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.

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And So It Goes – Billy Joel

And So It Goes            Billy Joel

In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

And every time I’ve held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
It’s just as well for all I’ve seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you’re the only one who knows

So I would choose to be with you
That’s if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break

And so it goes, and so it goes
And you’re the only one who knows

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.

Serge Ibaka Trade, Kevin Love Injury, Charles Oakley Ban…

It’s been too long since I’ve gotten into some sports talk, so that’s where I’m headed today:

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The Toronto Raptors made news today by making a deal for Orlando Magic PF Serge Ibaka. The move was reportedly made in an effort to improve the Raptors defense. After all, the Raptors don’t need too much help on offense with a backcourt of PG Kyle Lowry and SG DeMar DeRozan. Ibaka has been a good defender for the majority of his NBA career, though he has gotten a little worse with age. He will join C Jonas Valanciunas in guarding the paint. The Orlando Magic received SF Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st round pick in return.

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Staying in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without PF Kevin Love for the next 6 weeks, as Love had surgery on his left knee. Even without Love on Valentine’s Day, the Cavs came away with a 116-108 victory on the road, against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Speaking of Valentine’s Day, Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re like me, however, Happy Singles Awareness Day! As a side note, Valentine’s Day was way more fun back in Elementary School when I got a bunch of candy from everyone.

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Back to the NBA, the New York Knicks have lifted the ban on legend Charles Oakley. Of course, Oakley stated that he refuses to return to Madison Square Garden until he (and the fans) are issued a formal apology from Knicks owner James Dolan. Can’t people just let bygones be bygones, anymore?

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Staying in basketball, but moving to women’s college basketball, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won their 100th straight game yesterday in a 66-55 victory over the 6th-ranked University of South Carolina. 59 games of the 100 were decided by 40+ points. Only 2 were decided by single digits. Congrats to head coach Geno Auriemma and the lady Huskies!

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Moving to the NFL, ex-San Diego Chargers and ex-New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem was jailed today for owing $400,000 in child support. Another one of the NFL’s supreme role models. :\

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Also in the NFL, the New York Giants announced the releases of WR Victor Cruz and RB Rashad Jennings, yesterday. Cruz will forever be remembered by the Giants for his breakout to lead the team to a Super Bowl XLVI victory. (And for his salsa dancing, of course.) Jennings on the other hand, leaves no legacy behind in New York, and I was jumping for joy when I saw that he had been released. RB Paul Perkins controls the backfield until the Giants draft a RB in May. Cutting those two players saves the team $10 million in cap room, which will likely go toward paying DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who the team is, reportedly, emphasizing re-signing before he hits free agency in March.

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“Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.” -Nicholas Sparks, Author

In honor of Valentine’s Day or National Singles Day. I don’t have a lot of experience (six months maximum, if that’s what you would call it) with romance. I will say this: it’s weird to think that last year on this day I thought I had found my Valentine, while this year I have no doubt in my mind that it’s National Singles Day to me. However, clearly this quote carries some validity to it. I’m still thinking about my former “significant other” when I should be focused on ANYTHING else, even if Valentine’s Day/National Singles Day is mostly responsible for the subject coming up. Also, last year at this time I was thinking about basing my college decision on my Valentine at the time. That, likely, could’ve been the worst decision of my life! Even though I still feel that my college decision wasn’t totally mine, I feel that I ended up with the right college decision by not following my then-Valentine. They say love is blind, but maybe it just makes YOU blind to everything else. Anyway, I hope you all find romance on this day, and on many days to come. I’m told it’s a wonderful feeling.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Serge Ibaka trade and/or on the Kevin Love injury and/or on Valentine’s Day and/or on National Singles Day and/or on New York Knicks vs Charles Oakley and/or on the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team and/or on Robert Meachem and/or on the New York Giants releases and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower because I won’t ban you like Dolan banned Oakley. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Vulnerability Amongst Other Things

“Trust someone until that someone gives you a reason NOT to trust them.” -TheHaysWay

