Colin Kaepernick: Will the Traveling Circus End?

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

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

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

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Colin, you’ll never usurp me as starter.

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

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Only after I retire, Colin.

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

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Nice of Geno to leave me his jersey.

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on your thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s fate and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much appreciated like. As always, respectful, constructive criticism is welcome. If you are not yet a follower, join Team TheHaysWay so you can say that, unlike Kaepernick, you are on a team. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow!

49ers and All-Time Ranking Announcement!

San Francisco 49ers Outlook

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The San Francisco 49ers announced that QB Colin Kaepernick will start this Sunday. I don’t like Kaepernick; I’ve mostly taken to calling him Crapernick. Anyway, it’s possible that he could be a SLIGHT upgrade over Blaine Gabbert for one reason: He likes to run the option. It’s not that he’s more mobile than Gabbert (he may be, though Gabbert has proven that he can run, too), it’s just that he’s known for being an option-style QB. So, he will be an upgrade for RB Carlos Hyde. Hyde should be able to get more yardage off of option plays with the increased threat of a QB keeper. In terms of passing, Crapernick brings nothing special to the table over Blaine Gabbert. Now in theaters: Chip Kelly Episode VI: The Return of the Oregon Guru. Yeah, I’m predicting that Kelly will get fired following this season, and will return to the University of Oregon, where head coach Mark Helfrich will ALSO get fired for sub-par performance. Expect the U of O to come surging back into relevance within the next four years.

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“I missed you, too, bud.”

TheHaysWay Update

I was unable to post last night due to an orchestra concert and essay that I needed to write. I was playing French Horn for six hours yesterday, and another 2.5 hours today (we played the concert twice). I’m a little French Horn-ed out. However, the essay that I wrote last night was actually a news story for my Newswriting & Reporting Class, and that story consisted of the best all-time NFL team winning percentages. It was an interesting list to compile, as I was unaware of some of the consistent success (or failure) enjoyed (or not) by some NFL franchises. Anyway, seeing as I have all of that material, I think it would be fun to do a countdown of the all-time winning percentages. So, I’m going to do that! For the next 32 days (probably more because there are bound to be days that I’m not available for posting during the next month), I will do that countdown, starting with the worst all-time team winning percentage tomorrow.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the 49ers and/or on my update (or give me your update, that would be fun!) 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 avoid creating your own version of the NFL Chip Kelly debacle. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Change Wanted: How?

“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” –Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson

Today was my first day of my Newswriting & Reporting class at DU. In the class, we all pitched stories that we thought would be great to put in a news-media source. Being a football fan, I got to thinking about San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s protest of kneeling during the performance of the national anthem of the United States of America. Of course, it’s been reported AT LEAST a million times now, right? Why would my story be the one people read? Well, I think it would be great to take a different angle on the story. We’ve seen the aftermath of Kaepernick’s protest: his increased jersey sales, the other players joining him (including the entire Seattle Seahawks team), and the withdrawal of Denver Broncos LB Brandon Marshall’s endorsement deals following his joining of the protest. The players and coaches (and their endorsements) know how much of an impact they have on society. They also have stated the problem that they are protesting (police brutality). “Now, though, it’s time to take the next step and take actions into the community.” -San Francisco 49ers S Antoine Bethea, who joined Kaepernick’s protest prior to their win over the Los Angeles Rams last night, “We need to take action now.” Great, Bethea. We know that protesting players want to take action. If you want to see change and action, why don’t you do more than just tell the world that you want that? NFL players are in the spotlight enough that they can influence the action that is taken. I want to see NFL players actually come up with an action plan for solving the problem that they’re protesting. That would be a great story, right? If Kaepernick suggested a solution to the problem instead of just pointing it out, can you imagine how quickly the problem would get solved? Such is the impact of NFL athletes. His jersey sales increased just from his protesting! I can say for a fact that I would respect Kaepernick if he came up with a solution. So, I say this: If you want to see the problem solved, help solve it! I don’t know if this blog reaches any NFL players, so I ask all of you who read this, to spread the word. Let’s get this to some protesting NFL players, and encourage them to step up to the plate and be the solution they so desperately want! If they don’t step up, who will? The government?…

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Now What?

