been subbed on and off again in the same match – I’m unsure whether this is due to niggling injuries, or whether Bielsa is making these substitutions as a statement to Rodrigo and his squad, but early signs for Rodrigo aren’t good.
Other than this Leeds have brought in Helder Costa, after his successful loan spell for Leeds last season, as well as Illan Meslier, also after a successful loan – who seems to have stepped up and become Leeds’ undisputed number 1.
I would argue Leeds’ squad as it is, is ready for the Premier League now, however, Leeds may need to add strength in depth in case of any injuries. Strip Kalvin Phillips out of the midfield, or Jack Harrison off of the wing, and all of a sudden, Leeds are a far weaker team. I would recommend picking up some cheap deals for players with Premier League experience for backup, this will assist with both the squad depth issues, as well as giving the younger players in Leeds squad (of which there are many) leadership figures that will help them when things aren’t going well. 2 midfielders, and a winger would be ideal for Leeds, as well as the potential addition of another goalkeeper – to replace the disgraced Kiko Casilla.
It seems that Leeds are close to a deal for Bayern Munich youngster Michael Cuisance, who has played predominantly as a central midfielder. Cuisance seems to be a very Bielsa style player, who will do a lot of pressing, and is technically gifted, similar to Klich. If I was on Leeds’ transfer committee, I would be looking at the following players:
Central/defensive midfield: Ettiene Capoue – the Watford enforcer has impressed in the past, and despite a poor 19/20 PL campaign, definitely has a lot to offer, potentially slotting in alongside Kalvin Phillips when the games hit thick and fast, and Leeds are under the cosh, or covering for Phillips in case of injury or suspension.
Winger: Victor Moses: Potentially a very left-field shout, but there are many wingers currently available from the top clubs – who are surplus to requirements and may therefore be a coup for a team further down the table – like Leeds, could take advantage of. Moses is known for his tireless work ethic, being versatile, having a great cross on him, and is very experienced. Moses could easily fill in for Costa on the right, Harrison on the left, or Ayling at right-back if needed. Leeds fans may disagree, but I personally think Victor Moses – even on a season-long loan from Chelsea would be a very shrewd bit of business for Leeds.
How will this season go?
In a sentence, Leeds will survive, and they will turn some heads this season. Their opening day 4-3 defeat to Liverpool was a statement from Bielsa. Probably somewhere along the lines of “we’re scared of no one.” Although the defending wasn’t great in their opener, or their second match against Fulham, they put some of their critics to bed after a brilliantly hard-fought win at Bramall Lane, where Leeds defended very well and kept an away clean sheet- and took all 3 points, which is not to be taken lightly in the Premier League. In my opinion, their squad, on paper, is probably in the bottom five of all clubs in terms of their quality (Fulham, Burnley, Sheffield United and West Brom making up the other 4 teams) purely due to the lack of strength in depth that some of the other sides have, while – in terms of The Other 14, you could make a case for Bielsa being the best manager – or at least top five managers, The Other 14 have to offer. While Leeds’ first XI is strong, I worry that when injuries inevitably set in, Leeds won’t quite have the quality to achieve the potential that their first XI has.
This, amongst other reasons is why I’ve given Leeds the verdict that I have below. They will score plenty, they will concede plenty (unless Bielsa adapts his style against very qualitative opponents – which I’m unsure he will.) And they will make the Premier League better for it. Bielsa may or may not stay beyond this season – he is of course a complete enigma of a man, more or less impossible to read, but if he does give Leeds another season or two after this one, he may end up cementing Leeds back in the top half of the Premier League, and will probably be remembered alongside Don Revie as the greatest managers that Leeds have ever had.
Verdict: 15th Place. - Please note Leeds fans, I again stress that I made these table predictions before the start of the season – so if you’re unhappy with 15th, I do apologise, feel free to explain (respectfully!) why I am wrong in the comments below.
Key players and best XI
Key players for Leeds this season will be:
Kalvin Phillips – the enforcer is probably the most important cog in the Bielsa machine this season. Will be very important in breaking up attacks and getting their own counterattack started with a sprayed pass from deep.
