Reluctant Finish

No, I am not announcing the end of Disaffected Musings. The computer football league I have been playing–and to which I referred here–is near its end. Of the 216 regular season games scheduled, 208 have been played. Only one of the remaining eight games has any impact on the playoff picture. (The Texas-Phoenix game I wrote about in the linked post will have no meaning, after all, as Texas has clinched the #1 seed in its conference.)

I have been reluctant to finish the season and start the playoffs. It has been more than five months since I acquired the latest version of the game and almost five since the season started. This game has given me something to do regularly that I have enjoyed. I am fairly certain that is the reason why I have not been eager to finish.

In the grand scheme of things, my computer football league means nothing, EXCEPT it has meaning to me. I am not living anyone else’s life, nor can I do so. Not that anyone cares but me, but below are the current standings. The conference standings (Conf) are incorrect for many teams; don’t ask me why.

 

 

If a real-life division existed like the NFC West in this league, it would be the football story of the decade. The teams are a collective 38-7 against teams outside their division.

Anyway, this is my blog, after all, and this league occupies a significant place in my life, at least for now. I doubt I will think about it much even just a week after its conclusion, but I am trying to live more in the moment. You know what John Maynard Keynes said about the long-run.

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Thanks to Eileen and others who expressed concern about my Throat Fire. I slept very well last night, which is no surprise given the turmoil of the previous night. From the time I went to sleep until I had to wake up to go to the bathroom was eight hours, which is unheard of for me. Hey, I am a man in his 60s with a problematic prostate. Almost without exception, that interval is no longer than four hours.

I heard from TI, my brilliant high school classmate. He also suffers from reflux and offered some advice, which was most appreciated. I thought 20mg of Omeprazole (the generic name for Prilosec) twice a day was a large dose; TI takes even more.

I can remember having heartburn in kindergarten. Obviously, I was born with faulty construction. The “recommended” surgery is not without risks of its own, risks with a probability that is unacceptable to me. I do not have Barrett’s Esophagus, thankfully, so I will just continue with the status quo, but remember that I am going to have an occasional bad night.

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This recent article from Hemmings was about the RM Sotheby’s auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In case you don’t know, or even if you do, Chocolate Town and the surrounding area have become a mecca for large automobile events. My wonderful wife and I attended Corvettes at Carlisle (Pennsylvania) a few years ago.

The title of the Hemmings piece was about the Buick GNX that hammered at $210,000, which is $231,000 all in. The pre-sale estimate was $130,000-$160,000. The article didn’t mention this, but the displacement of the turbocharged, intercooled V6 was 231 cubic inches; that symmetry appeals to my OCD/math-addled brain. I hope I can display the picture of the GNX shown in the piece.

 

 

I have always been a fan of the Grand National, but do not expect ever to be in a position to buy a GNX without a lot of pain. Only 547 of them were made in what was the last model year (1987) for the rear-wheel drive, G-body cars from General Motors. The last Grand National ever made sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale in January of this year for $550,000. How much would that have been if the car had been a GNX?

I would like to hear opinions about the Grand National and GNX from my readers who are hard-core car enthusiasts. Many thanks.

 

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Freeform Friday

I watched about two-thirds of the NFL 2022 regular season debut last night between the defending champions, the Los Angeles Rams, and the team many think will win it all this year, the Buffalo Bills. Once again, I did not have a dog in the fight, but enjoyed the game until the Bills’ interception of Matthew Stafford with 11 minutes left and Buffalo ahead 24-10. I knew the game was over then so I changed the channel. (Buffalo won 31-10.)

I flipped to Motor Trend to watch coverage of the current Mecum auction from Dallas. I am reluctant to write this, but I could not watch the auction for long as there were just way too many pickup trucks and SUVs/Jeeps.

Look, I know what has happened to the “automobile” market in the US. As far back as 1996, the US Big Three car companies sold more non-cars than cars. That DOESN’T mean I have to participate.

Switching back to football, sort of…I would like to ask the football fans reading this to pick who they think would win a game between these two teams:

 

 

In the season I am playing with rosters and teams that bear no resemblance to the real ones from 2021, these two teams will play each other at some point. The game will be in “Texas” and yes, that matters in this computer football simulation.

I am waiting to play the game until the teams are at full strength. Both teams have a fair number of key players who are injured, injuries happen in this game as well, and I think it would be a better game if both teams had a full complement of players. Of course, other players could become “injured” in the meantime.

One is tempted to say this is a classic matchup of offense versus defense, but the Gilas also have a very good offense. (Yes, the Tornadoes are averaging an incredible 8.0 yards per play on offense and are converting 58.5% of their third downs.) If they [the Gilas] win, then they will have the tiebreaker in case the two teams finish with the same and best record in the conference. In this league I am playing, every team plays every other non-divisional conference opponent once. That makes it much easier to break ties for playoff entry and seeding. Oh, can you see why the OCD/Math Nerd football fan I am enjoys this stuff?

OK, football fans, who will win this game?

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Even though I distracted the readers yesterday with a second post, the first installment of If I Had To…had a decent number of readers. I suppose I will write more of those posts, if I can think of more topics. I think that for some of them I will only pick one car as opposed to the three I chose yesterday.

In a comment dialogue from that post I asked Dirty Dingus McGee for a recommendation for an interesting two-door car with good performance. Given I can’t fit a Dodge Challenger in my garage, and I have already discussed both a current-generation Mustang and current-generation Supra, I’m afraid I didn’t leave him much choice. He did mention the new Nissan Z car (pictured below), but as I replied to him they are very scarce on the ground and are marked up to hell by dealers.

 

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One thing that bothered Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker of Everyday Driver is that the new Z is on the same chassis as the 370Z that debuted in 2009. That side view is quite striking, though.

I have never owned a Ford vehicle. My father, a Holocaust survivor (sort of the literal definition of that concept) and automobile mechanic, was not a fan of the Blue Oval. I have never owned a Toyota although the new Supra is really a BMW and I have owned one of those. I have never owned a Nissan-badged car, but I have owned an Infiniti. I wasn’t a big fan of that car, but the main reason–the awful CVT–is not available on the new Z.

I would like to buy something from a company whose product I have never owned. Remember, so many cars just one life, after all. I guess that means in case I really can’t decide what I want to buy, then the Mustang has the tiebreaker. However, as I write this I am still heavily leaning towards the Mustang, anyway. Whether or not that is, in part, because I have never owned a Ford, I can’t say.

 

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