College Football Sanctions and Pettiness

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So, three Michigan State football players had warrants issued for their arrests in a sexual assault case dating back to January. After the law enforcement officials announced that, the players were dismissed from the football team. Of course, that is deservedly so, but I have one question: Why did it take so long? The school had been conducting its own investigation for a while, but the team made no action prior to the actual law enforcement concluding their investigation. I just want to be a broken record on this issue because I need to be. That sort of behavior is ENTIRELY unacceptable, and college football teams need to stop giving their players breaks on those actions. If it were up to me, Baylor University would no longer have a college football team due to all of the sexual assault issues they’ve had. Now, I understand that very rarely, women will make claims that are NOT true just to get attention. So, there needs to be a short period of time for the players to prove their innocence before being dismissed from the team. But, if an investigation about that behavior goes on for five months?! The players should not be allowed to remain on the team for that long, even in a suspended state. It’s time that the NCAA start holding these schools and teams accountable in some way. They can’t just take away recruiting benefits or bowl games, they need to start suspending entire football programs. I’m talking Michigan State college football should not exist for the 2017-18 season AT LEAST. And I mean what I said about Baylor: they should no longer have a college football team. At least for a decade. It’s time that entire universities start feeling the pain of allowing that behavior to happen. What better way to punish the universities than to take a significant amount of their income away?

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I don’t even know that I want to say much on this quote. This is mostly just here for thought because it is truly remarkable. The funniest thing about that quote is that most people who read it probably think, “But, adults’ arguments are based on logic!” Are they really though? I would bet that 95% of adult arguments (AT LEAST) are not based on logic. Humans by nature are very emotionally driven in everything. 75% of what you believe is just that: what you believe. There is no logic to it AT ALL. The other 25% has a fraction of logic in it. In the words of Thor (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth), “You people are so petty, and tiny.” Ironically, those words ring a little hollow knowing that Chris Hemsworth recently complained about his exclusion from Captain America: Civil War and his seemingly limited role in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

*Side Note: When I Googled “logic” to link to the word, all of the top results were about the rapper named “Logic”. That’s how unimportant REAL logic is to the majority of society.*

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*Side Note: When I Googled “NCAA” for the logo I found this awesome picture! I have to say, I’m surprised that Cal dominates so much of California. Fresno State and San Diego State are the only two teams I would’ve guessed had smaller fan base areas than Cal in the state.*

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When to Steal a Taco?, Darkness Must Pass

So, the Cleveland Cavaliers got smacked by the Golden State Warriors once again. With the Warriors now leading the NBA Finals 2 games to 0 and the series shifting to the city of Cleveland for games 3 and 4, I can’t help but wonder: Will I be home in time to get my free Doritos Locos Taco? For those of you who don’t know, Taco Bell does a special deal during the NBA Finals called, “Steal a game, steal a taco“. If a team wins on the road in the NBA Finals, Taco Bell gives out free Doritos Locos Tacos for a day. It’s pretty likely that the Warriors will win game 3 on Wednesday because the Cavs suck. I have no idea where the closest Taco Bell is to campus, but I leave on Thursday. So, depending on when Taco Bell opts to make “Free Taco Day,” I might not get one. 😦 Or maybe I will. 🙂

My group project grade came in today, and I guess my professor got my email, because I ended up with a B overall on the project, which THRILLED me considering the way it went down. I actually got a C on the presentation that I came up with in 5 minutes, but I managed a 100 on my paper (which was worth half of the total points on the project, the presentation was the other half). So, yeah me!

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A quick pun because-let’s be honest-we could all use some extra stupid humor in our lives right now.

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I believe I’ve mentioned before that there are few fictional characters I find more inspirational than Samwise Gamgee. But, if I haven’t: There are few fictional characters I find more inspirational than Samwise Gamgee. I found this quote particularly helpful with my finals looming in the next two days. I believe that everyone has many moments in their lives where they feel that terrible things will not ever end. There is, however, a line: “All good things must come to an end.” That’s true. Which means, that all bad things must also come to an end. Make no mistake, life is colossally unfair. But, it never fails to come through for you in the end. Whatever challenge you are facing, whatever anguish you are feeling, know that it will come to an end. Knowing that it will end is the best way to get through it. In fact, that was the mindset I used during my International Baccalaureate exams last year. That resulted in an IB diploma. So that mindset makes a huge difference. It calms your nerves “at an elite spa level” (Tim Curry as Nigel St. Nigel in PsychAmerican Duos). Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it is surprisingly comforting to know that no matter how badly something goes, it will end. Just ask the Cavs…

Side note: My campus reminds me a lot of The Lord of the Rings: everyone is high and/or drunk the majority of the time (with the exception of me, of course. I guess that makes me…Elrond? I actually don’t recall any of the elves smoking pipes in Middle-Earth. Can anybody confirm that for me?).

