Random Thoughts

If you’re not a Baltimore Ravens fan then skip this section…

The Ravens are going to “lose” two stalwarts of their defense, Terrell Suggs (who has played for the team for 16 seasons) and C.J. Mosley (five seasons). Under previous GM Ozzie Newsome I think the Ravens would have found a way to sign at least one of those players. Let me quickly add that I am not saying that would have been the “right” move. In fact, I think Newsome was a little too fond of veteran players.

Although the salary cap doesn’t really even things out among the teams at all times, because at any given time teams have disparate amounts of cap room, teams cannot prudently sign Grade B players for Grade A money or Grade C players for Grade B money. However, that’s exactly what happens because of the different amounts of cap space.

Like Jerry Seinfeld said a fan is only rooting for the laundry, anyway.


According to this story on motor1.com a fleet of C8 Corvettes were recently tested in Arizona with one passenger of note, GM President Mark Reuss. The article notes that if the passenger was really Mr. Reuss then the C8 reveal is likely to be soon, whatever that means. Photos from the article are copyrighted so I cannot legally show them here. What I can tell you is that the photos, granted in camouflage, look very much like a mid-engined Ferrari 458 or 488. A mid-engined layout means that certain design elements must exist and that others are impossible.


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From gtspirit.com a picture of the stunning Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. Has there ever been an ugly Aston? I don’t think so. Even Ferrari has made the FF, which I think is a “neither fish nor fowl” design.

This car is basically a DB11, but with some tweaks including wider tires. The engine has also been tweaked and now produces 715 HP. Although one can’t see the suspension on the Superleggera it is different from the “base” DB11.

How much? The base MSRP is just $308,081. Yes, even at that price one can pay more for options like a carbon fiber roof ($4,545).

Anyone want to offer an opinion on this or any other Aston Martin?




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Goodbye, 2018…

I used to say that if Islamic State had a football team and that team played the Pittsburgh Steelers (or the Dallas Cowboys) then I wouldn’t know who to root for. I am not that passionate about the NFL, anymore, but yesterday was a very good day to be a Baltimore Ravens fan. After a 4-5 start the Ravens won six of their last seven games to win the AFC North and the Steelers are out of the playoffs. By the way, I have used other evil actors instead of Islamic State, but somehow all of them wind up dead: Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-Il, Osama Bin Laden.

I don’t think the Ravens can win in the long-run with their NFL version of the spread/read-option offense, but we all know what John Maynard Keynes said about the long-run. I don’t think the Ravens will win the Super Bowl, but they have a chance that 20 other NFL teams don’t have. Professional sports championships are permanent, which is one reason they are so highly prized.

By the way, I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but I was at the Baltimore Colts complex that surreal night in March of 1984 when the team sneaked out of town. As a native Baltimorean I have always felt that under the so-called leadership of Paul “Baltimore Hates You” Tagliabue, the NFL royally screwed the city many times and that he was in collusion with the despicable Redskins’ owner, Jack Kent Cooke, to keep a team out of Baltimore so the Redskins could “have” the market. One could subpoena Tagliabue about that, but no guarantee exists that he would tell the truth, even under oath.


I will show some blog stats tomorrow, but this is the 355th day that Disaffected Musings has existed and this is the 325th post. By the time I finish the post, I will have written about 125,000 words in total. For the last 125 posts (including this one) the average post is 555 words in length.

I am very grateful for the loyal readers and commenters. This blog is much better because of their contributions. (I will once again state that readers should read the comments and not just the posts.) However, I lament the relative lack of viewers. Some blogs are read thousands of times every day. If this blog has 100 viewers in a day, then that’s a very good day. Is it bad protocol to mention the number of views or dissatisfaction with same? What do you think of ignorance and apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care.

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So, what car should be featured as the last one of 2018? I promise it won’t be another photo of a C2 Corvette or De Tomaso Longchamp. If I had to rank the rest of the car universe, then this one might be next in line:

From Barrett-Jackson’s website a beautiful picture of an amazing 1965 Buick Riviera GS that will be offered for sale in Scottsdale next month. I LOVE this car!


Happy New Year!