NFL Offseason 2018: The Veteran Cuts

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. Of course, with trades and free agency comes the sad truth of quality players leaving fan bases that had become accustomed to seeing them playing for their team, all in the name of salary cap space. While many cuts will come in the next few days before the free agency period begins on March 14, here’s a look at some veteran cuts that have happened so far in the last month…

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  1. RICHARD SHERMAN, CB, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS– 32 interceptions, 99 passes defensed, and 2 touchdowns in 7 seasons with the Seahawks
  2. BRAD WING, P, NEW YORK GIANTS– 80 punts inside the 20 in 3 seasons with the Giants
  3. DOUG MARTIN, RB, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS– 4,633 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns in 6 seasons with the Bucs
  4. DEMARCO MURRAY, RB, TENNESSEE TITANS– 1,946 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in 2 seasons with the Titans
  5. MUHAMMAD WILKERSON, DE, NEW YORK JETS– 44.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 7 seasons with the Jets
  6. JONATHAN STEWART, RB, CAROLINA PANTHERS– 7,318 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Panthers
  7. MARTELLUS BENNETT, TE, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS– 6 receptions for 53 yards in 2 games with the Pats
  8. CHRIS IVORY, RB, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS– 821 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns in 2 seasons with the Jags
  9. MIKE GLENNON, QB, CHICAGO BEARS– 833 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns in 1 season with Da Bears
  10. CHARLES JOHNSON, DE, Carolina Panthers- 67.5 sacks and 19 forced fumbles in 11 seasons with the Panthers
  11. KURT COLEMAN, S, Carolina Panthers- 16 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns in 3 seasons with the Panthers
  12. JERRELL FREEMAN, LB, Chicago Bears- 120 combined tackles in 2 seasons with Da Bears
  13. CHRIS BAKER, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 0.5 sacks in 1 season with the Bucs
  14. BRIAN CUSHING, LB, HOUSTON TEXANS– 664 combined tackles, 13.5 sacks, 8 interceptions, 9 forced fumbles, 1 safety, and 1 touchdown in 9 seasons with the Texans
  15. DARRELLE REVIS, CB, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS– 2 passes defensed in 5 games with the Chiefs
  16. DAVID AMERSON, CB, OAKLAND RAIDERS– 45 passes defensed, 6 interceptions, and 1 touchdown in 3 seasons with the Raiders

The Franchise Taggees

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The start of the new NFL league year is around the corner (March 14 at 4pm ET) and teams are really starting to feel the pressure of making the right moves in free agency to make a run at SUPER BOWL LIII. Oh, and the 2018 SCOUTING COMBINE is happening right now as well, so teams are starting to feel the pressure of drafting the right players to make a run at Super Bowl LIII and other future Super Bowls. Before that, teams need to decide what to do with their own players. Contract extensions could still potentially happen but more importantly, some teams will franchise tag their best players. Some teams have already done that (See: DETROIT LIONS DE EZEKIEL ANSAH and MIAMI DOLPHINS WR JARVIS LANDRY), and other teams have until March 6 at 4pm ET. So what’s going to happen?

Franchise Taggees

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  1. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins– Landry would likely have been the most talented WR in free agency this year. The Dolphins have had disagreements with Landry over the last year or two, but they clearly put those on hold to ensure that they didn’t let such a talented player leave without any compensation. Maybe those disagreements will turn into a Super Bowl-winning trade for another team? If that does come to fruition, Landry probably won’t come on the cheap in terms of trade assets. He’s definitely not coming on the cheap salary-wise. Update: The Dolphins have given Landry and his agents the green light to seek a trade.
  2. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Detroit Lions– Yes, he’s dealt with some minor injury issues but let’s be honest: the Lions defense is…how to put this…ugh. While they have a couple of good pieces in the secondary in the form of CB DARIUS SLAY and S GLOVER QUIN, the unit is not close to championship caliber yet. They finished 6th-worst in total yards allowed and pass yards allowed, and they were also in the bottom half of the league in points allowed and rush yards allowed. The man preventing them from being last: Ziggy Ansah, who finished with 12 sacks last year. Considering the Lions have seven defensive players set to hit free agency, it was a good idea to keep the talented edge rusher around.

