2017 NFL Win Projections

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They are finally here. After many hours of contemplation and frustration, I present these 2017 NFL Win Projections for you to laugh out loud at. A couple of notes:

  1. There were few mid-level teams in my projections as most were either really good or really bad. This presented an interesting scenario come playoff time, where 6 teams with winning records did not secure playoff spots.
  2. Nearly half of last season’s playoff teams failed to make it back in my projections, including last season’s NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.
  3. Both of the #1 seeded teams find themselves in highly unfamiliar territory, as the Detroit Lions last appeared as a #6 seed (2016 season) and the Tennessee Titans have not made a playoff appearance since their #1 seeding 9 years ago (2008 season). Neither franchise has ever won a Super Bowl.
  4. At the reverse end of the playoff seeding, both #6 seeded teams have won Super Bowls in the last 5 years (Baltimore Ravens in 2013, Seattle Seahawks in 2014).
  5. Ultimately, I pitted the New England Patriots against the Detroit Lions in Super Bowl LII. I’m sure Lions fans would be excited to see their team make their first ever Super Bowl appearance (they haven’t won a playoff game since 1991), but I don’t see them being much of a match for the battle-hardened, QB Tom Brady-led Patriots. There are only two teams that have a realistic chance to stop Brady from getting another Super Bowl ring: the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants. That said, the projected AFC Championship Game would be the most interesting game of the playoffs.

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Colin Kaepernick: Will the Traveling Circus End?

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Ever since it was announced that QB Colin Kaepernick would be leaving the San Francisco 49ers, people have been speculating about his fate. Obviously he would get signed in free agency, right? He’s the best QB option available, isn’t he? Then, March 9, the official start of NFL free agency, passed. Then the rest of March…April…May…June…and now July has almost concluded and Kaep has still yet to find a new football home. I read an article today about the Baltimore Ravens needing another QB option with Joe Flacco sustaining a back injury that is projected to keep him out for at least three weeks. Of course, Kaep’s name came up because Ravens HC John Harbaugh knows about Kaep from his brother, Jim Harbaugh, having coached Kaep in San Fran. Oh, and they played against each other in a Super Bowl, so there’s that.

I decided, what the heck, I’ll project what will happen with Kaep, too. So here are a few spots I think he might end up:

7. Denver Broncos– I HIGHLY doubt GM John Elway would sign a guy with Kaep’s antics. And the salary cap probably isn’t conducive to a Kaep signing in Denver. And Elway seems to see something in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch that the rest of the world doesn’t see. But I don’t see what Elway sees so screw it, I’m putting Denver in here anyway.

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Colin, you’ll never usurp me as starter.

6. Las Vegas Raiders– I know that they are still the Oakland Raiders for the next couple of seasons but I put Las Vegas there for a very specific reason: Kaep played his college ball in Nevada, and he was good (good enough to beat what was probably the best Boise State football team to ever take the field in 2010). Even though he would only be a backup to Derek Carr, I’m sure the Raiders could bring in some extra revenue by having the local boy ride the bench and play in preseason.

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Only after I retire, Colin.

5. Arizona Cardinals– If there is one thing that we all learned from the Cards’ 2016-17 season, it’s that Carson Palmer is not getting any younger. Granted, part of the reason he looked so bad last year was because he looked so good in the 2015-16 season. Regardless, he is 37 years old and I don’t think he is on the Tom Brady diet and workout routine that will allow him to play well into his 40s. Also, Bruce Arians is known as a QB whisperer (see Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and…well…Carson Palmer). What’s wrong with this possibility? Blaine Gabbert is listed as the 3rd QB on the Cards depth chart and there were several times where he looked better than Kaep in San Francisco. So this one probably isn’t very likely. But it would be fun to see Kaep playing for (theoretically) a contender again.

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Nice of Geno to leave me his jersey.

4. New York Jets– Nothing can save the 2017-18 New York Jets. NOTHING. If this team wins more than 2 games, with or without Kaep, I would be SHOCKED. That said, Kaep could be the interesting, controversial player that the Jets need to get any sort of fans to show up to view their train wreck in person.

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Chad, I think you’ve got my jersey there.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars– I honestly feel as though this scenario hasn’t been talked about at all even though it’s a pretty interesting scenario. Maybe it’s because the Jags have been dumping so much money into their defense that they likely don’t have enough for Kaep. But follow me for a second: Let’s say the Jags decide to finally give up on “franchise QB” Blake Bortles. Kaep would join an offense with 2017 first-round pick RB Leonard Fournette, promising young WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, and a solid o-line with 2017 second-round pick Cam Robinon, up-and-comer AJ Cann, veteran Branden Albert, and the highest-paid C in NFL history, Brandon Linder. That, plus the part about the money that the Jags have been pouring into their defense would make for an easy job for Kaep. But, then, that job is supposed to be easy for Bortles, too. He makes it look IMMENSELY difficult.

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Calm down, Colin. I’ll only be out for a few weeks.

