Late Post Friday

My wallet is lighter, but the brakes don’t squeak and the “Brakes Worn” light doesn’t display after starting the car. That’s a fair trade to me.

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This article from Classic Cars reports that production of the current generation Ford GT is almost at an end with only about 200 cars left to produce. No doubt, if any future generation of Ford GT is produced it will be an electric-powered car. Sorry, that’s just wrong. Yes, maybe I am howling at the moon.

From Part One of my Ultimate Garage 3.0 comes a picture of the current Ford GT, which I named as one of the 14 cars in my supreme collection.

 

 

I have seen more of these here in 15+ months than I would have ever seen in the mid-Atlantic even if I would live to be 100, which I am not counting on.

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I am having a difficult time picking the “R” car for Cars A To Z. Originally, that’s what I was going to write about today. I thought I had decided on the make, but in what might be a case of “analysis to paralysis” I just can’t pull the trigger on the car. If I write about the car that is the “favorite” I’ll let you know.

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Making a hard left turn…how many of you have heard of Pro Football Focus (PFF)? They are a company that has people who look at game “film” and grade every player. They are criticized because they don’t always know what the play call and/or defensive call was before the play and they don’t know, with absolute certainty, what every player’s assignment was supposed to be.

Still, I think their information has value. They recently published their list of the 101 highest graded players for the 2021 NFL season. Here is the top ten:

 

1. Trent Williams, OT, San Francisco 49ers

2. Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams

Donald was the top-ranked player in the league four times in the six seasons between 2015 and 2020, inclusive, and almost made it five out of seven.

3. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

4. Zack Martin, G, Satan’s Minions…uh, Dallas Cowboys

5. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

6. Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

One can argue that quarterbacks belong on another list given their supreme importance in pro football. The fact that Burrow, a second-year player coming off an injury-truncated rookie season, was the top-ranked QB is very impressive to me.

7. Myles Garrett, EDGE, Cleveland Browns

Garrett has lived up to the expectations of being a #1 overall pick.

8. Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Samuel had an amazing year. He led all NFL wide receivers in yards gained per target and yards after catch per reception. I did the calculations that unearthed these facts. Samuel also set a record for wide receivers with eight rushing touchdowns in a season. He rushed for 365 yards–second best on the 49ers–and averaged an impressive 6.2 yards per carry.

9. Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10. Micah Parsons, LB, Dallas Cowboys

Parsons is the only rookie on this list, which certainly passes the eye test.

 

I guess I am still very interested in sports statistics, just like I am interested in automobile data, economic/financial data, etc.

 

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4 thoughts on “Late Post Friday

  1. I am afraid electric cars are here to stay. I’m on board with a hybrid, but on our way to Albuquerque this weekend, we stopped at a gas station to top off. There are several Tesla stations there as well. One was being used, a young lady sitting in the passenger seat, bare feet up on the dash waiting for the car to finish charging.

    We fueled up, took a restroom break and were on our way in less than 15 minutes, meanwhile she sat there still waiting for her car to charge. Not efficient for road travel in my estimation.

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    1. Thanks, JS. While I think synthetic fuels are a MUCH better solution to the “problem,” as it will require virtually no disruption to our transportation infrastructure, they are not being funded by governments and big car companies. I am under no delusion that “alternative” powered vehicles will not be the dominant paradigm in the future.

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  2. It won’t be long now for me to attend my first Mecum auction in Glendale, AZ. I am looking forward to it. I always enjoy looking at gorgeous cars like that Ford GT, but I am also a fan of classic cars driven by us mere mortals to go back and forth to work in earlier days.

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