NFL Offseason 2018: The Los Angeles Rams

I love March in the NFL. I get chills and goosebumps reading about some of the trades and free agent signings that go down this time of year. In fact, you could make the argument that it’s the best time of the year for the NFL. How is it better than Thursday, Sunday, and Monday gamedays? It’s the one time of year that fans for all teams have hope. Browns fans get to rejoice over their team’s acquisition of a new QB and Patriots fans get to smile mischievously about Bill Belichick’s latest under-the-radar move that will inevitably lead them to another Super Bowl. Every March, some teams make several HUGE splashes. This March, one of those teams is…

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The LOS ANGELES RAMS. I’ll start out by pointing out the fact that I was 100% CORRECT on MY FRANCHISE TAG PREDICTIONS (well, technically CHICAGO BEARS CB KYLE FULLER was transition tagged, which isn’t a full franchise tag, but it is a type of franchise tag. I’ll knock my percentage down to 95%). Why am I pointing this out here? The Rams tagged S LAMARCUS JOYNER, who is likely going to be the longest tenured member of the Rams secondary next season which will see at least three new faces…



  1. CB MARCUS PETERS, who the Rams will acquire from the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS via trade
  2. CB AQIB TALIB, who the Rams will aquire from the DENVER BRONCOS via trade
  3. CB SAM SHIELDS, who the Rams have agreed to terms with via free agency

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What does this mean? Well, the Rams’ pass defense should be a Top 5 unit next season if 3 conditions are met (1 for each of the newly-acquired Rams):

  1. Peters needs to fix his attitude. Remember his antics during the Chiefs’ game against the NEW YORK JETS this past season? He threw a penalty flag into the stands. The Rams are a young team and if Peters does that sort of thing in LA, it could spread to the rest of the team and become a distraction.
  2. Talib needs to not show signs of age. Talib is 32 years old, which is around the age at which many CBs begin to get burned on a regular basis and either retire or switch to S.
  3. Shields needs to stay healthy. Shields was previously a member of the GREEN BAY PACKERS, who have probably the worst defensive secondary in the NFL. Why did they let Shields leave? He had multiple concussions during his tenure in Wisconsin. Obviously, he needs to stay on the field to be effective.

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The new faces all but guarantee that soon-to-be-free-agent CBs TRUMAINE JOHNSON and NICKELL ROBEY-COLEMAN will suit up for new teams this fall.


NFL Top 10 Players of 2017

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I realized that the NBA Awards are not the only interesting sports awards happening tonight because NFL Network‘s Top 100 Players of 2017 concludes tonight at 8 pm ET on (you guessed it!) NFL Network. Although the NBA Awards are a little more official and have flashier trophies that come with them, the NFL’s list of the Top 100 players is always interesting to see because it gives an inside look at what NFL players think of their peers. Today, the list of names in the Top 10 was released in alphabetical order, so let’s reorder them in order of greatness as a guess for how the ranking will shake out this evening:

  1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (16 games: 69.9 completion % for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 3 fumbles for a 117.1 passer rating)
  2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (16 games: 65.7 completion % for 4,428 yards and 40 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 104.2 passer rating)
  3. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos (16 games: 78 combined tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles with 0 fumble recoveries, 0 interceptions and 0 touchdowns)
  4. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants (16 games: 101 receptions on 169 targets for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (15 games: 106 receptions on 155 targets for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  6. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (15 games: 322 carries for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns with 5 fumbles; 32 catches on 40 targets for 363 yards and 1 touchdown with 0 fumbles)
  7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (14 games: 83 receptions on 129 targets for 1,409 yards and 6 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  8. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (12 games: 67.4 completion % for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns with 2 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 112.2 passer rating)
  9. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (12 games: 261 carries for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns with 3 fumbles; 75 catches on 94 targets for 616 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  10. Khalil Mack, DE, Oakland Raiders (16 games: 73 combined tackles, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles with 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 1 touchdown)