2. Baltimore Ravens– (see the first paragraph of this article) He’d mostly be a temp in this scenario.

1. Retirement– Let’s be honest, this is far and away the most realistic scenario on this list. The league has turned his back on him because of his controversial pregame national anthem antics. The National Football League prides itself on being patriotic (hence the annual “Salute to Service” week), and Kaep certainly isn’t. The anti-Kaep sentiment doesn’t just run amongst NFL front offices, either. Fans of teams who have been working out Kaepernick have been protesting against his signing, including his most recently visited team (just a couple days ago), Baltimore.

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NFL Franchise Tags (and Lack Thereof)

Just typed in the old domain out of habit. Lol. Anyway, in honor of the new domain that took the “nfl” part out, I’m going to start out talking about the NFL. Today was the deadline for teams to use their annual franchise tag, so here are the players who were franchise tagged, and some players who weren’t franchise tagged who maybe should have been:

Players With Franchise Tag

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  • Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers– This was an easy decision for the Steelers to make. Bell is the top RB in the NFL and many have claimed that he has created a new running style. He does everything asked of an NFL RB: runs, catches passes, blocks, etc. I also think it was smart not to give him a long-term deal YET because he has had a couple of substance-related suspensions. The tag is telling him, “Hey! You are an AMAZING RB, but you’ve got to take the right path.”
  • Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins– I was disappointed to see this as a New York Giants fan because Kirk Cousins is an above average NFL QB. The Washington Redskins eventually have to cave and just give Kirk Cousins his long-term deal. He has yet to perform in the clutch, but Kirk Cousins is a capable starting NFL QB, and that’s hard to come by in the NFL.
  • Melvin Ingram, LB, Los Angeles Chargers– Between Melvin Ingram and DE Joey Bosa, the Los Angeles Chargers have a scary young pass rushing duo. Great decision, and I think Melvin Ingram will get his long-term payday once QB Philip Rivers decides to retire (which will free up cap space for the Los Angeles Chargers).
  • Trumaine Johnson, CB, Los Angeles Rams– The Los Angeles Rams are lost. Trumaine Johnson is good and young, which is why the Los Angeles Rams felt compelled to tag him. From that Los Angeles Rams perspective, I understand the decision. After all, they don’t have too many good players to pay.
  • Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals– This was a decent decision. Chandler Jones is a very good player, and he’s still on the right side of 30 (27 years old). Chandler Jones gives the Arizona Cardinals a quality pass rush. I look forward to seeing Chandler Jones team up with a healthy (hopefully) DE Robert Nkemdiche (who was oft-injured this season) next season. That will be another scary, young pass rush duo.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants– I was thrilled when I read about this one. JPP was the reason that the Big Blue defense worked last season. His excellent pass rush ensured that the secondary wouldn’t get out of position due to opposing QBs having too much time. It’s just too bad the G-men decided to give DE Olivier Vernon a MASSIVE deal last offseason because that will make it more difficult to give a similar deal to JPP, who deserves it more.
  • Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers– Kawann Short is the second most important player on the Carolina Panthers defense behind MLB Luke Kuechly. Kawann Short is the run-stuffer in the middle of the d-line, which is very important. Of course, with the Carolina Panthers lackluster secondary, opposing teams can afford to be forced to pass.

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Key Players Without Franchise Tag

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  • Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills– OK, WHERE IS THE BUFFALO BILLS MONEY GOING?! Stephon Gilmore may not be the best CB in the NFL, but he is still a great CB. Seeing as the Buffalo Bills refuse to pay QB Tyrod Taylor, I don’t know why they wouldn’t ensure that Stephon Gilmore doesn’t go anywhere else (which they should’ve been able to afford to do).
  • Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots– I get it…the New England Patriots are paying A LOT of players to get them to the Super Bowl on a consistent basis. That said, Dont’a Hightower is the heart and soul of the New England Patriots Super Bowl-caliber defense, and his play inspired the Pats comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Also, Dont’a Hightower is one of the best pass-rushing inside LBs in the NFL. Of course, Bill Belichick could play LB himself for the New England Patriots and he’d still be the best LB ever because that’s just how the system always seems to work…:(
  • Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears– The Chicago Bears need to focus on paying a QB to be able to get the ball to receivers like Alshon Jeffery. Plus, Alshon Jeffery has missed something like 11 games in the last two seasons. With the MANY areas of need that the Chicago Bears have, they can’t afford to pay a player who misses that much time.
  • Dontari Poe, DT, Kansas City Chiefs– Dontari Poe was outperformed by rookie DT Chris Jones. Great move by the Kansas City Chiefs to choose the younger and less expensive player in Chris Jones. I’m sure Dontari Poe is also thrilled because he’s one of the best DTs available in free agency this offseason, so he should make bank.
  • Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns– The Cleveland Browns are in a similar situation to the Chicago Bears with WR Alshon Jeffery: they need to focus on paying a quality QB who can get the ball in the vicinity of talented WRs such as Terrelle Pryor. Here’s the difference: Terrelle Pryor used to play QB, and he’s probably better than the current Cleveland Browns QBs. The Cleveland Browns should have payed Terrelle Pryor WR money to move back to QB!
  • Brandon Williams, DT, Baltimore Ravens– I’m really not sure why the Baltimore Ravens opted not to tag Brandon Williams, who is a great player on the right side of 30 (28 years old). Who else are they paying? FS Eric Weddle…MLB CJ Mosley…Is there anybody else that I’m missing?