Daily Update: August 30, 2016

I’m going to start with the daily news today, then do the daily quote after that. Sadly there was no game action to go over today, so it’s straight to the news:

  1. Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore his ACL in practice today. It was a non-contact injury, that resulted in an ambulance taking him from the practice field to the hospital. He will miss the season. That sucks, both for Bridgewater and the Vikings. Obviously, I wish Bridgewater the best in his recovery because his starting gig will still be waiting for him when he gets back. I really feel for the Vikings, too. Bridgewater was the golden boy who prevented the Vikings offense from being a one-trick pony with RB Adrian Peterson. This hurts their season. Here’s what I see happening: The Green Bay Packers are now a lock to win the NFC North division. There is an outside chance that the Vikings will still manage a wildcard bid, but, if they do get one, it will be as the 6th seed. There is a much better chance of Minnesota’s playoff spot now going to another team. A few teams I could see getting that spot are: the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cowboys are definitely the most likely of those three teams. With rookie QB Dak Prescott looking like he deserved to be a first-round pick, the Cowboys might actually be BETTER without Romo for the first stretch of the season. In fact, I could see a scenario where the Cowboys win the NFC East over the Washington Redskins. The one thing to watch out for with the Cowboys is the defensive secondary. They will lack pass rush through the first stretch of the season due to suspensions in the front seven, so the secondary will have to step up and maintain coverage for longer. If they can do that, the Cowboys will take the NFC East, and the Redskins will be demoted to a wildcard spot. If they can’t…well, that’s where the Giants come in. Inconsistency is the Giants middle name. They could have the best team in the league, or the worst team in the league, and finish with a record anywhere between 6-10 and 10-6. With the huge offseason acquisitions on defense, and the return of WR Victor Cruz, I imagine the Giants will wind up closer to the 10-6 mark. IF they do that AND the Cowboys secondary fails, the Giants will end up with a NFC wildcard spot. What about a scenario where the Cowboys secondary fails AND the Giants finish closer to the 6-10 mark? Enter the Buccaneers. I put them at the 7-9 mark in my original win projections, but I didn’t feel too comfortable about that. They have a young QB in Jameis Winston (who is actually in a similar situation to the one that Teddy Bridgewater was in last year with the Vikings), and they’ve beefed up their defense (so much so, that they cut veteran S Major Wright this week, which surprised me). Just due to the inconsistency of the Buccaneers and, really the entire NFC South division, it’s a toss-up regarding how well the Buccaneers do this season. IF the Giants and Cowboys BOTH struggle this season, the Buccaneers shouldn’t have a problem getting the 6th wildcard spot. However, there is still a scenario where the Vikings survive the Bridgewater injury to make the playoffs. To accomplish this, RB Adrian Peterson will need to have the best season of his career. It’s that simple, really. The defense should be fine if they continue to play the way they did last season (if they’re better this season, that’s a bonus), so AP will have to shoulder the entirety of the offensive production load. OR the Vikings could find another QB option for this season because, let’s be real, Shaun Hill isn’t a solution to ANY QB dilemma at this point in his career. If they want to gamble on a village idiot with a high upside, they could sign QB Johnny Manziel, or trade for QB Colin Kaepernick. They probably wouldn’t have to give TOO much for either player, and both have proven that they are capable players, the issue would be attitude. It might be a risk the Vikings have to take in order to survive the Bridgewater injury.
  2. The Dallas Cowboys are working out free agent QB Austin Davis. Not much to say here: Davis sucks and Dak Prescott is the future of the franchise. What I’m saying is: BORING!
  3. Former NFL QB Tim Tebow will NOT be making a debut in the MLB. He worked out for baseball scouts at USC this week, and was reported as being ‘very average’. He is expected to have a long shot at making a MLB roster.
  4. Madden, Donald Trump, and San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. You would expect that, at most, two of those three would be connected. For a limited time only, all three are connected! Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, so Trump told him to find a new country. Now, Madden NFL 17 developers have stated that they will record a bit regarding the Kaep controversy with announcers Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis, to be added to in-game commentary. LOL. Politics, Sports, and Video Games: three, often laughable (for different reasons) wastes of time. 🙂
  5. NFL teams are currently in the process of decreasing their roster size to 75 players. Naturally, that means cutting a lot of players for some teams. Some of those players maybe don’t deserve to be cut. Here are some notable cuts:
  • Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon Tate- This one SHOCKED me! They just lost Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones in the offseason, and now they’re moving on from Tate, too? Apparently they are trying to completely rebuild their WR corps around AJ Green. I don’t agree with this cut. The Bengals don’t really have any proven WRs behind Green.
  • Cleveland Browns LB Paul Kruger- Someone in Browns management is clearly a TOTAL MORON. The Browns have gotten rid of the following, talented veterans this year ALONE: C Alex Mack, S Donte Whitner, LB Karlos Dansy, and now, Kruger. I’m beginning to think Browns management actually ENJOYS losing.
  • Detroit Lions G Geoff Schwartz- Clearly something is wrong here. Schwartz has a 77 overall (gold) rating in MUT 17. Yet, he has failed to stick with the Lions and the New York Giants in the last two seasons. Those two teams feature (probably) the two worst offensive lines in football. (OK, the Indianapolis Colts have the WORST o-line. Maybe they should sign Schwartz?) Is Madden’s rating system broken? (Don’t answer that Dez. They nailed your rating.)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars P Ryan Quigley- Oh how NFL kickers and punters do fall. I didn’t even know Quigley had left the Jets until I saw his name on the Jags’ cut list. He was doing well for the Jets a couple of years ago. Of course, his opportunities to perform there disappeared with the arrival of a productive, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense.
  • Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan- WHAT?! Well, at least QB Teddy Bridgewater won’t be the one taking the NT hits that get past Sullivan’s replacement, right?
  • New England Patriots DT Terrance Knighton- In the Patriots defense, ‘Potroast’ isn’t the best meal in the world. Is there any player in the NFL nicknamed ‘Pizza’?
  • New York Giants FB Nikita Whitlock- The Giants hate FBs. Last year, they cut Henry “The Hynocerous” Hynoski, and this year it’s Whitlock. It’s not the FBs fault that the o-line and RBs SUCK! Besides, Whitlock was also the Giants best pass-rusher last season. I’m starting to become concerned that the Giants front office is throwing in the towel like Cleveland’s is.
  • Philadelphia Eagles WR Reuben Randle- He deserved it. Believe me, as a Giants fan, I know Randle can’t catch to save his life. His name shouldn’t be on the ‘notable’ list, but as a former Giant, I felt obligated to put him here.
  • San Diego Chargers QB Zach Mettenberger- The fact that he was CUT isn’t as notable as the fact that he is AVAILABLE. He should consider calling the Minnesota Vikings, himself.
  • Seattle Seahawks CB Brandon Browner- He was once a member of the Legion of Boom. Apparently, he lost his coverage skils in New England and New Orleans. Now, he is once again leaving the Legion of Boom. This time, he won’t get a lucrative free agent deal.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Major Wright- Poor Wright. He was one of many veterans in the Buccaneers secondary (along with CBs Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner), but he beat the others to the walking papers. Either Grimes or Verner should be soon to follow, during the cuts to 53-man rosters.
  • Tennessee Titans RB David Cobb- Does anyone else remember the hype train surrounding Cobb last season? He was supposed to come in and dethrone then-starting RB Bishop Sankey. Then, injury struck Cobb, and this offseason saw him become irrelevant after the Titans added RBs DeMarco Murray (trade) and Derrick Henry (draft). I think Cobb will get another chance because he hasn’t really gotten his first, highly-anticipated chance, yet. Also, I expect Sankey to follow Cobb out the door during the cuts to 53-man rosters.

