2018 Fantasy Football Rankings 1.0

I dropped the ball on these: I’m Sorry. I’ve actually had these done for a few weeks but I kept forgetting to post them. These may change a little over the next couple of months. As usual, you can also find this ranking on my fantasy football page. Enjoy, and feel free to tell me how wrong these rankings are in the comments. 🙂

  1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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    File:RB Todd Gurley II Rams, 2015.jpg; Photo from Wikipedia
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
  3. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
  5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
  6. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
  7. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
  8. Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
  9. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
  10. Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
  11. TY Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
  12. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  13. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
  14. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
  15. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
  16. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
  17. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  18. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins
  19. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

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    File:RB Derrick Henry Titans, 2016.jpg; Photo from Wikipedia
  20. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
  21. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
  22. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
  23. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
  24. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
  25. Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  26. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  27. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
  28. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
  29. Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
  30. Isaiah Crowell, RB, New York Jets

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    File:Isaiah crowell 2016.jpg; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  31. Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
  32. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
  33. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
  34. Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos
  35. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
  36. Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
  37. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  38. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
  39. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams
  40. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
  41. Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
  42. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
  43. Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  44. Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    File:Marqise Lee vs. Ravens 2014.jpg; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  45. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
  46. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
  47. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
  48. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
  49. AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  50. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
  51. Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins
  52. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
  53. Allen Hurns, WR, Dallas Cowboys
  54. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
  55. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
  56. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
  57. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
  58. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
  59. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants
  60. Michael Crabtree, WR, Baltimore Ravens
  61. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills
  62. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks
  63. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
  64. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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    File:Russell Wilson vs Vikings, November 4, 2012.jpg; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  65. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
  66. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
  67. Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers
  68. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
  69. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
  70. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens
  71. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
  72. Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  73. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
  74. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
  75. Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
  76. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
  77. Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
  78. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
  79. Cameron Meredith, WR, New Orleans Saints
  80. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts
  81. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  82. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
  83. Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
  84. DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  85. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
  86. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
  87. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  88. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
  89. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
  90. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
  91. Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
  92. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
  93. Dion Lewis, RB, Tennessee Titans
  94. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
  95. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
  96. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
  97. Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
  98. Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  99. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
  100. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
  101. Mohammed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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    File:Mohamed Sanu 2016.jpg; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  102. Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
  103. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
  104. Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
  105. Jordy Nelson, WR, Oakland Raiders
  106. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
  107. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
  108. Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos
  109. TJ Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
  110. Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins
  111. OJ Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  112. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
  113. Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
  114. Jacksonville Jaguars, DEF
  115. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  116. Martavis Bryant, WR, Oakland Raiders
  117. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
  118. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings

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  119. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
  120. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  121. Baltimore Ravens, DEF
  122. CJ Anderson, RB, Carolina Panthers
  123. Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets
  124. Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills
  125. Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
  126. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
  127. Philadelphia Eagles, DEF
  128. Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
  129. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
  130. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
  131. Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos
  132. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
  133. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
  134. Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots
  135. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

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    Matt Ryan | by Keith Allison; Photo from Flickr
  136. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
  137. Tedd Ginn, WR, New Orleans Saints
  138. Minnesota Vikings, DEF
  139. Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
  140. Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
  141. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
  142. Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears
  143. Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay Packers
  144. Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  145. Los Angeles Chargers, DEF
  146. Jonathan Stewart, RB, New York Giants
  147. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
  148. Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans
  149. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
  150. Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins
  151. Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams

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    File:Gretheleg2013.jpg; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  152. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
  153. Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts
  154. Robbie Gould, K, San Francisco 49ers
  155. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans
  156. Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
  157. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
  158. Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
  159. DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
  160. Paul Richardson, WR, Washington Redskins
  161. Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
  162. Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
  163. Harrison Butker, K, Kansas City Chiefs
  164. Donte Moncrief, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
  165. Los Angeles Rams, DEF
  166. Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins
  167. Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
  168. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
  169. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
  170. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams

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    File:Jared Goff.JPG; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  171. Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
  172. Carolina Panthers, DEF
  173. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
  174. Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders
  175. Chris Boswell, K, Pittsburgh Steelers
  176. Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
  177. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
  178. Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns
  179. Denver Broncos, DEF
  180. Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  181. Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions
  182. Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  183. Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  184. Jordan Matthews, WR, New England Patriots
  185. Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots

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    Rex Burkhead; Photo from Wikipedia
  186. James White, RB, New England Patriots
  187. New England Patriots, DEF
  188. Wil Lutz, K, New Orleans Saints
  189. John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
  190. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  191. Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears
  192. Houston Texans, DEF
  193. Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  194. Jake Elliott, K, Philadelphia Eagles
  195. Willie Snead, WR, Baltimore Ravens
  196. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions
  197. David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
  198. Mike Wallace, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  199. Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  200. Dez Bryant, WR

