New England Patri-OUT: Rob Ninkovich Retirement

 

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For those of you who are like me in that you are sick of seeing the New England Patriots win, you’ll be happy to hear that they are suffering a setback today (don’t worry Patriots fans, I’m sure HC Bill Belichick will find a way because he always does):

Pats LB Rob Ninkovich announced his retirement from the NFL today, smack in the middle of training camp. Ninkovich, by way of Purdue University, spent 11 seasons in the NFL (New England Patriots [8], Miami Dolphins [1.5], New Orleans Saints [1.5]) accruing 460 tackles, 46 sacks, 5 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown. Ninkovich was drafted by the Saints with the 135th overall pick (5th round) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Ninkovich is expected to be replaced by sophomore LB Elandon Roberts, by way of the University of Houston, who accrued 45 tackles and a forced fumble in his rookie season. Roberts was drafted by the Patriots with the 214th overall pick (6th round) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Super Bowl LI

I really can’t start anywhere but the Super Bowl. Super Bowl LI. The first overtime Super Bowl which was, admittedly, shocking considering how terrible most of this postseason’s playoff games were. The New England Patriots came away with a 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. I knew the New England Patriots would win because they just always find away. I had that sinking feeling in my heart the whole time. I was also right about WHY the New England Patriots would win: the Atlanta Falcons’ lackluster defensive secondary. The New England Patriots were held to just 3 points in the first half because the Atlanta Falcons pass rushers were getting to QB Tom Brady before he could make good throws against the porous secondary. Unfortunately, those pass rushers were too tired after the stellar first half to maintain the same level of play in the second half, and Tom Brady carved up the Atlanta Falcons secondary. That said, props to Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford, who played admirably without starting CB Desmond Trufant (he even had a pick six!). Robert Alford was the ONLY member of the Atlanta Falcons secondary that came to play.  OK, S Keanu Neal wasn’t called out too much, but CB Jalen Collins did NOT come to play, and CB Brian Poole had what was probably (in the nicest terms possible) the worst performance of any member of any defensive secondary that I have EVER seen in the Super Bowl. Brian Poole had multiple holding calls against him, and he was also burned by the likes of WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Malcolm Mitchell, repeatedly throughout the game. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady set two records: most passing yards in a Super Bowl (466) and most Super Bowls won by a QB (5). New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick also set the record for most Super Bowl wins as a head coach (5). The Atlanta Falcons also had their ONLY turnover of this postseason with QB Matt Ryan‘s fumble. In conclusion, Super Bowl LI was proof that the good guys lose (Atlanta Falcons) and the bad guys win (New England Patriots).

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Two other brief Super Bowl notes:

  1. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could not wait to get off the podium during the Lombardi trophy presentation. The battles between Roger Goodell and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (and QB Tom Brady) have been well documented with the cheating scandals that the Patriots always seem to be facing. Roger Goodell left the trophy stage IMMEDIATELY after handing the trophy to Robert Kraft. LOL. Oh, and Robert Kraft took a jab at the whole ‘Deflategate’ situation, too.
  2. The Super Bowl commercials continue to get weaker every year. I honestly can’t really remember any of the commercials from this Super Bowl. 😦

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on Super Bowl LI and/or on the New England Patriots and/or on the Atlanta Falcons and/or on whatever else is related to the Super Bowl 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 support the feeling of being REALLY tired of seeing the Patriots win CONSTANTLY. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

An Unexpected Journey, Music in Science, and Multiple Football Stories!

Say what you will about life, it never ceases to surprise. For example, you might think Chick-Fil-A is colossally overrated. But, that doesn’t stop you from making a half-hour trek to the nearest one for free 8-piece chicken nuggets. (By the way, if you haven’t tried their chocolate chip cookies, you need to. They are dynamite.) Another example, sometimes your ex-girlfriend’s best friend will start hitting on you. And when you turn her down the first time, she turns into a total Star Wars nerd to attempt to impress you and tries again six months later. And even one more example, sometimes the Trail Blazers lose. (OK, that last one really isn’t surprising 😦 Oh well.)

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Anyway, I got this brilliant idea today of incorporating more music into science. Frankly, I think science sucks. It is INSANELY boring, to the point where I had no idea one subject could be so boring. Though, in science’s defense, it really includes a multitude of individual subjects. Seriously, though, what if we could cure diseases with music? Scientists have been looking for elements to cure diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, but have they tried rhythm as one of those elements? Or major or minor tonalities? This probably sounds ridiculous, but I think they should give it a shot. Music is so powerful on an emotional level already so I don’t see why it can’t also be powerful on a physical level. Plus, that would make science WAY more entertaining.

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In unrelated news, Madden Mobile got a new update today.

In football news, I read an article about what QB-needy teams should do during the offseason. I didn’t read the specifics because I already know exactly what they should do: Play for the #1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Seriously, the top trade option at the position is Tony Romo. He’s a solid QB as long as you don’t mind using your backup for the majority of the season and having absolutely no ability to win games that actually matter. I also saw a list of the top QBs in the draft this season. Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer topped the list. You know this draft is doomed when the top option is a guy who led Notre Dame to its worst season in recent memory BY FAR. Also, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield wasn’t even in the top 5. And Clemson’s DeShaun Watson was #2. AND DESHONE KIZER WAS #1! WHAT THE ABSOLUTE….!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!!??!?!?

In other football news, the Green Bay Packers have officially fixed the hole that New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr created in their locker room wall. So, no more memes of different people’s faces inside the hole.

