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Remember This Day And Guidelines Of A Pandemic

This Memorial Day is different as we honor those who served this country and became our fallen heroes. The Coronavirus pandemic has caused the difference.  

Richard Mancuso/The New York Extra/copyright 2020

This columnist roamed around the Pelham Bay community of the Bronx this holiday weekend. There were hardly any American flags in front of homes that are usually evident . Many stores remained closed and the few open used the social distancing guidelines that are the new norm.

Honestly, and to get the point across, people can be ignorant in regard to the meaning of this holiday. Observing social distancing guidelines and wearing that protective face covering to them is denial that we are still in a crisis.

Memorial Day, and those without a backyard have not got the message and ignore social distancing. They congregate outside and in front of buildings.They ignore the safety guidelines which can only lead to more speculation that COVID-19 will not go away.

They seem to ignore that we are in a pandemic. They seem to ignore that we are in a global health crisis. New York City, the Bronx in particular, remains an epicenter.

Numbers may be on the decline but we are still in this. We should be observing the guidelines that have been asked by health and government officials.. 

Pelham Bay Park is a popular spot. They congregate there. Yes, it is difficult to stay in isolation with partial openings occurring in counties of New York, though, this does not define the ignorance of those who ignore the guidelines to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.

Which brings to a thought about Memorial Day. Yes, it is different this year. Ceremonies to honor those who were brave and sacrificed for this country are few.  Baseball, the national pastime, we are without this Memorial Day. 

But we can pause for a moment and honor those on this day.  

Back in February, and before the norm of our nation changed, yours truly visited Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. On the hilltop viewed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We viewed in the distance of the Capitol Building.

We walked  up and down the paths, observing the many white gravesites all in consecutive rows. It provided a perspective and always will of those who were brave and sacrificed for our freedom,

The message here is not to forget what this day is about. The other is to have respect for the American flag, regardless of what political affiliation you have. 

And to respect those near you by continuing to obey the guidelines of social distancing and safety.  Remember we are in this together and this Coronavirus pandemic is far from over.

Comment: Ring786@aol.com  Twitter@Ring786  Facebook.com/Rich Mancuso

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This day in sports, May 25th , by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

05/25/08 mariners Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium yanks wins 6-5 #13 alex rodriquez bats into days game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
#20 posado hits single in the yankee rally during the 6th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/25/06 – Philladelpha Phillies Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium : Mets starting pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez stands dejected after giving up a homer in the first inning. Gonzalez gave up two homeruns in the first inning to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead over the Mets. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
10/25/10 czech republic vs usa mens soccers at u conn rentschler field east hartford ct usa loses 4-2 #9 tomas necid heads the ball away from #20 heath pearce in the 2nd half Neil Miller/The New Yortk Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/25/11 Toronto Blue Jays Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Yankees closer Mariano Rivera throws a pitch in the 9th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/25/13 atlanta braves vs New York Mets at Citi Field Queens NY Atlanta Braves lead 2-0 on a 2 run homer by Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor #36 in the 5th inning New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee #35 reacts after the homer a minor rounds the bases Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/25/15 Philadelpia Phillies vs N.Y.Mets at Citifield Queens,N.Y. New York Mets lead 6-3 during the 6 inning on a 3 run homer by New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores #4 Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/25/16 Alex Rodriquez rehabs at the Trenton Thunder Trenton NJ Alex Rodriquez hits a 3 run homer during his 2nd at bat tonite Ndil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/25/16 ny mets vs washington nationals at nationals park washington dc New York Mets win 2-0 New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz #32 pitches in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, May 24th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

5/24/06 – Philladelpha Phillies Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets starting pitcher Alay Soler delivers in the first inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/24/08 mariners Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium yanks lead 12-6 during the 8th inning #62 joba chamerlain pitches in the 6th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/24/09 Philadelphia Phillies Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium: Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts after getting out of a jam in the 7th inning. Neil Miller/TheNew York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/24/13 Atlanata Braves vs New York Mets at Citi Field-Queens NY, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Anthony Varvaro #38 throws a wild pitch to New York Mets center fielder Rick Ankiel #16 allowing New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada #11 to score and tie the game during the 8th inning. in a rainstorm Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/24/16 ny mets vs washington nationals at nationals park washington dcWashington NationalWashington Nationals lead 5-1 after 5 innnings New York Mets starting pitcher Matt HarveyNew York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey #33 reacts after he gives a homer in the 4th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Sailing on Uncharted Waters

Decision making in the Age of Corona Virus. An Editorial by Neil Miller, Publisher, The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com, Editing by Toni Hoyos

What to do? And who to believe? That’s the dilemma everyone is faced with from “The News Media” concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s one view, and an opposite view. And then there’s a 3rd view that says both are wrong!