NFL Top 10 Players of 2017

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I realized that the NBA Awards are not the only interesting sports awards happening tonight because NFL Network‘s Top 100 Players of 2017 concludes tonight at 8 pm ET on (you guessed it!) NFL Network. Although the NBA Awards are a little more official and have flashier trophies that come with them, the NFL’s list of the Top 100 players is always interesting to see because it gives an inside look at what NFL players think of their peers. Today, the list of names in the Top 10 was released in alphabetical order, so let’s reorder them in order of greatness as a guess for how the ranking will shake out this evening:

  1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (16 games: 69.9 completion % for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 3 fumbles for a 117.1 passer rating)
  2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (16 games: 65.7 completion % for 4,428 yards and 40 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 104.2 passer rating)
  3. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos (16 games: 78 combined tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles with 0 fumble recoveries, 0 interceptions and 0 touchdowns)
  4. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants (16 games: 101 receptions on 169 targets for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (15 games: 106 receptions on 155 targets for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  6. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (15 games: 322 carries for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns with 5 fumbles; 32 catches on 40 targets for 363 yards and 1 touchdown with 0 fumbles)
  7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (14 games: 83 receptions on 129 targets for 1,409 yards and 6 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  8. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (12 games: 67.4 completion % for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns with 2 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 112.2 passer rating)
  9. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (12 games: 261 carries for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns with 3 fumbles; 75 catches on 94 targets for 616 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  10. Khalil Mack, DE, Oakland Raiders (16 games: 73 combined tackles, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles with 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 1 touchdown)


  • I have Khalil Mack ranked last because all the Derek Carr fans seem to think that Carr does everything by himself on CARR’S team. Apparently, despite statistics indicating the contrary, Carr outperformed Dak Prescott last year just because the Raiders have a lesser RB, O-line, and defense. If the Raiders have a lesser defense, so be it. So, I ranked Mack pretty much solely on resentment for all Oakland Derek Carrs (I mean, Oakland Raiders) fans, Derek Carr fans, Fresno State fans, and people from the city of Oakland.
  • You’ll notice that the other 9 players are first organized by number of games played. For those of you who read my NBA Awards post last night, you’ll remember that I said I value most the players that stay injury and suspension free to be there for their team when their team needs them. That rings true for the NFL, too.
  • Tom Brady is ranked above Le’Veon Bell in the “12 games” category because Brady once again led the New England Patriots to their most thrilling Super Bowl victory yet.
  • In the “15 games” category, I ranked Antonio Brown over Ezekiel Elliott because Brown didn’t have any turnovers. The two most important things for an offensive player are holding on to the ball and scoring. Brown was +5 in the holding on to the ball category and Zeke was +4 in the scoring category. 5>4, so Brown edges Zeke.
  • The “16 games” category was the trickiest because there were four players (not including Khalil Mack, of course) who fell into that category. Ultimately, I put the two QBs at the top because QBs are the most valuable players for a franchise. The two Super Bowl teams were both led by QBs on this Top 10 list (Matt Ryan for the Atlanta Falcons and Tom Brady for the New England Patriots), while the teams without definitive starting QBs include the Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets, the Los Angeles Rams, etc. The one anomaly was the Houston Texans, who got to the playoffs (and defeated the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs, by the way!) on the arms of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage.
  • So, 3 and 4 were between Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. I chose Miller over Beckham because, although I love OBJ as a fan of Big Blue, a defensive player usually manages to crack the top 3. Also, OBJ’s stats dropped off this year from last year. Also-also (yes, I meant to put two “also”s there), 13.5 sacks in the NFL is very impressive, especially on a defense that almost carried the Denver Broncos to the playoffs despite Trevor Siemian (don’t get me started on Northwestern) starting at QB.
  • 1 and 2 were easy from there. Matt Ryan a higher completion %, more yards, fewer fumbles, and a higher passer rating than Aaron Rodgers. Oh, Ryan also won the MVP award and led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl, so there’s that.

