End Up Where You Need to Be: Just Go

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Yup, it’s been a minute. I didn’t intend to take a break from blogging but maybe this post will be more impactful since it’s been a while. Maybe it’s where it needs to be timing-wise. Let me tell you something…I have no ability to plan. Seriously, I cannot plan ahead anymore than a week. Why? I don’t know exactly. I guess it’s because I just don’t know what I want anymore than a week before I start chasing what I want. I enjoy flying through life by the seat of my pants. I leap before I even look down. I am as close as one can get to being a professional procrastinator. The funny thing is, when I look at my life and realize that all of that is the case, I don’t want to change a thing. It’s worked. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things in my life that I wish I hadn’t done, or that I wish I could change…but my life is amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better family, better friends, or a better…me. It’s easy to complain about the small things (like the people in the room next to me who like to party until 4 am on the weekends), but the big things are what define life, and my big things are exactly where I want them to be. I say all of this in relation to the quote. I have not gone where I intended because I never intend to go anywhere. That’s how I keep ending up exactly where I need to be. I’m not encouraging procrastination (unless that’s your thing), I’m just encouraging you not to worry. Whether you know where you’re going or not, you usually end up in the right place. Make the best of everything around you. Love the people in your life, enjoy the places you go, just choose to be happy and positive. Life is too short to micromanage everything in it and worry about it, so don’t. To end with another quote: “Destinations are where we begin again.” –Josh GrobanBelieve from The Polar Express

Star Wars, Lucifer, Life, Love

I’ve a lot to discuss in this post:

First of all, I suppose I owe all of you an explanation for my last post. I posted a link to the song And So It Goes by Billy Joel, and I typed up the lyrics to the song. I was going to write some sort of introduction and/or conclusion for that post, but I decided to just let you think about it without my opinions influencing you in any way. So, what did you think? Let me know in the comments (and write a comment about your thoughts on the song BEFORE reading on).

Now, here’s my opinion on the song: I was introduced to the song by a friend who I won’t see for two years because he is Mormon and about to head off on his mandatory mission (for the record, I’m not Mormon). It is an INCREDIBLY powerful song. The lyrics themselves are a poem, which is beautiful enough in talking about the longing for love and the complex nature of love between two people. Add in the longing tone with which Joel performs the song and the minor tonality of the song, and…wow. It’s one of those very few songs that is so beautiful and powerful that it brings tears to my eyes when I listen to it. EVERY time I listen to it.

Second of all, have you ever heard people say that they’re bad at life? I know I have. I have probably even said it before in the past, and maybe you have as well. But, after some very serious thought on the matter, I have decided that people are not bad at life. Rather, life is bad at life. Think about it. So many people say that life sucks when something gets screwed up, but many people say that sort of thing, and each person says it about different somethings getting screwed up. That means that life being bad is the only constant in there. So, life is bad at life. Somehow that all makes sense in my head. 🙂

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Third of all, today was the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-Ray and DVD release day. So, being the massive Star Wars nerd/geek/fanatic (pick whichever one(s) you like the most) I am, I of course purchased the movie. Just to throwback and shout-out to a couple of my old posts: here is my no-spoiler review and my spoiler review for the movie. So, I was watching the bonus content for the movie when a quote that I heard caught my attention. I didn’t hear it clearly enough to remember it the first time I heard it, so I reversed to take a second crack and write it down when it was said. One of the Lucasfilm reps that worked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story said, “What makes something a Saga film is: it’s related to the Skywalker family in some way.” Basically, she revealed once and for all that Rey is a Skywalker. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is a Saga film, therefore it’s related to the Skywalker family. Now, Luke and Leia are both still alive, but remember, Leia is essentially an Organa…or a Solo now (basically, she’s never known as Leia Skywalker) and her son, Kylo Ren, is definitely a Solo. This means that the only way that Rey is NOT a Skywalker is if Luke continues to be the focal point of this new trilogy. The logical assumption is that Rey is the Skywalker because she was the main protagonist in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. But don’t forget, the whole movie was about the search for Luke, which would make it very much related to the Skywalker family in some way. Futhermore, the title for the next movie in the trilogy is Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. We know from Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi that Luke is a Jedi Knight, while Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens never declared Rey to be a Jedi. So Luke may very well be that name sake “Last Jedi”. We are down to two possibilities, so what do you think? Will Lucasfilm go predictable and make Rey a Skywalker, or will Luke regain the focal point in this new trilogy?