  • I have Khalil Mack ranked last because all the Derek Carr fans seem to think that Carr does everything by himself on CARR’S team. Apparently, despite statistics indicating the contrary, Carr outperformed Dak Prescott last year just because the Raiders have a lesser RB, O-line, and defense. If the Raiders have a lesser defense, so be it. So, I ranked Mack pretty much solely on resentment for all Oakland Derek Carrs (I mean, Oakland Raiders) fans, Derek Carr fans, Fresno State fans, and people from the city of Oakland.
  • You’ll notice that the other 9 players are first organized by number of games played. For those of you who read my NBA Awards post last night, you’ll remember that I said I value most the players that stay injury and suspension free to be there for their team when their team needs them. That rings true for the NFL, too.
  • Tom Brady is ranked above Le’Veon Bell in the “12 games” category because Brady once again led the New England Patriots to their most thrilling Super Bowl victory yet.
  • In the “15 games” category, I ranked Antonio Brown over Ezekiel Elliott because Brown didn’t have any turnovers. The two most important things for an offensive player are holding on to the ball and scoring. Brown was +5 in the holding on to the ball category and Zeke was +4 in the scoring category. 5>4, so Brown edges Zeke.
  • The “16 games” category was the trickiest because there were four players (not including Khalil Mack, of course) who fell into that category. Ultimately, I put the two QBs at the top because QBs are the most valuable players for a franchise. The two Super Bowl teams were both led by QBs on this Top 10 list (Matt Ryan for the Atlanta Falcons and Tom Brady for the New England Patriots), while the teams without definitive starting QBs include the Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets, the Los Angeles Rams, etc. The one anomaly was the Houston Texans, who got to the playoffs (and defeated the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs, by the way!) on the arms of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage.
  • So, 3 and 4 were between Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. I chose Miller over Beckham because, although I love OBJ as a fan of Big Blue, a defensive player usually manages to crack the top 3. Also, OBJ’s stats dropped off this year from last year. Also-also (yes, I meant to put two “also”s there), 13.5 sacks in the NFL is very impressive, especially on a defense that almost carried the Denver Broncos to the playoffs despite Trevor Siemian (don’t get me started on Northwestern) starting at QB.
  • 1 and 2 were easy from there. Matt Ryan a higher completion %, more yards, fewer fumbles, and a higher passer rating than Aaron Rodgers. Oh, Ryan also won the MVP award and led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl, so there’s that.

That’s all for TheHaysWay for now, please leave a comment with your thoughts on my Top 10 ranking and/or on your own Top 10 ranking and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is always welcome to help me improve my blog. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to improve your greatness ranking (and mine, too) 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow!


Ladies and Gentlemen. Boys and Girls. Seniors, Middle-Agers and Youth. Dreamers and Realists. Athletes and Nerds. Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans, Australians and Antarcticans. Iron Men and Marsh mellows. Players and Gamers. Lovers and Haters. White-Collared Workers, Blue-Collared Workers, and Other-Collared Workers. People who know that Star Wars is the best movie franchise ever and people who deceivingly believe there is such a thing as a movie franchise which is better than Star Wars (just to be clear, there is NOT a movie franchise better than Star Wars). Fans and Participants. Today, I’d like to introduce you to a concept that is widely known, yet VASTLY unpracticed. It is a concept that I affectionately coin, “Effectivenessticityism”.

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What is Effectivenessticityism? It’s actually easier to explain what it is not. Picture this: You have just been given a task. ANY task…Ok, I’m coming to the realization that it’s not easier to explain what it is not. Therefore, I will explain what it is. Same scenario: You have been given a task. ANY task. Now, picture completing the task. If you are like AT LEAST 99.9% of the people on this planet, you completed the task using one of the following two methods:

  1. You completed the task as quickly as possible to move on to the next, insignificant task you will be given by some lowlife who forces you to call them “manager” or “boss”.
  2. You completed the task as diligently as possible, making sure that it is as close as you could possibly get it to perfect (just for the record, perfect is a fictional concept, but I’ll get to that some other time). Now you’re sure to get a raise, right? Lowlifes give raises to brown-nosers.

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What if I told you that there is a third method? It’s not number three, above. It’s more like, 1.5. Method #1.5 is Effectivenessticityism. It is the balance between methods 1 and 2. It’s so unpracticed, that it falls in between our counting numbers. It is completing a task as perfectly (cough…fictional concept…cough) as possible in the shortest possible time. Mastering Effectivenessticityism is impossible. The closest anyone has gotten to it is either 1.25 or 1.75, depending on which method (between 1 and 2) you like more. Having been through the IB program, I can confidently say that I have gotten to about 1.05 or 1.95. It’s amazing how different that .05 difference is. Really, I have read papers that people have taken 5 hours to write, and it’s only slightly better in quality than the one I wrote in 1.5 hours. I have also read papers that people have taken .5 hours to write. The quality of those is quite laughable compared to the quality of the paper that I wrote in 1.5 hours. I guess what I’m saying is, work hard on your tasks, but don’t allow that hard work to interfere with your personal time and change your schedule.

