Daily Update: June 20, 2016

“Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it.” -Carrie Underwood, Musician

Well, believe it or not, I chose this quote because Carrie Underwood is in the NFL news today. But we’ll get to that in a moment. With regard to this quote, I would say I partially agree but mostly disagree. I partially agree in that successful people should be responsible for making the world a better place. However, I mostly disagree because that responsibility lies on everybody’s shoulders (and there are a lot more ‘unsuccessful’ people than there are ‘successful’ people). I’ve mentioned before that I strive to be positive every day because I want to make everyone’s days better. In making these strides, I am more successful than I would be making seven figures a year. What is the purpose of life, if not to strive to be a cohesive part of all life? True success lies not within how much money one makes, but within how many lives one changes for the better. Now, I bet you’re all still quite curious as to how Carrie Underwood relates to the NFL news, so I’ll get to that:

  1. Carrie Underwood will be debuting a new Sunday Night Football theme song for this season. Sadly, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night“, has passed away…(moments of silence)…and onward we march. The new song will debut prior to the first Sunday Night Football game of the season, between the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, on September 11, 2016. The new song is reported to be a re-worked take of “Something Bad”.
  2. Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins is expected to be back for training camp. The WR underwent foot surgery earlier this month, which left his return timetable clouded until now.
  3. Ok. Now my full NBA Finals analysis, as promised. So, again, congratulations to the city of Cleveland for breaking their 52-year-long streak without a championship. Obviously, we all saw Golden State get out to a 3-1 series lead, at which point I thought my prediction of the Warriors winning in 5 would be correct, and at least 90% of America already counted the Warriors as the champions, including at least 50% of Cleveland, itself. Then, the NBA announced that Warriors PF Draymond Green would be suspended for Game 5. Honestly, that decision was trash. Looking back on the dispute between him and LeBron James that got him in trouble, it was more LeBron’s fault than it was his. HOWEVER, Draymond is notorious for being a dirty player, so he did get his, just at the VERY WRONG time. That aside, the Cavaliers needed more than Green’s suspension to come back; they needed KING James. In the first 4 games of the series, LeBron looked more like QUEEN James with all of the scoring and attacking opportunities he passed out of. So big time props to him for stepping up with Kyrie Irving in games 5 and 6 to WILL their teams to victory. Straight up, LeBron carried the team through the final 3 games of the series. But, game 7. The Cavaliers no doubt deserved to even the series at 3 apiece after their domination in games 5 and 6. UNFORTUNATELY, the Cavaliers did NOT deserve to win game 7, in my opinion. The truth of the matter is, the Warriors were much more overall, fundamentally sound than the Cavs. If you watched the game in the same way that I did, you saw the Warriors rotate like true professionals on defense to contest EVERY shot the Cavs put up (including Irving’s three-pointer that ended up winning the game). In addition to this, you saw nearly flawless ball movement from the Warriors offense in the first three quarters of the game. That, combined with Cleveland’s lackadaisical defense led to a lot of open shots for the Warriors, which is why Draymond Green was 5/5 on three-pointers in the first half (though many of those open shots were also, sadly, missed). Now you’re probably wondering, “Billy, if the Warriors played so well, why did they lose?” This is the part where the Warriors fans dislike the post (much like the Cavs fans probably already have for claiming that they didn’t deserve their championship). The answer is simple: The Warriors stars DROVE THE TEAM INTO THE GROUND. Yes, Stephen Curry was the MVP. Yes, the Splash Brothers are the reason why the Warriors broke the NBA record for wins in the regular season. But, it was the coaching staff’s faith in the Splash Bros that cost them the championship. Klay Thompson had some moments throughout the series, but Steph was cold in ALL SEVEN games. I don’t care if he is the unanimous MVP, if a guy is cold with the championship on the line, you MUST take him out of the game. That’s right, if I was Steve Kerr, I would have benched STEPHEN CURRY. The only thing he was doing really well in the series was putting on a clinic for how to foul, especially in game 6. He couldn’t find his shot, and for some reason, he thought taking stupid shots with guys RIGHT IN HIS FACE was the way to fix that! So there’s that. I’m happy for Cleveland for getting their long-deserved championship, but, unfortunately, THIS championship was NOT deserved. Congrats to LeBron and Kyrie for evening out the series, but the Cavs would not have won the championship if Stephen Curry hadn’t driven his team into the ground in game 7, and throughout the series. I apologize to all Warriors fans who had to witness their MVP lose it all for them. History was made in the worst possible way this time around.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news (yes, angry comments are allowed too, but no death threats please). If you actually want to leave a like on my tirade against the two best basketball teams in the world, that like would be even more appreciated than usual, because I don’t even know if I would leave a like on this post. But, I’m telling it how I see it. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

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