NBA Finals: Warriors > Cavaliers, Positivity, Etc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quote Bank: April 24, 2017

Today is one of those days…

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It’s hard when you know a previous choice could’ve changed it…
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Often referred to as a “yes, man”. Saying “no” isn’t letting someone else down, it’s picking yourself up.

“I don’t sing in the car. I perform.” -Anonymous

There is no better feeling than singing in the car by myself. Nobody to judge, every emotion to release.

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Wow. This one probably requires a lengthy discussion some day. I have noticed my breathing often mirrors my feeling.

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April Snow, Self-Discovery, Maturity

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I was walking around in the snow today (yes, snow. In Denver. All of the second-to-last day of APRIL) and I started thinking even deeper than usual (there’s just something about the peaceful silence of falling snow that sends my mind into serenity). I was having a conversation with one of my friends about another one of my friends. I told my friend that my other friend had known for the majority of his life that he wanted to be a missionary. My friend’s immediate response was along the lines of, “Why would you want to spend your life making such little money?” The truth is, I’ve always envied my friend’s vision of his future as a missionary. Not for any religious regions, but because he so clearly knew what he wanted to do. I told this to the friend I was conversing with and he said, “It’s better to open your mind.” But, is that even related? At about this point, the friend I was conversing with walked the other direction from me, leaving me alone with my thoughts.

I don’t think that knowing what you want to do means that you close your mind. Rather, I would say that knowing what you want to do means that you close your heart. That may sound kind of pessimistic, but that’s not my intention. Let me try an analogy to explain this: knowing what you want to do (or not) is like relationships. When someone is searching for love, the term that’s frequently used is, “They leave their heart open.” So, when someone finds their significant other and marries that person, that would mean that their heart closes. But, marriage is not a bad thing. In fact, the reason someone opens their heart is to close it for good. It’s weird to think about, right? But, when you know what you want to do, your heart closes. In the meantime, someone who is searching for what they want to do leaves their heart open to different possibilities for their future. And, like in relationships, leaving your heart open to search for your purpose can begin to hurt after a while. The pain comes from societal expectations. Most people have others in their life that expect them to know what they want to do and expect them to get married. Eventually, they adapt these same expectations and they internalize them. It’s amazing to think about how few people are doing EXACTLY what they, as individuals, want to be doing. I’m spiraling now. My point is this: my friend and I are both right. It’s great to leave your options open, but there is also great benefit to committing. In my opinion, part of growing up is learning to commit.

My perspective there deeply intrigues me. I often get complimented by others about how mature I am for my age, but I am very immature in the sense that I just described. I am terrible with commitment. That’s a result of a few different scenarios, I suppose. Sometimes I just don’t know to what I want to commit, and sometimes I don’t commit the way I should (meaning, I either work WAY too hard or I don’t work NEARLY hard enough). This leads me to wonder: Exactly what constitutes maturity?

Does April snow make May things grow?

When did you find out what you want to do? How?

When have you opened/closed your heart/mind?

How do you define maturity?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, I would love to hear your responses to the questions above along with anything else that is on your mind. Please leave a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, open (or close?) your heart and become a follower. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow and may the force be with you.

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.

Dreams, Life’s Journey, and More…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sidebar: Clearing My Mind and My Soul

So, I was just lying in bed, trying to go to sleep. The only problem was that I was thinking…I have a few things weighing on my mind and my soul that I need to talk out before I can sleep.

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Do you live your life striving to be a certain kind of person? I do. I try to be a good person. That’s not the new development, I know I’ve told all of you about that before. Thursday, I stopped dead in my tracks because one of my assignments made me think about the biggest moment, in which, I was not the person I wanted to be. I know that I’m not defined by that one moment, but I think about it…I wish that I had it all to do over again. I wish there was some way that I could adequately make up for my mistake in that moment. Anyway, the reminder of that moment left me staring into space for a good 10 minutes. I remember asking myself, “Am I really who I claim to be, and who I want to be?” I am. That much is clear to me. It always has been. I always come back to that after these moments of uncertainty. It really is a drain to have that mistake on my mind, though. I doubt it will go anywhere anytime soon, either, which makes it all the more painful. I couldn’t even finish the assignment in that moment. I had to play some NBA 2K 13 to make myself move past that moment.