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the NBA Finals and/or on today’s quote of the day and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, that too shall pass when you become a follower. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

NBA Finals: Warriors > Cavaliers, Positivity, Etc

Today was…a day. It was most certainly a day.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were smashed by the Golden State Warriors which was not surprising, but definitely disappointing. If you are looking for something that will make you laugh (other than my humor in my post, of course 🙂 ), look no further than this play. I have been laughing about this ever since it happened. There are always guys that move out of the way because they don’t want to get trampled on someone’s rampage to the rim, but you rarely see someone try to play it off the way Cavaliers SG JR Smith did. There’s no shame in getting out of Kevin Durant‘s way. There is a LOT of shame to go around for pretending that you didn’t even see him coming. As ESPN would say, “C’Mon Son!”

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I absolutely had to put this quote in here to discuss how much I disagree with it. Obviously, the Warriors probably think this quote is gospel. However, I have a prime example of why it is the falsest quote of all time. I had a group project in my Physics class today. Well, the presentation was today, anyway. The group had decided on a topic about a month ago. Apparently, my group decided to change that topic yesterday (after I had done a significant amount of research and after I had written a paper on the original topic, mind you) but that’s not the part that pissed me off. No, the part that pissed me off was the fact that my group opted to tell me about the change of topic FIVE MINUTES before we presented it to the class. So, I looked like an unprepared idiot by trying to pass off as knowledgeable in a topic that I spent five minutes researching, even though I did a few hours of research on the original topic. Needless to say, which is to say I do feel a need to say this because it’s actually rather ridiculous to say needless to say and then say the thing that doesn’t need saying. Anyway, I’m not looking forward to seeing my grade on the project.

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Going off another thing that happened in class today (though, this one happened in my Writing class today), my class took several moments to reflect on our progress through the quarter because it was our last class. The quote says two years, but it’s amazing how much I’ve learned in ten weeks. A good teacher makes a huge difference, and I said as much in class. It’s not so often I have a class where my limits are pushed as much as they were in the writing class. I learned so much from pushing my limits. I also learned that I don’t push my limits as much as I should because I want to learn more.

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Challenge: Try not to break into the worst Disney song ever made.

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I’m really not sure what to make of this. I can think only of my constant debates I have internally between my mind and my heart. I suppose this quote is referring to denying what the mind wants so the heart can get what it wants, which will feed your soul, in turn. I definitely have come to realize that the mind and the heart WANT very different things. Well, maybe want isn’t the correct word. It’s not that they want different things, it’s just that…they have different priorities, I guess. I’ve found that chasing what the heart wants often ends poorly. As much as I would like to balance chasing what my mind and my heart want, I know that my mind wins out most of the time. The interesting thing is that the mind often denies the heart what it wants because the mind has greater foresight to understand that the heart can end up worse than it started off if it does chase what it wants. In my opinion, the heart is under the impression that it can be healed if it is hurt in pursuit of a desire. Unfortunately, whatever heals the heart must not be the mind, which is why it stops the heart from pursuing desires. The mind feels the heart’s pain and can do nothing to ease the pain.

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So, I oozed enthusiasm in my writing class. I also did so during high school. (Ask any of my classmates, I’m actually curious to know how much I irritated them) I oozed enthusiasm to the point where I actually irritated myself. That’s the only way I know how to do it. I just try to spread positivity everywhere, and as much as possible. The world could use more positivity, especially with all of the negativity that is going around constantly in politics and the media.

This quote gets me through anything difficult. If you lift your head up, you will get through. I know that life is tough and I know that it’s tough to fight back when life hits you. But, the reality is that everything in life is a mindset. As much as other people try to convince me otherwise, I truly believe that. What I’m about to say might ruffle a few feathers, so please know that is not my intention, I am just stating my point of view from the information I have available to me. Several of my former high school classmates had/have depression (I will not name any of them for confidentiality reasons, of course). I stated my point of view to one of them that they would be fine if they just thought happy thoughts and chose to be happy. Their natural response was to say, “It’s not that simple.” But, how do we know either way? Those with depression have no idea what the mindset of those without depression is, and those without depression have no idea what the mindset of those with depression is. Whose to say that it isn’t as simple as a thought process that puts a person in either state? Again, I apologize if this offends anybody, that is not my intention. I’m simply saying that so much of life is mental. My opinion, is that it’s up to you if you want to be happy. And you always have that choice.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on Game 1 of the NBA Finals and/or on any of the 5 quotes above and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to hop on my enthusiasm train. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Quote Bank: April 24, 2017

Today is one of those days…

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It’s hard when you know a previous choice could’ve changed it…
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Often referred to as a “yes, man”. Saying “no” isn’t letting someone else down, it’s picking yourself up.

“I don’t sing in the car. I perform.” -Anonymous

There is no better feeling than singing in the car by myself. Nobody to judge, every emotion to release.

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Wow. This one probably requires a lengthy discussion some day. I have noticed my breathing often mirrors my feeling.

