Munday Mosings

I have never been a fan of Tom Brady. Although I am well aware of the hyper-competitive nature of professional athletes–I did work in major league baseball for 20+ years–Brady’s competitiveness seems beyond pathological.

What he does with his life is his business, of course, but “un-retiring” weeks after making a retirement announcement seems very “off” to me.  Could it be given the news regarding Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and DeShaun Watson that Brady just had to get back into the spotlight?

One of my favorite movies is Quiz Show, which is about the TV game show scandals of the 1950s. Herb Stempel (played by John Turturro) was a very successful contestant on the show Twenty-One. I don’t remember the context of this remark, but Richard Goodwin (a US Congressional lawyer investigating the game shows and played by Rob Morrow) says about Stempel, “He’ll have to be dragged from the spotlight with his teeth marks on it.” Maybe that describes Brady as well.


My wonderful wife and I attended two car gatherings yesterday. The first proved not to be our cup of tea although, at first, we were pleased that it was a much younger crowd than attends most such events here. We were most definitely outsiders. Almost all of the cars were German or Japanese and most of them were heavily modified. The good thing about the Japanese leaning was that a lot of these cars were there:



When I write “a lot” I mean like three or four. These are, of course, Nissan GT-Rs. Even in this car-crazy part of the world, these automobiles are not seen often. Here is another photo from this event.



Yes, that is my Z06 parked next to a new Toyota Supra. I texted this photo to my (i)ncomparable niece who is currently visiting her father in Israel. She is a huge fan of the Supra.

Since we were not far from there at this gathering, we headed east to Fountain Hills where a local restaurant “hosts” a show every Sunday except during the hottest part of the year. This event is much more typical of those held in the area both in terms of age of participants and types of cars seen. Unlike the first event at which Corvettes were rare, this was a typical sight in Fountain Hills.



The bottom photo was my attempt to show seven C1 Corvettes lined up in a row. I think all eight Corvette generations were represented here. Yes, I will include the obligatory scenery shot from yesterday although I have taken many such views from all over the Phoenix area in our 16+ months here.



Of course, that shot could have been taken in California as was this shot sans lake:



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8 thoughts on “Munday Mosings

  1. I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if Rodgers, Big Ben and Brady could go in the hall of fame in five years together. Meaning I have had enough of the team for which I root having to play against them for the past 20 years. I have seen all three play live several times, including Ben’s first game, and that has actually been something special.


  2. I’ve been to a few shows where the majority of cars are newer models, both with newer vehicles I owned and some of my old iron. While most of the vehicles aren’t to my taste, I like the enthusiasm of the owners in the preservation and/or modifications they do. Gives me hope that not ALL of the younger generation is anti car, or in love with “Barbie Jeeps” (electric cars).


    1. Thanks, DDM. I am almost certain that the love of cars will last a lot longer than both of us. It’s just that the genre(s) of vehicle will be different.


  3. Maybe it was always this way but it seems there’s so much ginned up drama to the NFL, specifically where AR and TB are concerned.
    I mean, the thinking AR was done in GB, then “he’s signed!” followed by “well yes but no” only to be confirmed eventually. And now new speculation things won’t go well since Adams is gone to LV.
    As far as TB goes, I think agree it’s almost pathological. “He’s retiring” became “no decision made” only to be confirmed days later… looks like about 40 days spent with family was enough for him to decide it’s important he play again.


    1. Thanks, Mark. Of course, people have the right to change their mind (even if there’s nothing wrong with the one they have), but the timing of Brady’s decision is just strange to me.

      As for the Pack, I wonder if management gave Rodgers a heads-up that Adams would be traded when he announced he wouldn’t play under the franchise tag. Like you wrote, the drama seems excessive or “ginned up.”

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