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Vulnerability Amongst Other Things

“Trust someone until that someone gives you a reason NOT to trust them.” -TheHaysWay

The two quotes above are kind of on the same track. I’d like to talk about the first one, first. Today in my Business class, the professor showed a TED talk about vulnerability. You’re probably wondering, “How does that have anything to do with business.” The professor says vulnerability is crucial in business. I’m not totally convinced that’s true, but I do know this: vulnerability is tough. VERY tough. Vulnerability is a HUGE leap of trust. When you tell someone your deepest and darkest secrets, you expect them not to use those against you. I will admit that this blog is about the closest I can get to being vulnerable. I’ll let you be the judge of how vulnerable I am in this blog, but I hide the things that bother me on a day to day basis. I use the excuse that I don’t want to bother others with my own problems. I’m perfectly willing to help others with their problems, and I certainly don’t betray their trust when they do tell me their problems. But, I don’t really trust people with the deep stuff. I won’t even admit the deep stuff to my best friend. I would trust him with my life, but I don’t trust anybody with what I FEEL. I have been told my entire life that I would find at least one other person who thinks like me. That was basically a cliche as I was headed to college, “You’ll find someone there who thinks like you.” I still haven’t. I am THOROUGHLY convinced that there is nobody else who actually thinks like me. I confuse myself with my thoughts. How could someone else have even remotely the same labyrinth of a mind that I have? I think both like a nerd and a jock. I am both an extrovert and an introvert. I am both intelligent and idiotic. I am both funny and serious. I am both lively and boring. I can both love and dislike the same thing, simultaneously. I combine opposites in just about every way possible. Also, it seems like people tend to pry too much whenever I am vulnerable in a face-to-face situation. Once you start opening up, people want to hear EVERYTHING. Rarely do you find someone who will just listen when you tell them something deep. Maybe it’s because they have either the “You need a therapist” mindset, or the “Getting your entire life off your chest now will make you feel better” mindset. Nope. Not even sort of. It’s not that I don’t trust people with the information that I give them, it’s just that I don’t trust them to not try to pry too deeply. Also, depending on who you are vulnerable with, it may positively or negatively affect your capacity for joy and love. I have found that being vulnerable with someone generally means you love that person to some extent. But we would not be able to truly appreciate joy and love without the potential for sadness, anger, and hate. That’s the danger of being vulnerable: you may experience sadness, anger, and/or hate, but you have the potential to truly appreciate joy and love.

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I’d now like to sit on the throne of hypocrisy by discussing the second quote. When I say trust people until they give you a reason not to, I mean in regard to the small stuff. I trust people to help me out when I need them to unless they show me that they are incapable of helping out. There are definitely both dangers and benefits to trusting people quickly. Benefit: If you show someone that you trust them, they are more likely to trust you. Danger: A person you trust may take advantage of that trust. There is also a rare scenario where you trust someone and they prove trustworthy for multiple months or even years until they betray your trust in one colossal mistake. That is a REALLY unfortunate scenario. I do believe that my quote is modifiable in such an instance. Everyone makes mistakes. If someone proves their trustworthiness but makes a few mistakes, it’s okay. As long as they prove trustworthy at a much greater rate than they betray your trust. Nobody is perfect. It’s hard for anyone to be 100% trustworthy with the many different priorities and responsibilities that fall on each person. Be understanding. I doubt any married person can say that their spouse has never once betrayed their trust. I could be wrong because I obviously have no experience in the matter, but it seems like a fairly safe bet. It’s particularly hard when there are multiple people that you are trying to prove your trustworthiness to. Or when your heart and brain have different priorities. Your path won’t always light up the way you want it to. It takes many unexpected turns. Sometimes, something that FEELS right is not. At least, that’s what I’m told. Sometimes I wonder how much a person is shaped by the decisions they allow others to make for them. How many people can truly say that they stood up for everything they wanted and everything they believed in? NOBODY. Sometimes it’s possible to have too many people counting on you to make the right decision in their mind, and you lose sight of what the right decision in your mind is. Or the right decision in your heart. Sometimes when you want to switch up your priorities, you are reminded that you are restricted. Priorities aren’t always set the way an individual wants them to be. Sometimes they are set out of necessity. How different would your life be if you always did what YOU wanted? If you blocked out all outside opinions? How often do you let your mind make decisions instead of your heart? How often do you let your heart make decisions instead of your mind?

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The Blazers are getting FAR too close to this point.

