The first round of the NFL Draft seemed to take place without a hitch. The telecast was less clean, but probably went as well as could be expected under the circumstances.
I watched the entire broadcast, an experience made much better by my texting with my long-time friend, Dr. Hoss. (Thanks, sir.) I very much like the Ravens’ selection of linebacker Patrick Queen from LSU with the 28th pick. The team needed more speed and athleticism, especially at linebacker.
I am not a patient person. (Remember my “joke?” I’m not a doctor; doctors have patients [patience].) I kept texting Dr. Hoss (a Ph.D. in a very tough science discipline from an Ivy League university) that the Ravens should move up to take Queen or Kenneth Murray. When the Ravens stood pat and still got Queen I texted, “That’s why EDC [Eric DeCosta] is [Ravens] GM and I’m in my sleep pants in front of the TV.” Dr. Hoss graciously replied, “You’d kill it if in EDC’s chair.” I responded, “Thanks, but I’d just GET killed.”
My 1A team, the Packers, surprised some by moving up four spots to select their “quarterback of the future,” Jordan Love of Utah State. Whether he says anything publicly or not, I am sure Aaron Rodgers is not happy with that pick. His displeasure is not just the admission by the team that it was time to find his successor, but the Packers played in the NFC Championship last season and I’m sure he wanted some help for the immediate future. In my cynical mind, I think the pick was made in part to counter the impression that Rodgers has a lot of control over what the Packers do.
I think it is apparent that the NFL made the right decision to go ahead with the draft as scheduled. It was/is a great diversion when we need one badly.
Hagerty recently broke a big story in the automotive world. They acquired a corporate document that included the evolution timeline of the C8 Corvette. To wit:
|Model Year||Engine||Power (est.)||Torque (est.)||Likely Application|
|2021||LT2 6.2-liter 16-valve OHV||490-495 hp||465-470 lb-ft||RHD Corvettes for export|
|2022||LT6 5.5-liter 32-valve DOHC||650 hp||600 lb-ft||Corvette Z06|
|2023||LT2 6.2-liter 16-valve OHV hybrid||600 hp||500 lb-ft||Corvette Grand Sport|
|2024||LT7 5.5-liter twin-turbo DOHC||850 hp||825 lb-ft||Corvette ZR1|
|2025||LT7HP1 5.5-liter twin-turbo DOHC hybrid||1000 hp||975 lb-ft||Corvette ZORA|
I have written that a product evolution like this was thought likely. Anyway, the gratuitous C8 photo, this time from the Hagerty article. The more I see these cars, the more I like them.
I don’t think I’ll be buying a Zora in 4-5 years. I just hope I can still get in and out of my Z06 by then.
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