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Will Get Done

From here on, we hit my personal predictions combined with research I’ve cross-checked between NFL, ESPN, and USA TODAY.

  1. LE’VEON BELL, RB, PITTSBURGH STEELERS– If the franchise tag doesn’t come into play here, it may be the most shocking lack of franchise tag the NFL has ever seen. NFL and USA Today have him ranked #1 on the will-get-tagged list (ESPN has him on their list, too), and I’m not going to disagree with that. There’s just nobody that runs the way Bell does. Now or…ever.
  2. DEMARCUS LAWRENCE, DE, DALLAS COWBOYS– The BOISE STATE alum is the most recent example of the classic ‘having a career year in a contract year.’ Lawrence tied for 2nd-most sacks this season and, like Ansah in Detroit, is one of the lone and uber-talented bright spots on an otherwise lacking defense.
  3. LAMARCUS JOYNER, S, LOS ANGELES RAMS– Joyner is a great safety on a team that is losing their top 2 CBs to free agency (though they are getting a new top CB in the form of MARCUS PETERS from the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS). I don’t think the Rams can afford to lose another member of their secondary, despite what NFL, ESPN, and USA Today all think. This move will come at the expense of SAMMY WATKINS.
  4. KYLE FULLER, CB, CHICAGO BEARS– I don’t think the Bears necessarily SHOULD tag Fuller, but they should. Look, if Fuller was on any team in the top 75% of the league, he would absolutely walk into free agency. The Bears are not one of those teams and Fuller is just above average enough that they can’t afford to lose him and make their team any worse than it already is.

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Won’t Get Done

  1. ANDREW NORWELL, G, CAROLINA PANTHERS– The Panthers are constantly complaining about how the referees don’t protect QB CAM NEWTON. It’s about time the Panthers step up and PROTECT HIM THEMSELVES. The All-Pro former undrafted free agent signee has been helping with that and should continue to help with that, but he won’t. Reports indicate that the Panthers intend to let him walk.
  2. ALLEN ROBINSON, WR, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS– NFL and ESPN both believe A-Rob will get tagged, but I’m going to have to side with USA Today on this one. Allen Robinson is an immensely talented receiver, but the Jaguars made their run to the AFC Championship game without his services last season due to him tearing his ACL in week 1. Also, the Jaguars have been pouring money into their defense and just gave QB BLAKE BORTLES a contract extension. I suspect that they will think they can make another AFC Championship game run without Robinson, and they might need to for cap space.
  3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams– See: Lamarcus Joyner
  4. SHELDON RICHARDSON, DT, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS– Richardson is a good player, but the Seahawks spend enough on their defense as it is, and Richardson is by no means the best player on Seattle’s defense.
  5. CASE KEENUM, QB, MINNESOTA VIKINGS– If the Vikings are going to tag one of their three free agent QBs, it’ll be Keenum. However, coach MIKE ZIMMER sounded concerned when he discussed his team’s QB situation at the combine. I think Zimmer is one of the smartest coaches in the league right now. As such, I think SAM BRADFORD is definitely done in Minnesota because he has health issues and he’s the oldest. Case Keenum could come back, but I don’t think he will for two reasons: 1) His value is at a peak right now after leading his team to the NFC Championship Game so he and his agent know that he can get PAID and 2) This season was really the ONLY good season of his career and I doubt Zimmer will sell the farm for that, especially with all of the youth on the Vikes defense that will need to get paid in the coming years. TEDDY BRIDGEWATER makes the most sense because he was the one drafted by Minnesota and, because of his injury, his value will be at an all time low. The Vikings could sign him to a longer deal for cheaper and draft somebody (or pursue KIRK COUSINS, which seems to be a popular opinion coming out of the combine) to compete with him.
  6. JIMMY GRAHAM, TE, Seattle Seahawks– Jimmy is just not as good as he used to be in New Orleans. That and injuries will probably result in the Seahawks letting him leave.
  7. JUSTIN PUGH, G, NEW YORK GIANTS– …(…sigh…)…I almost put Pugh right next to Kyle Fuller for the same reason: he is a slightly above average player playing for a BAD team. I have watched more than enough Giants football to know that the o-line is…more like a d-line. That is, they seem more interested in the QB going to the ground than blocking for him (Poor Eli). So, why do I think the best player on that o-line should leave (that’s right, I actually want him to LEAVE, not sign a long-term deal)? Simple: It’s time to hit the reset button on the o-line. Trade down from the #2 pick and acquire multiple talented o-lineman in the draft. Besides, with all of his injuries he wasn’t doing much good for the line anyway.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, comments/likes/follows are all appreciated, have a pleasant tomorrow and make every day a new best day ever!