Well, another day, another loss for the Portland Trail Blazers. They lost 93-92 in Philadelphia to the 76ers. They blew a 13 point halftime lead. Typical Blazers basketball. Total lack of second-half performance. Also, I believe I am 0 for ownership when it comes to the games for which I wear my Damian Lillard jersey. I’m really starting to think it’s bad luck. Which is a bummer because it’s a really cool jersey.

I finally got some exercise today! Got a nice hour and a half of throwing the frisbee around with a friend.

I also watched The Blind Side with some friends. I love that movie. I’ve seen it at least ten times now. It’s inspirational every time.

Today was the day that President Trump was officially inaugurated. I only saw the oaths of both Trump and Vice President Pence because the ceremony was during class. Luckily, my professor was willing to show the historic moment in class. I also got to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MoTab) perform. They were great. Easily the best choir in the US. I’m so impressed by their unity every time I hear them.

In football news, we are TWO DAYS away from both the NFC and AFC Championships!

Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was hired by the San Diego Chargers to be their new defensive coordinator. To use a line from Madden NFL 17, “Seems like reshuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.”

Baltimore Ravens LB Zach Orr announced his retirement today, at the age of 24. In a move eerily similar to that of ex-San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland, Orr has decided to hang up his cleats due to injury concerns. In his case, it’s because of a congenital neck/spine condition. Orr was considered the best young defender on the Ravens defense, even drawing the occasional review of “the next Ray Lewis”.

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As of now, the NFL’s International Series for the 2017 regular season will include the following 4 teams playing in London: Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on vulnerability and/or on trust and/or on the Trail Blazers and/or on exercise and/or on The Blind Side and/or on President Trump and/or on Gus Bradley and/or on Zach Orr and/or on the NFL’s International Series, along with a much appreciate like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to watch me try to be vulnerable. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

#22: Headaches, AFC North, and More

I wanted to post earlier, but I had a splitting headache and a paper to write. Luckily, I slept them off. Yeah, I slept off the headache, and that made the paper WAY easier to write. Also, that paper was a professor profile story for my Newswriting & Reporting class, so, once I finalize it, I’ll ask for permission from the professor to share it on here. Right now, I technically only have permission to use it for my class assignment. She is a pretty chill professor, though, so you can expect to see it soon.

I found a new YouTuber today, thanks to my sister. His name is Prince Ea, and his videos contain very inspirational and motivational messages. This is the video that my sister sent to me, today. It’s my favorite because it supports my distaste for the school system. (On a side note, President Trump has said in the past that he wants to get rid of Common Core. I REALLY hope he will follow through on that. I don’t want kids in the future to go through what I had to.) Anyway, I’ve watched a few more of his videos, and they all seem to be worth watching, so I would recommend checking them out. Feel free to tell him TheHaysWay sent you because, why not?

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…83, because…Common Core Math! I wouldn’t beat you all over the head with my hate for Common Core if Common Core hadn’t beat me over the head with its hate for me.

The Cleveland Browns dropped to 0-10 tonight in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens. This game actually has huge implications. For the Browns, this game was their chance to salvage their season. The Ravens held the AFC North division lead at 4-4 going in, so a win for the Browns would have kept them in the hunt for the division crown. Now, those hopes are effectively dashed. There is still a SMALL statistical probability that the Browns could take the division, but it is HIGHLY unlikely. Furthermore, the Ravens have increased their record to 5-4. The Pittsburgh Steelers sit at an even 4-4, with a game against the 7-1 Cowboys on the schedule for this weekend. In all likelihood, the Cowboys will win that game. If they do, The Ravens will be sitting atop the division with a one game lead and the tiebreaker over the Steelers. That bodes well for a team looking to come back from last season’s 5-11 finish.

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Philadelphia Eagles

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Founded: 1933

All-Time Winning Percentage: 48.1%

All-Time Record: (516-557-25)

Ugh! I’ll try to keep this brief. The Eagles have been to two Super Bowls, and they lost both. They’ve had QB Donovan McNabb and DE Reggie White. Most recently they’ve had Head Coach Chip Kelly…Things are looking up for the Eagles (unfortunately) with QB Carson Wentz in town, who has shown some serious promise as a rookie, this season. That said, their defense will have to figure out how to not suck for an entire season if they want to be a serious contender. Go Giants!

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Start

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, Author

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe, Tennis Player

I chose two daily quotes today. I looked up the word ‘start’, and these two quotes spoke to me for two VERY different reasons. I’m not really sure how to word the way in which the first quote spoke to me. Here’s my best shot: There are many things I wish I had persisted with, that I have let vanish, either because I wanted to, or because others wanted me to. Maybe, those things haven’t vanished? Maybe, their vitality is still there because of an opportunity to start over? All good things must come to an end, but there is no rule about them not coming back. There are meaningful times in my life that I have lost, and I hope that I will get to start them over again. The first quote gives me hope.