There you have it. The extended news section is courtesy the extended amount of time that I had to write my post today. Now on to the daily quote:

“When you’re lost and alone, or you’re sinking like a stone, carry on.” –Carry On, Fun

I was inspired to choose this quote by the Minnesota Vikings situation. They are sinking like a stone without QB Teddy Bridgewater, and hopefully, they can carry on. But, this quote isn’t just for the Vikings. It’s for everybody. It’s a reminder that, even when times suck, there are better times ahead if you just keep looking forward. Everybody has moments when they are down. Life isn’t fair, and it most certainly isn’t perfect. But everybody also has moments when they feel like they are on top of the world. I encourage all of you to keep your head up. If it helps, think of the bad moments as good things. The world usually has a way of balancing things out, so if you have a really bad moment, it’s likely setting you up for a really good moment to come. Even if there isn’t a good moment in the near future, optimism will ALWAYS carry you on. So, stay optimistic until the good moment in the distant future! Carry on!

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Daily Update: August 28, 2016

Friday

  1. New England Patriots 19 @ Carolina Panthers 17– There were many varying levels of QB play in this game (QB Joe Webb CAR had the most passing TDs (2) and passing YDs (123), QB Jacoby Brissett NE led the way in completion % (100%) by going 9-9. He had a passing TD, and QB Tom Brady NE did as well. QB Cam Newton CAR had 2 INTs and QB Derek Anderson CAR had 1 INT. QB Jimmy Garoppolo was the most non-descript QB in the game (9-15, 57 YDs).). Both starting RBs had nice games in the limited number of carries they got (Legarrette Blount NE (5 CAR, 26 YDs) and Jonathan Stewart CAR (3 CAR, 23 YDs)). The top scoring receivers were not the usual suspects (WR Chris Hogan NE (5 REC, 62 YDs, TD) and TE Marcus Lucas CAR (2 REC, 32 YDs, 2 TDs)). Carolina’s LBs came to play (Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson both had FF), while, for New England’s defense, it was the secondary that came to play (1 INT each for S Duron Harmon, S Devin McCourty, and CB Logan Ryan). Overall, I expected Carolina’s starting offense to perform better than their starting defense (which lacks a quality secondary now that Josh Norman is gone and the starting CBs are both rookies), and that was not the case. That was likely why the Panthers lost this game. Clearly, the Patriots starters were better on both sides of the ball with the defense intercepting QB Cam Newton twice, and QB Tom Brady scoring a TD in limited playing time on offense.
  2. Buffalo Bills 16 @ Washington Redskins 21– QB Kirk Cousins (12-23, 188 YDS, 3 TDS, INT) outshined all of the other QBs in this game, as no other QB passed for a TD. Only 1 rushing TD in the game (courtesy of RB Jonathan Williams BUF), though both starting RBs (LeSean McCoy BUF and Matt Jones WAS) didn’t play. Buffalo had a quiet receiving night, as their second leading receiver was RB Daniel Herron (5 REC, 49 YDS), while Washington’s receivers were lighting it up (WR Ryan Grant (1 REC, 38 YDS, TD) and TE Vernon Davis (3 REC, 42 YDS), notably took advantage of their opportunities.). Buffalo’s defense came up with 1 TO (CB Corey White had an INT), and Washington’s defense came up with 2 (CB Will Blackmon had a FF, and CB Kendall Fuller had an INT). Overall, I was surprised the game was this close. The stat sheet heavily favored Washington, but they often failed to take advantage of opportunities. Nevertheless, they did get the victory because Buffalo’s offense was relatively non-existent, as K Dan Carpenter (10 pts) was their leading scorer. Based on what Buffalo’s offense showed, I would say my current season outlook for them is correct. That also means that coach Rex Ryan could, once again, find himself out of a job at the end of this season.