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Also, I just want to say for the record that the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be hard-pressed to beat the New England Patriots this weekend with all of the controversy surrounding the events that occurred in their locker room after their Divisional Round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Between head coach Mike Tomlin’s profanity and WR Antonio Brown’s Facebook live video, the Steelers seem far too distracted to be a Super Bowl team. In fact, I seem to remember things going poorly for a Wild Card team this season that had their WRs distracted by a trip to Miami…

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In contrast to the distracted Steelers, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media today. One reporter asked him about the importance of home field advantage. “I don’t know, ask Kansas City and Dallas.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, you know, as much as I hate Belichick for saying things like that, I love Belichick for saying things like that. I’m sure the fact that he doesn’t give a **** about so called “advantages” is why he is the greatest head coach of all time. I also admire the fact that he can say things like that with a straight face.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on life’s surprises and/or on music in science and/or on football, lots of football, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower (you may do so with a Belichick straight face, if you like. Though, I will be smiling, regardless) 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 23, 2016

“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” -A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Statesman

So, I’ve been running through The Hunger Games movies for the past three days (yes, I know there are four, I’ll be watching the last one tomorrow), which is why I’ve been putting in scenes from those movies. Frankly, I wanted an excuse to put “The Hanging Tree” into today’s post, and this quote is that excuse. Although I personally feel that Mockingjay: Part 1 is just an extended commercial for Mockingjay: Part 2, my favorite part of the book trilogy-turned-movie quadrilogy is definitely this song. In regard to the quote, I don’t totally agree. While I do agree that it is important to set up a better tomorrow, I don’t believe we need to sacrifice today for that purpose. I live my life by telling myself everyday that this day is going to be the new best day ever. I admit, I don’t always believe myself when I say that, but I ALWAYS say it, and it helps me be a better person because of it. You may be wondering, ‘How do you believe that today will be the best day ever if you ‘know’ that tomorrow will be better?’ It’s not so much that today needs to be the best day ever as it is that today needs to be the best day it can be. Life will not always go our way, in fact, it often doesn’t. But, as long as we believe that each day will get better, it will improve our lives, as well as the lives of the people and the world around us. So let’s continue making this day the new best day ever with some NFL news:

  1. The NFL is partnering with the Cirque du Soleil. This is actually a really interesting story. The partnership is building a theater and interactive exhibit in Times Square. Some features include: NFL films being displayed on a four-story video board and Cirque shows capturing the NFL game day experience. Basically, both organizations are attempting to gain each other’s fan bases to add to their own. I’m not a big fan of the intent, but the concept sounds astounding!

As promised, I have some cool NFL analysis in the event of a lack of NFL news. NFL.com recently released a list of their top 10 non-QBs in the league today, so I have done the same. Take a look:

  1. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans- No surprise here, the three time DPOY, Watt is the heart and soul of the Houston Texans. He is possibly the best defensive player of all time with his abilities to attack QBs, throw the football, and catch the football. He is probably the most diverse player in the NFL.
  2. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants- Ok, maybe I’m a little biased, but hear me out. Odell is probably the best WR in the league for multiple reasons. Firstly, he has Eli Manning throwing him the football. Eli definitely has his moments, but he is about as inconsistent as a QB gets. Despite Eli’s inconsistencies, Odell consistently puts up at least 90 yards per game. He doesn’t have the luxury of having a consistent QB like Antonio Brown or Julio Jones. Secondly, the 90 yard per game rule still applied against the best CB of 2016: Josh Norman. Although Norman got in Odell’s head, leading to Odell’s one-game suspension, Odell still torched Norman for over 90 yards in that game. Thirdly, the catch. The best catch of all time. Nobody has hands like Odell.
  3. Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots- I never said this list was all players. Belichick has won four Super Bowls for the Pats. Yes, most of his success hinged on a QB in the form of Tom Brady, but Belichick also has a knack for finding amazing WRs out of nowhere. See: Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, and now Chris Hogan (who has been drawing rave reviews from Pats OTAs).
  4. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos- This guy was Super Bowl MVP for a reason. There is NO DOUBT that the Broncos had the best defense of last season, and that is all because of Miller. Sack artist, hard hitter, natural leader. He is a GREAT defensive anchor.
  5. Luke Kuechly, MLB, Carolina Panthers- Kuechly rose to fame almost as fast as Odell did. He is the anchor of the Carolina defense that went 15-1 in the regular season, and went to the Super Bowl. Drafted in 2013, he is already the best at his position, with nobody else within shouting distance.
  6. Chris Harris Jr, CB, Denver Broncos- Perhaps you’ve heard of Aqib Talib? He is a top-10 CB in the league. He also plays CB2 for the Broncos defense. Who is the CB1? Chris Harris Jr. He is better than Aqib Talib, therefore, he is one of the best CBs in the league and, in my opinion, the best right now.
  7. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers- He has been lucky to play with a top-5 QB and a top-5 running back, but Brown is a freak of nature. He has the speed to take any pass to the house. If you want explosive, the first man you call is Antonio Brown.
  8. Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns- Just barely beat out by Harris, Haden is the lone bright spot on the Browns. No matter how much they lose, Browns fans are still treated to a show by Haden on a weekly basis. That is definitely something to cheer for.
  9. Travis Frederick, C, Dallas Cowboys- Offensive linemen never get enough credit. Remember how RB Darren McFadden looked like an all-star behind the Dallas o-line last year. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: the anchor of the league’s best o-line.
  10. Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots- What better way to end the list than with the guy that completes the team? You can’t have a football team without the kicker. When it comes to a kicker that can win football games for your team, there is nobody I’d rather have than Gostkowski. Don’t let his missed extra point in this season’s AFC Championship fool you, this man can kick.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news. Also, I would love to hear your own list of the top 10 non-QBs in the NFL today, as well as your opinion on my list. Please leave a much-appreciated like whether you comment, or not. Have a pleasant tomorrow.