Now, how about some real life examples of Effectivenessticityism?

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  1. Method-1: The San Diego Chargers will be the Los Angeles Chargers next season. Yep, they’re joining the Rams in LA. This is a complete lack of Effectivenessticityism. This move has exactly 0% of method 2 in it. This is not a perfect task for the following reasons: It gives Los Angeles ANOTHER crappy football team just ONE SEASON after they got their first one in a long time (and they weren’t even that excited about that first one), it ruins the city of San Diego sports-wise (seriously, who do they have to cheer for? The Padres kind of suck), and it ultimately diminishes the team’s fan base (the San Diego-based Chargers fans now hate the team for leaving them, while the Los Angeles-based fans have already become Rams fans and don’t want another crappy team coming to their city).
  2. Method-1.83: The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted Doug Marrone to be their new head coach on Tuesday. They also hired Tom Coughlin to be in their front office. Marrone almost turned the Buffalo Bills around before he opted to leave the team. Tom Coughlin won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and also used to coach the Jags. Two brilliant football minds, who both know the Jacksonville way. That’s a great example of getting close to the perfect completion of a task. It was also done in a relatively timely manner, as they made the hires three days after Bill O’Brien made sure that he wouldn’t be fired, and they made the decision the day before any other teams hired new head coaches.
  3. Method-1.12: The Denver Broncos hired Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to be their new head coach. It is a timely hire, coming four days after Bill O’Brien kept his job and one day after the first new head coaching hire. It isn’t the perfect hire. The Dolphins defense was good enough to get them to the playoffs this season, but they struggled MIGHTILY against stronger offenses (see: Week 17 vs New England Patriots and Wildcard Weekend vs Pittsburgh Steelers). That said, the Broncos have much stronger defensive personnel to work with than the Dolphins have.
  4. Method-1.10: The Buffalo Bills hired Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Doug McDermott to be their new head coach. It’s a timely hire, coming four days after Bill O’Brien remained in command of the Houston Texans, one day after the first new head coaching hire, and just hours after the second new head coaching hire. That said, the level of perfection is low. McDermott obviously lead a very strong Panthers defense to Super Bowl 50, where they crumbled against a pathetic Denver Broncos offense, led by the 298-year-old QB Peyton Manning. This season, McDermott’s defense got off to a slow start with CB Josh Norman lost to a high price tag that the Panthers weren’t willing to pay. Of course, he turned it around to make it a dead-stop when MLB Luke Kuechly sustained an injury. I have no idea why the Bills think he is qualified to be a head coach. I’m not even sure he was qualified to be a defensive coordinator.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on Effectivenessticityism and/or on the Los Angeles Chargers and/or on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ hires and/or on the Denver Broncos’ hire and/or on the Buffalo Bills’ hire and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, increase your Effectivenessticityism by becoming a follower. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.


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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quotes and/or on the daily news and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you like what you read and you are not yet a follower, become a follower to help me start my journalism career, strong. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: September 8, 2016

“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” -Jesse Jackson, Activist

I chose this quote because I just watched the Carolina Panthers @ Denver Broncos game. I’ll talk about that more in depth in a little bit. Anyway, I wanted to bring up my level of inspiration for you guys, following my down day yesterday. Today was day 3 for me at DU, and it was a fantastic day. Once you actually start to hang out with many other people, you realize what a special community college is. I registered for classes today, and my schedule is quite favorable. Anyway, the point is that I fell behind in personal inspiration, so I ran faster (hopefully, that will be literal soon because my exercise routine has gone through the window since I arrived on campus). I encourage you to do the same. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the very short time that I’ve been on campus, it’s that you should never count yourself out. It doesn’t matter how far you fall, you can always and WILL always, pick yourself up. That said, allow me to go more in-depth on my main inspiration for choosing this quote, with some NFL news:

  1. I sincerely hope that you ALL had the privilege of watching the Carolina Panthers @ Denver Broncos game. I watched it with many other DU students, and we were all yelling at the end of the game. If I had to use one word to describe it: WOW. The Broncos won, 21-20. With 9 seconds left on the clock, Carolina Panthers K Graham Gano lined up for a 50-yard field goal attempt to win the game. Before the snap, the Broncos called a timeout. Gano still completed the kick and made the meaningless, warm-up, 50-yard field goal. So, following the timeout and with a successful practice kick under his belt, Gano lined up for a 50-yard field goal attempt to win the game, with 9 seconds on the clock. WIDE LEFT. I, along with the other 25-ish DU students who had gathered around the TV, started screaming in joy and disbelief. Of course, being in Denver, my fellow students were all cheering for the Broncos, as was I. The quote came in because the Broncos were trailing, 7-17, at the beginning of the 4th quarter. But, through running faster, the Broncos never gave up, and rose up against the odds. I couldn’t imagine a much better start to the 2016 NFL Regular Season.
  2. Although he lost (again), Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton set 2 NFL records during his team’s game against the Denver Broncos. He is now the all-time leading TD-rusher among QBs (44), and he also now has the most games with both a passing and rushing TD. Congrats Cam!
  3. In more Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton news, Cam was spotted flossing on the sidelines during his team’s game against the Denver Broncos. Yeah, FLOSSING.          ?
  4. The Denver Broncos backfield was very interesting during their game against the Carolina Panthers. RB CJ Anderson had more than 100 total yards. Rookie RB Devontae Booker fumbled the ball away on his first NFL carry. Rookie FB Andy Janovich scored a 28-yard TD on his first NFL carry. Just another day at the NFL office.
  5. The Pittsburgh Steelers have extended the contract of OG David DeCastro. He is now signed through the next 6 years, for $58.07 million. Great resigning. DeCastro is the best player on the Steelers o-line (because C Maurkice Pouncey can’t stay healthy).

I wanted to thank all of you for the wonderful support that you showed me yesterday. I asked for words of inspiration, and I received them. You guys are all wonderful. Remember that I write this blog for you, not just because I want to make you all happy, but because I want you guys to make me happy, too. So, again, thank you.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or on the daily news and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you like what you read and you are not yet a follower, become a follower to prove that you can rise up from falling behind on keeping up with my posts. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 15, 2016 (aka Franchise-Tag Friday)

Chewie…we’re home.” -Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

In this case, I’m back to posting. I took a couple of days off for multiple reasons. One was to pursue the Madden legacy achievements that I mentioned previously. On that front, I am happy to report that I have successfully completed two seasons with Super Bowl victories, and am currently working on the third. My legacy score is somewhere around 5,781, and I need 20,000 to complete all legacy achievements in the game. The other reason was that I felt like I was starting to drift away from who I am too much, so I decided to re-focus (or re-center) myself by watching Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens again. I have officially seen it 11 times now; Twice with my family, Five times with my friends, and Four times by myself. Five of those times were in a movie theater. Sometimes one forgets how expensive it really is to go to the movies. Actually, I only had to pay one time. My family paid once, and different friends paid on the other three occasions. I have the best family and friends a guy could ever ask for. My friend group is really diverse, too! I’m friends with: Mormons and Atheists, Guys and Girls, Indians (from India, those from the US are Native Americans, not Indians. Columbus just made a mistake when he came to America for the first time) and Puerto Ricans and a Spaniard and a Frenchman (well, woman) and some of the whitest Americans you will ever meet! It’s awesome! Anyway, I’m spiraling. Though, now would be a good time to take a moment of silence for the tragedy that occurred in France(…………………………………………………………………)The point is this: you’ll be seeing a lot more Star Wars quotes for a while, along with much more positive views on the state of society (hopefully). Actually, I’ll probably just avoid talking about the state of society at all. DARN IT! I’m spiraling again! Anyway, as you can probably tell from the title: BIG NEWS IN THE NFL TODAY:

  1. The Denver Broncos have reached a deal with LB Von Miller. Miller is the first of three franchise-tagged players who were signed to long term deals before today’s 4pm Eastern Time deadline to do so. Miller again sets the record for the highest paid defensive player. Two seasons ago, Houston Texans DE JJ Watt broke the record. Last season, Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh did. Now, Miller has set the new standard. That’s right folks, the contracts get more absurd every year. Shocking, right? Anyway, Miller’s deal is six-years long and is worth $114.5 million, including $42 million FULLY guaranteed with a $23 million signing bonus. Without the threat of Miller sitting the season out, the only thing the Broncos need to worry about heading into next season is their mess at QB.
  2. Speaking of absurd contracts, number two of the three franchise-tagged players receiving long-term deals today is New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson, who is ALSO receiving more money than Watt is from his record-setting deal two years back. Though not making as much as the aforementioned Miller, Wilkerson is still making $86 million over five seasons. That comes with $36.75 million fully guaranteed and a $15 million signing bonus.
  3. The last of the three is Baltimore Ravens K Justin Tucker. He signed a four-year deal worth $16.8 million. His deal contains $10.8 million fully guaranteed and a $6 million signing bonus.
  4. The NFL vs Tom Brady “Deflategate” debacle has FINALLY come to an end. Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension at the beginning of the upcoming season was denied, and he has decided to stop pursuing the matter. Can you believe that the situation is JUST NOW ending? It seems like the deflated football story was AGES ago. Anyway, this just means my 1-3 projection for the Patriots first four games is NOT going to change. Also, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke out against the process behind Brady’s suspension ruling. Dude, you have FOUR Super Bowls in the last FIFTEEN years! Most teams would be happy to have ONE! So, SHUT UP, PLEASE!!!
  5. In the wake of this Frenzied Friday, four franchise-tagged players were unable to reach long-term deals with their teams prior to today’s deadline: Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, Kansas City Chiefs S Eric Berry (shame on you Kansas City! He fought his way back from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to play AMAZING football for YOU! And THIS is how you repay him!? Attempting to put a disability clause in his contract!? I hope all of Chiefs ownership loses sleep, along with football games over this because they are CLEARLY NOT a class act. EXTREMELY unprofessional.), Los Angeles Rams CB Trumaine Johnson, and Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (umm…who else are you paying exactly? Well, Green Bay and Minnesota will be happy to hear that you are not even attempting to win your division anymore, Chicago).
  6. Remember how Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was under investigation for a night club fight in Philly, and it was rumored he might be suspended for the beginning of the season? Well, it turns out he is the least of Buffalo’s suspension problems in their backfield. Yesterday, rookie RB Jonathan Williams was arrested on suspicion of DWI. Today, RB Karlos Williams was handed a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Well, at least McCoy is the best of the three, right Buffalo?
  7. Speaking of suspensions, San Francisco 49ers LB Aaron Lynch is receiving one of the four-game variety himself for violating the NFL’s policy for substances of abuse. If it’s any consolation 49ers fans, your team would lose even WITH Lynch on the field.

