Cleveland: The Sixers, Lebron, the Cavs, and JR

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Let’s talk about Cleveland for a minute. The CLEVELAND CAVALIERS currently sit in the NBA Eastern Conference’s #3 seed, 8.5 games back from the TORONTO RAPTORS, and 7.5 games back from the BOSTON CELTICS. Before I get started with the more specific stories involving Cleveland…

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Shout out to Toronto!ย They’ve had the best season in the East so far and yet, nobody really seems to be talking about them. That’s a shame if you ask me. I’d love to see them taking on the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS in this year’s NBA Finals, even if the Celtics have a better shot of not getting swept. I’m as sick of the Celtics as I am of the Warriors (okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration…the Warriors are REALLY annoying, but I still dislike the Celtics). Also, you might be asking…

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“What about the HOUSTON ROCKETS?!” To which I respond, “C’mon son!” The Warriors will dominate the playoffs as they have the past several seasons. If it makes you feel any better, I do think the Rockets will win AT LEAST two games in the Western Conference Championship series, but they won’t win the series. Anyway, back to Cleveland…

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We’ll start with JR SMITH, because he’s the slightly less entertaining story. Anyone who watched the Cavs matchup with the PHILADELPHIA 76ERS on Thursday may have noticed that Smith did not play. Apparently the reason for that was suspension. Smith received a one-game, in-house suspension for throwing a bowl of soup at an assistant coach… …Wow…Leave it to JR Smith to keep it classy. But, you know what, the man is an entertainer and entertaining he is. Just like…

The Sixers. That’s right, the Cavs’ opponents on the court on Thursday have presented themselves as opponents off the court as well. That opponentship (anyone else think that should be a word?) came in the form of billboards near downtown Cleveland. A company based in Philly paid for billboards to recruit Cavs’ star LEBRON JAMES (who is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of this season) to the Sixers. Of course, as evidenced by a VERY active trade deadline, the Cavaliers won’t simply roll over and watch their long-time hero and superstar leave town…

A company in Cleveland has since purchased it’s own billboard in downtown Cleveland in response to let Philly know that Cleveland is the land of the king. Just a thought: wouldn’t it be more fun for the counter-billboard to be in Philly? I mean, I guess putting it in Cleveland is a morale boost for Cavs fans and LeBron is definitely more likely to see it but…it feels like it would be so much more fun to mess with Philly on their own turf. It would be a, “If they’re trying to take over Cleveland, then Cleveland will take over Philly” sort of deal.

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!


NBA Finals: Warriors > Cavaliers, Positivity, Etc

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

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were smashed by the Golden State Warriors which was not surprising, but definitely disappointing. If you are looking for something that will make you laugh (other than my humor in my post, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ ), look no further than this play. I have been laughing about this ever since it happened. There are always guys that move out of the way because they don’t want to get trampled on someone’s rampage to the rim, but you rarely see someone try to play it off the way Cavaliers SG JR Smith did. There’s no shame in getting out of Kevin Durant‘s way. There is a LOT of shame to go around for pretending that you didn’t even see him coming. As ESPN would say, “C’Mon Son!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on Game 1 of the NBA Finals and/or on any of the 5 quotes above and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to hop on my enthusiasm train. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a pleasant tomorrow.