Where are the days of Walter Cronkite, Huntley/Brinkley and Harry Reasoner? Some are too young to remember these giants of TV journalism of the post Golden Age of Television, but these announcers/writers brought believability to their craft every night, they were trusted and respected by their viewers.

Now we are faced with “The New Age” of not only news media, but an explosion of personal communication via Facebook, U tube and other social media sources, that lets everyone have a place at the table.

What a wonderful world we live in, where you can instantly share photos, videos, live events, and personal views! As we know, sadly, ever since the inception over 30 yrs ago of compuserve prodigy and other services, the negative and potentially evil side of these great tools exist.

Today, this resource is even more important as everyone is saturated with a unending stream of information leading to mental and emotional overload. Polls, graphs, press conferences etc. pass by our lives each and every day overloading us with content. And then, there is the real problem being fed to us, mass information, disinformation, conspiracy theories and every variation in between. Some of it is reliable some not.

We are faced with anti-vaxxers, scam cures, the the possible over reaching actions of local and Federal spokes people. And perhaps, most sinister, are those, inside and outside our nation, that would sow discord amongst us with wrong and scary details.

What to do? We are faced with facts, depending how you look at it that are either responsible or detrimental to our county. Specifically, we are going to have to deal with the great desire to reopen our society in regards to work and play. Dealing with the fringe elements of either side of the political spectrum is what has to be avoided, and common sense needs to prevail.

All over the nation, businesses are closed and need to reopen. All over the nation, people need to return to their lives, regarding schools, restaurants, music and sports venues. Once again using common sense precautions.

We can expect another wave this winter, and by then we need to have in place, not a cure, but a method to contain the deadly effects of the virus. Until then we need to move as a people, to find a quicker, but still a proper way to a more open way of life. We CANNOT bang the drums to regain our lost freedoms without the right way of proceeding, but we also CANNOT sacrifice any more time, money and emotion staying in the same place. Protect the sick, the elderly and those at risk, and let us return to the life we love.

This day in sports, May 23rd, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

5/23/06 – Philladelpha Phillies Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets Carlos Beltran is mobbed by his teammates after he hits a solo homer in the 16th inning to win the game 9-8. This is the Mets longest game in a 11 years. Neil Miller/The New york Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/21/07 boston red sox Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium yanks lead 3-0 after 1 inning #55 matsui celebrates his 2 run homer in the 1st inning with #2 jeter Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/23/08 seatle mariners Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium yanks lead 12-2 after 5 innings #17 shelley duncan follows thru on a 3 run homer Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/23/10 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez reacts after striking out Yankees Alex Rodriguez with runners on first and third to end the 9th inning. The Mets defeat the Yankees 6-4. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/23/12 Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees at yankee Stadium ny : New York Yankees lead5-0 after 3 innings New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez #13 its a solo homer in the 3rd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, May 22nd, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

05/21/07 boston red sox Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium red sox win 7-3 manny ramirez celebrates his homer with ortiz and youkilis in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/08 New York Jets at hofstra #10 chad pennington at practice this morning Neil Miller/The New Yrok Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/22/09 Philadelphia Phillies Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium: Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers in the second inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/10 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. Actor Jerry Seinfeld at tonight’s game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/10 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. Radio Personality Mike Francesa at tonight’s game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/10 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia reacts after getting out of the 7th inning. Neil Miller/The New Yrok Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/11 New York Mets Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium: yankees win 9-3 #20 jorge posada argues a strike out call in the 8th inning Neil Miller/The New Yrok Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/16 milwaukee brewers vs ny mets at citifield queens New York Mets win 3-1 New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia #27 celebrtaes the win with New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera #44 Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Boxing Notebook During the Pandemic

Stop the madness about Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield returning for another fight that is all good for the nostalgia. It’s not good for boxing and for the safety of these former heavyweight champions of another era.

It comes down to fans and the networks that are hungry for some live boxing. In due time when this coronavirus pandemic is cleared, and safe for all, the anticipated boxing calendar of 2020 will resume.

Boxing fans want to see a Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder trilogy in the heavyweight division. They crave to see Anthony Joshua defend his part of the heavyweight title.  They want Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko to fight for the lightweight title.  

A third fight with Tyson and Holyfield? As the late sports scribe Dick Young used to write, “What’s going on here?”

What is going on are any number of possibilities that have come to this point of a nostalgia fight that has no significance for the sport.  One scenario is that promoters and a network want to do this.

A possible and  minimal pay-per-view price, looking to make a quick dollar and taking advantage of doing something for the hunger of fight fans does not help the sport.

The other factors here are Tyson and Holyfield. They need the cash flow. It’s no secret that Tyson is serious and always in a financial hole. It’s also known, Holyfield, is no different when it comes to his finances with a promotion “Real Deal” that went bankrupt. 

