Daily Update: July 12, 2016

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls GOAT

I talk about never giving up a lot, so I have more of a funny angle on this today. I wanted something about achievement today because I have been dominating in my video games recently. I am currently on an achievement hunt for my XBOX profile (I get on them from time to time). My gamerscore currently rests just above 11,000 (not bad for a guy who mostly plays Madden, right?). Anyway, over the weekend I finished the last of the offline Portal 2 achievements that I needed (I don’t complete the online ones because I have the free version of XBOX Live and I REFUSE to spend money just to have people cuss me out online for being better than them 🙂 ), and now I am working on my Madden achievements because, surprisingly, I don’t complete a lot of them because I like Ultimate Team mode, and most of THOSE achievements require greater online access than I have (especially Draft Champions). So, I have been messing around with Connected Franchise mode. There are seven-ish different achievements for reaching certain legacy scores in Franchise mode. Usually, to complete achievements, I rig the game so it’s impossible for me to lose. Unfortunately, it turns out Electronic Arts was onto people like me, and they made legacy achievements almost non-existent in Rookie difficulty. Thus, I have been forced to take the more difficult, Pro difficulty route to earn more legacy points. But, being the clever guy I am, I found a loophole. It turns out that, while EA changed legacy earnings based on difficulty levels, they did not apply the same principle to the gameplay sliders, which allow the gamer to make their players really good at everything, and the CPU players really bad at everything. So, I’m actually scoring more touchdowns with the adjusted sliders in Pro difficulty, and I’m earning WAY more legacy points. What I’m saying is, I beat the system. That’s a hobby of mine. I love beating the system. Now, I also said that I have been dominating in my video gameS, plural. The other game I have been dominating in is called Panini Gridiron. I am an avid football card collector. I have collected about 1,00o cards per year for the past 6 years. It cost an absurd amount of money. Then I realized, “There’s an app for everything!” Sure enough, I found an app that I can collect football cards with without spending any money. That app is Panini Gridiron. It’s a really cool app. Anyway, the app currently has a promo going on called “Elite Rookies”. Every day they put 1 2016 NFL rookie in packs. The player is only available for 24 hours, at which point, the NEXT rookie is put into packs. There are four different tiers for each rookie: Teal, Green, Purple, and Red. Every collector has a 1:3 shot at pulling a teal parallel, a 1:5 for Green, a 1:10 for Purple, and a 1:25 for Red. If a collector collects ALL 4 parallels prior to THAT player’s expiration 24 hours later, that collector receives a limited Orange parallel of the same player. On Sunday, the rookie of the day was Seattle Seahawks RB CJ Prosise. The first pack I pulled in which he was available, I pulled his Red parallel AND his Green parallel. I decided to try to collect all four because I got the hardest one (the Red one) out of the way. I got the Teal parallel in speedy fashion from the trading block. Then, I only needed Purple. I didn’t get Purple on Sunday. On Monday, I woke up desperate to get the Purple parallel prior to the 11:30 EST deadline. 20 minutes before the deadline, I used the coins I had remaining to buy two more packs. I pulled ANOTHER Red parallel. So, I was able to trade down the Red parallel for the Purple parallel, just 6 minutes prior to the deadline, and I earned the limited Orange parallel (I own 1 of just 62 Orange parallel CJ Prosise cards in the game). Today, the rookie of the day is Houston Texans WR Will Fuller. I pulled his Red parallel in my first pack this morning. Luckily, this one isn’t coming down to the wire. I already have all four of his parallels, and I will be receiving the limited Orange parallel tomorrow morning. Moral of the story: PLAY HARD! And check out Panini Gridiron. It’s a cool app. Now that I’ve given you TheHaysWay daily news, how about some NFL daily news:

  1. The Denver Broncos are getting to crunch time with LB Von Miller. With the long-term contract deadline on Friday, Miller has threatened to sit out the 2016 season if he doesn’t get that contract. Teammate CB Chris Harris Jr came out today and said that Miller isn’t bluffing, so he expects a deal to be done Thursday night. I agree with Harris. The Broncos aren’t dishing out a ton of QB cash with Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler both out of town now, so they have plenty with which to pay Miller. Plus, he is the biggest reason for the Broncos success. I project their season being average WITH Miller on the field. It could REALLY go south if Miller isn’t on the field.
  2. The NFL Supplemental Draft is Thursday, July 14.
  3. The New England Patriots have the “best” fans in the NFL. Apparently, Pats nation has the strongest showing amongst NFL fan bases in terms of social media following, and game attendance. What this really proved, is that there are WAY too many Americans who are fair-weather fans (just ask Seahawks fans, most of which today, probably haven’t even heard of QB Matt Hasselbeck). So, I would like to congratulate fans of the: Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars (it’s beginning to pay off for you guys now), New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans, and any teams I missed which have REALLY sucked in recent years. You are truly the NFL’s best fans.
  4. The Carolina Panthers Bank of America stadium was struck by lightning today. Don’t worry Panthers fans, the stadium is alright. That might even be a good sign!
  5. Ex-NFL WR Chad Johnson is interested in inventing a new role for himself on the Cleveland Browns coaching staff. He calls the position: “route running specialist assistant receiver coach”. Honestly, I think it would be great for the Browns if they brought Johnson on as an assistant coach, especially with the young receiving corps they currently have. Johnson could be a stellar mentor.
  6. The Atlanta Falcons came out and said that they want to decrease RB Devonta Freeman’s workload. NO!!!! That is HORRIBLE news for fantasy footballers! It’s also a terrible strategy for the Falcons. Did anyone else notice that they started losing AFTER Freeman went down with injury last season?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

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