It’s no secret that the NBA has become EXTREMELY top-heavy. That’s why the difference between the 2017 and 2018 NBA Playoffs is 4 teams (that’s right, the playoff field was only 25% different). That’s why the 2018 NBA Playoffs are on the brink of bringing us a Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State WarriorsNBA Finals matchup for the FORUTH YEAR IN A ROW, with the Cavs having just evened their series against the Boston Celtics at 2-2, and the Warriors having a 2-1 lead in their series against the Houston Rockets including a win in Houston already. It’s like the NBA decided that instead of just a seven game series each year, they should play seven, seven game series over seven years to decide an NBA Championship.
Are there people in this world–not including Cavs and Warriors fans–who still enjoy watching the Cavs and Warriors meet in the Finals?
I don’t, and it’s not just because I want my Portland Trail Blazers to make it (though, that would obviously be awesome). Take this season for example: I’m so sick of the Warriors winning that I actually screamed in excitement when the New Orleans Pelicans won a single game against them in their playoff series, despite the fact that in the Pelicans’ previous playoff series, they swept my Blazers in completely dominating fashion.
We know there is a problem in the NBA’s balance of power: How can it be fixed? Here are a few ideas:
Change the heck out of the salary cap policies. The NBA has ridiculous salary cap policies, most notably the presence of a “soft” salary cap in addition to the “hard” salary cap. The soft salary cap gives NBA teams MANY exceptions which allow them to go over the soft cap to sign players. I may go into those in more detail in another post, but for the sake of preventing this post from getting too long, I’ll just leave you with this: According to spotrac.com, the 5 NBA teams that are furthest over the cap are all 2018 playoff teams and the top 2 of those are the Cavaliers and the Warriors. I’m guessing the billionaire owners don’t mind spending so much money considering they are competing for a championship every season (which also usually means greater fan attendance and higher ticket prices to make up for the extra money spent).
Change the playoff format from seven game playoff series to single game matchups. Everybody loves March Madness in College Basketball because nobody knows what will happen–case-in-point: UMBC. That’s because if a team wants to win it all, they have to play their best in EVERY GAME. If the favorites take a game off, the underdogs will rise. The seven game playoff series pretty much guarantees that the better team will advance to the next round, which is occasionally a lower seeded team. But that playoff format is boring. Want proof? Viewership numbers from Showbuzz Daily and TV By the Numbers on Wikipedia indicate that the clinching game is consistently, BY FAR the most viewed game in the NBA Finals, most notably in 2016 and 2014:
2016- 10.32 million more viewers of final game than second-most watched game. Gap between second-most viewed and least-viewed: 4.23 million viewers.
2014- 2.46 million more viewers of final game than second-most watched game. Gap between second-most viewed and least-viewed: 0.76 million viewers.
Conference Realignment. This solution is the easiest, yet least practical. It’s simple: If the Warriors and Cavs play in the same conference, they can’t play against each other in the NBA Finals. It’s complicated: This would involve more traveling for teams, which would wear out the players more and cost the teams more.
College football has been trying to stop Nick Saban, so why isn’t the NBA trying to stop the Warriors and Cavs? Maybe there is a better idea out there to level the competition in the NBA (if you have an idea, let me know in the comments), but certainly we are at the point where something needs to be done.
I previously promised a more in-depth look at my plus-minus system; Here it is in my ranking of the draft classes from the 2018 NFL Draft. The plus-minus system reflects the overall value of each teams’ collective drafts. The greater the plus is, the greater a value a team got. The minuses are reaches-players who were drafted earlier than they should have been. The the greater a minus is, the more consistently and/or greatly a team reached throughout the draft.