Fourth of all, Timothy Omundson is joining the cast of Lucifer! The man who played Detective Carlton Jebediah “Danger” Lassiter or “Lassie” on the greatest television show of all time (Psych) (side note: Happy Birthday to Psych star James Roday who played Shawn Spencer!) will be playing God in the second greatest television show of all time (Lucifer). I’M PSYCHED! (See what I did there?) Also, apparently he voiced some rebellion characters in Star Wars Battlefront II. He is one of those very few actors/actresses that can act the phone book.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on your thoughts about And So It Goes and/or on life being bad at life and/or on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and/or on any Star Wars conspiracy theory and/or on Timothy Omundson and/or on Lucifer and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower for Star Wars‘ sake! 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

French Horn, Love (I know…again? really?), Life

My French Horn playing has been as bad as my posting lately; It’s not that I have been playing poorly, it’s that I haven’t been playing at all. I literally had not picked up my French Horn in 3 months…had? Yep! I finally played again today. There’s another one of my usual fun stories behind this, though…

I was helping my fellow University of Denver friends find their textbooks because our quarter just started today (also, my book-finding skills are off the charts amazing. Lol), when suddenly, I got a call:

Me: “Hello?”

Person on the other end of the phone: “Hi! Is this William?”

Me: “Yes it is.” (I know I need to come up with a wittier response than that to the question ‘Is this William?’. I’ve been thinking about it for some time, but I’ve yet to come up with anything good. Suggestions are welcome in the comments.)

Person on the other end of the phone: “This is Dr. Martin, the director of the Lamont Wind Ensemble. I want to talk to you about joining the group. One of our current horn players is in both Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, but she doesn’t have time for both. I was hoping you would be able to step in?” (At this point I’m paraphrasing because I don’t remember the exact words due to my mixed feelings of excitement and terror.)

Me: “Sure. But…I haven’t played in 3 months.”

Dr. Martin: “How long will it take you to get your face on track?” (For those of you who have never played a brass or woodwind instrument, you need to have strong face muscles to hold the embouchure, which is required to get noise out of the instrument.)

Me: “I don’t know. I’ll head over to the practice rooms and find out.”

Dr. Martin: “Great! We rehearse tomorrow from 4-6. See you there and make sure to come up and say hi! I can’t wait to meet you!”

*Hangs up*

So, there you go. I hit up the practice room about an hour ago. This is what turned up after 3 months without even touching my instrument:

If that doesn’t work (I have never embedded a tweet before), here’s the link to get to it.

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Wow. There is a quote to support this suspicion that I’ve had for a while.
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..said nobody, ever. Except for whoever’s quote this is.

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The quote directly above this sentence is the quote of the day. My take? I disagree. It doesn’t have to be dancing; It could be: singing, skipping, laughing, etc. This quote is correct about everything else, though. You can’t wait for the storm to pass in life because life IS the storm, and it will never pass. Those who find happiness do so because they learn to dance, sing, skip, laugh, etc in the rain. Fight back against the world that is trying to bring you down! If you fight back, the world can’t bring you down. It only brings down those who conform to it. The storm of life always changes. Sometimes it’s snow: Use a shovel. Sometimes it’s lightning: Use rubber. Sometimes it’s a hurricane: …Bad example…There’s not really a way to combat a hurricane… You get my point! To quote Shawn Spencer from Psych (though, I think it’s just a proverb or something because there have been, like, a zillion people who have said this), “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

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This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a LONG time.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the French Horn bit (story, critique of my playing, etc) and/or on the two quotes I put it to remind everyone (including myself) that I’m not always 100% happy, but I endure and find positivity and/or on the quote of the day and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower and I will help guide you through the storm of life. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Nuggets Game, Indecision in Life Goals

I went to my first Denver Nuggets game yesterday! It was great! My friend Matt and I decided to get tickets at the box office a half hour before the game started. Needless to say, that was a POOR decision. They were more expensive there than they were online. So, we decided to go another time…until, we ran into some guys selling tickets outside the stadium. One tried to give us a terrible deal. After we turned that guy down multiple times, another guy offered us SUITE tickets for $25 EACH!!!! That’s how we ended up watching the Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic 125-112 from a suite in the Pepsi Center. Nuggets C Nikola Jokic had a career-high 30 points in the game. It was awesome! On a side note: the Pepsi Center is REALLY nice.