The second quote spoke to me because it is the type of quote I was looking for today. I looked up ‘start’ because the New York Giants have officially started their season 2-0 for the first time in a while! They are using what they have (a new head coach and $200 million improvements on defense) to do what they can to win (DT Jonathan Hankins blocked a New Orleans Saints field goal attempt, and CB Janoris Jenkins returned the block for a touchdown). It also serves as a reminder to focus on the moment. We can’t focus on the past, we just have what we have, and we need to use what we have for right now.

The variety of starts for different NFL teams surprises me this season. For example, I never, EVER would have guessed that the Giants would start 2-0. Here are a few other surprises: Arizona Cardinals (1-1; I would’ve guessed 2-0 many times over), Baltimore Ravens (2-0; They had two easy games, but they’re the RAVENS), Denver Broncos (2-0; I figured they’d skip a beat with QB Trevor Siemian at the helm and go 1-1), Houston Texans (2-0; QB Brock Osweiler hasn’t played particularly well, and RB Lamar Miller takes 30 carries to reach 100 yards, yet, they have won two straight), Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2; I thought this would be the season they turn things around, and possibly start 2-0), Minnesota Vikings (2-0; They don’t have QB Teddy Bridgewater!), Indianapolis Colts (0-2; It’s hard to believe that they were in the playoffs just a couple of years ago because they look TERRIBLE now)

Just a quick note: I am REALLY excited about the Giants 2-0 start. That DOES NOT happen for my team very often. What’s even crazier, is that the favorite teams of my friends and family are NOT 2-0! Those teams include the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Kansas City Chiefs. I REALLY hope the Giants can keep this up. In order to do so, the offense needs to step up because the defense has been having to do too much, thus far. Also, my team needs to continue to FINISH. That was the hardest thing for the Giants of last season. My team lost most of its games in the last two minutes, last season. This year, they have proven that they are at least CAPABLE of finishing games, as they’ve won both of their games in the last two minutes. Great job G-men! I’m so proud of you!

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Color: Rush ($) Uniforms

I had a request from one of my readers to do a post regarding the NFL’s color rush uniforms this season. These are them. After looking at all 32, there were a few that stood out: My favorites were the Seattle Seahawks and the Baltimore Ravens. The Seahawks electric green is an awesome color and it deserves to finally be featured, in this case, from head to toe. I liked the Ravens because I think the purple is just the right shade to really stand out, whereas the Minnesota Vikings purple color rush uniforms are less stellar due to an ever so slightly different shade. I think the Ravens shade looks better because it’s darker. My least favorites were the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. The Patriots are all navy blue (aka boring because many uniforms are like that), with the most ridiculous stripes on the shoulders. It looks like they did the whole navy blue thing, then realized that their other colors should be present, so they threw the stripes on at the last second. For the Giants, I definitely give them credit for being different. They opted for all white. My issue is, THEY’RE ALL WHITE! It’s called COLOR rush for a reason! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the throwback helmets, but they would’ve been cooler with, say, all red uniforms? Or perhaps the Giants could’ve done uniforms that are the blue-gray color of their facemasks? All I ask for is a little more creativity, especially since this is just the latest attempt from the NFL to make more money. Now, all true fans NEED to have their team’s color rush jersey, right? WRONG!

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Daily Update: August 2, 2016

“Forty-eight years is almost enough time to hold a record.” -Larisa Latynina, Olympic Gymnast (9 gold medals; 1956-1964), Russia (USSR or Soviet Union at the time)

Olympic opening week continues, this time with the top gold medal-ling athlete from the 2nd-most gold medal-ling country. Another quote that is fairly straightforward, but embodies what it means to be an Olympian. Obviously it requires A LOT of training to be an Olympian (even A LOT doesn’t come close to describing it). Just to make it to the Olympics is a HUGE feat. To set OLYMPIC records makes someone an instant legend. The odds of any person born into this world setting an Olympic record are lower than the odds of winning any of the lotteries in the world. ABSURDLY impressive feats for ABSURDLY impressive athletes. Olympic records are awesome to see, especially if you get to see it LIVE (just don’t get Zika if you’re going to watch the Olympics live in Rio). Something else that is awesome to see (though on a much different scale) is the NFL news:

  1. The Dallas Cowboys woes continue. Today, backup QB Kellen Moore broke his ankle in practice. Frankly, I was heartbroken when I heard this. As a Boise State fan, Kellen Moore is my favorite player of all time. While it will be nice for the Cowboys to lack a quality backup, I would much rather see Kellen on the field, even as a Giants fan. That’s how big of a fan of Kellen Moore, I am. Why couldn’t Tony Romo have just gotten hurt again!? 😦 With Moore’s injury, the Cowboys have now set the record for most Boise State, NFL players that aren’t able to take the field. Moore is injured, Tyrone Crawford is injured, and DeMarcus Lawrence opens the season with a suspension. Why did you have to drag Boise State grads into your bad luck, Dallas?
  2. In happier news (as is typically the case coming out of Arizona, rather than Dallas), the Arizona Cardinals have extended FS Tyrann Mathieu’s contract. Said extension is for five-years, $62.5 million, and $40 million in guarantees. If Mathieu can stay healthy, he is ABSOLUTELY worth it. He is one of the best safeties in the league because of his ball-hawking skills, and he makes Arizona’s secondary one of the best in the league when he is teamed-up with CB Patrick Peterson.
  3. RB Trent Richardson has been released by the Baltimore Ravens. Yeah, most people saw that one coming. That is likely the end of Richardson’s NFL career.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick, CB William Jackson tore his pectoral in practice. Interestingly enough , many people believe the Bengals drafted Jackson so the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t have him. If that is the case, I’m guessing the Bengals are rethinking their strategy. Luckily, the Bengals still have Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Darqueze Dennard to start in the secondary, and all are capable. They better be ready because Jackson could potentially miss the entire season.
  5. Staying in Cincinnati, the Bengals have signed FB Ryan Hewitt to a three-year contract extension. The deal is for $7.5 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus. Hewitt has been steadily becoming a phenomenal blocker out of the backfield.
  6. The Atlanta Falcons are continuing their pursuit past mediocrity. Today, they signed veteran DE Dwight Freeney. Freeney will be more of a mentor to last season’s first-round pick, Vic Beasley Jr, than a starter in Atlanta.
  7. Another veteran signing, the San Diego Chargers were quick to respond to the injury sustained by WR Stevie Johnson, as they signed WR James Jones. Jones will likely play third-fiddle to WRs Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. Jones has proven to be HIGHLY ineffective outside of Green Bay, but the Chargers clearly believe he is worth the risk.
  8. Finally, someone outside of my family has discovered the danger that is Pokemon Go. Detroit Lions OG Larry Warford played the game when it first came out. On Monday, Warford discovered the horrifying reality that nearly everyone is addicted to the game. He immediately deleted the game after this realization, calling it, “some mind-control stuff.” I’m glad I’m not the only conspiracy theorist. I could never bring myself to download that game. People are playing it EVERYWHERE they go! You go to the park, and instead of people enjoying the scenery or eating shave ice, they’re all walking around, scrutinizing their phones like a bunch of zombies. It’s disturbing! I’m concerned the government is experimenting with methods for mind control, and this one easily gives them control of 75% of America. Wake up, people! There are WAY more important things in life than video games. Don’t be so obsessed with it. I would personally recommend actually speaking to the people around you (and NOT about Pokemon!).

That’s not all for TheHays way today, yet. I have an exciting announcement. I might, MIGHT, begin vlogging, too. I’m still working out a few kinks in the system, so it’s not a go as of right now, but I would really like to make it work. It will give you guys a more in-depth analysis of the things I talk about in my daily blog posts, and it would also expand my audience to YouTube which would be HUGE for my blogging endeavors. So, stay tuned for that. If I can work that out, rest assured, you guys will get exclusive access that YouTube won’t get because THIS blog is still my number one priority. The daily posts will still continue, you will just get expanded content. If this possibility excites you, PLEASE leave a like to encourage me to work through the kinks faster. There are a lot of kinks right now, so there is no definite timetable for the vlog yet. IF this works out, HOPEFULLY, I will have it running by the end of this month. 🙂

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

Daily Update: July 29, 2016

(WARNING: Scene of the day contains graphic images of violence from the movie Saving Private Ryan) “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” -President George Washington, 1st President of the United States of America

Always be prepared. This is why President Washington was the first President of this great country. This quote gives perspective on how much this country has changed since then. Now, roughly half of the country wants all of its citizens to be unarmed. No political opinion here. I’m just stating a fact: Our country has changed. I think President Washington was correct about the general principle of preparedness. It is always best to prepare for the worst. That way, you can handle the worst should it come. If the worst does not come, then you will be pleasantly surprised. This is actually a really interesting concept in regard to battles. If everyone in any sort of fight is fully prepared to fight the fight, than the fight tends to be avoided because everyone, in theory, has an equal shot of winning AND losing. An example of this was the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and the United States had the firepower to totally decimate the other, and neither side wanted to know if their strategy for employing said firepower would be superior or inferior to the strategy of their opponent. Interestingly enough, this ties back to the theme from a recent post: Fear. Both sides were afraid of losing. Of course, even the victor would have sustained heavy damage. So, effectively, both sides would have lost if the Cold War hadn’t remained cold. So, which is better for peace? Knowing all involved parties in a conflict have the power to destroy each other, or knowing all parties in a conflict are incapable of destroying each other? I resolve this internal conflict by moving to the news:

  1. News regarding first-round draft picks from the 2016 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers OG Joshua Garnett (selected 28th overall) has signed a four-year contract with the team. The signing means that only one of this year’s first-round draft picks remains unsigned. That player is also in the Golden State, and is San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa (selected 3rd overall). Bosa reportedly won’t report to training camp over the dispute. I’m thinking the Chargers should do something TOTALLY insane. This is not good for their organization. They drafted Bosa to help the team. Right now, his lack of presence is meaning that the team isn’t as prepared for the season to come. Bosa hasn’t been learning the Chargers schemes, and this is, very likely, creating a rift in the locker room because Bosa isn’t making any friends amongst his teammates, who want to prepare to win. The solution? Cut him loose. Yes, that sounds totally insane. First-round draft picks are worth A LOT, ESPECIALLY the third overall pick. But, honestly, Bosa hasn’t even come close to behaving like a first-round pick. If a player is drafted in the first-round, they are expected to be leaders, and Bosa is not exhibiting any qualities of a leader. He is simply being selfish. That isn’t the kind of player that I would want to have on my team. Yes, it’s crazy, but it might just be necessary. Maybe the Chargers could trade him to Dallas? Bosa won’t hold out longer than all of the Cowboys, front seven suspensions, will he?
  2. The woes for the Dallas Cowboys front seven on defense continue in an…unexpected manner. Though he isn’t likely to start, (although, maybe he will with all of the suspensions) ‘Boys LB Damien Wilson is being sidelined for a couple of weeks to start Cowboys training camp after he took a paintball to the eye. Ouch. I think the Cowboys front seven situation is currently more of a laughing stock than the Jets QB situation was while Rex Ryan was head coach there. What’s next in Dallas? A LB cutting his arms from breaking a backboard on a ferocious, two-handed dunk?
  3. Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughan has plenty to feel good about for the upcoming season. The team looks like they might have a true franchise QB in Kirk Cousins (hence the franchise tag), and they also picked up another franchise-tagged player in free-agent addition, CB Josh Norman. But that’s not good enough for McCloughan. He cares about the team’s WR situation. You’d think it looks good with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Carcon, and Jamison Crowder in town, right? So it’s not that big of a deal that rookie WR Josh Doctson is dealing with a day-to-day injury. But, McCloughan was told Doctson would miss the season before he decided to punch a wall. Yep, the NFC East GM with (what appears to be) the most to be excited about is currently rocking a hand wrap from punching a wall due to the possible loss of his fourth-string WR. Wow. That reminds me of the New England Patriots fan punching the brick wall following the Pats’ loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game this season.
  4. WR Andre Johnson is signing with the Tennessee Titans. So, I was wrong. Big whoop. I still don’t understand how Johnson fits into the picture with Kendall Wright and Dorial Green-Beckham as the top two. He’s too legendary to play third fiddle to those two. I hate to be the one to break it to you, Andre, but, I think it’s time for you to retire.
  5. I also jumped the gun on the Baltimore Ravens signing of OT Jake Long. Long refused to sign an injury waiver. Thus, he will not be joining the Ravens, despite agreeing to terms on a contract earlier this week. That’s probably best for both parties.
  6. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed RB Darren Sproles to a one-year contract extension. Sproles will be $4.5 million richer after the 2017 season. Good re-signing for the Eagles. Sproles has shown he is still explosive in the return game and the passing game.
  7. The Detroit Lions inked CB Darius Slay to a four-year extension worth $48 million. The deal includes $23.1 million in guaranteed money. Pretty good re-signing for the Lions. Slay is definitely a good, up-and-coming CB. This may be a little overpriced, as he hasn’t played at a great level yet, but it’s not like the Lions have any stars to pay with Megatron now retired.

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.

Update: July 21 (skip a few) 26, 2016

NOTE: I started writing this post on Friday. I’m sorry I did not post yesterday, but I am officially back now. I was off the grid for that brief period because I was vacationing at the Oregon Coast! Here is a picture from the room of the condo that my family rented:

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Right on the docks! That is the ocean RIGHT THERE! The ocean opens up about a half mile beyond that bridge in the upper right corner. I also set my running record there: I ran four straight sub-8 minute miles. I was pretty happy about that. I continued to run every other day, however, so my legs still hurt. Also, these puffins’ hairstyles:

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They have the same hairstyle as Donald Trump! Except, they combed it in the wrong direction. I have some more pictures but I’ll share those in future posts. For now, your regularly-scheduled programming:

“Most kids are smarter than most grown-ups. Kids see the world in black and white…They look through all the garbage and see a world run by fools and dullards and lazy people. And there’s nothing they can do about it because they have no power.” -Dav Pilkey, Author