The purses and numbers for both would not challenge or equal  Floyd  Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao. Not in the same category of McGregor-Mayweather, Spence and Porter or any of the PBC top welterweights.

So all of this talk is absurd.  In the meantime, Tyson continues to post his workout videos on social media.  Holyfield, if he can be understood, is quietly saying he is ready for a third challenge against Tyson.

What  we have here are two of the iconic and former heavyweight champions with names that are enshrined at the Boxing Hall of Fame. They had their time and are better at promoting the sport.

Though, Holyfield was not successful as a promoter and reportedly is in financial debt which could explain taking a quick payday with Tyson. 

But fighting again, as much as the nostalgia nuts want it, is detrimental to them and the sport. What boxing does not need are two legends over the age of 50 and taking blows to the head. Neither no longer have the skills or stamina that made them two of the top heavyweights in their heyday.

Dangerous would be the punches.  This, according to the medical experts,  is definitely headed to severe and dangerous implications when it comes to taking more blows to the head and areas of the brain.

Studies over the years have indicated a fighter in the ring over the age of 40 is more susceptible when it comes to sustaining injuries to the head and brain.

ESPN and Top Rank have reportedly been close to being cleared to stage three fight cards next month at the MGM Grand Casino In Las Vegas. No fans, testing and temperature checks, a limited number of personnel that would be at the venue.

Live boxing and the current fighters,  give or take that safety is cleared, is a matter of time. Though, it won’t be the same and not the norm before the pandemic hit. 

But Holyfield-Tyson again? Please, give us a break. I won’t watch or care and neither should you. Safety here is the issue. Boxing does not need a disaster and not during this pandemic.

THROWING THE PUNCHES:  A source with the New York State Athletic Commission informed thenyextra.com that boxing events in New York State are still a long way from resuming at venues. That same source said that there are no events that have been filed by promoters with the commission.

The state athletic commission that has jurisdiction of pro boxing and UFC events in New York, also has a minimal office staff working remote from home and has furloughed their part time staff.

Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center, the main venues that host major boxing with promoters from Top Rank and the PBC, are also dark and possibly will stay that way during the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Regardless, a partial opening of business in New York would not include the Garden and Barclays Center. The other factor, unlikely, is opening doors and no fans would be in attendance. 

And a major source of revenue for the boxing promoter are gate receipts that pay for athletic commission fees and officials. Also, tickets sold mean revenue and assist with paying purses of the respective fighters that are scheduled to be in the ring.

Top Rank was hoping to promote a major lightweight title fight at the Garden in September that would highlight champions Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko. Lopez, a popular champion from Hondorus, and residing in Brooklyn, has a huge fan base and a sell-out crowd would be expected. 

Boxing gyms, a major part of the training and the stepping stone, remain closed in the New York City and  tri-state area. That has fighters, trainers, and those who depend on the sport in a bad position.

Published here a month ago, it was stated many gyms would not survive the pandemic and outcomes of the economic crisis they face. In the past week many owners of the gyms said they likely won’t reopen with the overhead.

USA Boxing, a feeder system for the gyms does not have enough revenue to assist with financing which makes it more difficult to reopen. 

Memberships will drop as young and aspiring fighters can’t afford gym dues. The gyms that could reopen will look vastly different with social distancing, and requirements of wearing face masks along with constant sanitizing of equipment and boxing gear will be the new norm.

In the meantime, fans starving for boxing won’t expect any live boxing events in New York State anytime soon,

Comment: Ring786@aol.com Twitter@Ring786 Facebook.com/Rich Mancuso

This day in sports, May 21st, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

#24 stevenson puts check on #23 rachunek in the first period ottawa /devils no score thru one period, Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/21/05 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Actress/singer J LO attends today’s game showing her love for her neighborhood Bronx Bombers. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/21/06 – New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets closer Billy Wagner Hi-Fives Paul Lo Duca after he gets Yankees Miguel Cairo to bround out to end the 9th inning. The Mets win 4-3. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/21/07 boston red sox Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium #13 alex rodriquez at the batting cage today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra,com copyright 2020
05/21/08 balitmore orioles Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium yanks lead 6-0 after 5 innings #43 darrell rasner delivers in the 2nd inning tonite neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/21/09 baltimore orioles Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium: Yankees win 7-4 #55 hidecki matsui homers in the 8 th inning tonite Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/21/10 ny yankees Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. yanks lead 2-0 after 6 1/2 innings #33 nick swisher and #29 francisco cervelli celebrate as the yanks score in the 7th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, May 20th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

5/20/05 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Mets starting pitcher #38 Victor Zambrano delivers in the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/20/06 – New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium / Mets Carlos Delgado hits a solo homer in the 4th inning to make the score 3-0 Mets. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/20/10 jets ota training at jet practice facility florham park nj #6 mark sanchez at practice today Neil Miller/TheNew York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/20/11 n y mets Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium #15 carlos beltran leaps for a homer hit by #25 mark teixeria in the 2nd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/20/18 Miami Marlins vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera #13 hits a single in the 6th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, May 19th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