1. Minnesota Vikings: +207
Best Value Pick: Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State (+89)
Worst Value Pick: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF (+4)
Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh (+10)
Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State (+19)
Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan (+15)
Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn (+70)
Ade Aruna, EDGE, Tulane (N/A)
Devante Downs, LB, California (N/A)
2. Dallas Cowboys: +165
Best Value Pick: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama (+90)
Worst Value Pick: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State (-5)
Connor Williams, OT, Texas (+19)
Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State (-3)
Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas (+28)
Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford (+27)
Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky (+9)
Chris Covington, OLB, Indiana (N/A)
Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State (N/A)
3. Green Bay Packers: +126
Best Value Pick: Equanimeous St Brown, WR, Notre Dame (+128)
Worst Value Pick: Cole Madison, OG, Washington State (-35)
Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville (-20)
Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa (+26)
Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt (-23)
J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri (+51)
JK Scott, P, Alabama (-1)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, USF (N/A)
James Looney, DE, California (N/A)
Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State (N/A)
Kendall Donnerson, EDGE, Southeast Missouri (N/A)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: +100
Best Value Pick: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama (+49)
Worst Value Pick: DJ Chark, WR, LSU (+10)
Taven Bryan, DT, Florida (+11)
Will Richardson, OT, North Carolina State (+30)
Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska (N/A)
Leon Jacobs, EDGE, Wisconsin (N/A)
Logan Cooke, P, Mississippi State (N/A)
5. Seattle Seahawks: +75
Best Value Pick: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State (+77)
Worst Value Pick: Will Dissly, TE, Washington (-53)
Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State (-27)
Rasheem Greene, DE, USC (+33)
Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF (+37)
Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State (-27)
Michael Dickson, P, Texas (+35)
Jake Martin, EDGE, Temple (N/A)
Alex Mcgough, QB, Florida International (N/A)
6. New York Jets: +71
Best Value Pick: Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane (+64)
Worst Value Pick: Chris Herndon, TE, Miami (-60)
Sam Darnold, QB, USC (+1)
Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State (+9)
Foley Fatukasi, DT, Connecticut (+57)
Trenton Cannon, RB, Virginia State (N/A)
7. New York Giants: +38
Best Value Pick: RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami (+17)
Worst Value Pick: BJ Hill, DT, North Carolina State (-17)
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (+1)
Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP (+13)
Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia (+16)
Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond (+8)
8. Tennessee Titans: +37
Best Value Pick: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State (+34)
Worst Value Pick: Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona (-21)
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama (0)
Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College (+24)
9. Baltimore Ravens: +31
Best Value Pick: Deshon Elliott, S, Texas (+53)
Worst Value Pick: Kenny Young, LB, UCLA (-51)
Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina (-9)
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (+5)
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma (+46)
Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma (+10)
Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama (+29)
Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State (-41)
Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA (-11)
Greg Senat, OT, Wagner (N/A)
Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama (N/A)
Zach Sieler, DE, Ferris State (N/A)
10. Philadelphia Eagles: +25
Best Value Pick: Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State (+66)
Worst Value Pick: Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh (-48)
Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State (+7)
Matt Pryor, OT, TCU (N/A)
Jordan Mailata, OT, Australia (N/A)
11. Carolina Panthers: +16
Best Value Pick: Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami (+71)
Worst Value Pick: Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee (-53)
DJ Moore, WR, Maryland (-5)
Donte Jackson, CB, LSU (+8)
Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana (+30)
Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss (-23)
Jermaine Carter Jr, LB, Maryland (-12)
Andre Smith, ILB, North Carolina (N/A)
12. Buffalo Bills: +1
Best Value Pick: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford (+47)
Worst Value Pick: Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State (-52)
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (-4)
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech (+10)
Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State (-19)
Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech (+19)
Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, Clemson (N/A)
Austin Proehl, WR, North Carolina (N/A)
13. Indianapolis Colts: -5
Best Value Pick: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson (+118)
Worst Value Pick: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn (-44)
Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame (+2)
Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State (-25)
Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers (-42)
Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State (-26)
Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State (-30)
Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa (+46)
Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole Miss (-4)
Matthew Adams, LB, Houston (N/A)
Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse (N/A)
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -9
Best Value Pick: Jack Cichy, ILB, Wisconsin (+77)
Worst Value Pick: Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh (-56)
Vita Vea, DT, Washington (+2)
Ronald Jones II, RB, USC (+6)
MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina (-54)
Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn (+22)
Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State (-15)
Justin Watson, WR, Pennsylvania (+9)
15. Cincinnati Bengals: -14
Best Value Pick: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State (+24)
Worst Value Pick: Mark Walton, RB, Miami (-27)
Billy Price, C, Ohio State (-15)
Jessie Bates III, S Wake Forest (+6)
Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas (-9)
Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois State (+3)
Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia (+7)
Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan (-3)
Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo (N/A)
Rod Taylor, OG, Mississippi (N/A)
Auden Tate, WR, Florida State (N/A)
16. Houston Texans: -19
Best Value Pick: Justin Reid, S, Stanford (+40)
Worst Value Pick: Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech (-57)
Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State (+18)
Jordan Akins, TE, UCF (-42)
Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest (+22)
Jordan Thomas, TE, Mississippi State (N/A)
Peter Kalambayi, EDGE, Stanford (N/A)
Jermaine Kelly, DB, San Jose State (N/A)
17. Los Angeles Chargers: -23
Best Value Pick: Kyzir White, S, West Virginia (+49)
Worst Value Pick: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC (-44)
Derwin James, S, Florida State (+9)
Justin Jones, DT, North Carolina State (-19)
Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA (-18)
Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech (N/A)
Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern (N/A)
18. Detroit Lions: -25
Best Value Pick: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon (+96)
Worst Value Pick: Tracy Walker, S, Louisiana (-91)
Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas (-45)
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn (-25)
Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama (+40)
Nick Bawden, RB, San Diego State (N/A)
19. Washington Redskins: -32
Best Value Pick: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech (+78)
Worst Value Pick: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville (-87)
Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (-2)
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (+43)
Troy Apke, S, Penn State (-64)
Shaun dion Hamilton, ILB, Alabama (N/A)
Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech (N/A)
20. Denver Broncos: -43
Best Value Pick: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin (+40)
Worst Value Pick: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon (-62)
Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State (+2)
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (-3)
Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College (-53)
Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa (-2)
DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State (+1)
Sam Jones, C, Arizona State (+34)
Keishawn Bierria, ILB, Washington (N/A)
David Williams, RB, Arkansas (N/A)
21. Los Angeles Rams: -45
Best Value Pick: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma (+34)
Worst Value Pick: Brian Allen, C, Michigan State (-62)
Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU (+14)
John Franklin, DE, Stephen F Austin (-38)
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia (+3)
John Kelly, RB, Tennessee (+4)
Jamil Demby, OG, Maine (N/A)
Sebastian Joseph, DT, Rutgers (N/A)
Trevon Young, EDGE, Louisville (N/A)
Travin Howard, LB, TCU (N/A)
Justin Lawler, DE, SMU (N/A)
22. Oakland Raiders: -49
Best Value Pick: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan (+117)
Worst Value Pick: Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T (-108)
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA (-25)
PJ Hall, DT, Sam Houston State (-44)
Arden Key, LB, LSU (+32)
Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin (-21)
Johnny Townsend, P, Florida (N/A)
Azeem Victor, LB, Washington (N/A)
Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State (N/A)
23. Miami Dolphins: -54
Best Value Pick: Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State (+35)
Worst Value Pick: Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame (-40)
Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama (-1)
Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State (-16)
Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State (-32)
Cornell Armstrong, DB, Southern Mississippi (N/A)
Quentin Poling, LB, Ohio (N/A)
Jason Sanders, K, New Mexico (N/A)
24. Cleveland Browns: -54
Best Value Pick: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida (+39)
Worst Value Pick: Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (-60)
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (-12)
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State (-5)
Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada (-23)
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia (-24)
Genard Avery, LB, Memphis (+31)
Damion Ratley, WR, Texas A&M (N/A)
Simeon Thomas, DB, Louisiana-Lafayette (N/A)
25. New England Patriots: -62
Best Value Pick: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia (-4)
Worst Value Pick: Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, Purdue (-30)
Isaiah Wynn, OT, Georgia (-7)
Duke Dawson, CB, Florida (-21)
Christian Sam, ILB, Arizona State (N/A)
Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami (N/A)
Danny Etling, QB, LSU (N/A)
Keion Crossen, DB, Western Carolina (N/A)
Ryan Izzo, TE, Florida State (N/A)
26. Chicago Bears: -62
Best Value Pick: Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware (+17)
Worst Value Pick: Joel Iyiebuniwe, LB, Western Kentucky (-58)