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 27 @ New Orleans Saints 14– The starting QBs (Ben Roethlisberger PIT (12-17, 148 YDS, 2 TDS) and Drew Brees NO (9-12, 78 YDS, TD)) looked very sharp. The running games were disastrous, as the leading rushers for both teams (RB Le’Veon Bell PIT (3 CAR, 21 YDS) and RB Tim Hightower NO (8 CAR, 27 YDS)) were held under 30 YDS. WR Sammie Coates PIT (2 REC, 66 YDS, TD) finally came to play, meaning he MIGHT save himself from getting cut. For New Orleans, rookie WR Tommylee Lewis (2 REC, 41 YDS, TD) surprised. Pittsburgh’s defense was sensational, accumulating 2 FF (LBs Vince Williams and Lawrence Timmons) AND 2 INT (LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich). New Orleans defense was lousy (as expected) with just 1 FF (CB Delvin Breaux). The receiver situation was REALLY noteworthy. Coates really struggled in the previous two preseason games. While his performance in this game likely won’t lift him above WR Marcus Wheaton for the WR2 spot due to the suspension of WR Martavis Bryant, it could solidify another shot at the WR3 spot for him. New Orleans likely wishes they could find defenders out of thin air the way they have managed to find WRs. WR Brandin Cooks is a lock for the WR1 job, Willie Snead likely will take the WR2 spot with his continued emergence, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman have been giving each other a run for their money for the WR3 spot, and now Tommylee Lewis is coming out of nowhere to stake a claim for a roster spot as the WR5. Brandon Coleman is the oldest of those five, at just 24 years old! The Saints are loaded at WR! Also, Pittsburgh needs to give some serious thought to their LB situation. They’ve been looking for good LBs to team up with Lawrence Timmons, and they appear to have too many good options in their hands. Vince Williams likely will get the MLB2 spot next to Timmons due to his strong preseason performance. LB Bud Dupree will be injured to begin the season, so it has looked as though LBs James Harrison and Jarvis Jones will be starting at both OLB spots. After this game, however, the Steelers may want to look more closely at LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich, because Harrison is old, and Jones has not lived up to his first-round draft selection from a few drafts ago.
  4. Cleveland Browns 13 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30– Strong performances from the starting QBs (Robert Griffin III CLE (8-14, 119 YD, TD) and Jameis Winston TB (16-25, 259 YD, 2 TD)). Nothing special came from any RBs in this game. Just as WR Terrelle Pryor CLE was starting to build a good reputation with RG3, WR Josh Gordon (2 REC, 87 YD, TD) has picked up where he left off. Also, WR Mike Evans TB (5 REC, 115 YD, TD) is ready for the regular season, now. Boring game defensively, with just 2 FF (DT Danny Shelton CLE and DE Robert Ayers Jr TB). Noteworthy: WR Josh Gordon has come back strong, and RG3 continues to look like he is capable of getting his career back on track. How funny would that be if Gordon and RG3 challenged each other for comeback player of the year? That looks like it’s in the cards. Wait, does that mean Cleveland will be the comeback team of the year? Not likely. Stick with the Cavaliers for now. But don’t worry Cleveland, things are looking up for the Browns. Also, K Robert Aguayo (3-3 FG) FINALLY showed up!
  5. Green Bay Packers 21 @ San Francisco 49ers 10– Instead of analyzing this game, I’d like to rant against QB Colin Kaepernick. Remember how I said that (San Diego Chargers) DE Joey Bosa is my least favorite NFL player of all time? Well, I lied. It’s Crapernick. He made the 49ers highlight reel for the first time in a while, but not for spectacular gameplay. Instead, he made it because he refused to stand for the national anthem. What a(n) (Insert profantiy here)! This guy is UNBELIEVABLE, so much so, that ‘guy’ probably isn’t the correct word to use for him. I would use ‘rat’ or ‘cockroach’, but I don’t want to insult rats and cockroaches for no reason. His reasoning for sitting during the national anthem: He believes the country stands for anti-black racism. REALLY?! ENOUGH WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! Unfortunately, racism is still present, but it is present in INDIVIDUALS now, NOT the ENTIRE COUNRTY! Also, this country has given him the opportunity to make the ABSURD amount of money that he makes (despite the fact that he SUCKS, no less). If you are going to be stupid and blame the country for racism in individuals, LEAVE! Crapernick has absolutely NO RIGHT to disrespect this country! PLEASE, San Francisco, FIRE HIM! Rid yourselves, and all of us football fans from his STUPIDITY! I conclude by repeating: WHAT A(N) (INSERT PROFANITY HERE)!!!