Liam Cooper – As club captain, Liam Cooper will have a huge responsibility this season, he will have to lead by example, and should be the main man to keep Leeds’ defence as tight as possible.
Patrick Bamford – Should Leeds not sign another centre-forward, and Rodrigo doesn’t live up to the hype, the pressure of scoring the majority of Leeds’ goals and keeping the press going from the front will be down to Patrick Bamford – at 27 this will be his first ever attempt at being a first-choice number 9.
Starting XI (433/4231)
Key periods of the season:
Leeds have a kind end to the season, GW34-GW38 see them face Brighton, Burnley, Southampton and West Brom before the end of the season – however, if I was a betting man, I’d wager they will have nothing to play for come this period.
Leeds don’t particularly have any tough runs, with many of the more difficult fixtures mixed in with easier ones, however, a three-match run from GW31-GW33 sees successive matches against Man City, Liverpool and Man United.
Are you currently forced to live a Lockdown Life because of government regulations in your area concerning Coronavirus? Do you wonder what life is like elsewhere in America where people are living with freedom?
I aim to provide a measure HOPE in the event you’re experiencing times of darkness due to the #Coronavirus story. You do NOT have to life in fear, you do NOT have to live in lockdown, you can not only survive vs Covid-19, you can THRIVE.
How do I know? Because my community in Florida is doing just that and you can too!
Did You Know? Our schools are open, our kids are playing sports, our family goes to social gatherings, and we are living life.
Who am I? Hello, Friends, I’m Mike – you may know me as That Helpful Dad from YouTube, from my professional posts on LinkedIn, or my other online activities. I like giving people helpful tips on how to live a better life. Mostly I write about everyday slice of life topics like BBQ’g, watching tv online, and having fun with family, but today I’m tackling a serious issue: I want to share the story of how my community here in Florida is not just surviving but THRIVING despite the specter of Coronavirus. I will discuss how we initially lived during our time of quarantine and what our situation is like now. My goal is to show you that it’s possible to live a relatively normal life regardless of Coronavirus.
Please know: I am not a medical doctor, I don’t pretend to be one, and I’m not here to give you medical advice. I DO believe that the Coronavirus is a real virus and that it (sadly) some people have died with and perhaps even OF Coronavirus. I also believe that Covid-19 has spread around the world, infecting countless people in ‘pandemic’ fashion and that the virus IS highly contagious. I DO believe that we should respect the Coronavirus and that families should take precautions to protect themselves. Additionally this story was first published on my website and here is the link to it: https://thathelpfuldad.com/coronavirus-lockdown/
Life BEFORE Covid - I’m just an Average Joe. I’m almost 50, I’m married, I have 2 kids, and I have a worker bee job. We live in the suburbs of Tampa and prior to The Covid situation, we enjoyed seeing our kids go to live school and participate in youth sports and outdoor activities like scouting, camping, etc. We loved firing up the BBQ and getting together with friends, we enjoyed going out to dinner, and spending time at the many amusement parks that Central Florida has to offer (#Disney). I imagine you probably enjoyed a lot of things like this too – after all, many of the activities I mentioned are simply examples of happy times in America, right?
Life During Covid - OK so what about the Coronavirus? What about lockdowns? Masks? And all the other ‘new realities’ of life now? Isn’t everything changed?
Well – yes…and no.
Look, when CV19 was first being discussed in early 2020 and we had limited information, I was just as scared as any of you. The company I work for was one of the first to transition its workers to a virtual environment and, given the information from medical experts at the time, my wife and I made the decision to be cautious – particularly because we are the parents of two young boys and we had an elderly grandparent living in the house with us. We heard all the same warnings about the dangers of CV19 as you did, we bought into the flatten the curve message, and encouraged friends and family to ‘stay home, and stay safe.’ We also dutifully wore our masks and bought into the idea that a brief period of home quarantine for the US & the world could be beneficial if it helped to stop the virus and keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed. It seemed reasonable at the time. After all, who can forget the famous and downright scary charts of Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci during the many Coronavirus press conferences that depicted how many millions of people were going to die from Covid-19 if we didn’t do our part to stop it.