5/19/06 – new york yankees Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets win 7-6/ #16 loduca jumps into the arms of #22 nady as the mets win in the bottom of the 9th on #5 wrights hit Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/19/07 ny yankees Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium subway series mets lead 6-2 #5 david wright rounds the bases after his 1st homer today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/19/09 derek jeter @24/7 healh club east 53rd stree ny ny derek jeter with sister sharee, mom dorothy and dad charles Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/19/12 New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils at prudential center newark nj no score thru 2 periods New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 stops New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk #17 on a break away in the 2nd period Neil Miller/TheNew York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/19/15 St Louis Cardinals vs N.Y.Mets at Citifield Queens,N.Y.St. Louis Cardinals lead 4-0 after 131/2 innings New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese #49 pitches in the 4th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/19/16 washington nationals vs ny mets at citifield queens ny Washington Nationals lead 9-1 New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey #33 reacts after giving up the 7th run during the 3rd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Pandemic Notebook: Social Distancing And Restaurants

It all depends on numbers. All of the COVID-19 reports of declines in hospital admissions, unfortunate deaths, and testing are all a matter of listening and understanding what they are informing on a daily basis.

But face the facts here. The Coronavirus and this pandemic are far from over. We are not out of the woods here or there. We are in a crisis of epic proportions with an economy that has declined to almost depression numbers. 

A President in the White House says, we will recover and be stronger. In the meantime, you and I, victims of this ugly pandemic are finding ways to make ends meet. 

And with a majority of states, if not all, slowly opening to some normalcy by Friday, we must keep in mind that health and safety are still a priority. To  prevent a further spread of the virus, as all reports do indicate, the guidelines for safety should still be obeyed. 

Because a second wave is bound to occur, again from reports of the medical professionals, we must not let down our guard and continue to be  on the side of caution.

Sports is no exception. And they can talk all they want about opening the stadiums and venues, and with no fans in attendance, but safety is still an issue for the players and personnel,  That matter is a main issue for Major League Baseball. 

Players and owners are reviewing the protocols as to how baseball can resume and gain some revenue that has been lost with their billion dollar industry.

So we are as a society with the Memorial Day weekend only days away looking at being conscious of safety? Take a look and examine how social distancing and wearing proper face protection is not a part of the norm for many.

My friends and neighbors are in denial about a pandemic that still exists. They are watching the reports and see a public around the country that are ignoring guidelines.

And with New York City, epicenter of this virus, and still in that shutdown, many are ignoring the guidelines.  Nearby suburbanites are also under the impression that the country needs to open. They, too, also ignore the guidelines with social distancing and not wearing face protection .

Up in Putnam County this past weekend, a vicinity where many city dwellers have relocated, near the town of Mahopac, the boats were on the water. There was minimal social distancing and those walking in town were a few without face protection.

No different in the Bronx. Social distancing and no protective masks to cover the nose and mouth areas that are contributing factors to this pandemic when it comes to the spread of COVID-19.

The New York City website, NYC.gov, has a daily and updated listing by zip code of areas and numbers of those tested and infected with the virus. 

Numbers do tell the story here. Despite what is heard, there is a minimal decline in cases though the hospital admissions are on a decline. Though, regardless of what numbers are saying, people are not abiding by the guidelines.

So as a general rule, journalists and citizen in good standing, it is noticed here that the general public wants to see their lives return to normal and many are in denial. They are not helping the situation and increasing the probability of the Coronavirus spread by ignoring the safety guidelines.

My friends this is not over. Despite what you hear about the declining number of cases and deaths, we are still in a pandemic and a health crisis that will not conclude if guidelines are ignored. 

 This writer wears a mask in public, on the sidewalk, in a car, at a store, and continues that social distancing  There is no need to be ignorant. No need to spread the virus to others as one ignores the guidelines. 

We have learned that this Coronavirus is a secret enemy. It has no friends even for the healthy one that claims to be virus free. 

There is no need to congregate in numbers, and if that cabin fever is at a pitch do go out and be safe. Follow the guidelines and stop the ignorance.

We learn from following and covering sports to observe guidelines and it’s all done for a reason to keep things in control.

We must follow those guidelines as this global pandemic is far from over. Be safe. Wear the gloves, masks, and most of all continue to practice that rule of social distancing. 

RESTAURANTS FOR SOME HAD A MODEL: There are many establishments in the food and restaurant industry thay may not recover from the closures and financial losses of this pandemic with or without the assistance from government programs.