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

Daily Update: July 12, 2016

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls GOAT

I talk about never giving up a lot, so I have more of a funny angle on this today. I wanted something about achievement today because I have been dominating in my video games recently. I am currently on an achievement hunt for my XBOX profile (I get on them from time to time). My gamerscore currently rests just above 11,000 (not bad for a guy who mostly plays Madden, right?). Anyway, over the weekend I finished the last of the offline Portal 2 achievements that I needed (I don’t complete the online ones because I have the free version of XBOX Live and I REFUSE to spend money just to have people cuss me out online for being better than them 🙂 ), and now I am working on my Madden achievements because, surprisingly, I don’t complete a lot of them because I like Ultimate Team mode, and most of THOSE achievements require greater online access than I have (especially Draft Champions). So, I have been messing around with Connected Franchise mode. There are seven-ish different achievements for reaching certain legacy scores in Franchise mode. Usually, to complete achievements, I rig the game so it’s impossible for me to lose. Unfortunately, it turns out Electronic Arts was onto people like me, and they made legacy achievements almost non-existent in Rookie difficulty. Thus, I have been forced to take the more difficult, Pro difficulty route to earn more legacy points. But, being the clever guy I am, I found a loophole. It turns out that, while EA changed legacy earnings based on difficulty levels, they did not apply the same principle to the gameplay sliders, which allow the gamer to make their players really good at everything, and the CPU players really bad at everything. So, I’m actually scoring more touchdowns with the adjusted sliders in Pro difficulty, and I’m earning WAY more legacy points. What I’m saying is, I beat the system. That’s a hobby of mine. I love beating the system. Now, I also said that I have been dominating in my video gameS, plural. The other game I have been dominating in is called Panini Gridiron. I am an avid football card collector. I have collected about 1,00o cards per year for the past 6 years. It cost an absurd amount of money. Then I realized, “There’s an app for everything!” Sure enough, I found an app that I can collect football cards with without spending any money. That app is Panini Gridiron. It’s a really cool app. Anyway, the app currently has a promo going on called “Elite Rookies”. Every day they put 1 2016 NFL rookie in packs. The player is only available for 24 hours, at which point, the NEXT rookie is put into packs. There are four different tiers for each rookie: Teal, Green, Purple, and Red. Every collector has a 1:3 shot at pulling a teal parallel, a 1:5 for Green, a 1:10 for Purple, and a 1:25 for Red. If a collector collects ALL 4 parallels prior to THAT player’s expiration 24 hours later, that collector receives a limited Orange parallel of the same player. On Sunday, the rookie of the day was Seattle Seahawks RB CJ Prosise. The first pack I pulled in which he was available, I pulled his Red parallel AND his Green parallel. I decided to try to collect all four because I got the hardest one (the Red one) out of the way. I got the Teal parallel in speedy fashion from the trading block. Then, I only needed Purple. I didn’t get Purple on Sunday. On Monday, I woke up desperate to get the Purple parallel prior to the 11:30 EST deadline. 20 minutes before the deadline, I used the coins I had remaining to buy two more packs. I pulled ANOTHER Red parallel. So, I was able to trade down the Red parallel for the Purple parallel, just 6 minutes prior to the deadline, and I earned the limited Orange parallel (I own 1 of just 62 Orange parallel CJ Prosise cards in the game). Today, the rookie of the day is Houston Texans WR Will Fuller. I pulled his Red parallel in my first pack this morning. Luckily, this one isn’t coming down to the wire. I already have all four of his parallels, and I will be receiving the limited Orange parallel tomorrow morning. Moral of the story: PLAY HARD! And check out Panini Gridiron. It’s a cool app. Now that I’ve given you TheHaysWay daily news, how about some NFL daily news:

  1. The Denver Broncos are getting to crunch time with LB Von Miller. With the long-term contract deadline on Friday, Miller has threatened to sit out the 2016 season if he doesn’t get that contract. Teammate CB Chris Harris Jr came out today and said that Miller isn’t bluffing, so he expects a deal to be done Thursday night. I agree with Harris. The Broncos aren’t dishing out a ton of QB cash with Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler both out of town now, so they have plenty with which to pay Miller. Plus, he is the biggest reason for the Broncos success. I project their season being average WITH Miller on the field. It could REALLY go south if Miller isn’t on the field.
  2. The NFL Supplemental Draft is Thursday, July 14.
  3. The New England Patriots have the “best” fans in the NFL. Apparently, Pats nation has the strongest showing amongst NFL fan bases in terms of social media following, and game attendance. What this really proved, is that there are WAY too many Americans who are fair-weather fans (just ask Seahawks fans, most of which today, probably haven’t even heard of QB Matt Hasselbeck). So, I would like to congratulate fans of the: Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars (it’s beginning to pay off for you guys now), New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans, and any teams I missed which have REALLY sucked in recent years. You are truly the NFL’s best fans.
  4. The Carolina Panthers Bank of America stadium was struck by lightning today. Don’t worry Panthers fans, the stadium is alright. That might even be a good sign!
  5. Ex-NFL WR Chad Johnson is interested in inventing a new role for himself on the Cleveland Browns coaching staff. He calls the position: “route running specialist assistant receiver coach”. Honestly, I think it would be great for the Browns if they brought Johnson on as an assistant coach, especially with the young receiving corps they currently have. Johnson could be a stellar mentor.
  6. The Atlanta Falcons came out and said that they want to decrease RB Devonta Freeman’s workload. NO!!!! That is HORRIBLE news for fantasy footballers! It’s also a terrible strategy for the Falcons. Did anyone else notice that they started losing AFTER Freeman went down with injury last season?