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!


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.

Mood Posts Success, College Football Playoff National Championship, and More

For those of you who have checked out my blog over the last two days, you know that two days ago, I posted a pessimistic post, and yesterday, I posted an optimistic post. Interesting fact: My pessimistic post got twice as many views as my optimistic post. That’s a little disappointing. Now, I will admit, the pessimistic post had a better shot of being read when everybody was off work on Sunday (because it was posted Saturday night). The optimistic post, on the other hand, was posted on Sunday night, so more people were at work and less likely to read it on this Monday. I might have to monitor that, though. I hope my optimistic posts can get more views in the future. Keep the pessimistic post views coming, just increase the optimistic post views.

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Well, Clemson did it. They took down mighty Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship by a score of 35-31. The victory included a game-winning TD with one second left on the clock. I was cheering for Alabama, but it was a phenomenal game. I hope you all had a chance to watch it. Congrats Clemson! You earned it. You proved me wrong for all the times I’ve said that you were overrated.

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I talked about New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr punching a hole in the wall of the Green Bay Packers’ visitors’ locker room, yesterday. Well, he wasn’t the only Giant that handled the loss poorly. After the team departed their plane from their flight back home, the next flight on the plane was delayed for TWO HOURS for cleaning. Despite the cleaning, many passengers on that next flight complained about the smell of booze and the crumbs of food and tobacco on their seats. The Giants were so distraught, they trashed a plane. I confess, I’m very disappointed to be a Giants fan right now. I can only imagine the fines if Tom Coughlin was still the head coach…

Speaking of Tom Coughlin, he was one of two hires by the Jacksonville Jaguars today. He was hired to work in the front office, while Doug Marrone was promoted from part-time, to full-time head coach. Congrats to the Jaguars! I think this will be a great thing for the franchise. They now have Coughlin’s discipline, and a capable coach in Marrone, who almost fixed the Bills before his departure by his own will. But, as always, time will tell.

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It’s the final countdown. The final countdown until the next big moment and/or decision in your life. Whatever that decision and/or moment is, be ready for it. Take advantage of it. Every moment and decision can change the course of your life forever. So, make the right choice. Don’t shy away from the right choice for any reason. Believe me, you will regret it if you do. But, if you do make a mistake, stay positive. Every time a door closes, AT LEAST one more opens. Stay happy. Sing, dance, laugh, clap, etc. Whatever it takes to lift your spirits and the spirits of the people around you. Everything will be just fine. Only you can bring yourself down. And only you can keep yourself up. Do what you want to do. The sky is the limit. Believe in yourself and be who you want to be because nobody can bring you down, slow you down, or take anything from you if you don’t let them.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on negative vs positive posts and/or on the College Football Playoff National Championship and/or on the Giants sore loser-ness and/or on the Jaguars hires and/or on decisions, happiness, believing in yourself, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to view all of my future positive and negative posts. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

#20: Personal Blog History!, Referees, and More

What you are currently reading is TheHaysWay blogging history. It is my first post written from inside an airport!

