First…I only watched one of the four NFL playoff games this weekend, Bills-Chiefs. What a finish! The teams combined to score 25 points in the last two minutes of regulation. Like probably most people, I figured Kansas City was done after falling behind by three points with 13 seconds left and starting possession on their own 25-yard line.
I like the Chiefs. I know I have told this story before, but after boycotting the NFL for several seasons following the move of the Colts out of Baltimore, I adopted the Chiefs as my AFC favorite. (Remember that I had been a Packers fan since the early 1970s.)
While I have nothing against the Bills I was happy at the outcome of the game with the Chiefs winning 42-36 in overtime. I think a Kansas City – Los Angeles Super Bowl has the potential to be very entertaining, not that I am predicting that outcome. In 2018 the Rams and Chiefs played (yes, the Rams had a different quarterback but one I think is not as good as Matthew Stafford) and the Rams won an amazing 54-51 game.
With the Cowboys, Steelers and Tom Brady all out of contention I can watch the conference championships and Super Bowl without grimacing. I guess I hope the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, but I will not be disappointed at any outcome. If the 49ers win it all it will be interesting to see if they still jettison quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo since they traded up in last year’s draft to select his supposed successor, Trey Lance, early in the first round.
I think the Ravens are still the only team to get rid of a quarterback right after winning a Super Bowl. On the strength of one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, the 2000 Ravens won the Super Bowl (allowing only one offensive touchdown in four playoff games) and then replaced Trent Dilfer with Elvis Grbac. That didn’t exactly work out as Grbac lasted only one season with the Ravens.
If the turnout today for a small docket of mainly minibikes and motorcycles is any indication, then this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona will be just as wild as the recently concluded Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. One of our shuttle drivers (it’s a long way even from our great parking space to the auction building and my wonderful wife was not feeling well) remarked that it was “crazy” and that vendors had told him they had not seen sales levels (of food and merchandise) like that in many years, if ever.
I have taken well over 100 photos granting that many of them were of the car card, the piece of paper in the windshield that gives details about the car. I do that so no ambiguity exists about the identity of the car. Here are just a few of those pictures:
This is an absolutely beautiful 1963 Buick Riviera. Given that a 1965 GS hammered for $150,000 at Mecum Kissimmee, I’m sure this Riv will go for way more than I would want to spend, never mind that I have no place to put it.
As an homage to my father who lit the spark for my interest in automobiles, I offer this Flying A gasoline pump. He ran a Flying A station when I was very young before taking over an Amoco station, which he eventually purchased. That turned out to be a disaster, but that’s another story for another day.
Speaking of my father, as all of you know he bought me a 1967 Pontiac GTO as my first car. This one looked really sharp.
This is (supposedly) a 2023 Corvette Z06. I think VIN 001 of these cars is going to be offered at the auction. To be honest, I haven’t spent a lot of time with the catalog, especially since we didn’t receive our copy until today.
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