Well…I was really looking forward to all of the sports to watch today and it was okay until my teams started to play…both Michigan and Man U are stinking up the place and I really think I like games better where one of my teams is not playing….after all, you can’t be disappointed if you have no stake in it….and this year, it appears that every team that I root for is really bad and that just compounds the problem when you can’t say “at least the Wings are playing good” and have something to look forward to. Oh, well…so I think I’ll look for something else to watch other than those two games until the Rose Bowl starts at 5….and I’ll be back to politics tomorrow…I need to take the rest of the day off and just veg…still not feeling 100% with all of the pain I’ve been having and my lungs are still iffy so I’ll use that for an excuse….
Well….watched the Ford vs. Ferrari movie last night and I just don’t get all of the hype that surrounded it’s release. I mean, I found it cheesy and grating with race scenes that looks like they were staged by someone who knows nothing about racing…look, I know they needed to add some action from the drivers when they were supposedly passing someone but to downshift to go faster on the Mulsanne straight at LeMans? This was a theme throughout the movie and so damn annoying….as was the repeated shots of a speedometer from inside the car…did they ever look inside a race car? You will never find a speedometer because it is information that is just not relevant to the driver as the engine’s rpm is…now, in some of the modern electronic displays in some race cars you can select MPH but not back in the 60′s when the film is set….the final bit of laziness on the part of the producers is the scene where Ken Miles is killed testing a supposedly new version of the GT-40 that looked exactly like the old version….Miles was killed in what was called the “J car” and it didn’t look anything like the normal Ford GT that won LeMans…and that again points to the ignorance of the details of the story from the producers of the film and their laziness in getting the details right…cripes, I remember the story of Miles’s death from when it really happened in the 60′s and I’m an old guy…couldn’t they have at least looked back at pictures and used CGI to re-create the look of the J car? One last thing where they got it wrong is the brake failures that was a sub theme through the movie…I mean, making them glow red as a sign of failure? Again, anyone who knows anything about racing knows that failure is not that dramatic and discs glowing red was not a thing with the iron discs of the 60′s…especially the red with flames coming out of the wheels…usually, the pedal just goes to the floor after the brake fluid boils or the pads are worn out…no flames unless the fluid leaks out on the hot discs. As with most racing movies done by non racing people, the details will really grate on a race fan…as it did to me….I got through the movie but I am disappointed in how they could take the story of the GT-40 at LeMans and make it boring…but maybe for the non-race fans it would be okay…but I don’t think so.
Well….haven’t really talked a lot about sports lately but with the debacle that is my Red Wings, it’s time to wade in with my two cents. Stevie Y, it’s time to pull the plug on Jeff Blashill and go a different direction…after all, we are nearing a club and league record of losses and the Wings are in last place so what could it hurt? You have a Cup winning assistant on the bench in Dan Bylsma and even if he isn’t your long term solution, this situation shouts that there is change needed…I know that firing Blashill won’t magically give the team more talent, but with the young players on the team, there is a real danger that some of them could be permanently damaged by losing, losing and losing….and the prospects of luring top level coaching talent for next year is going to decrease with every loss so why not now? I wince every time I see the box score from a Wings game now when I used to look forward to every game and I don’t think I’m alone in that….Stevie, think of the fans who have supported you and the Wings for their entire lives…it’s time to try to give them some hope by doing something, anything that starts us on the road back to respectability…it’s too damn hard to watch my Wings the way things are….