And so, believing the experts, we complied with the quarantine. For all of March, April, May, and most of June, we didn’t get together with friends, we didn’t go out to eat, and we didn’t let our kids play outside with other neighborhood kids. That last fact was especially challenging because most of the kids in our neighborhood continued to play together outside and often knocked on our door asking for our kids to play with them, but sadly we didn’t allow them too – all in an effort to protect them from The Covid and ‘do our part’ to help stop the virus around our community and the country and the world.
“THE” Question - As the summer of 2020 began, something started to change for my wife and I. To begin with, we started to wonder why we were not seeing anyone we knew come down with Coronavirus and be sick from it. “Do you know anyone who’s had Covid?” We asked our friends and co-workers. The answers we got back were invariably the same – curiously enough people had heard of “a friend of a friend” who got it, but most people didn’t know anyone personally.
That made us start to wonder…If the virus was so contagious and so deadly like we were being told, why weren’t we seeing people get sick around us too? Why weren’t we seeing people “dying in the suburbs” like we were being told was happening all over America?
What’s Up with the Kids? In June, my wife made a critical observation. For me it changed everything. My wife pointed out that, except for a couple weeks in March at the height of the Coronavirus panic, our local daycares had actually been remained open! Why did daycares remain open in the middle of the Covid Panic? For me that was a bombshell and it made me start to question a few things. If you’ll recall, in the beginning we were told that children were perhaps the most dangerous aspect of The Covid-19 situation because they were deemed to be ‘superspreaders’ who were going to help the virus spread like wildfire. After all, that’s why schools had to be shut down and kids had to be quarantined – that’s why our little league season was cancelled, that why Cub Scouts was stopped, that’s why Disney World was closed. We were told, “Just like with the flu each year or a stomach bugs, school kids are superspreaders and we must protect society against them.” Yes, that’s what we were told in the Spring of 2020. And again, with an elderly parent in the household, we certainly didn’t want our kids to be the cause of my wife’s mother getting sick or worse. And so we dutifully complied with all the government mandates…
The Lockdowns - We voluntarily gave up our freedoms in an effort to ‘Stop the Virus’ and rather than try to enjoy life, instead we remained quarantined at home. We stayed at home under lockdown for March. We stayed at home under lockdown for April. We stayed at home under lockdown for May. We stayed at home under lockdown for June.
The Question Remains…In June we began to wonder more and more. We began to ask even more people – not just friends and coworkers, but soon everybody we talked to – even people at the local grocery store (when we dared to venture out)…“Do you know anyone who’s had Coronavirus? Anyone who’s gotten sick?” Lo and behold we finally began to get some “YES” answers! People told us things like “my dad had it, but he’s better now” or “Yes, I tested positive, but it was like allergies or a mild flu.” We even heard from a family who all had it – with the father feeling ‘like crap’ for a day and the son having a mild headache, and his wife and daughter never even knew they had it because they were entirely asymptomatic. And yes, we also heard some reports of people with ‘friends and relatives’ who died with Coronavirus – although in every instance that we heard about, the person that passed away had an underlying condition – usually an elderly person with comorbidities like obesity, diabetes, or similar metabolic syndrome conditions. To be clear, it saddened my wife and I to hear that ANYONE had died – whether that was OF The Covid or WITH The Covid, or for any other reason. And we often prayed for them…
We Wonder More and More - In spite of the reports of people dying with and perhaps of The Covid, my wife and I continued to wonder why we were not personally seeing anyone we knew even get sick from Coronavirus? Remember, this was allegedly a virus we were continuing to be told by medical experts and news media that was so deadly that we all MUST remain in lockdown to desperately try to protect ourselves and our society against it. Still our questions remained…
Things that make you go Hmmm…If The Covid is so deadly like the experts said, then why were we not seeing it locally? Why were we not seeing people ‘dying in the suburbs?”