The two quotes above are kind of on the same track. I’d like to talk about the first one, first. Today in my Business class, the professor showed a TED talk about vulnerability. You’re probably wondering, “How does that have anything to do with business.” The professor says vulnerability is crucial in business. I’m not totally convinced that’s true, but I do know this: vulnerability is tough. VERY tough. Vulnerability is a HUGE leap of trust. When you tell someone your deepest and darkest secrets, you expect them not to use those against you. I will admit that this blog is about the closest I can get to being vulnerable. I’ll let you be the judge of how vulnerable I am in this blog, but I hide the things that bother me on a day to day basis. I use the excuse that I don’t want to bother others with my own problems. I’m perfectly willing to help others with their problems, and I certainly don’t betray their trust when they do tell me their problems. But, I don’t really trust people with the deep stuff. I won’t even admit the deep stuff to my best friend. I would trust him with my life, but I don’t trust anybody with what I FEEL. I have been told my entire life that I would find at least one other person who thinks like me. That was basically a cliche as I was headed to college, “You’ll find someone there who thinks like you.” I still haven’t. I am THOROUGHLY convinced that there is nobody else who actually thinks like me. I confuse myself with my thoughts. How could someone else have even remotely the same labyrinth of a mind that I have? I think both like a nerd and a jock. I am both an extrovert and an introvert. I am both intelligent and idiotic. I am both funny and serious. I am both lively and boring. I can both love and dislike the same thing, simultaneously. I combine opposites in just about every way possible. Also, it seems like people tend to pry too much whenever I am vulnerable in a face-to-face situation. Once you start opening up, people want to hear EVERYTHING. Rarely do you find someone who will just listen when you tell them something deep. Maybe it’s because they have either the “You need a therapist” mindset, or the “Getting your entire life off your chest now will make you feel better” mindset. Nope. Not even sort of. It’s not that I don’t trust people with the information that I give them, it’s just that I don’t trust them to not try to pry too deeply. Also, depending on who you are vulnerable with, it may positively or negatively affect your capacity for joy and love. I have found that being vulnerable with someone generally means you love that person to some extent. But we would not be able to truly appreciate joy and love without the potential for sadness, anger, and hate. That’s the danger of being vulnerable: you may experience sadness, anger, and/or hate, but you have the potential to truly appreciate joy and love.

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I’d now like to sit on the throne of hypocrisy by discussing the second quote. When I say trust people until they give you a reason not to, I mean in regard to the small stuff. I trust people to help me out when I need them to unless they show me that they are incapable of helping out. There are definitely both dangers and benefits to trusting people quickly. Benefit: If you show someone that you trust them, they are more likely to trust you. Danger: A person you trust may take advantage of that trust. There is also a rare scenario where you trust someone and they prove trustworthy for multiple months or even years until they betray your trust in one colossal mistake. That is a REALLY unfortunate scenario. I do believe that my quote is modifiable in such an instance. Everyone makes mistakes. If someone proves their trustworthiness but makes a few mistakes, it’s okay. As long as they prove trustworthy at a much greater rate than they betray your trust. Nobody is perfect. It’s hard for anyone to be 100% trustworthy with the many different priorities and responsibilities that fall on each person. Be understanding. I doubt any married person can say that their spouse has never once betrayed their trust. I could be wrong because I obviously have no experience in the matter, but it seems like a fairly safe bet. It’s particularly hard when there are multiple people that you are trying to prove your trustworthiness to. Or when your heart and brain have different priorities. Your path won’t always light up the way you want it to. It takes many unexpected turns. Sometimes, something that FEELS right is not. At least, that’s what I’m told. Sometimes I wonder how much a person is shaped by the decisions they allow others to make for them. How many people can truly say that they stood up for everything they wanted and everything they believed in? NOBODY. Sometimes it’s possible to have too many people counting on you to make the right decision in their mind, and you lose sight of what the right decision in your mind is. Or the right decision in your heart. Sometimes when you want to switch up your priorities, you are reminded that you are restricted. Priorities aren’t always set the way an individual wants them to be. Sometimes they are set out of necessity. How different would your life be if you always did what YOU wanted? If you blocked out all outside opinions? How often do you let your mind make decisions instead of your heart? How often do you let your heart make decisions instead of your mind?

