Daily Update: August 4, 2016

“Canoeists are no self-promoter and usually rather quiet people.” -Birgit Fischer (8 gold medals), Canoeist, Germany

Germany comes in third-place in all-time gold medal count. I couldn’t find any one-liners from their top gold-medalist, Fischer, but I did find an interview with this statement in it. It seemed fitting because that alone was so difficult to find. Then I started thinking about the dynamic of different sports. I disagree with her. I believe that, due to canoeing’s smaller audience than say, that of basketball, they end up getting a little lost in the mix. However, I don’t think canoeists are any quieter than athletes in other sports. There are quiet athletes and loud athletes in every sport. Ultimately, the athletes define the ‘quiet factor’, not the sports they participate in. For example, there are many outspoken NFL players, such as the Bennett brothers:

  1. The Bennett brother angle was  just something that I thought would lead into the news nicely. They talked about some of the players that they have played with, mainly TE Martellus Bennett (New England Patriots) criticized his former QBs, Eli Manning and Jay Cutler, while his brother, DE Michael Bennett (Seattle Seahawks), talked about DE JJ Watt (Houston Texans). However, Michael also managed to get himself kicked out of practice today for getting into a skirmish with OG Mark Glowinski. Apparently, Bennett has been fighting with a lot of Seattle o-lineman, as he has been destroying them in practice.
  2. The New York Jets may have QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back, but have now lost RB Matt Forte (briefly) to an injury. Forte tweaked his hamstring in practice, and will miss the team’s first preseason game. Not a big deal. It’s just preseason now and Forte doesn’t have any legitimate competition for the starting gig. He’ll be ready to go for the regular season.
  3. The Kansas City Chiefs signed QB Nick Foles. Foles will make $1.75 million this season, as a result. There is also a team option for the following season, worth up to $16 million based on his performance this season. QB Alex Smith is still a lock to start in Kansas City, but he is starting to get old, and is known as the ‘checkdown king’. Foles could be the shot of youth and risk-taking ability that the Chiefs need.
  4. The New York Giants have signed free agent CB Leon Hall to a one-year contract. Hall will receive up to $2 million for his services. GREAT signing by the Giants. Hall is still capable as a CB 3 (in my opinion), and will play CB4 in New York behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, and 2016 first-round draft pick Eli Apple. The Giants may just have the best CB corps in the league.

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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