It’s Not Important Unless It Is

I think it unwise to define everything that one doesn’t care about or doesn’t understand as being unimportant AND still think that they understand everything that is important. To me, that is the definition of ignorant.

Anyway…I’m sure this is not important in the grand scheme of things (whatever that means), but it’s important to me. I began the playoffs for my computer football league yesterday. AFC Wild Card Buffalo, 8-9-1 after starting the season 0-5, played at the only team in the conference with a winning record, 15-3 Toronto.

After three quarters the score was Buffalo-16, Toronto-7. Toronto quarterback Davis Mills, after throwing just four interceptions the entire regular season, threw three in the first three quarters. Add that to Buffalo blocking a Toronto punt and it was only the stellar Toronto defense that kept the game close.

Buffalo continued to struggle to move the ball; half of their offensive output for the game came on two long catch-and-run plays. Toronto kicked a field goal with about 8 minutes left to cut the lead to 16-10.

The Argonauts (what else could I call a Toronto football team?!) intercepted Jacoby Brissett with a little over 5 minutes left on their own 24-yard line. Of course, a Buffalo score of any kind at that point would almost certainly have doomed Toronto. The Argos methodically drove down the field and Mills threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown with 28 seconds left. Ka’imi Fairbairn made the extra point, not a given with him, and Toronto escaped with a 17-16 win.

Being in the same division the two teams had played twice in the regular season. Toronto won both, but by the same relatively small margin both times: 16-10 and 26-20.

The game, which took only about an hour (I don’t have to pause for commercials and halftime), was very exciting to me. Yes, I know it was not a real game, but watching the game unfold in such a manner is the reason I enjoy these simulations.

Only six playoff games remain before the season comes to an end. I will not play more than one playoff game in a day. As I have written more than once, I have lived most of my life in my head and not in the real world, per se.

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As 2022 comes down to its last 60+ days I decided to submit a question to WordPress help about whether or not the Classic Editor would still be available in 2023. Granted, this answer came from a “Help Engineer” and not someone making the decision, but the reply I received was, “There are no current plans to retire the Classic Editor.” You guys may be stuck with me a little longer.

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More football…as of yesterday the Over/Under for the Iowa-Northwestern college football game was 31.5 points. A person can bet on the combined point total of the two teams. If I bet the “Under” on this game then I think the total score will have 31 or fewer points.

Why am I mentioning this? As far as anyone can tell, it is the lowest Over/Under line for any college football game ever. In its first 7 games, Iowa has scored 98 points or 14 per game. Northwestern, after its “upset” win over Nebraska in the season opener with the Huskers defense coached by–at the time–the worst defensive coordinator in major college football, has lost 6 consecutive games scoring a total of just 99 points. I don’t think I will watch this game.

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Although I think the Saturn Sky is a slightly better looking car than the Pontiac Solstice (and they are the same car under the skin), I am now leaning towards buying a Solstice if/when the conditions are right. Why? I have a long history with Pontiac and none with Saturn.

Remember that my first car was a 1967 Pontiac GTO (pictures unnecessary as they have been shown often) and the car I have owned the longest, nine years, was a 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix. Just as the pull of the first family car I remember, a 1956 Buick Century, as well as the fact that the car was built in the country where my parents were born led me to buy a Buick Cascada, at this point in my life personal connections matter at least as much to me in buying a car as the car’s specs. Different strokes for different folks, DSFDF.

 

2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP Convertible | T20 | Kissimmee Summer Special 2020

 

By the way, specs still matter, which is why I would only buy a Solstice GXP, the turbocharged version.

 

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4 thoughts on “It’s Not Important Unless It Is

  1. On the possible Solstice purchase. Try to find one where you can sit in the car and enter and exit it. That way you can judge if the comfort and fit is acceptable for your “old” body. Pontiac missed the boat by not taking Hot Rod Magazine’s advice and building a Solstice with an LS V-8. When Hot Rod did the build of their project Solstice, GM helped them with parts and engineering. The GXP version is a good choice, however, one unmodified will be hard to find.

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  2. I am surprised a Toronto team is included in what would be an American League of football, if only because of the long-standing real-life situation where the NFL has an unspoken promise to never encroach so long as the CFL lives. By the way, perhaps coincidentally, the Argos just clinched first in an admittedly weak East division, with an 11-6 record. In a typically Canadian twist, the clinching win came over Montreal by way of a walk-off rouge, securing a 24-23 win.
    I am not one to really lament the loss of Pontiac and Olds (or Mercury or Plymouth), as I realize automakers had clung far too long to the notion that their offerings had to appeal to every possible diverse want of the market. That said, GM may really have made an error killing Pontiac. The more I see the Solstice and the G8 in hindsight, I think the division was on a path to reclaiming it’s position as a performance leader. Perhaps that would have been at odds with the plans for Chevy, having the Vette and new Camaro, maybe it didn’t make sense to have so many sporty cars while facing down bankruptcy.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. The league is my creation, unfettered by any real-life constraints. The AFC Central winner is the Louisville Panthers, a team that, obviously, doesn’t exist in real life.

      GM didn’t really kill Pontiac, the US government did. The division had not been profitable for the previous decade and during the period when the government was a major GM shareholder and de facto in charge, it decided Pontiac needed to go.

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