As I said before, I’m not a doctor and don’t pretend to be one. However I do work in the pharmaceutical industry, I enjoy reading clinical research papers, and my job requires interactions with local hospitals. I have lots of friends that are hospital medical directors in critical care units, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, etc – people who were (and are) on the front lines of the Coronavirus battle. In the beginning they were afraid – and yet they continued to do their jobs in the face of that fear. #Inspired.
Back in the Spring, I could see that local hospitals were struggling as with how to fight Coronavirus and there were indeed people that had died with The Covid. In addition, the ‘case count’ numbers were still rising. These high case numbers contributed to Florida being labeled as a Coronavirus Hotspot. And let’s not forget, Florida also has a high elderly population. With high cases and an elderly population, Florida should have been decimated by The Covid, right? But, to the credit of our local hospitals here in Florida, despite the factors working against us, our medical community soon got the Coronavirus situation under control, and by the end of the early summer, it became clear that Florida hospitals were NOT getting overwhelmed, the curve was being flattened, and most importantly Florida began to start to find effective measures to help people who were sick from Coronavirus recover and get well again.
Wait, The Kids are NOT Superspreaders? Around the same time, new medical evidence was emerging that showed that not only were kids NOT getting sick from The Covid, but that apparently kids are NOT the superspreaders they were initially believed to be. In fact it soon became clear that kids, unless they had a special negative underlying condition, were not really at risk of getting sick from Coronavirus at all!
According to the CDC - There is LESS THAN A 1/2% Chance of Dying from The Covid for Most People. Shockingly (but thankfully) it also became clear that the risk of dying from Coronavirus is apparently very small indeed (like less than a HALF of ONE Percent Chance) for most of the rest of the population. Valid Question – how is a virus with a 99% Survival Rate for MOST of the population worthy of forcing the ENTIRE population into Lockdown Life?
But what about those High CASE Numbers? The media continues to pummel us with news that Coronavirus Cases numbers are out of control. Should we be worried? After all, Dr. Birx continues to advocate for a nationwide lockdown. Dr. Fauci supports Joe Biden’s desire for a national mask mandate. We are told that we must take drastic measures to control the alleged ‘spike’ in Covid Case Counts. We are being told that there is nothing in life more important than controlling Covid Case Counts.
Yes the case counts continue to go up. But so does our ability to TEST for it. Doesn’t common sense tell us that there is probably a direct correlation between our increased capacity to test for Coronavirus as there is to the increased number of cases of that virus???
So the number of Covid cases is increasing? Do we really need to obsess about it? Hospitals are not getting overwhelmed. We have a better understanding of the virus and doctors are now more confident in being able to help people. We have the resources in terms of hospital ICU space, ventilators, and trained staff. We also have proven pharmaceutical interventions that are helping more people recover. Yes, the virus is contagious and people are being infected with it, but we can help them recover too – just like we do with the flu, or a cold, or any number of other ailments. Most importantly, in spite of high numbers of ‘cases’ nobody in the mainstream media seems to be talking about the positive trends with lower Coronavirus Deaths. Regardless of the case counts, isn’t LOWER DEATHS what really matters?
Why is nobody talking about this? Valid Question – why are we freaking out and destroying our society over a virus that has a GREATER TTHAN 99% survival rate for most of the population?
REAL NEWS – People are still dying from Other Things besides The Covid. Do you ever wonder why we don’t constantly publicize the number of times people get cancer, or develop heart disease, or come down with the flu, or a cold, or get into a car crash? Can you imagine if we did? Despite people getting heart disease, we still eat poorly and most people don’t exercise. Should we have national mandates on that? Do we need to force people to stop driving in an effort to eliminate the risk of auto accidents? Do we need to consider putting every man, woman, child, and pet in this country on permanent lockdown in order to try to eliminate the risk of EVERYTHING? (Here’s a hint: we can’t!) Why is Coronavirus so much more ‘important’ than all the other causes of death in our world that we must continually track every single case of what has proven to be a low-mortality virus?
