Throwback Thursday

First, a little housekeeping. I sent the link to yesterday’s post to my next-door neighbor who owns the McLaren 570S. Among the things I learned in his prompt and thoughtful replies was that he bought the McLaren used and did not pay anywhere near MSRP.


Although this is not an apples-to-apples comparison, yesterday marked the day on which blog views for 2019 for Disaffected Musings surpassed those for all of 2018. The 2019 numbers for visitors/likes/comments passed those of 2018 2-4 weeks ago.

Besides the fact that this blog did not begin on January 1, 2018, the comparison is not apt because a new blog takes awhile to find an audience. I don’t know how many active blogs exist, but I suspect the number is in the millions. (Actually, some estimates place the number at 500 million!) For the nth time I think this blog should have 5-10 times the number of views/visitors it actually receives. However, it’s impossible for someone to read a blog whose existence is unknown to them.


Although I have cancelled my subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket after 21 seasons I thought I would note that NFL training camps begin very soon. In that vein, I am using some of Throwback Thursday to show an evolution of football helmets. From are three photos, courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Tennessean, showing the development of the NFL helmet.


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As noted in the first picture and incredibly enough, it wasn’t mandatory that an NFL player wear a helmet until 1943. I also think players who were already playing then could still play without one.

I am not an engineer, but I think a potential mitigation against concussions is to have padding inside AND outside the helmet. The plastic shell could be encased in a high-density foam that could show the team colors and logo. Maybe a company is already working on such a helmet.


How or why I made this connection I have no idea, but with the official unveiling of the next-generation (C8) Corvette just a week away here are the production figures for every year of the first-generation (C1) Corvette:


1953 300
1954 3,640
1955 700
1956 3,467
1957 6,339
1958 9,168
1959 9,670
1960 10,261
1961 10,939
1962 14,531


Many of those produced in 1954 were unsold for a long time which is why 1955 production was limited to such a small number. The total for the C1 is just 69,015 with 52% of those produced in the last three model years. Although I appreciate the significance of the C1 I am not a big fan of the car. Except for the 1961-62 models, the styling seems dated to me without being timeless. Of course, that is just my opinion. Many Corvette enthusiasts like this model not just the most among C1s, but the most of any Corvette:


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From a picture of a 1957 Corvette. Of course, that year is notable as the introduction of the fuel-injected engine, the legendary “fuelie” that would be available in that form through the 1965 model year. This car displays the Fuel Injection logo on the front fender in the cove.

1957 is also notable as the year Chevrolet/GM first offered an engine with 1 HP per cubic inch. The highest-rated fuelie was rated at 283 HP and the displacement was 283 cubic inches, an increase from the 265 CI offered in the first Chevrolet V-8 of 1955-56. I have read in many places, probably first in Modern Classics: The Great Cars of the Postwar Era by Rich Taylor, that those engines actually averaged 291 HP on the dynamometer, but that the marketing department liked the appeal of 283/283. Despite the notoriety of that engine, only 0.67 percent (43 of 6,339) of 1957 Corvettes were ordered with option 579D, the 283 HP fuel-injected engine.










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Tuesday Tangle

I told this story on my previous blog…

In my first full-time baseball job one of my responsibilities was to help the accounting department assign the amortization of signing bonuses for players no longer in the organization. A player selected in the amateur draft is paid a bonus to sign. Actually, undrafted players are also paid a bonus, but it is tiny compared to bonuses paid to players drafted in the first round, for example.

The signing bonuses are amortized over x number of years so if a player is traded or released before that time period then his bonus has to be amortized in some other way. The person in the accounting department with whom I would interact about this issue was someone I knew in college, albeit not well.

One day this person came to me in a panic. We had traded a high-round draft pick who was a huge bust and the accounting department couldn’t find the player for whom he had been traded and to whom the remainder of the signing bonus would be assigned for purposes of amortization. The name of the acquired player was, according to the Accounting Department records, Avisa Slot.

I explained that we had actually traded this former high-round draft pick for a visa slot, not a player named Avisa Slot. Foreign-born players who are not naturalized US citizens, of whom there are many in professional baseball, need a visa to come to the US for the season. Each organization receives an allotment of visa slots and the one we received in exchange for this player was only good for the rest of the season.

My friend in Accounting howled with laughter when I explained who “Avisa Slot” really was. It was funny, in a way, but it was also an admission of a huge mistake by the scouting department.


What do you think of this car?

From (a website to which I subscribe, surprise surprise…not) a picture of a 1961 Corvette. The 1961 model was the next to last year of the first generation Corvette or C1. In all honesty I am not a huge fan of the styling of this generation. While the 1961 and 1962 are cleaner and better looking than the rest, in my opinion, because of the more modern rear deck (which was a preview of the C2) and cleaner front grill, in general I think the C1 design is dated. FWIW, I also think the C3 design (derived from the Mako Shark concept car, the C3 was produced from 1968 to 1982) is dated.

In general I like designs that are timeless and not an obvious manifestation of a particular time period. However, exceptions exist. I like the styling of some pre-war cars (meaning before World War II) and those are definitely “of the period.” A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.


I know what 56packardman thinks, but what do the rest of you think about Facebook and Google and my message that both companies are evil? I am mystified how people just seem to accept how those companies behave.





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