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Overcoming…Time

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In my Writing class today, my professor reminded the class that we only had two weeks left of our first year of college, to which someone responded, “I feel so old!” -For the record, the look on my professor’s face as he turned to look at her…priceless- My teacher simply asked, “Excuse me?” It was a hilarious moment. Obviously I tend to agree more with my professor (that’s not to say he’s old, it’s just to say that I don’t feel very old). But it got me thinking. And this quote just enhanced that thought process.

I often think about time. Well, I often think period. But, the majority of the time, I think about time. (See what I did there?) It’s just that…time flows in an unusual way in perception. It’s all relative to what each of us is doing. But I think that, no matter how each of us perceives time individually, we all look back at the bigger picture and realize that it moves so much faster than we think it does in any one moment. Time is fleeting…We never have as much of it as we think we do. I believe that is why I end up procrastinating so often. I keep thinking I have more time, until the deadline is looming.

I also watched an episode of Psych today that made me think about it some more (time, that is). In the episode “High Top Fade Out“, Gus comments at one point, “So many things left unsaid…all those years of radio silence…I wish I could tell them how I really feel…” to which Shawn responds, “You have had countless opportunities in the last 48 hours…”

It probably sounds like I’m spiraling (partially because I am) but there is a point to this: stop waiting. I’m not just talking to all of you wonderful readers out there, but also to myself. There’s something I’ve been thinking about lately…something new to try, but I keep putting it off. This is my attempt to motivate myself to stop putting it off, stop putting things off in general. And I want to motivate y’all to do the same. Frankly, because it sucks to know deep down that you’re putting something off. It’s stressful and slightly distracting. Especially when you realize that…eventually…it might actually be too late.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on time and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower, stop putting it off! 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

End Up Where You Need to Be: Just Go

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Yup, it’s been a minute. I didn’t intend to take a break from blogging but maybe this post will be more impactful since it’s been a while. Maybe it’s where it needs to be timing-wise. Let me tell you something…I have no ability to plan. Seriously, I cannot plan ahead anymore than a week. Why? I don’t know exactly. I guess it’s because I just don’t know what I want anymore than a week before I start chasing what I want. I enjoy flying through life by the seat of my pants. I leap before I even look down. I am as close as one can get to being a professional procrastinator. The funny thing is, when I look at my life and realize that all of that is the case, I don’t want to change a thing. It’s worked. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things in my life that I wish I hadn’t done, or that I wish I could change…but my life is amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better family, better friends, or a better…me. It’s easy to complain about the small things (like the people in the room next to me who like to party until 4 am on the weekends), but the big things are what define life, and my big things are exactly where I want them to be. I say all of this in relation to the quote. I have not gone where I intended because I never intend to go anywhere. That’s how I keep ending up exactly where I need to be. I’m not encouraging procrastination (unless that’s your thing), I’m just encouraging you not to worry. Whether you know where you’re going or not, you usually end up in the right place. Make the best of everything around you. Love the people in your life, enjoy the places you go, just choose to be happy and positive. Life is too short to micromanage everything in it and worry about it, so don’t. To end with another quote: “Destinations are where we begin again.” –Josh GrobanBelieve from The Polar Express

Start Now. And Finish!

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Yesterday you said tomorrow, so just do it! I just felt that went along nicely with this quote. I think a lot of this quote is correct. You should start now because if you start now, you have the capacity to finish sooner (or complete what you start more thoroughly, if you are the kind of person that likes to use ALL of the time allotted to you). It’s okay. It’s okay to start with fear…okay to start with pain…to start with doubt…start with hands shaking…with voice trembling…In fact, it’s natural to start with those things. The beginning is when things are the most confusing and the most difficult. I think a lot of this quote is correct…

I think this quote does exactly what it says it does: It “Just start[s].” Although I concede the fact that the quote has a line of, “Start and don’t stop”, it doesn’t receive the emphasis that it should. It only occupies one line, after all, and that line is buried in the middle. What I would like to propose is persistence and dedication. It’s something that I, admittedly, lack. That’s exactly why I propose it and feel it to be so vital. Don’t get me wrong, starting is a HUGE step and it is IMMENSELY important…But you can’t just stop there. I can say from my limited amount of experience that starting something is merely half the battle. Despite the importance of starting, it means nothing if you don’t stick with it. So don’t start something and then lay back out of complacency; Keep approaching it the way you started it and fight to the finish. After all, if you put in all the effort to overcome fear, pain, and doubt in the beginning, you can’t just give up. So, I say, “Start now. And finish!”

 

Is there something you wish you had started?

Is there something you want to start?

Is there something you wish you had finished?

Is there something you want to finish?

Start it.

Finish it.

 

 

That’s all for TheHaysWay today. I would love to hear your responses to the questions above, as well as your thoughts on the quote discussed, or anything else you wish to discuss. I would also love it if you left a much-appreciate like. If you are not yet a follower, start now. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow and may the force be with you.