When to Steal a Taco?, Darkness Must Pass

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA Finals: Warriors > Cavaliers, Positivity, Etc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA Playoffs, Listen Don’t Speak

So, the NBA Playoffs are officially set! The bracket looks like this:

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Courtesy of Business Insider

And it will eventually look like this:

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Courtesy of Yours Truly

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.

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Which leads quite nicely into the following lesson…
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True. We all construct our own reality through our vastly different perceptions.
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Quote of the Day

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.

 

Warriors, Speaking while Watching, Frisbee, Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, Strength in Kindness

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?

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It’s sad that society is set up like this. We can change it if we all work together…
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This probably sounds like the quote of the day, but I actually found an even better quote about kindness.
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Don’t worry, I won’t do another quote of the day with “happiness” and “rain” today. I do like rainbows, though.
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Ever seen the movie Shallow Hal? it’s like that.
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This came in second in today’s quote of the day race. I wanted to inject some humor, but then I found…
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Quote of the Day

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.

 

Serge Ibaka Trade, Kevin Love Injury, Charles Oakley Ban…

It’s been too long since I’ve gotten into some sports talk, so that’s where I’m headed today:

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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.

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Staying in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without PF Kevin Love for the next 6 weeks, as Love had surgery on his left knee. Even without Love on Valentine’s Day, the Cavs came away with a 116-108 victory on the road, against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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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.

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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?

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Staying in basketball, but moving to women’s college basketball, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won their 100th straight game yesterday in a 66-55 victory over the 6th-ranked University of South Carolina. 59 games of the 100 were decided by 40+ points. Only 2 were decided by single digits. Congrats to head coach Geno Auriemma and the lady Huskies!

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Moving to the NFL, ex-San Diego Chargers and ex-New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem was jailed today for owing $400,000 in child support. Another one of the NFL’s supreme role models. :\

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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.

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“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.

Multiple Days’ Update: July 20 (or earlier)-21, 2016

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Daily Update: June 20, 2016

“Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it.” -Carrie Underwood, Musician

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:

  1. 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”.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.