Well…hey, I am finally going to get at a topic that is not politics…or, on the surface it’s not about politics but the idiot trump is going to make it about politics. Just Sunday, the world anti doping agency announced that Russia and it’s athletes will be banned from all international competitions including the Wold Cup and the Olympics due to widespread institutional cheating led by the Russian government. The ban is going to be for 4 years pending the obligatory appeal the that the Russians will request, or if the idiot trump gets involved and tries to strong arm WADA into looking the other way…after all it is Russia involved and we all know that trump lives to please Putin. The bottom line is that Russia and it’s supposedly impartial athlete testing lab spent the past few years hiding positive results and were even involved with helping Russian athletes cheat at every competition they were in….just like the East Germans did in the 60′s through the 90′s when that tiny little country won every medal in sight. Look, this crap has been going on forever and Russia needs to pay some price for their blatant cheating…I do feel for the clean Russian athletes…if there are any, but the solution from Rio and Korea where individual Russians were allowed to compete but not under the Russian flag is not acceptable…we know that Russian athletes are under the thumb of Putin and can’t be assured they are not dirty…so while I feel for these athletes, it is time for their entire system to be penalized for their government’s cheating….that continues to this day…
Well…it looks like a slow news day today…haven’t been able to find a topic that I want to talk about…okay, how about Manchester United? I started watching the first match of the year yesterday with some trepidation given the poor quality of the team last year and the almost constant disappointment that I felt watching them…so, I did feel a little better after they beat Chelsea 4-0 yesterday but the one thing I have to tell myself is that it is just the first game and until they put in a string of wins, I need to just try to enjoy the play and hope the youngsters they are playing will grow into the job. I still think a lot of the players are doing just enough to get by and they need to show more and work harder…and the goals that they got yesterday were all on the counter attack and not from the run of play and I’m not sure if that is sustainable over the course of the long EPL season…we’ll see…for now, I’m just going to enjoy the fact that soccer is back and that will give me something to hold back the boredom on the weekends…more later…
Well…I wonder what I’m going to do on the weekends when soccer and football are over? Today started out well with Wolves and Leictester City going at it in a really good game and Wolves winning it 4-3 in the last minute of stoppage time…very entertaining….and now we have Man U playing Brighton and Man U has started out okay but no score yet…then we have Michigan trying to keep their unbeaten streak going in basketball against Wisconsin at noon…and then the NFL playoffs later in the aft…so, I’ve got a day of less boredom than normal and that really is something to look forward to…and, next weekend is the 24 hours of Daytona that I hope I have the channels to watch…so, for at least the next two weekends, I have something do…along with riding as soon as the parts get here…so, back to sports…more later…
Well…as you know, I have vented my frustration with how Manchester United has been playing this year with it’s worst start in 28 years and no hope of getting to the Champions League next year. Today, though, we Red Devils fans got a Christmas gift with the sacking of Jose Mourinho as manager and I say it has been way too long coming. Under Mourinho, Man U has looked an ordinary team for more than a year even with all of the talent they have and the money they have spent…Jose turned them into a plodding, ugly team to watch and every game has left us guessing what team is going to show up…and I put that squarely on the manager…now, there is plenty of blame to go around and much of it is the players themselves who seem to be phoning it in at times and I’m not sure if it was conflict with Jose or what but maybe, just maybe we can have some hope to see our Man U team be Man U again…it will be interesting anyway….
Well…getting up so early has it’s drawbacks in that I already have all the online papers read and it’s only 7:30…so I thought I’d come back here and talk a little bit about the Red Wings. They have been under the radar so far this season…for me anyway, with playing pretty terribly over the first ten games where they only won one game…but, there has been something happening with them over the past two weeks where they have won 5 of 6 games and have been competing with the teams that are going to make the playoffs…one of the things that might be a concern…and is to me, is that they have come from behind in every one of the wins…and three of the wins have been either in OT or shootouts and that is not a path to success in the league. Still, last night’s game was pretty exciting with the winning goal coming with 5.4 seconds left in OT and I guess a win is a win….and now I think I may need to follow them more closely…was hoping that the young guys would step up and at least make them credible…and they are starting to…and there is much more talent just waiting in GR so maybe the playoffs are not too big a stretch? Hope so….Let’s Go Red Wings!
Well….another fall comes and another Red Wings season starts tonight and I am going to admit that I am still excited when a new season starts even though they have missed the playoffs the past two years. That excitement is tempered this year by the retirement of Henrik Zetterberg who has been my guy since he came into the league in 2002 and has made me some money betting on who would score the next goal over the years…but, I am glad that he is going out on his own terms and is thinking about his health and the rest of his life…I am going to miss him but maybe there will be one of the youngsters that will step up and provide the excitement that Hank did over his career…we can hope. The boys have looked good through the preseason but we all know that really doesn’t mean much and the season is a long grind….the one thing I can say right now is that we are undefeated and I will be watching…and will be breaking my no cocktail policy for tonight…Let’s Go Red Wings!
Well….read this article last week and forgot to comment on it until now….and WOW! Just frickin WOW! Earlier this summer, a 45 year old woman smashed the bicycle world speed record of 167 mph by riding her bike on the Bonneville salt flats at 184 mph…yep, you saw that right…184 mph with nothing but her legs providing the power…kind of makes my top speed of 42 mph downhill kind of silly…I have followed this record setting since I was a youngster and just the coordination between the pace car and the rider is amazing…she had the wind broken by a converted top fuel dragster since the cars used for other records just weren’t fast enough…all I can say is congratulations…what a feat….