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia (+1)
James Daniels, C, Iowa (0)
Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis (-22)
Kylie Fitts, EDGE, Utah (N/A)
Javon Wims, WR, Georgia (N/A)
27. Pittsburgh Steelers: -71
Best Value Pick: Marcus Allen, S, Penn State (+27)
Worst Value Pick: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech (-65)
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State (-9)
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State (-4)
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan (-44)
Jaylen Samuels, RB, North Carolina State (+24)
Joshua Frazier, DT, Alabama (N/A)
28. Atlanta Falcons: -77
Best Value Pick: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado (+13)
Worst Value Pick: Deadrin Senat, DT, USF (-55)
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (+12)
Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi (-47)
Russell Gage, WR, LSU (N/A)
Foye Oluokun, LB, Yale (N/A)
Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
29. Arizona Cardinals: -91
Best Value Pick: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (+14)
Worst Value Pick: Mason Cole, C, Michigan (-71)
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (+5)
Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham (-39)
Chris Campbell, CB, Penn State (N/A)
Korey Cunningham, OT, Cincinnati (N/A)
30. New Orleans Saints: -92
Best Value Pick: Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin (-9)
Worst Value Pick: Rick Leonard, OT, Florida State (-46)
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA (-11)
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF (-26)
Kamrin Moore, CB, Boston College (N/A)
Boston Scott, RB, Louisiana Tech (N/A)
Will Clapp, C, LSU (N/A)
31. Kansas City Chiefs: -137
Best Value Pick: Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M (+26)
Worst Value Pick: Breeland Speaks, DE, Ole Miss (-123)
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State (+3)
Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson (-43)
Tremon Smith, CB, Central Arkansas (N/A)
Reginald McKenzie, OG, Tennessee (N/A)
32. San Francisco 49ers: -261
Best Value Pick: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame (-11)
Let’s talk about Cleveland for a minute. The CLEVELAND CAVALIERS currently sit in the NBA Eastern Conference’s #3 seed, 8.5 games back from the TORONTO RAPTORS, and 7.5 games back from the BOSTON CELTICS. Before I get started with the more specific stories involving Cleveland…
Shout out to Toronto! They’ve had the best season in the East so far and yet, nobody really seems to be talking about them. That’s a shame if you ask me. I’d love to see them taking on the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS in this year’s NBA Finals, even if the Celtics have a better shot of not getting swept. I’m as sick of the Celtics as I am of the Warriors (okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration…the Warriors are REALLY annoying, but I still dislike the Celtics). Also, you might be asking…
“What about the HOUSTON ROCKETS?!” To which I respond, “C’mon son!” The Warriors will dominate the playoffs as they have the past several seasons. If it makes you feel any better, I do think the Rockets will win AT LEAST two games in the Western Conference Championship series, but they won’t win the series. Anyway, back to Cleveland…
We’ll start with JR SMITH, because he’s the slightly less entertaining story. Anyone who watched the Cavs matchup with the PHILADELPHIA 76ERS on Thursday may have noticed that Smith did not play. Apparently the reason for that was suspension. Smith received a one-game, in-house suspension for throwing a bowl of soup at an assistant coach… …Wow…Leave it to JR Smith to keep it classy. But, you know what, the man is an entertainer and entertaining he is. Just like…
The Sixers. That’s right, the Cavs’ opponents on the court on Thursday have presented themselves as opponents off the court as well. That opponentship (anyone else think that should be a word?) came in the form of billboards near downtown Cleveland. A company based in Philly paid for billboards to recruit Cavs’ star LEBRON JAMES (who is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of this season) to the Sixers. Of course, as evidenced by a VERY active trade deadline, the Cavaliers won’t simply roll over and watch their long-time hero and superstar leave town…
A company in Cleveland has since purchased it’s own billboard in downtown Cleveland in response to let Philly know that Cleveland is the land of the king. Just a thought: wouldn’t it be more fun for the counter-billboard to be in Philly? I mean, I guess putting it in Cleveland is a morale boost for Cavs fans and LeBron is definitely more likely to see it but…it feels like it would be so much more fun to mess with Philly on their own turf. It would be a, “If they’re trying to take over Cleveland, then Cleveland will take over Philly” sort of deal.
That’s all for TheHaysWay today, comments/likes/follows are all appreciated, have a pleasant tomorrow and make every day a new best day ever!
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!
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 Psych “American 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.
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!”
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.
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.
Challenge: Try not to break into the worst Disney song ever made.
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.
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.
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So, the NBA Playoffs are officially set! The bracket looks like this:
And it will eventually look like this:
It’s not the rematch the world wants, but it’s the rematch the world deserves. This time, skill trumps heart, as the addition of F Kevin Durant leads the Golden State Warriors to the 4-1 NBA Finals victory they almost had last year over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who play A LOT LESS like a team this year as compared to last year.