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Super Bowl LI

I really can’t start anywhere but the Super Bowl. Super Bowl LI. The first overtime Super Bowl which was, admittedly, shocking considering how terrible most of this postseason’s playoff games were. The New England Patriots came away with a 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. I knew the New England Patriots would win because they just always find away. I had that sinking feeling in my heart the whole time. I was also right about WHY the New England Patriots would win: the Atlanta Falcons’ lackluster defensive secondary. The New England Patriots were held to just 3 points in the first half because the Atlanta Falcons pass rushers were getting to QB Tom Brady before he could make good throws against the porous secondary. Unfortunately, those pass rushers were too tired after the stellar first half to maintain the same level of play in the second half, and Tom Brady carved up the Atlanta Falcons secondary. That said, props to Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford, who played admirably without starting CB Desmond Trufant (he even had a pick six!). Robert Alford was the ONLY member of the Atlanta Falcons secondary that came to play.  OK, S Keanu Neal wasn’t called out too much, but CB Jalen Collins did NOT come to play, and CB Brian Poole had what was probably (in the nicest terms possible) the worst performance of any member of any defensive secondary that I have EVER seen in the Super Bowl. Brian Poole had multiple holding calls against him, and he was also burned by the likes of WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Malcolm Mitchell, repeatedly throughout the game. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady set two records: most passing yards in a Super Bowl (466) and most Super Bowls won by a QB (5). New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick also set the record for most Super Bowl wins as a head coach (5). The Atlanta Falcons also had their ONLY turnover of this postseason with QB Matt Ryan‘s fumble. In conclusion, Super Bowl LI was proof that the good guys lose (Atlanta Falcons) and the bad guys win (New England Patriots).

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Two other brief Super Bowl notes:

  1. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could not wait to get off the podium during the Lombardi trophy presentation. The battles between Roger Goodell and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (and QB Tom Brady) have been well documented with the cheating scandals that the Patriots always seem to be facing. Roger Goodell left the trophy stage IMMEDIATELY after handing the trophy to Robert Kraft. LOL. Oh, and Robert Kraft took a jab at the whole ‘Deflategate’ situation, too.
  2. The Super Bowl commercials continue to get weaker every year. I honestly can’t really remember any of the commercials from this Super Bowl. 😦

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Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Previous and Upcoming Games

We now know which teams will be playing in the Super Bowl.

The Atlanta Falcons are the NFC Champions after a 44-21 shellacking of the Green Bay Packers today.

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The New England Patriots are the AFC Champions after a 36-17 demolition of the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

So Super Bowl LI will feature the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. A team that has never won a Super Bowl against a team that has won 4 Super Bowls since the turn of the century. The top two MVP candidates: Falcons QB Matt Ryan and Patriots QB Tom Brady. The top scoring offense of the Falcons against the top scoring defense of the Patriots. All-in-all, this matchup looks GREAT on paper. However, I thought the same about the NFC Championship, the Falcons-Seahawks Divisional game, the Raiders-Texans Wild Card game, and the Giants-Packers Wild Card game. Those were all blowouts. So, here are some keys to victory for both teams:

New England Patriots

  • Tom Brady needs to keep being Tom Brady.
  • Their defense MUST get stops. If they can get two or three turnovers and some points off of them, they will be golden.
  • When I say their defense, I mean CB Malcolm Butler. He was the hero of Super Bowl XLIX with his endzone interception at the end of the game. He can be the hero again if he can shut down Falcons WR Julio Jones.

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Atlanta Falcons

  • Matt Ryan needs to keep being Matt Ryan. If he allows the top scoring defense to score, the Falcons will be in serious trouble.
  • Julio Jones needs to best Malcolm Butler. This one-on-one matchup will HUGELY impact the game. The Falcons need their top WR to be productive if they are going to take down the dynasty team.
  • The Falcons pass rush must continue to show up. They played phenomenally against the Packers o-line today. In fact, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was pressured on 50% of his drop backs in the NFC Championship. The Falcons had him shook. Also, the New York Giants pass rush is what toppled Brady and the Pats back in Super Bowl 42. If the Falcons can’t pressure Brady, they will lose. Their secondary NEEDS their pass rush to survive.

If you have been following my preseason predictions, you know that I picked a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl. I came close, but I’m glad that the Falcons made it instead. Being that my prediction was broken, I suppose I should give a new prediction:

New England Patriots 38, Atlanta Falcons 30

Unfortunately, I do believe the Patriots dynasty will have another Super Bowl Championship to their name. I don’t think the Falcons are ready for the biggest stage in sports. While their offense looked phenomenal today, they were playing a decimated Packers secondary. They won’t play as well against the top scoring defense. Also, I think the Patriots o-line will review the tape from the NFC Championship so they know what to block for. That will allow Brady to eat the Falcons secondary alive, as they showed some definite holes, even against a Aaron Rodgers that was under fire all day.

