Robert Quinn Trade

Trade Alert!!!

The LOS ANGELES RAMS are shipping DE ROBERT QUINN to the MIAMI DOLPHINS. Well, they will be shipping him off when the new NFL league year begins on March 14. The 27 year old is leaving the team that he’s played for since being drafted 14th overall in 2011. In 5 seasons in St Louis and 2 seasons in Los Angeles, Quinn accumulated 218 tackles, 62.5 sacks, and 20 forced fumbles. He had 3 straight years of double-digit sacks from 2012-14, including a career high 19 sacks in 2013. Since 2014, Quinn has totaled 17.5 sacks without playing a full 16 games during a season (he did play in 15 games last season).

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For Quinn, this should be a good thing as he gets the chance to reinvent a career that’s gone a little stale with the Rams. He’s still a very good player and he will be joining a Miami defense that ranked 4th-worst in Points Allowed this season.

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For the Dolphins, this move is a little surprising. Their defensive line is already pretty good with DT NDAMUKONG SUH and DE CAMERON WAKE on the roster, but DE WILLIAM HAYES is set to hit free agency, and Wake just turned 36 years old earlier this year. Young, talented pass rushers are difficult to come by, and the Dolphins just landed one in Quinn, who should help improve the Dolphins 16th-ranked pass defense, provided he can stay healthy.

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For the Rams, not a shock. The Rams have some huge decisions coming with their upcoming free agents, most notably they have a tough decision to make in deciding to use their franchise tag on WR SAMMY WATKINS or S LAMARCUS JOYNER or neither. The extra cap space they get from unloading a player who has declined in production may allow them to entice both Watkins and Joyner to stay.

In addition to Quinn, the trade includes a mid-round draft pick heading to Los Angeles (which the Rams needed after trading a 2nd and 4th rounder to the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS in exchange for CB MARCUS PETERS), and the teams are swapping late-round draft picks.


The Franchise Taggees

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

Franchise Taggees

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

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Will Get Done

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

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

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Won’t Get Done

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

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

New England Patri-OUT: Rob Ninkovich Retirement


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For those of you who are like me in that you are sick of seeing the New England Patriots win, you’ll be happy to hear that they are suffering a setback today (don’t worry Patriots fans, I’m sure HC Bill Belichick will find a way because he always does):

Pats LB Rob Ninkovich announced his retirement from the NFL today, smack in the middle of training camp. Ninkovich, by way of Purdue University, spent 11 seasons in the NFL (New England Patriots [8], Miami Dolphins [1.5], New Orleans Saints [1.5]) accruing 460 tackles, 46 sacks, 5 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown. Ninkovich was drafted by the Saints with the 135th overall pick (5th round) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Ninkovich is expected to be replaced by sophomore LB Elandon Roberts, by way of the University of Houston, who accrued 45 tackles and a forced fumble in his rookie season. Roberts was drafted by the Patriots with the 214th overall pick (6th round) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

#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.

Daily Update: August 25, 2016

As I begin writing this, I don’t know where I want to start in terms of topic. Well, I’ve started putting together a playlist of my favorite songs of all-time, which were featured in Madden games. I’ve found this to be a little distracting while I’m playing because I listen to the music instead of the broadcast. Mistakes were made while I was jamming to some of my tunes. In fact, in one game (against the Lions) I went off-controller to fix my music playlist for ONE PLAY, and the Lions scored an 80-yard TD on that play. Don’t trust the CPU players to win for your team. THEY SUCK! Anyway, I made a comeback after that to remain undefeated in Madden NFL 17, but it was still highly frustrating. Also, another great catch, this one courtesy of WR Cody Latimer:


Now on to NFL Game Results:

  1. Atlanta Falcons 6 @ Miami Dolphins 17- Both starting QBs (Matt Ryan ATL and Ryan Tannehill MIA) threw INTs. The important RBs (Devonta Freeman ATL, Jay Ajayi MIA, and Arian Foster MIA) failed to stand out, as Foster was the only one of those three to score a TD, and he also led in YPC with 2. There were no receiving TDs, but Atlanta’s WR Aldrick Robinson (3 rec, 70 yds) continued to impress, along with Miami’s star receiver, Jarvis Landry (4 rec, 40 yds). The two star defensive backs (CB Desmond Trufant ATL and S Rashad Jones MIA) both had an interception. Miami’s defense had two forced fumbles, one from DB Shamiel Gary (who had a great game: 5 TAC, 2 ATAC with the FF), and the other from S Michael Thomas (also had 1 TAC). Overall, the defenses showed off in this game. Atlanta’s defense seems slightly improved from a year ago (not that it could’ve gotten worse),  and Miami’s defense doesn’t seem to have skipped a beat (2 SAC), despite losing DEs Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby during the offseason.
  2. Dallas Cowboys 10 @ Seattle Seahawks 27 (In Progress)- Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo left in the first quater and was holding his back. There is no official word on the severity of the injury, yet. The good news for the ‘Boys is that QB Dak Prescott (17-23, 116 yds, 1 TD) continues to impress. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (16-21, 192 yds, 2 TDs) also impressed, though, that’s no surprise. Both starting RBs (Ezekiel Elliott DAL (7 car, 48 yds) and Christine Michael SEA (because Thomas Rawls didn’t play: 7 car, 58 yds)) were fairly impressive. Top receiver in the game is WR Tyler Lockett (3 rec, 41 yds, 1 TD).

Now for some NFL general news:

  1. The New England Patriots continued their offseason trading spree. Today, they dealt a 5th round pick to the Cleveland Browns, in exchange for former-1st round pick, LB Barkevious Mingo. Interesting acquisition. This definitely seems like a Bill Belichick move. Mingo has loads of potential, he just hasn’t lived up to it yet. Belichick has a way of getting that potential out of his players.
  2. Former Cleveland Browns S Donte Whitner is visiting the Carolina Panthers. My advice: Carolina, SIGN HIM! I actually forgot that Whitner is still a free agent. He’s getting a little old, but I still believe that he is a very capable safety, and Carolina could definitely use the help in their secondary.
  3. The Detroit Lions released RB Stevan Ridley. Ridley was once a promising young RB for the Patriots, but sustained an ACL tear in 2014, which has quickly derailed his career. This could be the end of said career, after Ridley failed to stick with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, both of which, have been in serious need of RBs during the last couple of seasons.
  4. Three huge injuries occurred this evening in preseason play. Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo left the ‘Boys game against the Seattle Seahawks after sustaining a back injury. The injury is not thought to be serious, though Romo didn’t return to the game. Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh suffered an ankle injury early in the ‘Fins game against the Atlanta Falcons, and he did not return. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point. Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones also got an ankle injury in the Falcons-Dolphins matchup, and didn’t return. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

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Daily Update: August 1, 2016

“And, you know, being able to wear the stars and stripes, when you step up on one of the blocks or, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play, you know, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world because you know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you.” -Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimmer (18 gold medals), United States of America

The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is on Friday. To celebrate this, the daily quotes for the remainder of the week will come from the top medalists from different countries, and each one will include a link to that country’s national anthem. Today, I’m starting with the top medal-ling athlete (Michael Phelps) from the top medal-ling country (the United States of America). I won’t go too philosophical on this quote, as it’s fairly straight-forward. I put this quote in here because it captures that ultimate Olympic moment. Phelps explains why Olympians train as hard as they do. Although he is specifically referring to the US (see, ‘stars and stripes’), I would imagine that most Olympic athletes across the world are in agreement with Phelps that the greatest moment for them is wearing their country’s flag proudly after representing it so well. I write the news about NFL players every day, and it’s remarkable to know that the majority of those NFL players don’t even come close to the elite, athletic level reached by Olympians. Of course, when the Olympics add American football, the US could assemble a team of NFL benchwarmers and they would STILL blowout every other country. The US definitely specializes in football, much like they do in basketball. I can’t imagine how bad the Olympics will get in the basketball arena when the Gasol brothers aren’t around to help team Spain anymore. They’re the only ones who come close to challenging team USA’s ‘Dream Team’. Anyway, back to football:

  1. The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent RB Reggie Bush to a one-year contract. Great signing for the Bills. Bush is a very solid insurance policy for the recently-injured LeSean McCoy, and the recently-suspended Karlos Williams. Still, I think Bush is far from a lock to make the Bills 53-man roster.
  2. In yesterday’s blog, I linked the commercial that shared QB Peyton Manning’s new Sunday Mornings with us. Apparently he only takes Sundays off. Manning has already visited the New Orleans Saints training camp this summer and today, he was found at the Miami Dolphins training camp. He was, reportedly, in Miami to evaluate and tutor Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. Is he ALREADY itching to get into coaching? It’s only been a few months!
  3. San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson sustained a torn meniscus in training camp today and will likely require surgery. There is a possibility of Johnson missing the entire, upcoming season. What does that mean? Effectively, nothing. Johnson hasn’t really been effective in the passing game since he was in Buffalo, and San Diego signed WR Travis Benjamin in free agency this offseason to pair with WR Keenan Allen, who is returning from his own season-ending injury from a year ago. This will have little impact on the Chargers passing game, if any at all.
  4. If you thought the Dallas Cowboys front seven situation couldn’t get any worse, think again. DL Tyrone Crawford is currently dealing with a back injury. Even worse, there is no timetable for his return. For those of you keeping track (and the rest of you, too), the Cowboys are looking at the possibility of being without FOUR of their starting front seven players at the beginning of the season. While I am jumping for joy as a Giants fan, that’s really bad news for Dallas. They need to keep looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. (Or they could just sign players that can STAY ON THE FIELD!)
  5. By the way, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has told the media that he won’t name a starting QB until right before the Browns open the preseason. He’s technically stayed true to that in that he hasn’t NAMED one yet, but QB Robert Griffin III has taken all first-team snaps in training camp. We all know actions speak louder than words, so, RG3 will get another chance to revive his career that has been on life-support for a while now. He hasn’t looked phenomenal in training camp, but time will tell if that will change for better or worse.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Weekend Update: July 16-17, 2016

Is there a garbage chute?…Trash compactor?” -Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Some things definitely just need to be thrown away. Some of THOSE things need to be crushed so that nobody remembers them. Ok…maybe that’s extreme, but regardless, this weekend didn’t fall into either of those categories. First of all, I thought I’d share this pic:                                                                 IMG_20160716_085138680

If you are confused as to why I would have taken this photo, you are experiencing the same feeling I had when I discovered this on my phone this morning. Remember how I said I was a runner? Well, that’s my shadow and the middle school track that I run on because it’s close to my house, and it’s 1/4 mile per lap, so it’s easy to keep track of how far I run WITHOUT using technology. Anyway, that doesn’t explain the picture. On the last leg of my 3 mile run yesterday, I went into full-on sprint (that’s why I have my phone in my hand because I don’t like it bouncing in my pocket when I’m sprinting. I don’t run the entire time with my phone in my hand.). It turns out that my full-on sprint is so fast that it activated the quick motion required for me to access my camera quickly on my phone. That, combined with the fact that my finger was on my screen as I ran with the phone in my hand, led to this picture being taken. It is one of over 60 photos that I accidentally took yesterday. So that was my stupid, and hilarious moment for the weekend.

In non-stupid news, I am almost done with those Madden legacy achievements that I have been talking about. My legacy score is sitting North of 16,000 right now, so I need less than 4,000 legacy points to complete the last legacy score achievement. To get to this point, I have won 4 straight Super Bowls. A word of advice: In Madden 16, roll with the New England Patriots in Franchise Mode. The offense needs a little work because QB Tom Brady retires after a year or two every time, and the offensive line is pretty makeshift, but the defense is spectacular! I never realized how young the Patriots defense is! I’m in the fifth season of my current franchise, and the following Patriots defenders are still under 30 years of age: DE Chandler Jones, MLB Jamie Collins, ROLB Dont’a Hightower, CB Malcolm Butler. That’s remarkable! And all four are rated 88 overall or higher! FS Devin McCourty is also still on the team as a 94 overall, but he is 32 years old in the game. I was also fortunate enough to find an 81 overall QB in the draft to replace Brady after he retired, too. So I haven’t had to worry about my team making the playoffs too much. The AFC East has proven to be very interesting in the game, too. While my team always tops the division, there is always one other team close behind me, and it’s a different team every season. Two seasons ago, the New York Jets gave my team a run for it’s money by TYING my team’s win-loss percentage. Last season, the Miami Dolphins came close. This season, the Buffalo Bills are right on my tail, even beating my team IN FOXBOROUGH! It’s really confusing. Also noteworthy: the Jets team that challenged mine two seasons ago was led by QB Geno Smith. The Jets would be so lucky in reality to actually pull that off.