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The Blazers are getting FAR too close to this point.

Well, another day, another loss for the Portland Trail Blazers. They lost 93-92 in Philadelphia to the 76ers. They blew a 13 point halftime lead. Typical Blazers basketball. Total lack of second-half performance. Also, I believe I am 0 for ownership when it comes to the games for which I wear my Damian Lillard jersey. I’m really starting to think it’s bad luck. Which is a bummer because it’s a really cool jersey.

I finally got some exercise today! Got a nice hour and a half of throwing the frisbee around with a friend.

I also watched The Blind Side with some friends. I love that movie. I’ve seen it at least ten times now. It’s inspirational every time.

Today was the day that President Trump was officially inaugurated. I only saw the oaths of both Trump and Vice President Pence because the ceremony was during class. Luckily, my professor was willing to show the historic moment in class. I also got to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MoTab) perform. They were great. Easily the best choir in the US. I’m so impressed by their unity every time I hear them.

In football news, we are TWO DAYS away from both the NFC and AFC Championships!

Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was hired by the San Diego Chargers to be their new defensive coordinator. To use a line from Madden NFL 17, “Seems like reshuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.”

Baltimore Ravens LB Zach Orr announced his retirement today, at the age of 24. In a move eerily similar to that of ex-San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland, Orr has decided to hang up his cleats due to injury concerns. In his case, it’s because of a congenital neck/spine condition. Orr was considered the best young defender on the Ravens defense, even drawing the occasional review of “the next Ray Lewis”.

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As of now, the NFL’s International Series for the 2017 regular season will include the following 4 teams playing in London: Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on vulnerability and/or on trust and/or on the Trail Blazers and/or on exercise and/or on The Blind Side and/or on President Trump and/or on Gus Bradley and/or on Zach Orr and/or on the NFL’s International Series, along with a much appreciate like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to watch me try to be vulnerable. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Quote Bank

“Maybe the best things…the richest things…aren’t supposed to come easy. And the moments that make the most sense come when nothing else does…” -Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara in Psych.

“Love is being stupid together.” -Paul Valery, Poet

“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the Earth.” -Robert Anton Wilson, Writer

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Happy Birthday to Orlando Bloom

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Movie Conspiracy Theory: What if Lord of the Rings is actually a Love Story?

The New Year is still about an hour away for me, so I’m looking for something to do to kill the time until midnight. I know I said I would give my 2016 in numbers, and I will, but that will be tweeted instead of posted on my blog. For those of you who read my blog but don’t follow me on Twitter, check out my Twitter account (@TheHaysWay) at midnight to see that. Now on to the theory:

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This may sound kind of ridiculous because of all of the fighting, adventure, and orcs in The Lord of the Rings. However, think about the focus of the story: all of the fighting, adventure, and orcs are the result of a ring. I know the ring (paralleling a wedding ring) itself is a stretch, so allow me to explain myself more. I’ll start with the history of the ring.

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“One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them. One ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.”

The ring was forged in the fires of Mount Doom as “the ring of power”, or “the one ring to rule them all”. There is a parallel saying about love: “Love conquers all.” The villain of the story is Sauron, who forged the ring. He uses the ring to control everything and everyone. That, unfortunately, is how some bad relationships go. The fact that he is the villain for using the ring in that way could easily parallel a discussion on misusing love. After Sauron is defeated, multiple others obtain the ring. In the movies, we only get to see what it does to three people: Gollum, Bilbo, and Frodo. While each of them are in different states in their lives, all three get there because the ring changes them. They all come to be obsessed with the ring and it drives them crazy. Another parallel saying about love: “Crazy in love.”

