Feb 202019

Beginning with the 2019 Indianapolis 500, all of the Dallara DW12 IndyCar bodies will include the Advanced Frontal Protection device, or AFP for short.

The AFP is a roughly trapezoidal, three-inch-tall, three-quarters-of-an-inch wide piece of titanium mounted on the centerline of the car, directly in front of the driver. It is meant to deflect debris away from the driver’s head.

The AFP is highlighted in green. Photo by IndyCar.

Clearly this will be some increased protection against some kinds of debris, but anything on an unfavorable trajectory will remain a problem. It’s hard to see this doing much about a detached wheel arriving at 200 mph, for example.

The IndyCar article indicates that a halo could not be fitted to the current chassis, and that there were problems with the windscreen prototype during testing at the PPG facility here in Huntsville. So it sounds like this is a stopgap.

I have christened it The Nubbin.

 Posted by at 10:40 am
Feb 012019

I didn’t follow the NFL at all for several years—decades, really. There were years in my young adulthood that I could’ve been offered $10,000 to name five of the starting quarterbacks in the league, and I would have lost the money.

Still, I usually watched the Super Bowl even then. It’s a good excuse for a party in the middle of winter, and the commercials were usually reliably entertaining.

This year, somehow, part of me is even less interested in the game than in those years. I can’t not cringe. Normally I’d be for anyone playing the Patriots, but gee, it’s pretty tough to get excited about the Rams, isn’t it?

Then another part of me says it’s not really the Rams’ fault; we can as easily hang a game’s outcome on any number of other single events as we can a bad call; etc. I believe all of that intellectually, but I’m not sure how viscerally I feel it.

How would I feel if it was a team besides the Saints who got left out? How would I feel if the Saints had gotten in this way? I don’t know.

We’re breaking new wind this Sunday.

 Posted by at 11:01 am
Jan 172019

As expected, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has transferred to Oklahoma, where he will be eligible to play his one remaining season immediately. He has bid his “Alabama family” farewell in a missive that speaks deeply to the fine young man he is. All the best to you, Jalen. Thank you.

 Posted by at 9:47 am
Jan 152019

President Trump hosted 2018 college football national champions Clemson at the White House last night. Citing the government shutdown, Trump spent thousands of dollars of his own money on fast food to serve to the players and coaches: “I think we’re going to serve McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King with some pizza. I really mean […]

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Nov 282018

“Here’s hoping Auburn is at a similar point of purge and lands a similar superstar hire—with a certain bothersome trustee’s testicles in a mason jar waiting on his desk for him on day one.  Coach should be Coach, folks.  Get him in and stay the hell out of his way.” – Bo Williams, December 3, […]

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