Many continued to remain open with takeout and deliveries to make ends meet.  Though, with openings coming slowly, and not with normalcy, that conscious part of the public still has safety concerns and also eating out is not in their economic means.

Those establishments with gates over their property may never see another customer and that is unfortunate. 

A local diner in the Bronx, one that is always full to capacity, is limited to deliveries and very few of the essential staff remain on a limited payroll.

“I don’t see how we can continue to be a fixture in the community anytime soon and we do care about our regular customers,” said the owner of this establishment who requested not to be named.

Though deliveries from the menu have been consistent they don’t envision any sense of normalcy for a long time.

“It will take me years to recover from this and I can see us closing the doors for good and very soon,” one of the owners said.

Yes, the local diner and restaurant, the one out of the neighborhood are a part of the norm and could be different for those that remain open. Social distancing and wearing that face protection will be the new norm when sitting down for a drink or dinner.

Though, some had a model in place for an eventual pandemic or crisis, and others have learned to stay open with take out and deliveries on a day-by-day basis.

“You had to learn on the fly,” said Vito Russo co-owner of Gilligan’s Clam Bar & Grill up in Pomona, New York. 

He said it’s a learning process. The establishment employed a staff of 40 and that has been reduced by half. Russo, like many that have remained open for takeouts and delivery, does hope to reopen soon with a reduction in seating and following the social distancing guidelines 

He has followed the necessary guidelines and continues to do a significant take out business, though the financial losses are no different from the others. 

“You had to follow market trends and as things started to disappear on the shelf  you  had to prepare with what was on longer available,” Russo said.

Time will tell where this goes. But, as the number of restaurant owners said, don’t expect a normal dining experience in New York when visiting establishments that are planning to reopen.

Remember all: Stay safe and follow the guidelines. We are all in this together.


Comment: Ring786@aol.com  Twitter@Ring786 Facebook.com/Rich Mancuso

This day in sports,May 18th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

rangers vs yankees rangers 5-1 #12 sroriano hits a double in the 1 st inning,, Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/18/06 – Texas Rangers Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium Yankess starting pitcher #34 Jaret Wright delivers in the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/18/08 New York Mets Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium Subway Series: mets lead 7-2 in the 8th inning #5 david wright celebrates with #21 delgaldo after scoring the 6th mets run Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/18/13 Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees at yankee stadium New York Yankees win 7-2 New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson #30 pitches in the 8th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/18/15 St Louis Cardinals vs N.Y.Mets at Citifield mets win 2-1 in 14 innings on New York Mets left fielder John Mayberry Jr. #44 single celebrating with New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares #12 and New York Mets catcher Anthony Recker #20 Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/18/16 washington nationals vs ny mets at citifield queens ny New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon #40 pitches in the 45h innning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

JONES BEACH BIKEWAY at Cedar Creek Park by Toni Hoyos, The New York Extra, theNYextra.com

The Jones Beach bikeway less commonly know as the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway is a well paved path that can be accessed from Cedar Creek Park off of Merrick Road in Seaford. It parallels the Wantagh Parkway and to the east are waterways, marshes and beautiful scenery. A little past Zach’s Bay it runs into the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway. It is the premiere South Shore multi use trail on Long Island. Favored by walkers, joggers, rollerbladers and bicyclists alike. An ideal outdoor place felt to be “safe” for those activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Battisti family, from left to right ,daughter, Valentina, mom, Antonella, dad, Dr.Renato Battisti and son, Pietro from Westbury N.Y. enjoy the afternoon on the Jones Beach bike path getting some “immune” enhancing exercise. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
Chris Di Santo, left, with his friend , by the famous bronze statue of a cyclist, wearing a mask says, Its his first time here but he ” feels safe as long as he wears a mask” Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
Richard Argentina with daughter Taylor, and friends Daniela Battisiti and Olivia Brill ran 10 miles of the path today. Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Now as the weather warms people want to be outside enjoying, looking for ways to participate in fun/healthy activities while practicing social distancing. The sun was shining, it was a little breezy, a lovely, comfortable day for a bike ride, skate or a run and the people were out there taking advantage of the opportunity! Many were masked, family groups usually not, certainly sufficient space to feel “safe”.

The Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway past Tobay Beach is currently under construction to expand to Captree State Park. There will be new bike parking areas at Gilgo Beach, Cedar Beach Marina and Captree. Also many new plantings along the way, and several shaded rest stops. It is expected to be completed by summer 2021.

So grab your rollerblades, sneakers or bike, throw on a mask and have some responsible distancing exercise and fun! Stay well and be safe.