Should we respect Covid-19 and take precautions against it? Absolutely. And if you or someone in your family is elderly (over 70 years of age) or has an ‘underlying negative health condition’ like metabolic syndrome, immune deficiency, respiratory condition, etc, then maybe it’s wise that you take additional precautions. But, should we destroy our lives and give up our freedom to try to eliminate the risk of getting infected with Coronavirus? I say no.
The Evidence of Our Eyes - So cut to mid June – my wife and I are now faced with the following situation: Nobody we personally know had gotten sick from The Covid. Local daycares had been open for months – without an outbreak. Local summer camps opened in our area in late May – without kids wearing masks and without an outbreak. Kids in our neighborhood had played outside together the entire time that our community was supposed to be quarantined – kids played without masks, and without an outbreak. Nobody in our neighborhood got sick from Coronavirus that we heard about. Our good friends took a week’s vacation to the beach in mid-June, enjoyed themselves, and came back without getting sick. As the Gov of Florida opened up the state, we saw people going out to eat...and not getting sick. And the list of people enjoying life goes on and on.
So my wife and I wondered even more…If Covid is NOT making people sick and dying of the pandemic proportions the media was telling us about, then why are we still under quarantine? Why are so many states under lockdown? Why are we giving up our freedom to live and enjoy life? In short, what the hell is going on here?
All the while, my family had remained quarantined at home. We had done our part – we had listened to the experts and their evidence, we had worn our masks, we had remained on lockdown. Finally, my wife and I decided enough was enough.
As NEW EVIDENCE was emerging, we realized the risks associated with Coronavirus were NOT as great as we’d been initially told. We read the new reports, we saw what was happening in South Dakota and Sweden where they never locked down, we saw other people living life again and we decided we wanted to do the same too because we realized…IN LIFE YOU CAN’T ELIMINATE ALL RISK – all you can do is gather as much information as you can and then make an informed decision about the risk-reward of your actions.
Could we stay at home and TRY to eliminate the risk of getting CV to 0%? Sure we could TRY to do that, although I don’t think anyone can eliminate 100% of that risk or any other. And now that we knew that the “RISK” associated with Coronavirus were in fact very little indeed, we asked ourselves “When are we going to try to LIVE again?”
And so we did.
Our Coming Out Party - My youngest son had a birthday in early July and we used his birthday and the Independence Day holiday to celebrate our coming out party. We took a week long trip to Sarasota beach life we do each year. We weren’t sure what to expect and and we expected a small crowd at best. Imagine our surprise then to see the beaches packed – with NON mask-wearing people who were celebrating the holiday! We saw people enjoying life – and so we decided to as well. When I saw the fireworks on the beach with my family I’ll admit it brought tears to my eyes. I became emotional because I had so much pent up ‘desire for life’ inside. Seeing my kids just watching fireworks like normal American kids do every year – it was a Now Moment I’ll never forget and I thanked God for His Blessings.
You don’t realize what you had in life until it gets taken away. We took our annual beach vacation for granted, we took school for granted, playing sports, going to the park, going to church, visiting friends and relatives, and more. We took it all for granted. #NeverAgain.
We lived life that week at the beach and had a great time…and nobody got sick.
Then we put our kids in summer camp for the rest of July AND we let them go full force and play with neighborhood kids- letting them just be kids and have fun with friends…WITHOUT MASKS…ALL…DAY…LONG. And nobody got sick.
We also began to eat out again – dutifully wearing out masks upon entry to a restaurant but thankfully removing them while dining and talking. And we’ve done that countless times since. And nobody has gotten sick.
Live School - In Florida, school starts in Aug. We were given the choice to stay virtual like in the spring or go live with other kids. We gave our kids the choice – both quickly said they wanted to see their friends again and go to live school.#LetKidsBeKids. And with a 6th grader and a Kindergartener, my wife and I wanted them to go live because we believe that social interaction is critical for them – especially our youngest who’s just starting school.