(The scene proves that first sentence, though the ‘burp snart’ is very impressive.) Holy crap! This guy makes Einstein seem like an idiot! Okay, that’s excessive. But, this quote is my favorite that I’ve ever read. However, I don’t necessarily think it’s TOTALLY correct. Allow me to explain. Kids are NOT smarter than most grown-ups, they have just not yet been brainwashed. They do originally begin by seeing the world in black and white. Ever heard of coloring books? They start out black and white, too. So how do kids’ views of the world become the ‘color box 9, yellow’ views that most adults have? Well, what is one thing all kids go through together? What are they ALL required to do BY LAW, regardless of how poorly behaved they are as a result of poor parenting? They are all required to go to school. So, Pilkey is right. The kids’ black and white world DOES allow them to see that the world is run by fools and dullards and lazy people. Unfortunately, the fools, dullards, and lazy people are greedy enough to recognize the threat kids possess in seeing through their lies and deceptions. Pilkey is further correct in the assessment that kids have no power. The fools and dullards and lazy people also recognize this. They know that they must get the kids to disguise the picture with color before they have the power to show the truth to the blinded world. That is the entire point of school. School teaches children many things. However, elementary, middle, and high schools are focused on teaching children math, science, english, foreign language, and history. While all of those subjects are eventually used a little throughout life, most people only need extensive knowledge in two of those five subjects, depending on their career choice. What many schools fail to teach to the necessary extent, is the subject of philosophy. The government doesn’t want children to think independently. Independent thought allows the children to continue to see through the lies of the government (which is more apparent in Communist countries). Especially in elementary school, the lack of teaching with regard to philosophy is blatant to absurd extents. School is really just brainwashing. It is meant to turn the children of the world into mindless drones. They say it is easier to learn things when we are younger. The truth is, we are easier to brainwash when we are younger. Think about it. We have been so blind to the problems in our government that the race for president is down to a criminal and a reality TV star. Are you serious?! We have it within us to prevent this. I wish I could write this as an un-brainwashed individual. Luckily, I am still young enough that I have disrupted the full intent of the brainwashing, and I’m able to see some of the lies. Color may make the world look better, but black and white is the truth of the world. We don’t need to give power to the kids because they aren’t ready to handle it yet. But, we need to start a movement to end the brainwashing. We can’t see the full extent of the world’s leadership issues until untainted youth grow old enough to be able to wield the truth safely. On a side note, I mentioned poor parenting and there are A LOT of poorly behaved kids in the world today. Raise them well, please! Now the news:

  1. The Seattle Seahawks have extended head coach Pete Carroll’s contract through the 2019 season. Carroll is the oldest head coach in the league at 64 years of age (now that the New York Giants have made the idiotic move to force out coach Tom Coughlin), and he, ironically, coaches one of the youngest teams in the league.
  2. The drama of free agency continued. Current free agent WR Andre Johnson visited the Tennessee Titans today. Johnson was a long time member of the Houston Texans, and Spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts (all three teams are members of the AFC South. It’s two bad Jacksonville already has two young stars at WR). I personally doubt the Titans will sign him with WR Kendall Hunter leading the group, and the promising young Dorial Green-Beckham at number 2, who has been focused on building a stronger relationship with Titans QB Marcus Mariota this offseason.
  3. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is officially healthy enough to lose his training camp battle to fellow-QB Blaine Gabbert, fair and square. Yeah, I said it. Kaep’s health means zero for anybody. It’s Gabbert’s job.
  4. The Detroit Lions signed WR Anquan Boldin. Boldin has had stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, and, most recently, the San Francisco 49ers. Great signing. The Lions need WRs beyond Golden Tate and Marvin Lewis (who I’m only counting as 1/2 WR), and Boldin is a great choice. While he won’t replace Megatron’s production, Boldin is the reigning Walter Payton Man of the Year, which is something the city of Detroit sorely needs.
  5. Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is facing an extended suspension for once again violating the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse. As a Giants fan, I’m loving every minute of this! The Cowboys front seven is imploding! This is what happens when you choose to ignore character concerns, Jerry. Dez is an exception (sort of).
  6. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been reinstated into the league following a year of suspension due to violating the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse. He will still serve a four-game suspension to begin the season, but this could be fantastic news for Browns fans. The team now has a true number 1 WR, which allows rookie Corey Coleman to have some time to develop prior to being thrust into the limelight. Also, ANYTHING can help QB Robert Griffin III get back on track. The question is, will Gordon inevitably end up as another Johnny Manziel for Cleveland? If so, that could be devastating for the city that finally saw its championship drought come to an end this year.
  7. The Baltimore Ravens have signed OT Jake Long. … . I mean, Long has been a great player in the past…Unfortunately, as of right now, re-doing OT Eugene Monroe’s contract would have been better for the team because, frankly, Monroe has been playing at a superior level to that of Long recently. Oh well. It’s a decent backup plan.
  8. The Atlanta Falcons released KR extraordinaire Devin Hester today. Not sure it was a great move by the Falcons to lose both Roddy White AND Hester this offseason, but I can’t TOTALLY blame the team for wanting to get younger. Personally, I see a couple of suitable destinations for Hester. Baltimore has been missing a return extraordinaire since the departure of KR Jacoby Jones, and WR2 Breshad Perriman isn’t a guarantee to be healthy. Carolina has a makeshift WR core as it is, so why not throw another veteran into the mix? Chicago may lose WR Alshon Jeffery in free agency next year and Hester used to be a Bear, so that would be a great homecoming story. Cleveland is Cleveland. Philadelphia has had some recent WR struggles. San Francisco is San Francisco.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today (plus some bits of other days), make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or vacations (!), and/or anything else that is on your mind. Have a pleasant tomorrow.