What’s your major?

I’m TECHNICALLY a journalism major, but I’m thinking about changing it. OR: I’m in between journalism and business because I don’t know what I want to do. OR: I’m sort of undecided, even though I’m technically a journalism major because I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what I want to do with my life.

Those are three different responses I usually give. I truly don’t have any idea what I want to do. I’ve been told that I’m good at multiple things: French Horn, Math, and Video Games. Let me guess, you’ve come up with a number of things I could do with that, right? Well, the problem is, even if I am good at those things (I’m not always convinced that I am), none of those things are what I want to do with my life. Today, my professor for my Academic Writing and Rhetoric class pulled me aside after class…

What’s your major?

You can pick whichever of the three responses you like the best. (Or, you can come up with a new variation, if you want)

So, it sounds like you’re not really sure?

YOU THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just kidding. I didn’t actually say that. More like:

No.

You’re pretty good at this. (He said, gesturing at the board that he had been scribbling the lesson all over.)

Yeah?

Yeah. You should stop by my office sometime if you want to know what you can do with this.

:/ Great. Just what I need: another thing that I can apparently do well even though I don’t like to do it. Maybe that’s why I’ve been having such a hard time deciding what I want to do. Maybe the problem is that different people have been telling me that I can do different things well, and it’s been messing with my mind. I don’t want to do something just because I can do it well. But, if I can do what I want to do well, that’s a bonus. But, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO!!! I’m even starting to wonder why I get up in the morning at all!

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The indecision aside, I was pretty happy walking out of my writing class today. I always enjoy compliments, it’s just too bad that I’m not driven to use the talents I have. In fact, the things that I do that impress people are things that I don’t even try that hard at! I don’t try all that hard at anything because I start out working hard, then I get bored and want to get things over with as quickly as possible. Even when I do find things that I think I enjoy, I get bored of them in a week or a month or whenever. My excitement over things never has any staying power. You can probably tell with all of the different subjects I cover in this blog.

That’s all for TheHaysWay now, make sure to leave a comment on basketball games and/or on indecision 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 get an email when my next post comes out later tonight. THAT’S RIGHT! You’re all getting two posts today! Stay tuned…

Dreams, Life’s Journey, and More…

I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that Jerry Reese (the New York Giants general manager) came out and said that it was time for the team to start thinking about life after QB Eli Manning. Yes! I’m excited! It’s about time that Giants management recognize Eli’s decline. That said, I thank Eli for his service to the Giants. I am so thankful that I was fortunate enough to see the Giants win two Super Bowls in my childhood. I look forward to the next great QB that the Giants find to eventually replace Eli, and I hope that he will win more Super Bowls for the Giants in my adulthood.

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Last night, I had a dream…I’d like to leave it at that. Fine, a little more clarification: it was a dream that I didn’t want to have. Not a nightmare, just something that I didn’t want to be reminded of. Do you know that kind of dream? It’s not scary, it’s just something or someone that slips into your subconscious when you don’t want it to. When you’re trying to forget that something or someone…

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Speaking of dreams, do you believe that it’s possible to subconsciously predict the future? I mean, is it actually possible to have subconscious dreams of the future that come true? I’ve asked myself that question before, but I’m torn about the answer. On one hand, I have had multiple subconscious visions that came true. On the other hand, I have had some that I feel COULD come true, but they seem unlike. Then there are some dreams that are totally unrealistic. I’ve also had repeated realistic dreams regarding the same subjects, sometimes. It’s confusing in a maddening sort of way when I have a realistic dream about a subject that can happen in the near future, then I have a realistic dream about that same subject several months later, even though it seems like the window for that subject to happen has already come and gone. I don’t know if my subconscious is trying to torture me or encourage me. My brain is wired in an interesting way: My nightmares have always been fictitious, while my other dreams always seem to be realistic. I just never know if the realistic ones from my subconscious are realistic in a realistic fiction sort of way, or realistic in a nonfiction sort of way. Regardless, I’m thankful that my nightmares are unrealistic.