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

Daily Update: June 14, 2016

“At the end of the day, there are people out there that want to see you fail.” -Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

This quote is a bit of a downer. Unfortunately, he is right. There is always at least one person routing against us with everything that we do. Sometimes, that person is ourselves. I actually believe it is a good thing to have people routing against us. For me personally, I strive to succeed even more when I have someone to prove wrong. At the end of the day, the odds won’t always be in your favor. If you really want to do something, you can do whatever it takes to overcome the odds and prove the doubters wrong. You can do whatever you want to do and never let anybody tell you otherwise. So that’s my inspirational take on the surface-level-downer quote. Now to the news:

  1. NEW YORK GIANTS WR VICTOR CRUZ RAN ROUTES AT PRACTICE TODAY!!! IF YOU CAN’T TELL, I’M PSYCHED! Cruz missed all of last season and most of the season before with a gruesome leg injury. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIM BACK ON THE FIELD!
  2. The Baltimore Ravens are attempting to trade away OT Eugene Monroe. The team drafted OT Ronnie Stanley in the first round of this year’s NFL draft, and he has impressed them enough that they are willing to hand him the left tackle job. I don’t totally agree with the Ravens decision because I’m having flashbacks to the 1st and 2nd overall picks from a couple of seasons ago (Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel), who have not performed too well. Teams need to be cautious with the top protectors of their QBs. That said, the Ravens should get a good return for Monroe because he is a solid player at a valuable position.
  3. Speaking of this year’s first round picks, do you remember how the Denver Broncos traded up for QB Paxton Lynch? Well, Lynch has proven to be the 3rd best QB on the Broncos roster, while QBs Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian have been vying for the number one spot on the depth chart. So the Broncos traded up for a QB who is currently worse than Mr. Butt Fumble and last year’s seventh round pick. Oops.
  4. Staying in Denver, Denver Broncos LB Brandon Marshall signed a four-year extension with the team today. The contract is worth $32 million, with $20 million guaranteed, and a $10 million signing bonus. Honestly, I think Marshall gave Denver a hometown discount. I think he deserves $10 million per year as a top-5 MLB in the league today.
  5. Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden injured his elbow in a home accident. The elbow requires surgery, which will keep him out for a couple of months. What does this mean? Almost nothing. 4th overall pick RB Ezekiel Elliott would have won the starting job even over a healthy McFadden.
  6. San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa skipped minicamp over his contract. That is an idiotic move. Rookies NEED to be there for their teams. You haven’t done anything for your team yet, Bosa, so you’re only hurting your relationship with the organization and destroying any leverage you have.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news, and smash the like button to make me even happier than I already am. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 13, 2016

First of all, I’m sorry for not posting yesterday. To be honest, I was going to post, but decided there wasn’t anything noteworthy in the way of NFL news. I realize now how ridiculous of an excuse that was because I still could have brought you a daily quote. No need to worry though, I learn from my mistakes (yes I do, ex-girlfriend!), and I’m coming back strong today.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa

I love this quote. Especially the fact that a politician is calling education the most powerful weapon. Why is this significant? The answer is simple: Education can be used to teach people what those teaching WANT them to know. For example, in countries around the world, children in public schools are taught history that sheds their country’s actions in a positive light, even if they were the wrongdoers. What I’m saying is, the governments of the world have the power to brainwash their youth however they so choose. This can essentially turn the youth into an army (a most powerful weapon) that can be used to fight, and win wars with superior intellect (change the world). I believe that people as corrupt as politicians should not be in charge of determining what needs to be learned by the country’s youth (Common Core sucks) because not all kids are created equal. The truth is, with systems like Common Core, all people are MADE TO BE equal because those that are ahead are held back, and independent thinking is generally criticized. In fact, independent thinking is usually shut down by peer pressure bullying those who dare to be different. Anyway, that’s my rant for the day, now moving on to the news:

  1. The Philadelphia Eagles have inked DE Fletcher Cox to a six-year extension. The deal will pay Cox (indirectly through management, of course because deals themselves can’t pay money to people) $103 million, with $63 million guaranteed, and a $26 million signing bonus. Great, just what my Giants constantly-struggling offensive line needed: the best defensive lineman in the division (that isn’t in a Giants uniform) locked up for 6 more years.
  2. Ex-NBA PG Nate Robinson tried out with the Seattle Seahawks today. I didn’t think he stood a chance, then I heard he tried out to be a defensive back. For the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. Do you think he’s heard of the legion of boom? Robinson doesn’t stand a chance of making the 53-man roster for the coming season, even if he gets lucky enough to spend training camp with the team.
  3. Speaking of the NBA, I WAS WRONG. The Cleveland Cavaliers won this evening to blow up my prediction of the Golden State Warriors winning the series, 4-1. Instead, expect Golden State to bounce back in Game 6 in Cleveland to win the series, 4-2.
  4. Former New York Jets P Curley Johnson passed away yesterday at the age of 80. Many of you are likely unfamiliar with the name, as he was a Jet and his name was not Joe Namath. However, Johnson was the punter for Namath’s Super Bowl III champion team.
  5. The Detroit Lions are trying desperately to find a solution at the WR position following the retirement of WR Calvin Johnson. The team signed WR Andre Roberts and is bringing in Walter Payton Man of the Year, WR Anquan Boldin, for a visit. I think Boldin would be a great signing for the team, but I don’t see Roberts making much of an impact. Also noteworthy: trying desperately for something usually doesn’t work. Don’t use desperation! It’s always a last-resort and means that you lost already, or you wouldn’t be desperate.
  6. Another tragic loss in the NFL family: former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson was found dead at a motel in Milwaukee. He was just 41 years old.
  7. Just a brief mention: Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman has suffered another knee injury after missing all of last season with one. This one appears to be less significant though. I bring this up because, if any of you have played Madden NFL 16, you know that this guy has a 97 speed rating, which is RIDICULOUS. Unfortunately, the knee injuries might slow him down in reality, as well as in Madden NFL 17.
  8. The Denver Broncos received their Super Bowl 50 championship rings yesterday.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news, and a much-appreciated like would be much-appreciated :). Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily News: June 9, 2016

You may have seen the daily quote already, and if not, here’s the news anyway:

  1. Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff signed his rookie contract with the team today. The deal is over four-years and is worth $27.9 million with a $18.6 million signing bonus. So the 1st overall pick is now officially ready (more or less, hopefully for Rams fans) to start for the Rams.
  2. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dismissed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins from team practice today. ASJ has missed most of his first two seasons with injuries. Today, he was dismissed for not knowing what he was doing. I was disappointed to hear this because ASJ started last season strong as one of the top TE fantasy performers through the weeks prior to his injury. However, ASJ is a University of Washington grad, so he was doomed to fail (a la QB Jake Locker and RB Bishop Sankey). Can you tell I despise UW? They stole Coach Pete from Boise State! Don’t get me wrong, Coach Harsin is FANTASTIC, but Coach Pete was THE face of Boise and even all of Idaho!
  3. Goff wasn’t the only first-round QB to sign his rookie contract today. Denver Broncos 26th overall pick, QB Paxton Lynch, also signed his deal. The deal is also for four years, but is worth a measly $9.476 million in comparison to Goff’s $27.9 million. Yep, that’s the difference in salary between 25 picks. Can you imagine how much Mr. Irrelevant makes? Still way more than I will make per year. This is why I hate the media, I’m laughing about Lynch’s low salary and it is still WAY MORE than I can HOPE for my annual salary to be! The signing bonus is $5.09 million.
  4. Injuries: A. New Orleans Saints DE Hau’oli Kikaha tore his ACL in practice today. This is crappy news for a very talented young player who burst onto the scene last season in an otherwise crappy defense. How will the lowly Saints defense respond? Can they actually get WORSE?! B. New England Patriots TE Michael Williams tore his ACL in practice today. Unlike Kikaha’s injury, this one really doesn’t affect the team at all, especially because the Patriots have TEs Rob Gronkowski AND Martellus Bennett. Sorry, Williams.
  5. The Buffalo Bills have resigned RB Dan Herron. You can expect to see him sitting comfortably on the bench while the real RBs on the team (LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams) do their jobs (assuming McCoy isn’t suspended).

This is Part 2 of today’s Daily Update. If you want to see the daily quote, make sure to read Daily Quote: June 9, 2016. Also, this is a one-time trial of splitting the daily quote and the daily news. UNLESS: You readers drop likes on the two posts today. If I get five likes between the two posts, I will continue to separate the two subjects. So, you can probably expect to see the same format tomorrow. That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the daily news. Have a pleasant tomorrow.