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Cast of The Lord of the Rings from left: John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Dominic Monaghan (Mary), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Sean Astin (Sam), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Bean (Boromir), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Orlando Bloom (Legolas)

Now let’s look at the supporting cast. Sam is Frodo’s best friend who accompanies him on his journey with the ring. There are many times throughout their journey when Frodo claims that he wants to give up and turn back. Each time, Same picks him back up and gets him back on track. This is likely very similar to a best friend helping their friend win the love of a girl, especially if he is wanting to propose. I’ve never proposed to anyone before because I’m too young, but from what I have heard, that’s a pretty big life decision. I doubt anyone goes through that process without rethinking it or wanting to give up at some point like Frodo does on his journey. Now for Gandalf. He is the one with the benefit of wisdom. He is the most capable character when it comes to seeing the end game because he has the most experience. He sees the light at the end of the tunnel that Frodo is too young to see, kind of like those married people who say, “Love has a way of finding you” or, as Sir Elton John puts it, “There’s a time for everyone, if they only learn, that the twisting kaleidoscope, moves us all in turn.” Finally, the ring wraiths. The ring wraiths are the primary obstacle to Frodo throughout his journey, as they seek only to stop him from destroying the ring. People who fall in love often experience obstacles that seek to destroy that love in a similar fashion. Some examples of obstacles may be location or different life goals.

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Mordor: Eye of Sauron (left), Mount Doom (right)

The setting of the story also draws parallels to the realities of chasing love. The hobbits start out with a simple way of life, living in the shire. As the story progresses and Frodo gets closer to where he wants to go with the ring (Mordor), the setting gets darker and darker. That draws parallels to relationship “tests” as a lover learns more and more about their partner and are tested to see if their love is strong enough to withstand the darker, less appealing aspects of their partner. Mordor is the darkest because in order to cast the ring into the fire (or take the step of marriage, in the case of a relationship) one must accept the deepest and darkest secrets that their partner has. The setting then returns to the light after the ring is cast into the fire because once one accepts and protects their partner’s deepest and darkest secrets and has their deepest and darkest secrets protected in turn, the couple reaches the happy “true love” area. This area is then amplified with the trip to the immortal realm, into the west.

Don’t let the orcs, marshes, and battles fool you, The Lord of the Rings fits the same molds as a typical love story. This includes the symbolism, setting, and characterization in the movie. However you perceive The Lord of the Rings, there is no denying that it is a great story. I brought it up because it’s a New Year’s tradition in my family to watch all three of the movies. My theory holds legitimate arguments in my head, and I hope I did a good enough job of describing it to make you think twice about the purpose of the story, too.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on my theory and/or on a theory of your own about The Lord of the Rings (it can be even more outlandish than mine if you want, I’d love to hear it), along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to enjoy more movie conspiracy theories in the future. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow and a pleasant New Year!

Color: College Football Results

“Red is such an interesting color to correlate with emotion, because it’s on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, and all that. On the other end, you’ve got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.” -Taylor Swift, Musician

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Taylor Swift as a singer, but her lyrics are usually fairly meaningful. This is a deep quote, until you realize that it’s really not. She is right that red is associated with two ends of the spectrum. But think about this: those two ends of the spectrum are the same. Falling in love is basically mutual obsession. That is really the only difference between the positive and negative ends of the spectrum; If you add ‘mutual’ before the words in the negative spectrum, you end up with love, infatuation, and passion. After all, there is a reason that the Jedi Order forbids attachments. Now think about Anakin’s story: He fell in love with Padme, then he became obsessed with her. That lead to his fear for her life after he had dreams of her dying in childbirth. That, in turn, led to his anger and frustration over his lack of power to save her. This quote, combined with that story, leads to a whole new perspective on the red lightsaber blades of the Sith, right? Essentially, there is a very fine line between the positive and negative spectrums associated with red and emotion. Tread carefully.

So, how does color relate to college football results? Well, the results of some of the top games of the day were very colorful in variety. On the one end of the spectrum, you had the complete blowout within the top 10; #10 Louisville defeated #2 Florida State, 63-20. In the middle of the spectrum, you had ranked favorites win close games against other ranked foes; #1 Alabama defeated #19 Ole Miss, 48-43; #12 Michigan State defeated #18 Notre Dame, 36-28. Finally, on the opposite end of the spectrum, you had unranked foes upsetting ranked opponents; Nebraska defeated #22 Oregon, 35-32 (which wasn’t a HUGE upset because it was in the Sea of Red, but a minor upset, no less); North Dakota State defeated #13 Iowa, 23-21 (which wasn’t a huge upset either because we’ve come to expect this from North Dakota State. Can we just see a North Dakota State-Alabama matchup, already?!)