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You know that feeling when you are racing? Not literally running a race, but every part of you seems to be running its own marathon. Your mind is working overtime on work, your heart is working overtime on doing what is right, and the rest of your body is trying to figure out what the heck it’s supposed to do to satisfy both when they’re running in opposite directions. I’ve been feeling that for a while, now. Clarity is a rare thing to come by. I wish I could find some between my mind and my heart. That might allow me to get some more sleep, not feel like I need to eat junk food to make myself feel better, and just generally feel less stress.

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Okay, I tried to get a few things off my mind and they came off a little on the negative side. It’s quite a challenge to write in the most positive voice possible when you are spilling out some deeper thoughts that you don’t really enjoy. Well, I owe you guys (and myself) some positivity. So, here it goes:

Sometimes, I get a good feeling. Have you felt it? That feeling that deep down, everything is going to work out perfect. That feeling that you are nearing that light at the end of the tunnel that everyone usually sees for you, but you have trouble seeing for yourself. Maybe the destination isn’t hard to see because you’re in a dark tunnel. Maybe, instead, the destination is hard to see because you are being blinded by the light. After all, people usually say that it’s not so much the destination that matters as it is the journey. Why? Well, there would be no destination without the journey. In order to reach a destination, you MUST go on a journey. So, don’t think about the destination. If you’re going to have to go on a journey regardless of the destination, you might as well enjoy the journey. If you enjoy the journey, you’ll likely end up at a destination you want to be at. The journey isn’t always perfect. There are plenty of bumps in the road, and those bumps are different for each person during their personal journey. But, rarely does anyone look at a road trip and think, “Wow that one pothole sucked!” Usually, they think, “That was a beautiful forest.” In fact, usually they have pictures of that beautiful forest through which they traveled. So, why should your life’s journey be any different? Don’t think too much about the potholes. The forests are what you’ll remember in the end. The journey of life, though challenging, is filled with beauty. Live it! Because no matter what the physical destination is, you’re headed to your home.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the future of the QB position for the New York Giants and/or on dreams (and their potential to predict the future) and/or on mental, emotional racing and/or on life’s journey, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to enjoy life’s journey with TheHaysWay. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Rehab: Josh Gordon and

“I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.” –Samuel L Jackson (For those of you who don’t know: Jedi Master Agen Kolar went down in the 1st second of the battle, Jedi Master Saesee Tiin went down in the 2nd second, and Jedi Master Kit Fisto went down in the 5th second. Yup, they were ALL “Masters”.

There seems to be rehabilitation for almost anything in life. I suppose that is for the best, seeing as everybody stumbles in life. When I looked up “rehab”, I didn’t really know what kind of quote I was looking for because I have no experience with any form of rehab (unless venting via this blog counts as rehab? Idk). Luckily, I found this Samuel L Jackson quote. He is probably in my top 5 list of favorite actors (I admit, partially because he’s in Star Wars. But let’s be honest, the man can act like crazy. I REALLY want to watch Pulp Fiction because I’ve heard FANTASTIC things about that movie). I was actually talking to a friend today about Star Wars, and he said that John Boyega (actor who plays Finn in The Force Awakens) once was tapped on the shoulder at a party, and the man who did that exclaimed, “Black Jedi!” That man was Samuel L Jackson. He’s just all-around awesome.

Who do you think Supreme Leader Snoke is?

I think he’s Darth Plageius because part of the argument for that is the similarity in theme music. MUSIC IS KING!