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OKAY, so it’s not THAT exciting. But what is exciting is that I’m actually at the airport, about to go home for the first time since September! Anyway, I came to the airport way too early (about 4 and a half hours too early, to be exact), so it’s blog time.

Finished up my first college finals today, and I can honestly say that professors are insane. You always hear jokes and see memes about how finals are WAY harder than the rest of the class, but you will never know how true that is until you actually experience it yourself. They were borderline foreign language: that’s how different they were from what I’d learned in the classes. Luckily, when you go to class and do all of your homework throughout the term, you don’t have to worry about acing the final. Hard work actually does pay off!

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The Oakland Raiders defeated the Houston Texans in Mexico City yesterday, and the referees were TERRIBLE! I don’t think I’ve seen the refs screw up that badly since the replacement refs in the Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks game. Yeah, they were that bad. The Texans should’ve won that game. To make matters worse, the Raiders still have a better record than the New York Giants with the win, so my friend will probably keep holding that over my head. Of course, he’s a DU friend and I won’t be back at DU until January, so I guess I won’t have to worry much about that.

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Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away! This is the most meaningful Thanksgiving I’ve experienced because I’m coming off of living away from home for the first time. I look forward to all of the ‘F’s of Thanksgiving: Football (PLEASE Washington, beat the Cowboys), Food (my family is getting pizza for Thanksgiving instead of turkey because my sister and I don’t like turkey :).), and Family (for the first time since September. Actually, my mom came to visit in October, but that’s not the same as being home with my entire family.). I keep harping about the fact that I’m coming home, but now I’m actually on my way, so it’s different.

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I’ve been sick for about a week and a half now, and I’m over it. Cough, runny nose, fatigue, eye irritation (that was brief, it’s gone already), nausea (that hasn’t been a factor the last few days, either), and today, I got to add stomach ache to the list. Seriously, I’m wondering when I’m actually going to get better. Mother nature, would you mind cutting me some slack? Nevertheless, I’m still wearing shorts today in Denver’s around freezing temperatures. There was snow this morning, too. I can go the distance!

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Jacksonville Jaguars

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Founded: 1995

All-Time Winning Percentage: 48.6%

All-Time Record: (140-148)

This one SHOCKED me. I know Tom Coughlin led them to a couple of AFC Championships when the franchise was first founded, but #20!? They haven’t done anything for the majority of the last decade! They don’t have a lot of historically great players to hang their hat on either. QB David Garrard is all that comes to mind for me. MAYBE RB Maurice Jones-Drew? Even now, with a young, ‘franchise’ QB, two great, young receivers, and a defense that they spent a bunch of money on during the offseason, they still are at the bottom of the pitiful AFC South. Will the Jags ever REALLY be good?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on blogging inside of an airport and/or on college finals and/or on horrible referees and/or on Thanksgiving and/or on sickness and/or on the Jacksonville Jaguars 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 support my recovery from sickness. 🙂 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!

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Updated Win Projections

I know I promised this a while ago following the New York Jets re-signing of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Well, it’s finally here:

2016 NFL Win Projections Updated

With Fitz in Jets green this year, I have a shocking change in the projections. I have the Jets clinching homefield advantage. Yep, I’m as over-confident in the Jets as Jets WR Brandon Marshall. So, with the Jets rising to the top in the AFC, the New England Patriots take the top wildcard spot. With the Patriots being pushed into a wildcard spot, they push the Jacksonville Jaguars out of the playoffs entirely. That part bummed me out the most. I was leaning toward the Jags being in the AFC Championship. Oh well. This gives me another setback in my playoff win projections. I still haven’t gotten my gut feeling yet to finalize those.

On a side note, I want to say thank you to all of you, readers! I have taken a couple of days off because I’ve been feeling a little out of it lately, and my blog views INCREASED! You are all awesome! Don’t forget to let me know if you see something (or don’t see something) you like (or something you don’t like) because I want to make you all as happy to read my blog as you make me by reading it. Thank you!