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As a tangent to that thought, do you ever have moments where you have a question that you want to ask, but you don’t know to whom you should ask it? Well, yesterday, I wanted to ask someone, “Do you think I’m a good person?” I believe there are plenty of people who would respond, “Absolutely.” I didn’t want to ask those people. I wanted to ask someone who I believe might say, “No.” I’m not sure why…I never ended up asking anyone because I came back to my senses and remembered that character isn’t defined by one moment, but a lifelong collection of moments. So, I was quite unsettled on Thursday. Yesterday, I received a text from my best friend, who said, “It will be awesome when you come back.” That made me feel much better. That’s what friends are for. The timing of that text, right when I was feeling like a dirtbag, was perfect. It was probably the most perfectly timed text I’ve ever received, almost like a psychic connection, or something. Shout out to best friends!

Another thing on my mind was Thursday’s Boise State game. I about had a heart attack. FIVE turnovers for the Broncos! I thought for SURE they would lose their first game of their season the week before I go see them in person. (That’s right, I’m going to see them play @ the University of Wyoming with four of my friends here at DU!) I realized something else about myself in watching that game: I’m a big New York Giants and Boise State Broncos fan, but I’m a fan in different ways. I love the New York Giants. I pour my soul into my love of the Boise State Broncos. I have come to expect the Giants to lose during their season because they play in the NFL. With the Broncos, however, I always believe that they can go undefeated. It legitimately breaks my heart when they lose. Anyway, I’m REALLY glad that they ended up winning 28-27, despite the FIVE turnovers. So, I will be going to see the undefeated Boise State Broncos take on the Wyoming Cowboys next weekend. Go Broncos!

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Boise State WR Thomas Sperbeck with a TD catch in the Broncos’ narrow, 28-27 victory over BYU, on Thursday

I know this post was supposed to contain the 29th-ranked NFL franchise in all-time winning percentage, but I’m going to save that for the next post. This one was solely to talk a couple of things through.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 24, 2016

“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” -Vincent Van Gogh, Artist

I love this quote. Sadly, when I looked for quotes related to work, I found mostly quotes talking about the benefits of work. Work isn’t always beneficial. I am saddened by the influence that the dollar has in today’s society. Unlike Van Gogh, many people today put their heart and their soul into earning money. If Van Gogh lost his mind doing something that he wanted to do instead of something that earned him money, can you imagine what work does to those of us who are in it for the money. I have a very good friend who works seven hours a day at a job, and another at least three or four hours between baby sitting and house sitting. That’s a minimum of ten hours a day! I often ask her, ‘How can you stand to work that much every day?’ Her answer: ‘I love money.’ Of course, I grill her a little for working just for money, and her excuse is that she needs art supplies, and so forth. But, I don’t buy it (LOL, get it, because of money? :)). There is SO much more to life than money. Unfortunately, work is a necessity because everybody needs money to survive in today’s society. But we don’t have to burn ourselves out on making money. Money doesn’t buy happiness. In fact, the reason most people work as much as they do is to provide for the people that they love. In movies, they always say how people would rather spend time with the people they love than have their money. That’s how it should be. Sometimes, the way to provide for the people you love is not earning money for them, it’s sharing your love with them. So, with that, I encourage you all to spend more time with the people around you. Life is short, and I have no idea what it’s purpose is. But, I am absolutely convinced that the purpose is NOT to spend all of our time working. I make my purpose to be with the people I love because they make me happy, and I want to make them happy too. Of course, a job that you love can also bring happiness. For me, this blog is that kind of job, so let’s get to the daily news:

  1. I don’t want to give more publicity to QB Johnny Manziel, but this story is hilarious. The Cleveland Browns aren’t the only ones who doubt Manziel because HIS LAWYER does too! His defense attorney is working on a plea deal with prosecutors in Manziel’s case. The following is a direct quote from the attorney: “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.” That is one of the best things I’ve heard all week. You know the dude has a HUGE problem if the guy who is paid handsomely to support him, still doesn’t.
  2. In December of 2015, an Al-Jazeera America report alleging PED use amongst multiple NFL players was released. Next month, four of those players will be interviewed. Their names: Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison, Green Bay Packers LBs Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and LB Mike Neal. Those are some HUGE names. This incident could have HUGE implications on the legacies of both Harrison and Peppers. It could also affect the future of Matthews. Big mistake for all four players if the report is valid.
  3. QB Tarvaris Jackson was arrested this morning for allegedly threatening a woman. Sadly, the incident likely won’t affect Jackson’s career because it is pretty much over anyway. But still, bad move, man. Respect others. It’s that simple. Somebody needs to make that a message at NFL rookie orientation because I write about these kinds of stories FAR too often.
  4. The Pittsburgh Steelers released K Shaun Suisham following a setback in his rehab of his torn ACL from last season. This was a very interesting move, in which, everybody is mad. I know Steelers fans were FURIOUS upon hearing this news because of last season’s debacle with replacement K Josh Scobee, who made Suisham look like the best K in NFL history. Scobee was TERRIBLE! I was also furious because I hate when teams do that to their players. It’s not his fault he tore his ACL! Suisham did so much for the Steelers, yet, they turn their back on him just like that.
  5. I’m sure most of you have heard about the recent shooting at an Orlando night club. The NFL has too. Today the league, as well as all three Florida-based NFL franchises, donated $400,000 to the OneOrlando Fund, which supports victims’ families, and the survivors of the attack. The amount is a little low considering how much money the four organizations have, but it’s the thought that counts, right? And that is still a lot of money, so good for the NFL.

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

Daily Update: June 6, 2016

(Please know that the movie clip today contains some language and grotesque images. It also contains Eddie Murphy. You’ve been warned.)

“If I put my mind into something, I can occasionally be stopped. If I put my heart into something, I will never be stopped.” -TheHaysWay

I thought something regarding the heart and the mind would be interesting today. I’ve been doing a fair share of thinking (with the mind, of course) about the two because of how I’ve been feeling (with the heart, of course) recently. I personally believe that the two get in each others’ way. They are battling components. Essentially, what the heart feels typically defies all logic that the brain manages to muster. Everybody must choose one of the two to listen to in every situation. I usually listen to my heart, which, is both good and bad. I will say this, though: It is better to listen to the heart more often than the brain. While the brain will prevent mistakes, the heart leads to the fulfillment of dreams. What is the point of life if not to work toward fulfilling dreams? Besides, the only way we learn in life is through making mistakes. Now on to the news:

  1. The Denver Broncos visited the White House today. It was the last Super Bowl Champion team visit during President Obama’s tenure. Regardless of opinions on the policies of Obama, I do appreciate his sports mind. He gave tributes to both the amazing defense of the Champs, as well as to the long career of QB Peyton Manning, in a matter that was also funny in recognizing Manning’s many commercial deals.
  2. Still on the Denver Broncos subject, CB Aqib Talib was released from the hospital today following his sustained gunshot wound to his leg. Talib was shot Sunday morning in Dallas. Just for the record, Dallas was also where the New Orleans Pelicans Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot dead. [Insert terrible statement about Cowboys fans here that would offend everybody because people were shot and that’s not a laughing matter]. Instead of coming up with a statement against Cowboys fans related to the shootings, I will isolate the statement, so it is in no way involved with the shootings. Cowboys fans suck, go GIANTS!
  3. RIP Muhammad Ali. I was shocked to hear the news that the legend had passed on Friday. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes of all time, and I would personally put him in the top 5 for both his performance in the sporting arena, and his character contributions outside. A moment of silence, please……………..
  4. Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith signed a five-year, $51.25 million extension on Monday. The deal includes a $10 million signing bonus, and $28.578 million guaranteed. This was a great signing by the Vikings. Smith, in my opinion, is the best safety in the NFL, and he is TREMENDOUSLY underrated. He is a hard-hitter and has a great nose for the football.
  5. Speaking of contract extensions, Carolina Panthers C Ryan Kalil signed one of the two-year variety, worth $16.75 million. The deal also includes $13 million guaranteed. Another great signing. QB Cam Newton had his MVP season last year because Kalil led the offensive line and consistently made the correct adjustments to protect Newton. He is a HUGE reason (literally and figuratively) why the Panthers made the Super Bowl this season.
  6. A quick mention of the NBA Finals: Congrats to the Golden State Warriors for winning both Game 1 and Game 2 in convincing fashion. I have the Warriors winning the series 4-1.

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