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or on the college football scores and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you like what you read and you are not yet a follower, become a follower to show the positive side of the red spectrum. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: August 11, 2016

“Coming back would not be so sweet without leaving first; Only when one leaves, does one realize why they want to come back.” -TheHaysWay

I thought a quote about coming back would be nice with the return of football being today. I nearly cried a few tears of joy when the preseason games started today. I love football, and as much as I miss it during the offseason, missing it makes me realize how amazing it is, and that makes it so much more special when it comes back. Just ask Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre; There’s a reason that he had a period of ‘will he?, won’t he?’ retirement: He missed the game. But the idea of missing something is applicable to so much more than sports. If one loves something or someone, they find that love when they leave that something or someone, even if they didn’t realize it was there. In fact, in my opinion, that’s what makes vacations so special; They give the opportunity to escape the normal, which allows you to reflect upon just what it is about the normal that you love. That is how you find out about who and what you truly love. If you are away from something or someone and you don’t miss that something or someone, then you likely don’t truly love that something or someone. My life is fairly chaotic, and during the offseason, I miss football because I get my mind focused on the chaos. Football is one of the few things that helps me get my mind off of chaos. It helps me keep my sanity (for the most part 🙂 ). I love football:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17

– I was wrong: (0-1)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Buccaneers CBs (Alteraun Verner had one tackle. Neither Brent Grimes, nor Vernon Hargreaves played in the game. I didn’t hear about any injuries to Grimes or Hargreaves, so the fact that neither played could be an indication that they are the starters, and are therefore resting during preseason play. If they are injured, Verner’s one tackle won’t give him a leg up in the competition, anyway. The only member of the Tampa Bay secondary who forced a turnover was rookie Isaiah Johnson. Johnson could be one to watch. Rookies who can already play coverage have a high value.); Eagles CBs (The Eagles secondary was quiet in this game as well. They also only had one interception, and it also came from a rookie: CB CJ Smith. Smith is now on the watchlist with Johnson.)

-Notes: (Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was the only Buccaneers QB to NOT throw an interception. Well done.); (Eagles QB Carson Wentz was the only Eagles QB to throw an interception. In his defense, Sam Bradford only threw one pass the entire game. Wentz was still more effective than Chase Daniel, who is 2nd on the depth chart right now.)

Washington Redskins 17 @ Atlanta Falcons 23

-I was wrong: (0-2)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Redskins S Su’a Cravens (Cravens finished with 3 tackles, which was good enough to tie for 3rd place on the team. That’s a good output for a safety-linebacker hybrid, especially on his first run as a rookie.); Falcons WRs (In the battle for the WR3 slot, Aldrick Robinson (3 receptions for 118 yards) destroyed both Eric Weems (1 rec, 48 yds) and Devin Fuller (1 rec, 17 yds). Nick Williams (3 rec, 28 yds) also outperformed Fuller.)

-Notes: (Redskins rookie RB Rob Kelley (7 car, 40 yds, 1 td, 2 rec, 13 yds) outran AND outcaught RB Matt Jones (2 car, 1 yd, 0 rec).); (Falcons starting QB Matt Ryan went for 0 completions in 4 attempts during the game.)

Carolina Panthers 19 @ Baltimore Ravens 22

-I was wrong: (0-3)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Panthers CBs (All Panthers CBs were quiet. No turnovers. The top performer of the group was Daryl Worley (2 tac).); Ravens OL (The o-line held up nicely against the Panthers, only allowing one sack, and getting a total of 115 rushing yards.)

-Notes: (The Panthers lacked a running game. Their top rusher was QB Joe Webb (6 car, 22 yds). However, RB Jonathan Stewart did NOT play, which may be a big reason for the lack of run game.); (The Ravens appear to have a RB2 battle on their hands between rookie Kenneth Dixon (9 car, 44 yds) and Terrance West (9 car, 25 yds, 2 tds). Either one could also, possibly dethrone starting RB Justin Forsett, who didn’t play this week.)

