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.

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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!

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 (or love) what you read and you are not yet a follower, become a follower so you can carry on with reading my blog posts in the future. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Weekend Update: July 2-3, 2016

“No good deed goes unpunished.” -Friend of TheHaysWay

As you can probably infer, this friend isn’t always the most optimistic person. However, I don’t know anyone who thinks about the world more than this friend. He questions EVERYTHING and those questions typically lead to depressing answers that led him to make this statement. The reality is, our world can suck a lot of the time. This friend is correct because the good in this world always gets punished. I’ve said before that I try to be a good person by helping others and sacrificing my own happiness. Unfortunately, I am one of the few people I know who live with that mindset. There are simply too many people in the world that are only invested in their own interests. That’s why the good are punished. They sacrifice for others, and the world refuses to give back to those who are good because other people don’t care. Yet, despite this, I still maintain my mindset. If that’s how it’s going to be for me, so be it. I want to be a good person, and I’m willing to pay the price for that. That said, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a change. I’m asking everyone who ever reads this to be better people by being more selfless. Only through selflessness can we overcome the corruption in society that is caused by selfishness. If you aren’t with me, that’s fine. In fact, I expect that most of you would prefer not to join me. I try not to hang on to hope too tightly because it is just a facade. Another example of looking for the good that may never be attained. That said, I will still fight for what I believe in and continue to be a good person. The world can beat me over the head with whatever it wants, but I won’t stop giving back to it and nobody should. What is the point of life if you’re only invested in yourself? What’s the point if you work your butt off to earn money so you can buy ridiculous things to try to make yourself happy: sports cars, mansions, things made of gold or diamond, etc.? Is that really how our time is best spent? My favorite movie of all time is Star Wars: A New Hope. You’re probably laughing because I just ranted about the facade that is hope, right? Well, in Star Wars, the story is about the ‘pure’ Rebellion defeating the corrupt and controlling Empire. I love that movie because that is what I want society to do. I want everyone to overcome the selfish desire for control that corrupts the mind of even the best people. Anne Frank once said, “Despite everything I’ve been through, I still believe that people are truly good at heart.” She is right. We aren’t born into this world thinking only of ourselves, we are programmed that way. Corporations and governments tell us that investing in our own interests is the means of determining how great we are, and they are WRONG! PLEASE, if you are reading this, HELP MAKE A CHANGE! First, change yourself by helping others (if you don’t already) because being selfish doesn’t only NOT help others, it actually HURTS others. Second, pass this message on. If we are truly going to overcome corruption like they do in Star Wars, it’s going to take more than one torpedo. It’s going to take a legion of people who are ALL willing to change themselves, and thereby, change the world. Right now, no good deed goes unpunished. That can change if we choose to stop punishing it, because we are ALL responsible for dishing out that punishment. I apologize for the longer rant than usual, but this is a topic that I think about A LOT. “It’s a sad, sad situation, and it’s getting more and more absurd.” -Sir Elton John. Why do we make it so difficult to UNDERSTAND, to CARE, to EACH HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL MORAL COMPASS?! Just to let this sink in, I’m going to hold off on the NFL news. I’m REALLY serious about this. Think about this. Do something about this.

Have a SELFLESS tomorrow.