Daily Update: July 11, 2016

“All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don’t subscribe to any of that. It’s all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who’s to say what is and isn’t a certain type of music?” -Ozzy Osbourne, Musician

I wanted to put a scene from the show, Psych, into today’s post. It is the best television show ever. In fact, I don’t just encourage you to watch it, I BEG you to watch it. You’ll thank me later, if you haven’t already seen it. That said, I never pass up an opportunity to talk about music. Osbourne is totally right. It’s not just a question of what falls into which genre of music, it’s a question of what even constitutes music at all. Music is a form of expression, just like art. All art forms come in many different forms. Think about the evolution of music: It all started with singing (which was really only for worship purposes, originally), and now we have a countless number of instruments. Literally ANYTHING can be considered an instrument. You can bang on ANYTHING to make it a percussion instrument. If that is the case, couldn’t something as ordinary as a car blinker be considered music? I believe so. A blinker is actually very similar to a metronome in that it keeps a steady beat. In fact, I often find myself singing in time with my blinker. So, if ordinary items like a car blinker can be considered music, and music is an art form, and an art form is a way to express one’s self, doesn’t that mean there are endless possibilities for expressing ourselves? YES! That is probably my favorite thing about life. Literally EVERYTHING we do is an expression of ourselves; Whether it be a literal art form like music, or having a conversation with someone. Everything we do defines who we are. Successes and Failures, Communication and Silence, Action and Laziness. So, who’s to say who we are and aren’t other than ourselves? Nobody. Yeah, I just turned a quote about music into a discussion on individuality. That’s part of who I am. I see music as a link between us and everything around us. Star Wars is also part of who I am (I have been practicing my Kylo Ren walk with my new Kylo Ren lightsaber because, frankly, it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen. As much as I love the character of Kylo Ren and I believe Adam Driver does an AMAZING job of acting it, especially with the conflicted and immature temper tantrums, I really don’t understand why his walk is so ridiculous. It’s like they tried to replicate the menacing gait of David Prowse, who was the physical actor of Darth Vader, and they failed miserably.), so, in theory, my view of music is that it is ‘The Force’. There is no limit to who we can be because our only limit is our imagination. Express yourself in whatever way you deem fit, because at the end of the day, no matter what anyone else says, only YOU can say who you are, and who you aren’t. The daily quote is one way that I express myself, and the daily news is the other:

