“And, you know, being able to wear the stars and stripes, when you step up on one of the blocks or, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play, you know, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world because you know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you.” -Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimmer (18 gold medals), United States of America
The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is on Friday. To celebrate this, the daily quotes for the remainder of the week will come from the top medalists from different countries, and each one will include a link to that country’s national anthem. Today, I’m starting with the top medal-ling athlete (Michael Phelps) from the top medal-ling country (the United States of America). I won’t go too philosophical on this quote, as it’s fairly straight-forward. I put this quote in here because it captures that ultimate Olympic moment. Phelps explains why Olympians train as hard as they do. Although he is specifically referring to the US (see, ‘stars and stripes’), I would imagine that most Olympic athletes across the world are in agreement with Phelps that the greatest moment for them is wearing their country’s flag proudly after representing it so well. I write the news about NFL players every day, and it’s remarkable to know that the majority of those NFL players don’t even come close to the elite, athletic level reached by Olympians. Of course, when the Olympics add American football, the US could assemble a team of NFL benchwarmers and they would STILL blowout every other country. The US definitely specializes in football, much like they do in basketball. I can’t imagine how bad the Olympics will get in the basketball arena when the Gasol brothers aren’t around to help team Spain anymore. They’re the only ones who come close to challenging team USA’s ‘Dream Team’. Anyway, back to football:
- The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent RB Reggie Bush to a one-year contract. Great signing for the Bills. Bush is a very solid insurance policy for the recently-injured LeSean McCoy, and the recently-suspended Karlos Williams. Still, I think Bush is far from a lock to make the Bills 53-man roster.
- In yesterday’s blog, I linked the commercial that shared QB Peyton Manning’s new Sunday Mornings with us. Apparently he only takes Sundays off. Manning has already visited the New Orleans Saints training camp this summer and today, he was found at the Miami Dolphins training camp. He was, reportedly, in Miami to evaluate and tutor Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. Is he ALREADY itching to get into coaching? It’s only been a few months!
- San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson sustained a torn meniscus in training camp today and will likely require surgery. There is a possibility of Johnson missing the entire, upcoming season. What does that mean? Effectively, nothing. Johnson hasn’t really been effective in the passing game since he was in Buffalo, and San Diego signed WR Travis Benjamin in free agency this offseason to pair with WR Keenan Allen, who is returning from his own season-ending injury from a year ago. This will have little impact on the Chargers passing game, if any at all.
- If you thought the Dallas Cowboys front seven situation couldn’t get any worse, think again. DL Tyrone Crawford is currently dealing with a back injury. Even worse, there is no timetable for his return. For those of you keeping track (and the rest of you, too), the Cowboys are looking at the possibility of being without FOUR of their starting front seven players at the beginning of the season. While I am jumping for joy as a Giants fan, that’s really bad news for Dallas. They need to keep looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. (Or they could just sign players that can STAY ON THE FIELD!)
- By the way, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has told the media that he won’t name a starting QB until right before the Browns open the preseason. He’s technically stayed true to that in that he hasn’t NAMED one yet, but QB Robert Griffin III has taken all first-team snaps in training camp. We all know actions speak louder than words, so, RG3 will get another chance to revive his career that has been on life-support for a while now. He hasn’t looked phenomenal in training camp, but time will tell if that will change for better or worse.
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.