This Quote of the Day is one I know my mom will love, and it’s definitely one that belongs on a shirt! This quote is basically shouting, “Shut up and LISTEN!!!” That’s something very few people are actually capable of doing. I try to listen as frequently as possible (maybe that’s why I seem to have so many friends who won’t stop making noises with their face-holes). Life is far more interesting if you spend more time listening than you spend speaking. If you listen, you’ll hear stories. Stories of happiness, sadness, love, catastrophe, etc. It’s amazing to hear so many different stories from so many different individuals, all sharing their highly unique version of reality based on what they perceive. If you ask a person to share ONE story with you, you can learn: their top priority in life, whether they are an optimist or a pessimist, how deeply they feel, how deeply they care, among so many other things. If you ask for many stories from many different individuals, you will be able to piece together your own, unique perception of reality by building off of the building blocks given to you by others. In fact, I’m challenging you: see how long you can go without speaking a single word while you’re awake. Just listen and think. I would venture to guess most people could not get past five hours, so that’s your goal (remember, the challenge only stands while you’re awake because you can’t really listen effectively if you’re asleep). Let me know how well you do.
That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the NBA Playoffs (specifically, your own prediction) and/or on the quotes and/or on listening instead of speaking 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 make me feel like I’ve won my own NBA Finals. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.
Just to throw this out there: I hate the Golden State Warriors. They’ve become the New England Patriots of the NBA. You just know that they are going to win. It’s REALLY annoying. They just defeated the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio for the 2nd time in the teams’ last 3 meetings there, and the Warriors had lost 33 straight regular season games in San Antonio prior to that. AND, the Spurs were up double digits in the first half. Come on! In other NBA news: The Cleveland Cavaliers suck.
You know what else is annoying? When people speak during your favorite movies/TV shows. I was watching an episode of my favorite TV show, Psych, when one of my friends entered the room and started speaking. Another friend got sucked into the conversation because he was already in the room. Then another one of my friends entered the room and joined the conversation. Then my roommate entered the room and joined the conversation. SERIOUSLY!? I’m watching the greatest TV show of ALL TIME!!! I just want to watch it in peace. Is that too much to ask for? Those guys talk enough throughout the rest of the day, and they can’t give me 45 minutes of silence to watch ONE episode!?
On a more positive note, I was tossing the frisbee with a friend today, and my forehand throw looked really good! Here in Denver, there always seems to be wind when I’m trying to play frisbee, but today it was virtually nonexistent. Also, when I went home for Spring Break, one of my friends who is AMAZING at frisbee taught me how to throw a forehand pass. He’s apparently really good at teaching, too, because my forehand throw looked better than my friend’s did today, and my friend is on the DU Ultimate Frisbee Team.
So, I wrote this Wee Intro Paper yesterday (that was the name of the assignment) and refined it today to turn in for my Writing class this quarter. It’s not optimal because I hadn’t written a piece for school in a couple of weeks, but feel free to read it (and critique it) if you wish. My Writing class is all about Preventing Youth Substance Abuse, which is an issue that I care about due to my personal values. In fact, if it were up to me, weed and alcohol would BOTH be illegal. But, I recognize the in-feasibility of that for the economic aspects (alcohol and weed companies would DEMOLISH me in court). Still, it would be nice if our country was substance free, right?
Who would have thought that a gangster would beat out two writers in Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain for the quote of the day? I think this quote is perfect for those out there who are afraid to show kindness for whatever reason. It honestly reminds me of my favorite rule, which I affectionately dub, “The Black Rule”: Do unto others as others have done unto you. I show kindness to people until they are unkind to me. When someone is unkind to me, I make them regret it. If you don’t believe me, ask the biggest douche on the DU campus (in my opinion), or my ex’s best friend. Showing kindness, caring, and compassion to someone should never be considered a weakness. In fact, it should be considered a strength because that is how you make friends (and maybe lovers? 😉 ) that last lifetimes. Those who are unkind are the truly weak in society. So be strong in two ways: 1) Show kindness to everyone and 2) Make those who are unkind to you realize they have made a grave mistake.
That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Golden State Warriors and/or on the Cleveland Cavaliers and/or on Psych and/or on talking during movies and TV shows and/or on frisbee and/or on my piece about youth substance abuse programs in Colorado and/or on the various quotes and/or on the Quote of the Day 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 show your strength in kindness to me. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.
