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SAN JOSE—Ask Morgan Rielly why he doesn’t like talking about how good he’s been and he tells you, “because it’s stupid,” but he doesn’t mean that, not really. He’s just kidding. He can be really funny, Morgan. He’s quick on his feet, and he seems so confident, especially now. He seems like he has it all figured out.

“Yeah, but I’ve really never been overly confident,” says Rielly.

Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly has found another gear this season, without a doubt.
Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly has found another gear this season, without a doubt.  (Eliot J. Schechter / GETTY IMAGES file photo)

Wait, what? On the ice or off?

“Both.”

You’d never know, unless you knew him when. When Rielly was a kid he was athletic, competitive as hell, but shy; he hated going to camp and meeting new kids. His family was close-knit and largely content with that. Rielly still has the same friends that he made in fifth grade playing hockey. They’re the people he’s most comfortable with.

He has changed, sort of. This season, the 24-year-old Rielly has leapt to a new place, a different place. He has 24 points in 19 games; it’s about twice his career-best points per game. He is jumping into the rush at the right time; his decision-making is unhindered by second-guessing. He credits his Leaf teammates mostly. He doesn’t look like he’s nervous.

“Well, around here I’m not like that, because I’m comfortable,” says Rielly. “But when you’re put into a new situation, I get nervous all the time. But I don’t as much anymore when I’m in this environment. When you’re around your teammates and your coaches.”

“Well, he’s a guy who always seems like he’s been comfortable in his own skin, so if he’s finding a new level of comfort then you have to believe that he’s very confident right now,” says backup goaltender Garret Sparks. “You never see the insecure side with him, right? It’s interesting that he said that because I don’t think he gives off that vibe, ever.

“I think it’s a talent that he’s able to suppress that and not show so much of it. And stuff like that takes time. If it’s taken him five years to reach that level of comfort, obviously something like that takes a little bit of time.”

That is about what it took. When Rielly started in the league he wasn’t sure of himself, and part of that was that he didn’t want to be seen as a cocky kid, holding court; he wanted to respect how good the league was, and the process of finding a foothold there. As he says, “you want to be a normal guy.”

“I’ve always been nervous and you know, feeling like I have a ways to go in order to establish myself,” says Rielly. “You want to earn your spot, and it takes time. You’ve got to earn your spot. And then as that happens you earn confidence and you get more comfortable. So it’s a process.

“I mean, take Auston (Matthews) as an example. He came in and he’s a confident guy, knowing how good he was. I wasn’t really like that. It takes time to earn that for some people, and with Auston, with (Connor) McDavid, with almost Mitch (Marner), you come in and you’re confident and you’re comfortable and you know that you’re going to be able to put up points and play well.”

But Rielly doubted himself, and then he was dropped into the Mike Babcock preparatory academy: grinding minutes and defensive assignments. And slowly, day by day and year by year, he earned confidence. Let him tell it.

“I think it just happens over time,” says Rielly. “You go to the world championships and you play big minutes, that’s a big step. The World Cup, you play well, you’re in a leadership role, that’s a big step. You come here, you play for a good team, a good coach and a good group, and you just get comfortable. You just become kind of in a good situation and you feel like you’re able to thrive.

“I mean, I think I don’t really make as many mistakes. You know, people used to tell me if you’re a good player, all you have to worry about is limiting mistakes, because the other 90 per cent of the time if you do the right thing — which if you’re a good player you will — then you’re not making pointless mistakes that are just lazy or, for lack of a better word, just dumb. And you’re going to be fine.

“I think that I don’t have a lot of limitations when it comes to ability. Like, strength and speed, I think I train hard enough in the off-season that I’m always ready to go. And the more comfortable you get and the smarter you get — because a lot of playing defence is just brain power, learning from previous mistakes and just getting better. You know what I mean? Just understanding the game more. The more you learn, the more comfortable you get in that position. There’s no excuse not to get better. Until your body starts to give out on you a little bit, you get to an age, it happens to everyone, your legs start to go.

“At a certain point you want the expectations to be raised, and when you’re playing at a high level the questions aren’t ‘How does it feel to be playing at a high level?’ It’s ‘How’s the body feeling?’ because you’re playing normally. Because that’s your standard, and that’s the level you want to get to.”

He wants this to be his normal. He wants it to be what’s expected. Watching Rielly this season is like seeing wheels catch after wading through the mud, and he’s his most confident self now. He’s at home. Before the San Jose game Thursday, Rielly was standing there in his sharp grey suit and teammate Connor Brown wandered by, lost in a cinder-block maze full of unlabelled grey doors. “That way, legend,” said Rielly, pointing to the right one. Nazem Kadri followed and Rielly sent him in the right direction, too. He knew where to go. He was sure of it.

Bruce Arthur is a Toronto-based sports columnist. Follow him on Twitter: @bruce_arthur



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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