Alright, I got a little sidetracked, so let’s break down the quote. Rehab, when used correctly, picks people up when they stumble in life. I’m not sure I totally agree when Jackson says that it creates characters. Rather, I believe it helps people discover the character that was in them all along. Character can’t be taught; Character can only be discovered. However, I do agree that our character is discovered through where we come from. We tend to discover our character in similar fashions to the people who surround us. For example, I grew up in a supportive household, in a community where people are kind to each other, and say hello when they pass by. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I strive to support others through positivity and kindness. I believe, in math, they call it a strong, positive correlation? Of course, as is the nature of the way I defined rehab, people overcome mistakes to make themselves stronger. That’s the great thing about having people to turn to when you make a mistake; They don’t just pick you back up, they help you improve yourself on a deeper level. It’s like that story about the hungry person; You don’t give the hungry person a fish, you teach that person how to fish, so that person can continue to help him/herself. The bottom line is, we will all make mistakes because it’s human nature. If you recognize your mistake, and if you can say that you overcame it to fix and improve yourself, well, you have discovered your true character.

What is one mistake that you have made in your life, so far? Did you overcome that mistake to make yourself stronger? If so, how?

Honestly, the biggest mistake that I’ve made so far is hard to define. I suppose it was trying too hard, and I’ve done that on multiple occasions. I say it’s hard to define because I’m not totally sure if it is a mistake. I always thought that you had to go out and take life by storm; You couldn’t let life come to you, you had to go get it. I have been told that on multiple occasions, too. But, for some reason, my best work seems to come when I just let things happen. Maybe I’m just extra gifted? I guess I shouldn’t be complaining because it means I have less work to do, but it sucks on the occasions when I put in lots of work, and it doesn’t pay off. Anyway, I haven’t overcome that mistake. I keep making it, and I will continue to keep making it. I will not settle for letting life come to me; I WANT to take it by storm. If life thinks it can beat me, I will prove it wrong!

Finally, rehab relates to the National Football League because of none other than Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon. Today, he decided that he will be entering a rehab facility (presumably for his substance abuse, though the NFL.com article doesn’t say) to “gain full control of [his] life.” He was eligible to return to the Browns for their game next weekend, against the New England Patriots. His decision, however, will postpone his return indefinitely. So what? Well, this has HUGE repercussions for the Browns. The team is already down first-round WR Corey Coleman, who suffered a broken hand and will miss 3-5 weeks. Now, WR Terrelle Pryor will continue as the #1 option (great for fantasy!), which isn’t optimal for Cleveland, especially since he also might be their best QB option with injuries to starter Robert Griffin III, and backup Josh McCown. Also, that makes the game against New England 33% less interesting. The appeal of that game was going to be the return of both Gordon and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, from suspensions. Of course, Brady’s return is MUCH more highly anticipated, hence the mere 33% for Gordon. Also…actually, that’s all I have. After all, they are the BROWNS. Even with Gordon, they’d lose most (if not all) of their games.

How many wins will the continued absence of Gordon, cost the Browns?

I’d say two. MAYBE.

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 the daily questions 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 read my rehabbing, written discourse. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Weekend in Review: July 10, 2016

(Very minor language in the following scene)”When life gives you lemons? Don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad!” -Cave Johnson, Founder of Aperture Science

For those of you who have played Portal 2, you likely remember the EXACT moment this was said in the game. It is a FANTASTIC rant. For those of you who haven’t played Portal 2, I HIGHLY encourage you to give it a shot. It is a very well-done game and it’s loads of fun. I actually have played through the solo campaign AT LEAST 15 times. I once played it so many times in a row, that I memorized it, and finished the whole campaign in about 3 hours. (Hey, I’m proud of it! I don’t care how nerdy it is! It’s fun!) Even for those of you who aren’t gamers, you will likely find something fascinating throughout this game. I LOVE this rant. He’s SO right. Life throws a lot of crap at us that we don’t want, and we don’t deserve. Don’t just take it. Fight back. It’s like bullying. If you are the victim, the best way to stop the bully is to fight back and beat him/her. So fight back against life. Show life that the crap it throws at you is beneficial for you. There is a positive for every negative, and all you have to do is find it and embrace it. For example, the death of my beloved television was one instance of life giving me lemons. But I didn’t just take it. I fought back with a NEW television. A BETTER television. So my Madden, Portal 2, and Star Wars (I got an AWESOME new Kylo Ren lightsaber over the weekend!) marathon experiences now have a sharper picture! Take THAT life! Getting mad isn’t even the best way to do it. If you can beat the crap that life throws your way without letting it get to you, you are even better off. Again paralleling bullying, the bully (life) wants to affect you to hurt your self-esteem. If you don’t let it affect you, it will stop bullying you. There is always a way to succeed. Life will NEVER beat you when you STOP it. Now the news:

  1. Former NFL QB Michael Vick posted a photo-shopped picture of himself wearing a Golden State Warriors jersey today. I really only have one word for that: No.
  2. University of Oregon WR Devon Allen has booked his flight for the Rio Olympics. He placed FIRST in the US qualifying finals of the 110-meter hurdles yesterday night. INCREDIBLY impressive for a college athlete. Good for him, and best of luck at the Olympics. Bring home the gold for the US!
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell has been injured since tearing his MCL and PCL in Week 8 of last season. He believes he is on track with his rehab, and claims he will be ready for training camp. Though most players exaggerate how well they are doing in rehab, this is GREAT news for the Steelers. Bell is one of the best RBs in the NFL today, and the Steelers are FANTASTIC when their big three of Bell, QB Ben Roethlisberger, and WR Antonio Brown are all healthy.
  4. Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley came out and said that he “couldn’t ask for better QB” of rookie Rams QB Jared Goff. Goff appears to be doing all the right things so far in gaining the support of prominent teammates like Gurley. How well he performs as a QB at the NFL level won’t be displayed until he hits the field in REAL games. If Gurley is right, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks will need to watch their backs in the NFC West sooner, rather than later.
  5. There has been a lot of controversy lately regarding which WRs are the best in the league due to some questionable rankings in the “Top 100 Players of 2016” list. Personally, I believe Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is the top dog in that group due to his consistent production every season. The next two are (supposedly) WR Odell Beckham Jr (duh) and WR Julio Jones? Beckham has the best hands in the league by far, so I believe he should be number 2 over Jones. I don’t believe Jones is number three. Who is, then? Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery? Definite possibility because he has been putting up big numbers with JAY CUTLER as his QB. He was also good enough to push WR Brandon Marshall and TE Martellus Bennett out of town. Cincinnati Bengals WR AJ Green? He has been the lone wolf receiving threat in Cincinnati (until TE Tyler Eifert’s emergence last season) and has put up big numbers. Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant? Played well even in the absence of starting QB Tony Romo. Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas? Has played VERY well despite receiving from QB Tim Tebow, and past-prime QB Peyton Manning. Okay, for last season ALONE, Jones definitely has a shot at the number three spot. However, personally, I would go with WR AJ Green. He really allowed for the emergence of both QB Andy Dalton and TE Tyler Eifert last season. Why did I bring this up? I bought an awesome statuette of New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr over the weekend! If you haven’t heard of McFarlane Figures, check them out because they make a lot of NFL player statuettes. So, I now have my OBJ one on my desk next to my New York Giants WR Victor Cruz one. Hopefully, the New York Giants starting offense this season will have the same duo.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or anything that’s on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like (quick shout-out: my last post received quite a few likes, so thank you all VERY much for that and PLEASE tell me what you liked so much so that I can continue to improve like count 🙂 ). Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 8, 2016

(WARNING: Violent images in the scene of the day.) “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” -Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple

This is your boy, bringing the EARLY morning news because I was out partying with friends this evening. You’re welcome. I respect all of you, readers, WAY too much to skip the news this evening. Anyway, I picked a quote about death because I lost a great friend today (and because I thought it to be a wonderful excuse to put in one of the many Sean Bean death montages on Youtube because he acts out death phenomenally). My wonderful television that I have used for video gaming for the past several years passed away today. The picture just cut out in the middle of a video game (surprisingly, I wasn’t the one playing at the time, my sister was because the TV respects me too much to die while I’m gaming). Yes, the nerd in me lost a big piece today. I used that television for all of my Madden needs, as well as all of my Star Wars marathons with my friends. Of course, that television was vital to my household, so there is already a new one in place. But the old one will still be missed until I start playing video games on the new one tomorrow. I thought about this quote, and Jobs is right. I don’t want to die. But I will tell you this much: I would rather it be me than anyone that I love. This probably sounds a little ridiculous following the TV bit. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting it should’ve been me instead of the TV because TVs are replaceable. I’m talking solely about the PEOPLE who I love. I would gladly take a bullet for all of my family members, all of my friends, and even my ex-girlfriend. If I had the opportunity to sacrifice my life to save the life of someone I love, I would. I would say I’d do it without hesitation, but I’m sure I’d hesitate in a highly-charged situation like that. Regardless, I would, inevitably, sacrifice myself. I never put myself first. I liked this quote in particular because of its positive spin on a topic that is generally regarded as a negative. Another positive, in my opinion, is the daily NFL news:

  1. So the franchise-tagged players have until July 15, 2016 to work out long-term contracts before tabling discussions for the summer. Those players who were tagged and have yet to receive a long-term deal are: Denver Broncos LB Von Miller, New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, Kansas City Chiefs S Eric Berry, Los Angeles Rams CB Trumaine Johnson, and Baltimore Ravens K Justin Tucker. I repeat: These players do NOT have a long-term contract with their respective teams yet. I will keep you all updated on these players’ statuses through the deadline.
  2. WR Calvin Johnson Jr came out recently and said that he would have had a harder time with his decision to retire if the Detroit Lions were a contender. It’s hard to blame him. He was in Detroit for nine seasons, and was the best player on the team at all times by a large margin. He shares a similar opinion to that of Golden State Warriors SF Kevin Durant, who has received a lot of heat for switching teams out of wanting to win. SERIOUSLY!? How do we possibly have a right to get mad at these guys for wanting to WIN?! Isn’t that better than the players being in it for the MONEY!? It’s more fun when they are playing to win because we see more amazing things (i.e. “The Catch” by Odell Beckham Jr).
  3. Former Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly showed no signs of cancer after a recent biopsy! Congrats Kelly! See Buffalo? Even though your team sucks, you still have someone to cheer for!
  4. Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy appears to be in the clear. After reports of McCoy’s involvement in an altercation at a Philadelphia nightclub in February, authorities and the NFL were quick to investigate. One of those parties officially concluded their investigation: the authorities. They concluded that McCoy did nothing wrong. If the authorities came up with that, it’s likely the league will, too. Another thing for Buffalo to celebrate!

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment regarding the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever your heart desires to talk about, along with a much-appreciated like (especially for the 12:30 am post!). Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 10, 2016

“I think the older you get, the more you realize how important life is, the more you think about your family.” -Wes Welker, WR

With the one-day trial over, I decided it would be best to re-introduce the quote+news posts with a quote from a guy in today’s news. Honestly, I am not old enough to truly determine the validity of Welker’s quote. However, I do value family very highly in life. In fact, I value people, in general, more than anything else in this world. I do my absolute best everyday to be the best family member, best friend, or best stranger, that I can be. Ultimately, there is more to life than money, and for me, that ‘more’ is all of the people around me. Now, onto the news:

  1. Starting with the Wes Welker news to tie in with the quote, the former WR was present at both the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins OTAs as a guest coach. The WR appears to be done playing in the NFL with his concussion history and massive decline in reduction. I’m not sure if he’s ready to coach at the NFL level just yet, but I imagine he will be ready in the not-too-distant future.
  2. The San Diego Chargers have inked WR Keenan Allen to a new contract extension. It is a four-year contract worth $44 million. As long as the injury last season was just a fluke, Allen could possibly become the new Antonio Gates of receiving threats in San Diego for the QB that comes to follow the aging Philip Rivers. Great signing.
  3. Staying in San Diego, the Chargers are filing for a new stadium in the city. Of course, included in the file: 110,786 signatures! Chargers fans, it’s time to get more optimistic about your team staying where they belong! (Knock on Wood)
  4. Good news for Jacksonville Jaguars fans: First-round pick CB Jalen Ramsey has started running just two weeks after tearing the meniscus in his right knee. So you won’t be without your first-round pick for the second year in a row! (Knock on Wood)

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news, and a like is ultra appreciated as well. Have a pleasant tomorrow.