Saturday

  1. Kansas City Chiefs 23 @ Chicago Bears 7– Surprisingly, the standout QB in this game was the Bears’ 3rd-stringer, Connor Shaw (5-6, 68 YD, TD). The Chiefs’ leading rusher was QB Alex Smith, and the Bears’ second-leading rusher was QB Connor Shaw=WOW. WR Cameron Meredith CHI (4 REC, 64 YD, TD) was the leading receiver, and the only receiver to score a TD. The starting DTs (Dontari Poe KC and Eddie Goldman CHI) both had a FF. CB Deiondre’ Hall CHI had an INT. Overall, a very boring game from two boring teams. Neither team is currently known for being splashy in terms of big plays. Although, clearly, boring works much better for Kansas City, even in the preseason.
  2. Detroit Lions 9 @ Baltimore Ravens 30– QB Matthew Stafford DET (14-23, 95 YD, INT) played a very Stafford-esque game, while QB Ryan Mallett BAL (10-15, 112 YD, TD) played a very UnMallett-esque game, and he also had a rushing TD. RB Theo Riddick DET (3 CAR, 35 YD) seems to be running away from fellow DET RBs Ameer Abdullah (4 CAR, 16 YD) and Zach Zenner (3 CAR, 13 YD) in the RB competition, and he is also an elite pass-catcher out of the backfield. Meanwhile, the Ravens RB competition continues to remain cloudy, as RBs Terrence West (7 CAR, 43 YD) and Kenneth Dixon (6 CAR, 41 YD) are playing well, while previous starters Justin Forsett (2 CAR) and Javorious Allen (8 CAR, 15 YD) are struggling. WR Jeremy Butler BAL (4 REC, 43 YD, TD) was the game’s leader in REC, REC YD, and REC TD. The two teams combined for 6 SAC; Detroit had 2 (DT Haloti Ngata and DT Khyri Thornton); Baltimore had 4 (CB Anthony Levine (also had INT), LB Matt Judon (also had FF), DE Timmy Jernigan, LB Victor Ochi). Detroit also a FF (DT Anthony Zettel). The RBs definitely surprised me the most. I’m not surprised to see Theo Riddick taking the lead in Detroit, but I am surprised to see Terrence West taking the lead in Baltimore. I am SHOCKED that Justin Forsett hasn’t come to play at all, and he could be facing his release from Baltimore.
  3. New York Giants 21 VS New York Jets 20
  4. Philadelphia Eagles 33 @ Indianapolis Colts 23
  5. Tennessee Titans 27 @ Oakland Raiders 14
  6. Los Angeles Rams 9 @ Denver Broncos 17