Jacksonville Jaguars 13 @ New York Jets 17

-I was right: (1-3)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Jaguars defense (17 points allowed, 3.0 sacks, 0 turnovers forced=Not as good as I thought the Jags would be. However, the three biggest offseason additions (CB Jalen Ramsey, CB Prince Amukamara, DE Malik Jackson) didn’t play. The fourth (LB Myles Jack) finished with 1 tac and 1 assisted tac.); Jets offense (17 points, RB Matt Forte didn’t play. I was right about QB Geno Smith (8-14, 79 yds, 1 td), though; He was the best of the Jets QBs in this game.)

-Notes: (One of the Allens on the Jacksonville Jaguars came to play. Allen Robinson (3 rec, 80 yds) was the Jags top receiver. Following him, was Marquise Lee (4 rec, 49yds), who was better than Allen Hurns (1 rec, 13 yds).); (I’m mightily confused by the Jets QB situation. It is highly unlikely that they keep 4 QBs on their roster come the regular season. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a lock to make the team, and I THOUGHT rookie Christian Hackenberg would be too. However, Hackenberg did not play in this game. It’s possible the Jets are letting Bryce Petty and Geno Smith fight for the last roster spot, or the team might have decided to release their second rounder for some unknown reason. Time will tell.)

New Orleans Saints 22 @ New England Patriots 34

-I was right: (2-3)

-See last post for more details on this game.

Denver Broncos 22 @ Chicago Bears 0

-I was right: (3-3)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Broncos QBs (All three (Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch) made solid bids for the starting job. Sanchez was the only one to throw any tds or ints, as he threw 1 of each.); Bears WR Kevin White (1 rec, 3 yds. It’s preseason, and White is a starter so he didn’t get much playing time. Oh well.)

-Notes: (Denver Broncos WR3 Cody Latimer (7 rec, 82 yds) outperformed WR2 Emmanuel Sanders (2 rec, 14yds).); (The Chicago Bears have no running game now that they let Matt Forte walk in free agency. Jordan Howard (5 car, 12 yds) was the only RB to have double-digit rushing yards. Their leading rusher was QB Connor Shaw (2 car, 14 yds). Of course, being shutout isn’t a good sign either. Bad things are ahead for the Bears.)

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Daily Update: May 13, 2016

“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” -Loretta Young, actress.

Question for my readers: Which is more important: love or friendship? I decided today would be as good as any to show you my softer side. It’s tough for me to answer that question. I feel like, in part, the two are synonymous. Love comes from a deeper form of friendship. It’s amazing to me how one action can breach the gap between friendship and love. I agree with the quote. No matter how hard you try, love is never truly in your hands. Sometimes the moments that make the most sense come when nothing else does, especially in regard to love. As Sir Elton John says, “There’s a time for everyone, if they only learn, that the twisting kaleidoscope, moves us all in turn.” Don’t miss your time. Emotion is deeper than anything else in the world. As tantalizing as money may be, it can’t bring happiness. I beg each and every one of you, always put friendship and love before greed of any kind, especially the monetary kind. Anyway, now that I’ve opened up to you guys, here’s the NFL news for today:

  1. DE Jason Jones has signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins. Jones spent the past three seasons with the Detroit Lions, the season prior to that with the Seattle Seahawks, and the four seasons before that with the Tennessee Titans. He likely will be a rotational player in Miami and won’t start.
  2. The feel-good story of new Baltimore Ravens QB Keenan Reynolds continues to get better. The Navy has given their former QB permission to play in the NFL this season. If he also receives permission from the US Secretary of Defense, Reynolds will be able to postpone his service requirements to enjoy at least this season of NFL football. Unfortunately, Reynolds isn’t likely to have an opportunity to play QB unless QB Joe Flacco gets injured again this season. There is also a possibility, however, that Reynolds plays some RB or WR.
  3. LB Myles Jack has signed his rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jack fell into the second round of this year’s NFL draft following injury issues. He will start for Jacksonville if he is healthy.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, leave comments about the news or the quote, leave an answer to my question (or just thoughts on love and friendship, you can make it as deep as you like because clearly I did), leave suggestions, and leave a much appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.