We saw what was happening to our kids during quarantine – for lack of a better way to describe it, under lockdown our kids were ‘wilting.’ Sure they had virtual school in the spring, and we did lot of family activities, and they could talk on the phone or facetime their friends or play vid games online, but it wasn’t the same. Yes we enjoyed our family pool and we had movie nights, and we played board games and did puzzles galore, but the fact is that Lockdown Life was destroying our kids psyches – and ours too.
NOBODY IS MADE FOR LOCKDOWN LIFE
So when live school was offered as an option, yes we quickly signed up for it! Now it breaks my heart to see the kids have to wear masks all day (especially when we see that more and more evidence emerges that questions that efficacy of masks in all but controlled clinical environments, but the mask battle is not the subject of this vid so we’ll table that argument for another time). Even with masks, live school is a blessing and my kids are THRIVING again! As parents, that fills our hearts with joy. If you have a healthy school age child, I hope you’ll consider letting them go to live school again – for us the massive benefits of live school FAR outweigh the minimal risks of Coronavirus situation.
Live Sports & More - Let’s talk about live sports too. As I mentioned earlier, our little league baseball season was cut short back in March at the height of the Coronavirus panic. Additionally, back in April, when Covid-19 fears were still high, I was sad to see that the Little League World Series in my hometown of Williamsport, PA was cancelled for the 1st time in 73 years. Given the situation at the time, I understand why those decision were made. But I’m thankful that down in Florida we play ‘fall ball’ and when I heard that little league was going to start again in September 2020, we quickly signed up. Our league instituted various “Coronavirus safety precautions” (temp checks, masks required, initially limiting crowd sizes, etc), but as our season progressed and nobody was getting sick, those precautions were thankfully modified over time (masks only required in dugouts, more visitors allowed, etc). I can tell you when I go to the baseball fields and see 90% of the people in the crowd without a mask and sitting around each other and just cheering and enjoying life like normal it gives me great joy. We’ve been playing baseball for two months now and although I’ve only heard of a couple positive “cases,” I haven’t heard of anyone actually getting sick from The Covid.
This is just another example of how we are living life in our community and we are not just ‘surviving’ the virus we are THRIVING again.
Live sports are also going on at our local schools – soccer, flag football, basketball, and more. The players are not wearing masks. Nobody is getting sick.
I see professional sports on TV like NBA, MLB, NFL, FIFA – for whatever reason the coaches wear masks even though the players do not (I still don’t understand the logic there). The point is that, while we’ve heard many cases of players testing positive for Coronavirus, nobody seems to be getting sick. Why is that?
Again, **IF** Coronavirus is so deadly that it merits a nationwide lockdown and mandatory national mask mandate, shouldn’t we see people ‘dying in the suburbs too?’
And yet, despite the narrative in mainstream media…
People are NOT dying in the suburbs – at least not in my suburb, and I suspect, they are NOT dying in yours either, right?
Additional “Life Events” - my family and I have participated in numerous fun-filled activities with other people, including…a friend’s birthday party in downtown Tampa where we took a boat ride through Tampa Bay on pontoon-style paddle boat with 20 people close together and then got off at Tampa’s Armature Works (a collection of indoooutdoor cafes and pubs) where there were 1,000 other people gathered together enjoying each other’s company – 95% without masks or social distancing; numerous social gatherings with friends where there was no social distancing or mask use; we celebrated Halloween in our neighborhood by gathering with our neighbors and walking our community together while the kids trick-or-treated in a group of about 20 kids all together – nobody with masks or social distancing. And then there was this little ditty – : President Trump Rally – Tampa Florida October 2020 - aka a party with 10,000+ people packed in like sardines – 99.9% of people did NOT wear masks and there was no social distancing.
And guess what…as with all these events – nobody got sick that I have heard of. Nobody has died of The Covid. In short, the ‘narrative’ of this virus doesn’t fit!
