Hail To The Dawgs

Even after last night’s total and utter mismatch in the college football championship game, I was going to title today’s post “Hail To The Dawgs, Hail To The Frogs.” Yes, the rhyme was appealing, but I also wanted to acknowledge both teams.

However, this morning I realized I had to salute Georgia. I expected them to score a lot of points, but I did not expect them to hold TCU to single digits. Horned Frogs backup quarterback Chandler Morris, who had originally earned the starting job at the beginning of the season before getting injured and losing the job to eventual Heisman Trophy finalist Max Duggan, acknowledged that his team was not at the same level as Georgia. Morris remarked after the game, “We want to be on that tier where Alabama and Georgia are on.”

If you’re not a football fan the following statistic won’t resonate. (Of course, if you’re not a football fan you might not be reading this, anyway.) Georgia gained 589 yards on offense; TCU gained 188. That is the kind of discrepancy one expects when a college power is playing a non-conference cupcake early in the season, NOT in the championship game for the sport. The final score (Georgia-65, TCU-7) was not misleading in any way. TCU was in the game early trailing just 10-7, but their defense had no answer for the Bulldogs and their offense didn’t, either.

In winning the national championship in each of the last two seasons, the first team to repeat in ten years as well as the first to do so in the modern CFP era, Georgia has won 29 games and lost one. Hail To The Dawgs!


Georgia Bulldogs football - Wikipedia


On this day in 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet “Common Sense” that encouraged the American colonists to fight for independence from Great Britain, was published anonymously. Of course, I find the title to have become ironical as I believe that common sense is not common enough, anymore.

I find it interesting that in the first of four sections in the pamphlet Paine describes government as a “necessary evil” and makes a distinction between society and government. Today, those on the left want government to control society, but so do those on the right in many aspects. The notion of government as arbiter and not active participant disappeared long ago.

Regulation may be founded in good intentions, but it has real costs, just like everything else. According to this study, and granting that the source is a “free market” advocate, if regulation had been held constant at levels observed in 1980, then the US economy would have been about 25 percent larger than it actually was as of 2012. This means that in 2012, the economy was $4 trillion smaller than it would have been in the absence of regulatory growth since 1980, which amounts to a loss of approximately $13,000 per capita, a significant amount of money for most American workers.

A similar study by two economists at North Carolina State (I was unable to find a direct cite) found that regulation had actually depressed GDP growth by 80 percent from 1949 to 2010, I believe. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. When some US citizens are moving to places like Portugal because it is much easier to start a business there than here, something has really gone awry.


So, do I have any automotive sleepers for potential acquisition in the event we move into the “Goose Bumps” house? Well, I am and always have been transparent about my automotive preferences so I doubt I can show something out of left field.

I would have interest in a non-GNX Buick Grand National, but even models from earlier than 1987 are now listing for over $50,000, which is way beyond what I want to spend. I am torn in that part of me wants a “pre-computer” car, but part of me doesn’t. As I have written, in Arizona EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) is a must to avoid vapor lock in the hot summers. Of course, EFI kits are ubiquitous and, supposedly, not difficult to install for a qualified technician.

I’m stalling because I can’t think of anything I haven’t shown before…I guess this isn’t a sleeper, but is creeping back into contention, despite my history with Pontiac, because I think it looks better than its Kappa platform cousin, the Solstice.


Used 2009 Saturn SKY Red Line Ruby Red SE For Sale ($14,900) | Motorcar ...


This is a Saturn Sky, supposedly in Red Line spec. These are not common (only 8,778 Sky Red Lines with an automatic transmission were manufactured–7,045 were produced with a manual, no stick for me), but examples for sale do exist. The biggest drawback, in my opinion, is the manual top that can only be raised or lowered from outside the car.

This morning, Autotrader had 13 Sky Red Lines listed in all of the US for sale at dealers with an automatic transmission, fewer than 60,000 miles and no reported accidents. If I narrow the search to those within 500 miles of my home zip code, only one is listed for sale.

Maybe I shouldn’t be putting the cart before the horse, but my brain is always moving ahead to the next big project, even if the one in front of me is not finished.








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Hail To The Dawgs

First…thanks to all of you who read the blog yesterday. The number of views and visitors was the highest since October 18th, which itself was one of the most “read” days of 2022.


You might not believe this, but during the first quarter of yesterday’s Tennessee-Georgia college football game I thought to myself that the game, the moment seemed too big for the Volunteers. Their program has come a long way in a short time, from the investigation into recruiting violations that led to the dismissal of head coach Jeremy Pruitt and most of his staff in January of 2021 to being ranked Number One in the first official CFP rankings for 2022 under current head coach Josh Heupel.

Georgia has played in a lot of big games in recent seasons and being at home in front of 93,000 fans was also a decided advantage. Tennessee was called for at least eight pre-snap offensive penalties. The Georgia defense also played an outstanding game. In their first eight games the Volunteers had averaged almost 50 points a game. Yesterday, the Bulldogs held them to just 13 in a 27-13 win.

With Ohio State’s less than impressive win at Northwestern, it seems a fait accompli that Georgia will be ranked Number One in the next CFP rankings to be released on Tuesday. Hail To The Dawgs!


I guess congratulations are in order to the Houston Astros, 2022 World Series Champions. Why baseball is being played in November is beyond me, though.

Since the sign-stealing scandal where the Astros were illegally using electronic equipment to steal signs of their opponents they are not liked by baseball fans outside of Houston. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and field manager A. J. Hinch were suspended for the entire 2020 season for “failing to prevent the rule violations.” The Astros were fined the maximum allowable $5 million and forfeited their first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts. The Astros fired both Luhnow and Hinch on the day their suspensions were announced.

They have remained successful in the aftermath of the scandal. The Astros have played in their league championship series (still can’t get used to the fact that they are now in the American League) in each of the three seasons since the scandal broke and in the World Series in the last two seasons.

One of the Astros’ best players is second baseman Jose Altuve, American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) for 2017, the first year Houston won the World Series. I identified him as a good prospect for my baseball clients after the 2009 season, before he had ever even played in a full-season minor league. That forecasting will get me breakfast at McDonald’s…as long as I have six dollars. It wasn’t good enough to keep me from, basically, losing my baseball consulting business in 2010, either.


On this day in 1899 James Ward Packard, with help from his brother William, completed the manufacture of Packard’s first car in Warren, Ohio. I used to write about Packard and other defunct American car companies much more than I do now.

Although the Packard name was used on cars built by Studebaker in model years 1957 and 1958, “real” Packards ceased to be manufactured after the 1956 model year. In all, about 1.6 million cars were produced by Packard; only about 7,000 were badge-engineered Studebakers.

In this post I showed the picture below as one of my favorite cars from the 1950s. It is a Packard (a 1956 400, not the Caribbean convertible from the same year that was part of my Ultimate Garage 2.0; a person can change their mind even if there’s nothing wrong with the one they have).


1956 Packard 400 | T146 | Indy 2016


While the enormous difficulty in getting one of these serviced almost certainly means I will never buy one, they are not expensive cars to acquire, at least not at the moment. ClassicCars currently has two listed for sale with asking prices around $15,000.

If you don’t have dreams you have nightmares…








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