NFL Draft Thursday

I must really be stressed. I woke up this morning with the worst case of fullness in my right ear–a symptom of Meniere’s Disease, I was diagnosed with it in 2008–in many years. Doctors who treat Meniere’s think that 80%-90% of severe manifestations are stress-related. Of course, many doctors think that 80%-90% of all ailments in the developed world are at least partly due to stress.

As a “comfy blankee” I consumed two items for breakfast I hardly ever consume: bacon and sugar. Whether it was those two items, the 50mg of meclizine I took, just eating breakfast or some combination of the above, my fullness has improved markedly since earlier this morning.

I once had a Meniere’s related case of vertigo that was so bad, I had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. That happened at the end of a very stressful day during the last time I attended the baseball winter meetings (December, 2009).

I guess I need to find an ENT here in Arizona. I do not have any diazepam, better known as Valium, which short-circuits vertigo attacks.


Of course, I am stressed about my Z06. I didn’t hear from the dealer yesterday and am actually imagining a scenario where they can’t solve the issue. If they have to replace the ECU, then I strongly believe I shouldn’t be charged for the re-programming of the original ECU, which did not solve the problem. I am imagining a loud argument with the service personnel at the dealer.

Until two months ago, I had unconditional “love” for the Z06. After a $13,000 brake job and the fiasco currently unfolding, that feeling has disappeared.


Many of you don’t know or care, and that’s OK, but the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft will be held today. The TV ratings will surpass those of most MLB and NBA playoff games.

Perhaps “inspired” by the day, I finally broke down and ordered the computer football game of which I have written before, like here. Drafting my own league and playing the games will give something to do that I hope I will enjoy.

My friend Mel Kiper, the “godfather” of NFL Draft coverage on TV, has been the subject of some controversy. He was not allowed to attend the draft this year (in Las Vegas) because he has not been vaccinated against the damn virus. I was aware of his decision and tried to explain to him the reasons he should be vaccinated. I know he respects my intelligence and knowledge of topics outside of sports, but he chose not to be vaccinated.

I will not comment anymore on Mel’s situation, but I believe that the large percentage of people who have not been vaccinated in the developed world has played the largest role in the damn virus’ persistence, at least in the developed world. Unvaccinated people are potential hosts for the virus, where it can convert, replicate and mutate. Viruses are not that good at making exact replicas of themselves.

A tweet from Bill James:


“I generally like resistance to the government, because governments like to take over people’s lives and tell people what to do when it isn’t necessary. I just encourage you to get vaccinated first. Fight the government some other way.”


Very well said and I agree 100 percent.


Just like I have a very positive reaction anytime I see a Saturn Sky, I have a similar reaction every time I see one of these:


See the source image

See the source image


From Fast Lane Cars, two pictures of a 1958 Chevrolet Impala. That was the first year for the Impala and the only year for this body style. According to sources like Encyclopedia of American Cars by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide®, for that year the Impala was a “sub-model” of the top of the line Bel Air, not becoming its own model until 1959.

The heart wants what it wants, I guess. I can’t explicitly explain why I am so enamored with the looks of the car. It just seems “right” to me, I suppose.

Wish me luck, but only good luck. I’ve had more than enough of the other kind.







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