Continuing video game talk: I have managed to increase my nerdiness even more by playing Pokemon again! And NO, I do NOT play Pokemon Go. Honestly, that app just seems like a disaster. I’ve heard about terrible things happening with people playing that game. One player found a dead body in a river when she went to check out a beacon in the game. There was also a YouTuber who witnessed a murder while chasing a beacon (I do not know if the murder was set up by the person who set up the beacon, that may not have been the game’s fault, it could have just been a REALLY BAD coincidence). Anyway, while the app may be a great way for the police to catch serial killers (seriously, police departments should look into that), I’m not willing to risk my life just to play Pokemon. (I would also like to request a moment of silence for the police officers who were shot in Baton Rouge, LA today………………………………………………………………………………..I won’t say anything about racism in America today, because people get really angry about that stuff. Instead, I will say that both sides of the argument need to find a non-violent solution. Killing people isn’t going to improve race relations.) So, I broke out my old Nintendo GameBoy! Remember those? The graphics are really laughable now, but it’s still a lot of fun. My favorite Pokemon game is the Sapphire Version. My favorite Pokemon (for you die-hards) is Mudkip/Marshtomp/Swampert because Mudkip was my first ever Pokemon in any Pokemon game. I also have him and his two evolutions (listed) in physical card form, as well. Now that I’ve rambled about MY great weekend, how about the NFL’s great weekend:

  1. Free Agent RB Arian Foster is set to meet with the Miami Dolphins and the Detroit Lions. I SINCERELY hope the Dolphins do NOT sign him. I really hope Boise State alum RB Jay Ajayi gets his chance to start at running back for the Dolphins. Honestly, I think Detroit needs to give RB Ameer Abdullah his shot as starter, too. If either of these teams signs Foster, they should do so only as an insurance policy should the young RBs prove to be incapable after receiving multiple chances to start.
  2. Former NFL All-Pro Marion Campbell passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday. He played on the defensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles, and later coached both the Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. R.I.P. Marion Campbell.
  3. Former Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best will be competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After washing out of the NFL due to injury issues, Best has been given the green light to run the 100 m for Saint Lucia’s Olypic team because his father holds dual citizenship. That’s an awesome story. A truly athlete doesn’t let anything stop him. He is the Best! (Sorry, bad pun, oh well)
  4. I’ve mentioned MANY times the pure awesomeness of New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. That awesomeness has also been recognized in Germany. Beckham traveled to Germany, and was mobbed by many fans yesterday in Munich, forcing him to stand on top of a car to avoid getting trampled. Now, speculation has started regarding a New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game in Germany due to the popularity of Beckham (Giants), and hometown boy Moritz Boehringer (Vikings) in the country.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment about the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind (because I hope your weekend was even more exciting than mine!), along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 15, 2016

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” -Ernest Hemingway, Novelist

Without a strong quote to link to today’s news, I decided to pick a quote regarding a topic that I haven’t discussed much: trust. I picked this quote because it represents a dilemma that many people constantly face: who to trust. My problem is, I truly believe that everybody has good in them, so I do live by this quote in trusting people until they give me a reason not to trust them. Unfortunately, many people take advantage of the trust that is placed in them. It is even worse with the people whom you are close to because you trust them more. I have had that happen before, and it feels horrible realizing that I made such a horrible judgement call just because I really wanted to see the best in a person. There is also the problem of the people you trust not trusting you, which makes it harder for you to trust them. Part of trust is having it go two ways in a relationship. When one person breaks that trust, the other person experiences the feeling of having made a horrible judgement call. I guess what I’m saying is, DO trust people until they give you a reason not to, and NEVER be the person that gives a reason for someone not to trust you. If fewer people took advantage of the trust of others, more people would be faster to trust. A truly trustworthy person is a great person to have as your friend. I’m always as honest and dependable to the people around me as I can be. That, combined with my quickness to trust others, has actually led me to have many trustworthy relationships, despite some of my poor judgement calls. In fact, my poor judgement calls probably occur with less than half of the people I trust. I have a lot of great friends because that is what trust builds. Anyway, I’ve been rambling on for a while because there isn’t a lot of NFL news today, but here is that limited supply of the daily news:

  1. The Baltimore Ravens released OT Eugene Monroe. Yes, not only are they handing the reins at LT over to an unproven rookie, they are getting rid of the reliable veteran for NOTHING. I guess their down season last year hurt them more emotionally than I thought. I’m sorry for your loss Baltimore…well, your 11 losses, technically. At least you’re still superior to Cleveland.
  2. Miami Dolphins S Reshad Jones is ending his holdout from the team’s minicamp. Jones wants a new contract and is deserving of somewhere around top dollar as one of the best safeties in the league. Food for thought: with DT Ndamukong Suh’s massive contract, will the Dolphins be willing to fork over a big money contract to Jones as well? Maybe their success this year will determine that.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, 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.

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.