  1. San Antonio Spurs C/F Tim Duncan is retiring. The news comes after 19 seasons in the league. As a reference, Duncan used to play with David Robinson in San Antonio, and the two were known as the “Twin Towers”. Duncan has five NBA Championships, two MVPs, and 15 All-Star appearances. He will be in the Hall of Fame.
  2. I owe you all a HUGE apology. I forgot to congratulate Portugal on their Euro league Championship that they won over the weekend. Very impressive for them winning the final game over France with Christiano Ronaldo out for most of the game, too. Well done, well deserved!
  3. Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is beginning to be talked about a lot for his current contract situation. Taylor is set to make just $3 million next season. That’s a lot for most of us, but for a starting QB in the NFL, it’s practically nothing. Talks about an expensive extension for Taylor haven’t gone particularly well this offseason, as his resume is really only last season long. Although he was impressive last season, his injuries are apparently concerning Bills management. My advice: Just pay the man. Do you REALLY have a better idea at QB? Maybe you could bring QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back. 🙂 Look out New York Jets fans, I might have just given Bills coach Rex Ryan a wonderful idea for terrorizing you.
  4. Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley addressed the media again today. This time, it was regarding fantasy football. According to Gurley, there are only three options for the number one overall pick in your fantasy draft: him, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, and Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. While he and Brown are worthy of a pick at least close to number one, PLEASE don’t draft a QB with the number one overall pick. EVER. That is a TERRIBLE idea. There are always fantastic fantasy free agent QBs available every week. Some of my favorites last season were Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, and the aforementioned Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. All three had weeks where they outperformed Newton. You just need to do the research to figure out which weeks those will be this season. That said, still draft a QB at some point. I’m definitely not condoning a lack of QB pickups via fantasy drafts.
  5. The San Diego Chargers. Will San Diego stay in front of the Chargers name? San Diego voters will determine the answer to that question when they vote in November on the raising of hotel taxes to build the Chargers a new downtown stadium. Personally, I believe the Chargers will be staying put. Especially if the coming season goes as well for them as I think it will.
  6. The Dallas Cowboys defense is in desperation mode with some key suspensions to start the season; So much so, that they have engaged in discussions with LB Justin Durant about bringing him back to Dallas. Durant is currently a free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons after just one season in Atlanta. Durant was with the Cowboys prior to that. I actually believe this is a great move for the Cowboys. Durant is a capable starter. Not top-notch, but capable, for sure.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been spreading the word that the Jags will win in 2016. Agreed. If you’ve seen my win projections, you know that I think as highly of the Jags as Khan does. Although they lack the experience to make a Super Bowl run, this team definitely has the talent to make a playoff run.
  8. New York Giants P Brad Wing has received a contract extension. The deal is three-years in length, and is worth $6.45 million. Last season was his first in New York, and his 33 punts inside the 20-yard line tied the Giants single-season record set by P Brad Maynard twice. Thank goodness. As a Giants fan, I know that the team needs to have a good punter. He will have plenty of work to do.
  9. Ex-San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne left San Francisco to pursue his Olympic dream of playing for Fiji’s rugby unit. That dream fell short. Now, Hayne looks to return to the National Rugby League. If the 49ers are smart, however, they will resign Hayne. He showed promise as a kick returner last season. Plus, when your team is as bad as the 49ers currently are, why not?

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 27, 2016

“There’s no magic for getting into the groove…just banging away at it. Sometimes the lyrics come first, sometimes the music.” –Phil Collins, Musician

I promise, I looked up quotes that had magic in them. The fact that Phil Collins gave one of those quotes was just a HUGE bonus that allows me to put in some of his amazing music (each appearance of his name in this post is a link to a different one of his songs). Anyway, in regard to the quote: yes. I think the quote applies to everything in our lives. There is no magic that goes into achieving something, just the hard work (or the banging away at it, as Collins so eloquently put it). The second part is true too. Many things in life come in pieces. For example, you have to get the interview before you can get the job. Or, you have to go on dates before you get married (well, you don’t necessarily HAVE to, but it’s a REALLY good idea). Anyway, you don’t always know what pieces come first in life, and the pieces that DO come first will always be different. The pieces that come first are also different for different people. Every person’s life is like a song, or a story (they’re all similar). A good song has the lyrics (what is said or what happens in life), as well as the music itself (the feeling in life). You can’t have feelings without occurrences, and you can’t have occurrences without feelings. (Maybe moment is a better word than occurrences.) So, just keep trying and banging away at life because, eventually, all of the pieces will come together. As for occurrences (or moments, you get what I mean), the next occurrence in this post is the daily news:

  1. A few days ago, I reported that several players were going to be interviewed regarding the Al-Jazeera America reports of PED use. That list has now been extended to include the just-retired QB Peyton Manning. As much as the interviews could affect the legacies of Julius Peppers and James Harrison, it would have a FAR bigger impact on the legacy of Manning. I’m really hoping he didn’t stoop that low. It sucks to find out when any players use PEDs, but it sucks tenfold to find out legends used them.
  2. As a New York Giants fan, I had to put this in here: “Eli Manning wants Giants to end bad streak, score a lot of points” headline. REALLY?! Is this a NEW development for you Eli?! You have just now decided that you want to score points?! That’s the whole point of the game! You should’ve wanted the bad streak to end BEFORE IT EVEN STARTED! And you are a STARTING QB in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! That is THE MOST IMPORTANT way to SCORE POINTS and, therefore, WIN!! So, if the idea of scoring points is really JUST NOW occurring to you, maybe STOP THROWING THE BALL TO THE OTHER DANG TEAM! Your players are the ones wearing THE SAME UNIFORMS AS YOU! If you truly want the bad streak to end, you can’t just score a lot of points, you have to score a lot of points for YOUR team! It doesn’t help if you throw pick sixes to score a lot of points for the other team! (Deep Breaths…(years pass)…Deep Breaths…ok, let’s move on.)
  3. A few days ago, I reported that QB Johnny Manziel’s lawyer spoke up about his doubts regarding his client. Since then, that lawyer has withdrawn from the case.
  4. This is almost as good as the Eli Manning points story: a Cleveland Browns fan has created a Facebook event for a Super Bowl parade for the 2033 Super Bowl Champion Cleveland Browns. Clearly, Cleveland is drunk with happiness following the Cavaliers championship last week. Now, the Browns have 15 years to get to the level of Super Bowl champion. Obviously, based on the last fifteen years, the Browns could still be at the same level they are currently at in that amount of time, if not worse. However, instead of laughing at the fan’s optimism (and the optimism of the other 3,400+ Browns fans who RSVPed for the event), I’m actually going to say that they aren’t that far off. In fact, I could see the Browns getting to that level SOONER than 2033. Here’s why: The Browns have arguably the best QB situation they’ve had since the expansion franchise came to town. Why? Because it’s different! In the past, the Browns have tried to trade up to draft their QB of the future. This has led to disasters such as Tim Couch and Johnny Manziel. This time around, they waited multiple rounds to draft promising young prospect QB Cody Kessler. In addition, the Browns picked up one of the most underrated players in free agency: Robert Griffin III. Does anyone remember his rookie year? He won rookie of the year over fellow QBs Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. He has backtracked since his injury, but he has shown he is CAPABLE, which is HUGE in the NFL. I truly believe that Cleveland is the perfect situation for RG3 to turn his career around. He has Hue Jackson as his coach (who groomed the Red Rocket into the MVP-level player we saw last season until injury struck him) and he has no pressure to perform with all of the preceding QB disasters in Cleveland. RG3 also has rookie WR Corey Coleman to throw the ball too, and T Joe Thomas is still there to protect the blind side. RG3 and Coleman could be a very dangerous young duo if they can live up to their potential. I personally believe the backfield duo of RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson has loads of potential, too. They would also benefit from the rise of RG3 and Coleman, as opposing defenses would have to worry about the run AND the pass for the first time in AGES in Cleveland. While offensive success in Cleveland relies heavily on a complete, 360 degree turn around, the defense has a much easier road. The defense has a HUGE benefit in the form of CB Joe Haden, who is one of the best at his position, if not THE best. The Browns also picked up two players in free agency that I think are underrated in the form of LB DeMario Davis and S Rahim Moore. Those guys could be bargain bin pickups for the Browns, who outperform the contracts they were given. They also have three promising rookies at LB: Emmanuel Ogbah, Joe Schobert, and Scooby Wright III. (Shout-out for RG3 and SW3 on the same team?) All-in-all, I believe the Browns could be on the rise because of one word: potential. I know potential has fallen flat in Cleveland before, the difference is: this time, they aren’t paying to much or risking to much to get it. I guess that tends to happen when you’ve already hit rock bottom? So here it is: I am predicting the CLEVELAND BROWNS to have a SUPER BOWL VICTORY under their belts BEFORE 2033. Thank you, and good night! (Not really, there’s more news.)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars LB Dan Skuta has been arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor battery in none other than, you guess it: Orlando. I’m not sure if it’s more dangerous to be in Dallas or Orlando right now because both cities currently appear to be off their rockers. As for the incident’s impact on Skuta and the Jaguars, this likely will lock up the starting OLB spot for second-round pick Myles Jack.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news. In fact, answer me this: Do you believe the Cleveland Browns have a realistic shot at the Super Bowl title in the next 15 years? Also, please leave a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.