It’s been too long since I’ve gotten into some sports talk, so that’s where I’m headed today:
The Toronto Raptors made news today by making a deal for Orlando Magic PF Serge Ibaka. The move was reportedly made in an effort to improve the Raptors defense. After all, the Raptors don’t need too much help on offense with a backcourt of PG Kyle Lowry and SG DeMar DeRozan. Ibaka has been a good defender for the majority of his NBA career, though he has gotten a little worse with age. He will join C Jonas Valanciunas in guarding the paint. The Orlando Magic received SF Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st round pick in return.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re like me, however, Happy Singles Awareness Day! As a side note, Valentine’s Day was way more fun back in Elementary School when I got a bunch of candy from everyone.
Back to the NBA, the New York Knicks have lifted the ban on legend Charles Oakley. Of course, Oakley stated that he refuses to return to Madison Square Garden until he (and the fans) are issued a formal apology from Knicks owner James Dolan. Can’t people just let bygones be bygones, anymore?
Also in the NFL, the New York Giants announced the releases of WR Victor Cruz and RB Rashad Jennings, yesterday. Cruz will forever be remembered by the Giants for his breakout to lead the team to a Super Bowl XLVI victory. (And for his salsa dancing, of course.) Jennings on the other hand, leaves no legacy behind in New York, and I was jumping for joy when I saw that he had been released. RB Paul Perkins controls the backfield until the Giants draft a RB in May. Cutting those two players saves the team $10 million in cap room, which will likely go toward paying DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who the team is, reportedly, emphasizing re-signing before he hits free agency in March.
“Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.” -Nicholas Sparks, Author
In honor of Valentine’s Day or National Singles Day. I don’t have a lot of experience (six months maximum, if that’s what you would call it) with romance. I will say this: it’s weird to think that last year on this day I thought I had found my Valentine, while this year I have no doubt in my mind that it’s National Singles Day to me. However, clearly this quote carries some validity to it. I’m still thinking about my former “significant other” when I should be focused on ANYTHING else, even if Valentine’s Day/National Singles Day is mostly responsible for the subject coming up. Also, last year at this time I was thinking about basing my college decision on my Valentine at the time. That, likely, could’ve been the worst decision of my life! Even though I still feel that my college decision wasn’t totally mine, I feel that I ended up with the right college decision by not following my then-Valentine. They say love is blind, but maybe it just makes YOU blind to everything else. Anyway, I hope you all find romance on this day, and on many days to come. I’m told it’s a wonderful feeling.
That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Serge Ibaka trade and/or on the Kevin Love injury and/or on Valentine’s Day and/or on National Singles Day and/or on New York Knicks vs Charles Oakley and/or on the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team and/or on Robert Meachem and/or on the New York Giants releases and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower because I won’t ban you like Dolan banned Oakley. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.
FYI: I’m sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of days, and I’m sorry for the schedule continuing to be lackadaisical until Monday, at which point, I will explain why that is the case. To give an example of my posting schedule: this post has been written in multiple sessions across two days. Nevertheless, without further ado:
“When we are no longer able to change a situation-we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor E Frankl, Psychologist
I thought this scene would be cool to show because it didn’t quite make the cut. I thought this was a great scene. Obviously, Finn later refused to join in the slaughter of the entire village at the end of the attack on the Jakku village. But, that scene was far less humane than this one. If any stormtrooper had any doubts about the First Order, of course they wouldn’t join in the slaughter of an ENTIRE village. This scene is much more subdued in it’s portrayal of Finn’s change. Finn obviously felt strongly enough to recognize this villager’s innocence and how terrible the situation was. Unfortunately, in this instance, Finn’s change in himself did not result in him being able to change the situation, as this villager ultimately would have died with the rest when Kylo Ren orders their execution (at least, there is no indication of any survivors following the attack).
Now, there are a couple of things I would like to discuss in regard to this quote. First of all, at what point are we no longer able to change a situation? I personally believe we always have the power to change a situation. There is always a hand with which you can play. There is always hope. If a situation isn’t going in your favor, there is a way you can flip the script and get things going in your favor. One way to do that, is the second thing I would like to discuss.