This day in sports, May 17th, by Neil Miller/The New Yok Extra/TheNYExtra.com

ottawa vs devils devils win 5-2 #30 brodeur makes diving save during the second period,,,, Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/17/07 chicago cubs Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets win 6-5 on a 5 run 9th inning caps by a 2 run single by #21 carlos delgado Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/17/07 chicago cubs Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets win 6-5 on a 5 run 9th inning #6 gotay comes home to a jubilant mets team as he scores the winning run Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/17/09 Minnesota Twins Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium: Yankees Johnny Damon gets hit with a pie after he scores on his game winning home run in the 10th inning. Neil Miller /The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/17/10 boston red sox Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium bronx ny yanks win 10-9 on a 9th inning homer by #38 marcus thames Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/17/13 Toronto Blue Jays Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium: New York Yankees third baseman Jayson Nix #17 hits an HITS AN RBI SAC fly driving home New York Yankees third baseman David Adams #39 during the fifth inning. Neil Millr/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/17/16 washington nationals vs ny mets at citifield queens ny New York Mets lead 2-0 after 3 innnings New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 piotches in the 3rd innning Nel Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, May 15th, by Neil Miler/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

ottawa vs devils devils win 1-0 on #30 brodeurs strong play in a shut out here making a save during the second period Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/15/04 New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners @ Yankee Stadium: Yankees #13 Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game 4-4. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/15/07 chicago cubs Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Mets trail 2-0 after 1 inning #33 john maine delivers in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/15/10 Minnesota Twins Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium bronx ny Yankees Jorge Posada hits a two run homer in the 7th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/15/11 chivas usa vs red bulls harrison nj redbulls lose 3-2 #5 tim ream and #2 andrew boyens battle for the ball IN THE 2ND HALF Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/14/12 New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Eastern Conference Finals at MSG rangers win 3-0 New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi #5 drop to a knee to block a shot by New Jersey Devils right wing Steve Bernier #18 in last nites game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/15/15 Milwaukee Brewers vs N.Y.Mets at Citifield Queens,N.Y. Milwaukee Brewers leads 6-0 after 4 1/2 innings New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon #40 reacts after giving up a homer in the 5th inning inning Neil Miler/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Take Your Pick: Players Or The Owners? by Rich Mancuso /The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

When boxing promoters begin the process of a mega fight the negotiations of earnings begins at a 50/50 split. There are other elements in the process as they bargain and usually it becomes a 60/40 split with both camps.

With Major League Baseball, and the process of starting an abbreviated season, the process is getting more complicated as it pertains to revenue for the players and owners. 

Blame the baseball politics now on COVID-19 and the pandemic. Boxing, of all sports, well that depends on who you want to believe when the negotiations conclude with their politics. 

Basically, and as you have heard with MLB and the players, this is about economics with the billion dollar owners wanting it their way and the mega million ball players looking at it another way.

And they can’t come to an agreement about a split. 

There is a major division here.  Each day passes with that question of when, where.  How would they commence a different 2020 baseball season with economics as the answer?

Though it should be safe first. with proper testing and protocol to assure that players, coaches, umpires, and other personnel are not at risk of the coronavirus. Instead, it goes back to the question, who wants what? Is it greed of the players or the owners?

Regardless, we all want baseball. We need that diversion. But, this has to be done the proper way, if not there is no way.

A prorated rate of 82 games, projected to be half of the players salaries was negotiated in March with players and MLB and that concludes in two weeks. 

Thenyextra.com,  informed by sources in the players union, would need to return that money received if and when an abbreviated season begins and that’s one of the issues that gets more complicated.

And to the multi-million dollar contract player that does not appear to hurt them in the pocket. To the minimal salary player, that amounts to a major difference. To you, the fans, who would be shut out of the ballparks, it’s both parties racking in revenue.

It’s about those hurting and fighting to put food on the table that are more important than baseball and all sports at this point of time. That, my friends, is more important than playing the game of baseball and a labor war that is developing into a clash between billionaires and millionaires.

Safety, though, as one insider said to this columnist is more important.

“Other than filling the pockets of owners who are safe at home watching the games, it is not going to get the economy going or help the blue collar workers who still will not be back at their jobs. If one person, player, a team personnel becomes infected, is it worth it? What’s the hurry?”

“So they put another asterisk in the history books. It will be a flea on a mountain as far as the important things in baseball history.”

Yes, baseball should not be a priority at this point. The issue of economics and position of bargaining with another contract for players and owners is not the priority.

And when some of the top names in the sport offer their opinion, as they did Thursday, believe me, it’s not only about the money, rather the safety of players and their families along with other personnel.

Something is being said that a certain person in the White House is dictating moves telling the owners to get the economy moving. But that is simply my opinion. 

“Don’t know what else they can do with the safety.” said a NL insider.    “Think they will play, but if they don’t adhere to the agreement made in March about prorated the players won’t play.”

In the meantime, there have been discussions of starting a second spring training in a matter of weeks. Players have been informed to stay in shape and prepare. 