Sunday

  1. San Diego Chargers 10 @ Minnesota Vikings 23
  2. Arizona Cardinals 24 @ Houston Texans 34
  3. Cincinnati Bengals 21 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 26

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on this weekend’s games and/or on my rant against Piece of Crapernick and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. I will continue my in-depth analysis of the above games in tomorrow’s post. If you like what you read and you are not yet a follower, please become a follower because that will guarantee that you will be able to find tomorrow’s post with further game analysis. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

I’m Sorry, Here’s Why:

I know that I haven’t been posting for the past few days, and I need to give you guys an explanation. The newest edition of Madden (Madden NFL 17) comes out on Tuesday (August 23, 2016). I have A LOT to do before then. I have spent the past few days working on things that I need to have finalized prior to September 6, when I move in at the University that I will be attending for the next four years (maybe less because my University has a quarter system, so I can get more done in a shorter period of time). You might be wondering how Madden and move-in day are related? Well, whenever a new Madden comes out, I like to play it as much as humanly possible. As a result, I try to get as much work done as possible, prior to the release date. So, my University paperwork has been taking up my time. To make matters more chaotic, my birthday is coming up soon, and it’s lucky #18. So, I’ve been getting paperwork done for that, too (i.e. signing up for selective service, renewing my driver’s license, etc.). AND, on top of THAT, with move-in day rapidly approaching, I’ve been trying to organize events to hang out with my friends before I leave. Last weekend, I listened to a Mormon choir rehearse so I could talk to my friend (who is in the choir) for 10 minutes. This weekend, I’m hosting a Lord of the Rings marathon for a group of friends, while trying to find time to go to the fair with 2 of them, and hit up the local arcade and Dairy Queen with another 4 of them. So, paperwork, friendships, and my love for video games has placed a slight hold on my blogging schedule, and will likely continue to do so through the weekend. I DO apologize, but everyone has to prioritize in this world. We can’t always do EVERYTHING that we want. There simply isn’t enough time in the day. Anyway, as I found some time now, here are a few NFL things:

  1. QB Colin Kaepernick didn’t play for the San Francisco 49ers against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Honestly, I’m beginning to wonder how much of a competition this is. QB Blaine Gabbert struggled against Houston, but he has the proper attitude in that he CARES and is there for his team. He has the support of his teammates, which is something I can’t say for Kaep, who tried to leave town during the offseason. I know performance is important in the NFL, but if Kaep isn’t available to perform, anyway, the job NEEDS to go to the guy who is doing everything (aside from performing) right.
  2. New York Giants K Josh Brown is facing suspension because of the resurfacing of a domestic violence case from last season. I haven’t seen the details (like I said, busy), but this is BAD news for the Giants. Obviously, if Brown did something wrong, then he needs to get suspended. The NFL shouldn’t tolerate domestic violence at all (which means they SHOULD fire the offenders), but a suspension is definitely a minimum, required punishment. When I heard this story, I was surprised because Brown is like, 40, now, which is really old for an NFL player, meaning he should be smarter than that. He was the Seattle Seahawks K back when QB Matt Hasselbeck was in his prime! Anyway, with Brown suspended, they Giants will need to find a replacement kicker (possibly new, permanent kicker because the Giants pride themselves on being a family organization and might release Brown for his actions), fast. As a Giants fan, I’m very concerned because Brown was a saving grace for the team. Whenever the offense failed to get into the endzone because of Ben McAdoo’s failure to get the ball in the hands of WR Odell Beckham Jr, Brown still got the Giants points. Where is the scoring going to come from now? Odell isn’t allowed to play ALL positions at once! Luckily, rookie WR Sterling Shepard looks to be capable of getting into the endzone as well, so at least Odell won’t be TOTALLY alone.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Also, if you are not a follower and you like what you read, please become a follower so that I can add an extra smile to my face during my day. 🙂 I apologize again for the schedule mishaps. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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