So, second of all, how do we change ourselves? This is actually kind of my second AND third of all. In what ways do we change ourselves, and how do we go about making those changes? If our approach to a situation isn’t working, we need to discover what about us is causing it not to work. Of course, there is the possibility that another factor in the situation is causing it not to work, not necessarily us. But, it’s much more difficult to change other factors in a situation, so let’s assume that we do need to change ourselves, whether that is actually the case, or not. There are two main problems that could lie within us: Either physical or mental.
For the physical point, that could be illustrated by a sports team. To use a real-life example, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The NBA Finals were not going their way when they were down 1-3 in the series. In theory, this actually could be mental, as well, as they may have needed more motivation. But to actually come back against the Golden State Warriors, they needed to WORK harder. That’s what they did. A perfect example of that was LeBron James’ block of Andre Iguodala’s shot at the end of Game 7. He made a physical statement to change the Cavs’ situation.
The mental point could be something like a war of words. Another sports example of that is the battle between New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr and now-Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman. When they matched up last season, Norman and Beckham trash talked heavily. As Beckham was dominating Norman physically, Norman upped his trash talk, and got Beckham ejected because his head was knocked out of the game.
So those are the two main ways in which we can change ourselves. Now, how do we make those changes? We have to want it more, and we have to believe in ourselves. If we want to change the situation, then we will find a way to change ourselves in order to flip the script. Mind over matter. I truly believe that. Life is more mental than physical. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. So if you want to change a situation, it all comes back to not giving up. Just keep trying with different tactics and eventually, your determination will pay off. Okay, moving on to the news:
I confess, there is another reason that I brought up the Beckham vs Norman rivalry. New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr said this, of Norman, today: Josh Norman joined the Washington Redskins to remain relevant. Beckham believes that he caused Norman to gain the popularity that Norman currently has. He’s sort of correct, but mostly wrong (sorry Odell, I still think you are the best WR in the NFL). Norman definitely has the talent to back up his popularity. Other than Beckham, Norman physically dominated just about every WR he played against. That said, Norman did gain the most popularity for getting into Beckham’s head. Even after this last season, the best of his career, Norman really isn’t in the conversation for best CB in the league. He wasn’t even the leader of the Carolina Panthers Super Bowl defense. So, yes and no, Beckham.
The Chicago Bears have signed OG Amini Silatolu. Silatolu was with the Carolina Panthers during the last four seasons. This is a much better situation for him, in my opinion. Especially due to the Bears loss of OG Matt Slauson during the offseason.
The Detroit Lions inked DE Quanterus Smith. Smith was a practice squad player last season. Unfortunately, it seems as though my poor projection for the Lions this season may be accurate. I thought d-line was a strength for the Lions with DE Ezekiel Ansah and DT Haloti Ngata. A practice squad player isn’t a good sign. To make matters worse, Smith was a practice squad player for the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars. This is a very troublesome signing.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston lost 20 pounds leading up to the Bucs training camp. I’m going to be honest: I’m a HUGE fan of the NFC South. That division is always full of redemption stories, and now it’s the Bucs turn. The New Orleans Saints did it with QB Drew Brees (who was overthrown in San Diego by QB Phillip Rivers), turning the franchise around and winning a Super Bowl shortly after Hurricane Katrina decimated the area. Last season, the Carolina Panthers did it with previously troubled QB Cam Newton, who had a lot of controversy surrounding him in college. Now previously troubled QB Jameis Winston is looking to do the same with the Bucs. The question is, will they win it all like the Saints, or fall just short like the Panthers? Time will tell.
The Eugene Monroe story has taken an interesting turn for the end. Following the OT’s release from the Baltimore Ravens, Monroe has decided to call it a career this morning. Monroe spent the last three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, and the previous four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who drafted him 9th overall in the NFL Draft.
The NFL is hiring a Chief Medical Officer. The CMO will work with training staffs of all 32 NFL teams to determine steps to prevent injuries, as well as the appropriate steps to recovery for players who do get injured (which is inevitable, regardless of any proposed preventative measures. It’s a dangerous sport).
That’s all for TheHaysWay today (or yesterday, or tomorrow, or whichever day this is), make sure to leave a comment about 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.