One player contacted said, “They are not telling you that they don’t replace the 83 percent of our salaries we spend on hotels and food.” 

Others contacted said, they want to play but safety was more important to them and their families. In other words, money to them is important but not the issue here. A majority, as one said, “are not for this proposal.” 

So payment of a split that would go more to the owners does not seem fair. Then again, we should not be in this discussion when a pandemic has caused many to lose jobs and not knowing what the future holds. 

Players have been informed to not sweat in locker rooms.  Spitting would not be allowed for safety issues, difficult for a ballplayer because they are creatures of habit.  

Teams would play in home ballparks with no fans if permitted. And of course, no fans means revenue lost from ticket sales, concessions, and parking. 

As of Friday, no word about opening up cities that are major markets to baseball  including  New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit. Toronto and the Canadian border is closed, so the Blue Jays would play at their spring training base in Dunedin Florida.

The Mets and Yankees have a reported contingency plan. They could  possibly play home games at spring training complexes in  Tampa and Port St. Lucie Florida.

Designated hitters in both leagues, a 14-game postseason, games against divisional and regional opponents, expanded rosters to 30 as proposed  is not the issue.  

“There is no minor league system,” said the insider.” That could be an issue if a roster player is not available to play due to injury. 

The amateur draft, scheduled for early next month, is also a question and would be reduced to five rounds. The owners did not want that.  

So it is back to this issue of a season or a lost one. The Marlins and Tampa Bay have furloughed most of their employees and suspended their health plans. That is also an issue.

An issue because it has that impact regarding the well being of office personnel, scouts, and those who are the forefront of a Major League Baseball franchise.

 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said on CNN Thursday night,” And if we don’t play a season, the  losses for the owners could approach $4 billion.”

The owners, he said, feel that it is important for the game to be played. 

Yeah, this isn’t boxing and more complicated for baseball when it comes to a split. Who would have ever thought this would be so difficult? 

Not a player will take less money and that seems to be the overall consensus. If they want to play the economics of this will happen. Remember, though, proper safety protocols are more important.

And more importantly, the general public does not want to hear about who is right or wrong here.  But the owners have the money and can give in if they want their game to be played. 

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This day in sports, May 14th , by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

Today in “This day in sport”, features Derek Jeter’s at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017. Attending this event was Mariano Rivera, Joe Torre, Tino Martinez, Hedecki Matsui, and Jorge Posada.

05/14/17 Houston Astros vs New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Bronx ny New York Derek Jeter Number retirement day Derek jeter talks to the crowd today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
#51 bernie williams is taggged out at home by #6 dan wislon in the 1st inning/Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/14/06 – oakland athletics Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium Yankees lose 6-1/ #22 cano tags #7 crosby with glove not ball allowing a run to score to score on a broken double play in the 9th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/14/07 chicago cubs Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets trai9l 4-2 after 4 innings #5 david wright hits 2 run homer int 4th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/14/08 Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets @ shea stadium: Mets starting pitcher Claudio Vargas delivers in the first inning. Vargas makes his Mets debut. Nel Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/14/12 New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Eastern Conference Finals at MSG New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur #30 makes a save during the first period. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, May 12th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

05/13/06 carolina hurricanes Vs New Jersey Devils @ The Continental Arena : Devils # lead 5-1 #27 craig adams tries to dig the puck out from under neath #30 brodeur’s glove in the 2nd period Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/13/07 milwaukee brewers Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets #46 oliver perez delivers in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/12/11 Boston Red Sox Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain reacts after giving up a two run homer to Red Sox Kevin Youkilis in the 7th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com cpoyright 2020
05/13/12 ranger practice at msg facilty greenburgh ny New York Rangers center Brian Boyle #22 at practice today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

A 2019 Summer rerun! Two Of Long Island’s Summer Music Staples By Neil Miller

Dublin Deck Neil Miller /nysportsextra copyright 2019

As the summer outdoor music scene moves into high gear after Memorial Day heading towards the 4th of July, two of Long Island’s staples got together.The Legendary Murphy’s, a huge fan favorite,played at another favorite,The Dublin Deck at 325 River Ave Patchogue N.Y. 631-207-0370.

The Dublin Deck opened in 1998 as a small seafood shack,and to quote owner Mark Miller ” has morphed into a must go in Patchogue”The deck offers a true restaurant menu, tropical drink special,as well as typical bar food and brews.The Deck is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner,and has music 7 days a week as well. Mike says” there’s nothing like having a frozen drink while listening to your favorite bands play”

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From left to right Lou ,Mike, Sandy, Tom, and John

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And the Legendary Murphy’s are one of those favorite bands. The Murphy’s are one of the best cover bands going, with a rabid ,fun loving fan base. Tom and Sandy Murphy,on guitar, keyboards and vocal respectively,Mike on bass, Lou on lead guitar and vocals, and Johnny on drums,play rock classics from CCR,Neil Young and Tom Petty to name a few.The band started in 2001 as the Legendary Houligans, and became the Murphys in 2006.Mike says,”The Murphys brings out the love in everyone,including us, and its a labor of love between us and our fans”.Sandy says” We play the music that we love,and we are one happy family, the band and our fans” One things for sure, when you go to hear the Murphy’s play, you”re going to see alot of people having fun dancing and partying.

