Fractured Friday

Poutine is always good, routine not so much.


That (bad) joke notwithstanding, I am struggling to fill the void left by the completion of my computer football season. I don’t think I would want a season so long that it took 9-10 months to complete, but for five months looking forward to a game or two gave me some focus. I really want to show league leaders from the recently completed season. What the hell, it’s my blog.



Jonathan Taylor, Toronto: 401 Carries, 2000 Yards, 20 TD

Lamar Jackson, New York Atlantics: 212 Carries, 1233 Yards, 9 TD

Nick Chubb, Detroit: 247 Carries, 1212 Yards, 10 TD


Joe Burrow, Texas: 573 Attempts, 74.3 Comp Pct, 13.1 TD Pct (yes, Burrow threw 75 TD passes), 1.9 Int Pct, 11.68 Avg Gain/Att, 144.3 Passer Rating

Justin Herbert, Phoenix: 486 Att, 68.9 Comp Pct, 7.8 TD Pct, 1.2 Int Pct, 8.56 Avg Gain/Att, 116.1 Passer Rating

Aaron Rodgers, Seattle: 562 Att, 66.5 Comp Pct, 7.5 TD Pct, 1.4 Int Pct, 8.15 Avg Gain/Att, 110.5 Passer Rating

The four statistics that comprise the NFL passer rating system are completion percentage, touchdown percentage, interception percentage and average yards per pass attempt. The last of those four is actually the most “important” in terms of correlating with scoring points and winning games.


Tyreek Hill, Boston: 115 Receptions, 1235 Yards, 10 TD

Justin Jefferson, Houston: 110 Rec, 1708 Yards, 13 TD

Cooper Kupp, Texas: 105 Rec, 2049 Yards, 22 TD


Nick Bosa, Baltimore: 19

Trey Hendrickson, Las Vegas: 14

Five Players Tied With 12


J.C. Jackson, Phoenix: 10

Casey Hayward, Houston: 8

Jordan Poyer, Toronto: 8


Not surprisingly, Texas kicker Justin Tucker led the league in scoring with 178 points. The Tornadoes scored 97 touchdowns in 18 regular season games; Tucker was 97-for-97 on extra points and 27-for-28 on field goal attempts. Jonathan Taylor was the leading scorer among non-kickers with 134 points: 22 touchdowns (20 rushing, 2 receiving) and one two-point conversion.

I feel better and I’ll stop here.


A couple of links to posts from Why Evolution Is True:


An Academic Freedom Declaration

I don’t think this is a harbinger of a return to common sense, but one can hope.

Debate the way it should be


My wonderful wife sent me these:


A Jewish grandmother is giving directions to her grown grandson who is coming to visit with his wife. “You come to the front door of the apartment. I am in apartment 301 . There is a big panel at the front door. With your elbow, push button 301. I will buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow, push 3. When you get out, I’m on the left. With your elbow, hit my doorbell.”

“Grandma, that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?

“What…You’re coming empty handed?”



“Football is NOT a contact sport, it is a collision sport. Dancing IS
a contact sport.”
– Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer on one of his players:
“He doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his
grades and he doesn’t know the meaning of a lot of words.”

“Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble the
– John Heisman, first football coach at Rice

“We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.”
– John McKay / USC


McKay was also the first coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They lost their first 26 regular season games (0-14 in 1976, lost the first 12 in 1977). Once when asked what he thought of his team’s execution, McKay replied, “I’m all for it.” I think today’s head coaches, especially in the NFL, are utterly devoid of humor.


In light of my entry into the world of Mustangs, I thought it appropriate to share this link and this picture.



This recent Autopolis piece is titled, “2024 Ford Mustang – The American Muscle Car Survives For Now.” Here are a couple of excerpts:


“The Mustang could carry on in its gasoline powered form indefinitely. If only as a low volume halo heritage car in some electric/hydrogen future. Its sales for now continue to be high as it is an aspirational car not just for America, but all over the world. It’s rare that any American car is wanted on almost every continent.”

“For now the Mustang continues to be an attractive sports car that has changed and adapted to make itself desirable across borders and cultures. No wonder it will be the last traditional American muscle car standing.”


FoMoCo is the only one of the American Big Three automakers who is still allowing choice for dealers and customers, at least for now. The other two are telling us that in the near future if we want to buy a new vehicle from them it will have to be electric. Where can I get off the carousel of nonsense?








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