Well, believe it or not, I chose this quote because Carrie Underwood is in the NFL news today. But we’ll get to that in a moment. With regard to this quote, I would say I partially agree but mostly disagree. I partially agree in that successful people should be responsible for making the world a better place. However, I mostly disagree because that responsibility lies on everybody’s shoulders (and there are a lot more ‘unsuccessful’ people than there are ‘successful’ people). I’ve mentioned before that I strive to be positive every day because I want to make everyone’s days better. In making these strides, I am more successful than I would be making seven figures a year. What is the purpose of life, if not to strive to be a cohesive part of all life? True success lies not within how much money one makes, but within how many lives one changes for the better. Now, I bet you’re all still quite curious as to how Carrie Underwood relates to the NFL news, so I’ll get to that:
Carrie Underwood will be debuting a new Sunday Night Football theme song for this season. Sadly, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night“, has passed away…(moments of silence)…and onward we march. The new song will debut prior to the first Sunday Night Football game of the season, between the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, on September 11, 2016. The new song is reported to be a re-worked take of “Something Bad”.
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins is expected to be back for training camp. The WR underwent foot surgery earlier this month, which left his return timetable clouded until now.
Ok. Now my full NBA Finals analysis, as promised. So, again, congratulations to the city of Cleveland for breaking their 52-year-long streak without a championship. Obviously, we all saw Golden State get out to a 3-1 series lead, at which point I thought my prediction of the Warriors winning in 5 would be correct, and at least 90% of America already counted the Warriors as the champions, including at least 50% of Cleveland, itself. Then, the NBA announced that Warriors PF Draymond Green would be suspended for Game 5. Honestly, that decision was trash. Looking back on the dispute between him and LeBron James that got him in trouble, it was more LeBron’s fault than it was his. HOWEVER, Draymond is notorious for being a dirty player, so he did get his, just at the VERY WRONG time. That aside, the Cavaliers needed more than Green’s suspension to come back; they needed KING James. In the first 4 games of the series, LeBron looked more like QUEEN James with all of the scoring and attacking opportunities he passed out of. So big time props to him for stepping up with Kyrie Irving in games 5 and 6 to WILL their teams to victory. Straight up, LeBron carried the team through the final 3 games of the series. But, game 7. The Cavaliers no doubt deserved to even the series at 3 apiece after their domination in games 5 and 6. UNFORTUNATELY, the Cavaliers did NOT deserve to win game 7, in my opinion. The truth of the matter is, the Warriors were much more overall, fundamentally sound than the Cavs. If you watched the game in the same way that I did, you saw the Warriors rotate like true professionals on defense to contest EVERY shot the Cavs put up (including Irving’s three-pointer that ended up winning the game). In addition to this, you saw nearly flawless ball movement from the Warriors offense in the first three quarters of the game. That, combined with Cleveland’s lackadaisical defense led to a lot of open shots for the Warriors, which is why Draymond Green was 5/5 on three-pointers in the first half (though many of those open shots were also, sadly, missed). Now you’re probably wondering, “Billy, if the Warriors played so well, why did they lose?” This is the part where the Warriors fans dislike the post (much like the Cavs fans probably already have for claiming that they didn’t deserve their championship). The answer is simple: The Warriors stars DROVE THE TEAM INTO THE GROUND. Yes, Stephen Curry was the MVP. Yes, the Splash Brothers are the reason why the Warriors broke the NBA record for wins in the regular season. But, it was the coaching staff’s faith in the Splash Bros that cost them the championship. Klay Thompson had some moments throughout the series, but Steph was cold in ALL SEVEN games. I don’t care if he is the unanimous MVP, if a guy is cold with the championship on the line, you MUST take him out of the game. That’s right, if I was Steve Kerr, I would have benched STEPHEN CURRY. The only thing he was doing really well in the series was putting on a clinic for how to foul, especially in game 6. He couldn’t find his shot, and for some reason, he thought taking stupid shots with guys RIGHT IN HIS FACE was the way to fix that! So there’s that. I’m happy for Cleveland for getting their long-deserved championship, but, unfortunately, THIS championship was NOT deserved. Congrats to LeBron and Kyrie for evening out the series, but the Cavs would not have won the championship if Stephen Curry hadn’t driven his team into the ground in game 7, and throughout the series. I apologize to all Warriors fans who had to witness their MVP lose it all for them. History was made in the worst possible way this time around.
That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news (yes, angry comments are allowed too, but no death threats please). If you actually want to leave a like on my tirade against the two best basketball teams in the world, that like would be even more appreciated than usual, because I don’t even know if I would leave a like on this post. But, I’m telling it how I see it. Have a pleasant tomorrow.