Freedom or Fear? Look, I’m not a doctor and I’m not trying to tell you how you should live your life. If you are concerned about Coronavirus then I encourage you to gather the information you need to make an informed decision and then decide for yourself how you think you can mitigate the risk and live your best life possible. If that means that you want to continue to live in quarantine, I certainly respect your right to do that. I have some friends and relatives around the country who would still prefer to err on the side of caution and they have their reasons for wanting to remain at home and again I respect that.
At the same time, I believe I and every other family in America and the world should be able to make the same decision for our families too. Like you, we simply want to be able to live our best life possible too.
After analyzing the evidence available to me – and that includes not just what I read and see online and from the medical experts but also with my own eyes – common sense tells me that maybe there is more to the Coronavirus story than just it’s medical profile – which clearly isn’t as deadly as we initially first thought.
And yet the fear remains – because it’s pushed on to us every minute of every day no matter where you look. Our hearts now pulse with the fear of The Covid.
What’s Going On? Why is The Covid story taking over our lives?
Maybe there is a political motive to the Coronavirus narrative with one party making the most of a "virus=fear" narrative to take down a president who was all but guaranteed of reelection until that ‘timely’ virus story hit?
Then again maybe stories like Event 201 really are ‘just harmless’ War Games to protect us against a real pandemic in the future?
Is it possible there is something nefarious going on involving the money flow into vaccines?
Surely there is no way The Great Reset is real, right?
Is Covid-19 just a scam putting us on a road to nowhere in which fear rules our lives as ‘the new normal’ and We the People willingly elect to give up our freedoms to the government in exchange for ‘protection’ from our fears?
Maybe this was all part of a plan to keep as many people as possible locked up in their homes in fear so the US Presidential election could then be stolen via a well-funded, massively intricate plan involving insane amounts of mail-in votes from non-existent paper people?
This all sounds like crazy, insane conspiracy theories that no ‘educated’ person would give a second thought to, right? Honestly, I’m confused about all of it. I don’t know what’s true anymore!
But here’s a few things I DO know: I don’t want to be a part of any of conspiracy theories or pandemic practice sessions. I don’t want to be a part of global ‘resets.’ I just want to live my life.
American is supposed to be the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE. American is NOT supposed to be a land of lockdowns and Big Brother Govt Restrictions, Contact Tracing, Forced Quarantines, Mandatory Mask Mandates, or (God-forbid) Mandatory Vaccines.
That’s not any American I know, that’s more like the Oceania of George Orwell’s 1984 book – and that’s nowhere that I want to live.
Let me live in peace and you can do the same.
Thankfully (at least for now) our community here in Florida is allowed to be free.
We are living life again. But for certain occasions when wearing masks is a (sad) ‘requirement,’ we are living as if Coronavirus didn’t exist. And, as I said, we are not just surviving we are thriving again!
You Have a Choice - If you live in a community that is suffering from lockdowns and quarantines, I want you to know that there is another way of life happening in American right now. You CAN live a normal life again.
If you are not in a at-risk group, then Coronavirus may not pose any greater threat to you than the flu, or driving a car, or dealing with any other of the myriad of risks that we’ve dealt with our entire lives before The Covid situation. Can you remember back that far?
So yes, my family is living life.
My community is living life.
The Covid is here, we may well all have it for all I know, but we are no longer scared of it because we have learned to live with it on a day to day basis.
Most importantly, we are no longer letting fear control us. We have taken our power back here and you can too.
Do you want to just try to survive Coronavirus and stay quarantined in fear forever? Or would you rather try to THRIVE and live YOUR life again?
Sadly, the specter of Coronavirus is not likely to go away any time soon – whether a vaccine comes or not. So You can either let that FEAR control you or you can control the fear.
It’s up to you to decide – who’s going to win this fight? You or Coronavirus?
Here in the suburbs of Tampa, we’ve overcome our fear. We are living life again.
I pray that this article inspires you to do the same!
#NoFear #CommonSense #LandoftheFREE
God bless you. God Bless America. God Bless our World.