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Owner Mark Miller took over The Beach Hut last year, and now in its second year The Salt Shack has seen alot of nice new changes.Mike has also bought out the two restaurants in Tobay Beach and is currently making improvements on them, and either is opened, or will be soon.

Tom,Sandy ,Mike and owner Mark Miller neil Miller nysportsextra copyright 2019
Mark Miller with daughter Mackenzie Neil Miller nysportsextra copyright 2019

NO COOK QUICK and EASY HEALTHY MEAL by Foodlady7

SALAD PLATE WITH TUNA and CUCUMBER DILL YOGURT DRESSING

I love to pull a meal together without turning on the stove or oven, especially now heading into the summer season. Something quick, healthy and satisfying.

For the star protein of this meal I used a can of Genova Yellowfin tuna in olive oil. Gathered up some produce from the fridge, spring mix, green onions, grape tomatoes, roasted red pepper, avocado and clementines. Simply drain and plate the tuna, surround with spring mix, top with tomatoes, green onion, roasted pepper, sliced avocado and the clementines. I dressed the plate with cucumber dill yogurt dressing which I had previously made, it’s very refreshing! That’s it done and ready to eat!

Now there’s so many variations of this meal that you can do. Try switching out the tuna for any leftover cooked organic chicken or beef, just slice it up and plate it. For the salad part I used what was in the house. Look in your fridge and cupboard, utilize what’s available. Any combination of salad greens will work, aruggala, romaine, etc, try red onions, sliced cucumbers, beets, shredded carrots, artichokes, bell peppers, whatever you have on hand to create your own masterpiece. Add a healthy fat like walnuts, almonds, olives, sesame or pumpkin seeds. Instead of clementines try using mango, cranberries, grapes or apples.

I topped this salad with a homemade dressing that also can be used as a dip for veggies or falafel. I used 1 cup organic White Mountain Bulgarian yogurt, 3 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s real mayonnaise, 1 larger grated mini cucumber, juice from 1/2 a small lemon and lots of dill, either dried or fresh. I dry my own. You can adjust this recipe to your own taste by using more or less lemon, amount of cuke and dill. I happen to like a good amount of cucumber, makes it very fresh tasting, and lots of dill!

Until next time, ENJOY and be well!!

This day in sports, May 12th ,by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

05/12/06 – oakland athletics Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium / Yankess win 2-0/ #42 rivera delivers pitch in the 9th inning Neil Miller/Rhe New Yotk Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/12/07 milwaukee brewers Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Mets trail 2-0 after 3 innings #34 mike pelfrey delivers in the 3rd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/12/09 Atlanta Braves vs New York Mets at Citi Field queens ny neil miller ny post: A Mets fan streaks across the field during tonight’s game. He slides into second base and then begins to run again just before being caught by security. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright2020
05/12/11 Kansas City Royals Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Yankees 32 derek jeter hits a single in tonights game/ Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/12/13 Washington Capitals Vs. New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden-Game 6 of the NHL Playoffs: The New York Rangers score the first goal of the game off a shot by New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash #61. The New York Rangers celebrate the goal during the second period in a NHL playoff game on SUNDAY May 12, 2013. Neil Miller The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/12/12 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semi finals game #7 Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers at msg New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 reacts after the Rangers defeated the Capitals 2-1. Neil Miller/The New york Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Funny man, Jerry Stiller dies, May 11th, 2020 by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

Today Ben Stiller announced the death of his father Jerry at age 92. With a career that spanned from the 1960’s , Jerry Stiller was a comic staple in our generation,

04/08/12 Chicago Bulls Vs. New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Actor Ben Stiller with his father Jerry Stiller at today’s game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.con copyright 2020
02/22 /12 Atalanta Hawks Vs. New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Actor Jerry Stiller attends tonight’s game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

In the 60’s , Jerry paired up with wife Anne Meara on many TV shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show.Later in his career, a new generation enjoyed his work on The Seinfeld show as Frank Costanza. Jerry also worked in The King of Queens.

04/08/12 Chicago Bulls Vs. New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Actor Jerry Stiller with his son Ben Stiller during today’s game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Movie credit to his name are ,The Taking of Pelham one,two,three, Hairspray, and The Heartbreak Kid. He is survived by actor son, Ben, daughter Amy, and two grandchildren. His wife Anne of 62 years passed in 2015.