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#29: Team Management, Weekend, and More

Before I begin, a quick recap of my weekend:

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  1. I finished the weekend with a 3-2 record in NBA 2K13 against one of my friends here at DU. He beat me and another friend of ours in a game of 21 (real basketball, not video games), then I beat both of them in a game of PIG (again, real. Also, similar to HORSE, just fewer letters). So, a decent weekend for me in terms of my skills as an athlete and gamer.
  2. My brand new football is busted. I was playing with it on Friday, and it was perfectly fine. I picked it up on Sunday, and it was totally deflated. I pumped it up to 9 lbs of pressure, and a minute later, it was down to less than 1 lb of pressure. Somehow, someway, my football broke in between Friday and Sunday, without being used at all. I have no idea how it happened, but that’s not team management.
  3. Team management. That’s a thing for me now. All things have something to do with team management. My friend said those two words during a game of Madden, and they’ve stuck with me. I’ve taken them to a whole new level; It’s practically my catchphrase, even when it doesn’t make any sense. (ESPECIALLY when it doesn’t make any sense.)
  4. This weekend was a triple win weekend for me. On Thursday, the Boise State Broncos won (and the Houston Cougars lost!), so I will see the 7-0 #13 Boise State Broncos in Laramie, WY next weekend for an important matchup against the Wyoming Cowboys, that will essentially decide the Mountain division of the Mountain West conference. On Friday and Saturday night, the DU Hockey team took down the Michigan State Spartans. Congrats Pios!!! On Sunday morning (EARLY Sunday morning), the New York Giants took down the Los Angeles Rams in London. Despite another lackluster performance from the non-existent offense of the Giants, the defense came through with four interceptions of Rams QB Case Keenum, including a pick-six (courtesy of S Landon Collins), which ended up being the final point differential. So, the G-men head into their bye week with a winning, 4-3 record.
  5. Boise State grad and Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi became the fourth player in NFL history to record back-to-back 200+ yard rushing performances, today. This opens up a big opportunity for Boise State. With the success of both Ajayi and Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (also a former Boise State grad), they have the opportunity to recruit more, great RBs with the selling point of being a ‘RB University’. Furthermore, current Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols is having another great season in his illustrious Boise State career, and the successes of Ajayi and Martin could help his draft stock, as well. Congrats Ajayi!
  6. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals tied in Arizona on Sunday Night Football, 6-6. Wow. I don’t like ties.
  7. Great weekend for my friends and family (in terms of football), as well. The New York Jets won (my mom’s team), the Detroit Lions won (my dad’s team), the Oakland Raiders won (my friend, Ben’s team), the Kansas City Chiefs won (my friend, George’s team), and the New England Patriots won (my friends, Connor’s, Brendan’s, and Michael’s team). Thanks world! You have done right by me this weekend!

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On to the highly-anticipated #29:

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The Song

’29’ is the title of an album by Ryan Adams. I have never heard of this album before, and the name Ryan Adams isn’t ringing any bells, either. So, I’ll be listening to a song from the album for the first time, immediately preceding this post being published.


I’m not entirely sure what this expedition was all about, and I’m tired. Let me know if you know what it’s about, or if you find out what it’s about.

Atlanta Falcons

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Founded: 1966

All-Time Winning Percentage: 43.7%

All-Time Record: (312-402-6)

Honestly, the Falcons team of recent years is probably their best in history. QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones have been having a magnificent season, along with RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, despite their loss to the San Diego Chargers, today. You might remember, the Falcons had QB Michael Vick prior to his issues with dogs. They might’ve had quite a few good seasons with him, had he been a good person. Nevertheless, it’s remarkable that the Falcons have the same all-time winning percentage as their biggest rival, the New Orleans Saints. Unlike the Saints, however, the Falcons have yet to win a Super Bowl. Their defense will need to improve significantly if they wish to change that.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the events of the weekend (mine or yours) and/or on the song ’29’ and/or on the NASA mission and/or on the Atlanta Falcons…

…I’m sorry, do you have a song (or songS) that make(s) you stop in your tracks to listen to? Well, I listen to a big Spotify playlist while I blog, and one of those songs came on for me. It’s called “New Year’s Day“, written and performed by the A Capella group, Pentatonix. It is a deep song for me. Most of my life’s regrets have come this year, so I can’t wait for New Year’s Day. It’s just over two months away, now. Anyway, that song makes me long for a New Year, a fresh start, because it currently reminds me of high school (ie my friends back home, my ex, an awkward and too uneventful summer, and many other goodbyes). That song takes me on a weird emotional roller coaster, and it’s only like 3 minutes long. Really weird…

…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 witness my fresh start, coming January 1, 2017 (at least in my mind, though I know I’ve had multiple opportunities to start anew, already, and I will have many more before January 1, but that’s not the point!). 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.