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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#30: ESPN, NBA, Forbes, and More

Before I begin, I’d like to point out that the New York Jets have declared QB Geno Smith, starter for their game on Sunday. [Insert laugh here].

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Also, of course the New York Giants end their losing streak when I decide to watch The Accountant instead of the second half of the game. By the way, if you haven’t seen that movie, I recommend it. Ben Affleck was great. Though, the movie was essentially a total waste of Anna Kendrick. She can act! Let her act without singing for once, PLEASE! (For the record, she doesn’t sing in this movie, she just doesn’t get much of a chance to act, either.)

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Anna Kendrick (left) and Ben Affleck (right) in The Accountant

 

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ESPN Films

Perhaps you have heard of ESPN’s films called, “30 For 30”. It started in October of 2009, seven years ago, the subject being Wayne Gretzky. Since then, the documentary series that has been following sports stories on and off the fields, courts, etc, has won Peabody and Emmy awards. If you ever get the chance, I would highly recommend watching a few. They have some really inspirational stories. Here’s the link to the “30 For 30” homepage.

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NBA

So, the NBA has 30 teams. Due to this fact, NBA.com used the month of September (which has 30 days in it) to do a season preview for every NBA team, in worst-to-first fashion. Don’t worry, I won’t put all 30 team analyses in here, but I will encourage you to check them out for yourself (or at least check out your favorite NBA team). By the way, GO BLAZERS! RIP CITY ALL THE WAY!

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Forbes Summit

Well, Forbes had some Under 30 Summit. It’s supposed to have panels of young, influential celebrities, but some of the people listed as being part of the panels were DEFINITELY older than 30. So, I’ll let you guys figure out what this is, exactly. I DO know that it was in Boston, MA this year (or will be?).

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Jessica Alba is one of the youngest speakers on the panel and she’s 35. For those of you keeping track, that’s OVER 30.

Most Influential Teens of 2016

Okay, I give up on understanding these lists. The article is called, “The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016“, and there are only 29!!! WHAT THE…

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Simone Biles is 1 of 4 Olympians on the list of 29, not 30. Shout out to our US Olympians!

New Orleans Saints

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Founded: 1967

All-Time Winning Percentage: 43.7%

All-Time Record: (306-395-5)

I confess, there is another team tied with the Saints in all-time winning percentage, but that team is ahead of the Saints because that team has been around longer. Actually, when I announce that team tomorrow, it will be a nuclear bomb. Okay, not that big, but it’s pretty crazy (hint: it’s one of the Saints division rivals, and it’s not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because they’ve already been announced). The Saints have still only won one Super Bowl (SB 44) thanks to QB Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton (who are both still together in New Orleans, despite the fact that they haven’t even come close to getting back to the Super Bowl). QB Archie Manning apparently didn’t help them out too much during his tenure there a while ago. On the bright side, the Saints do have Verizon’s most reliable backup QB. 🙂

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the ESPN Films and/or on the NBA and/or on Forbes’ confusing Under 30 summit and/or on the even more confusing list of 30 most influential teens (WHICH ONLY CONSISTS OF 29 TEENS!!!!!!!!!) and/or on the New Orleans Saints and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Also, feel free to comment on interesting things to do with the #30 that I missed. Better yet, comment on interesting things to do with the #29, and I will include that in my next blog post! Also, this post has 8 pictures; If I’m getting too picture happy, let me know, and I’ll cut back. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to support 30 ACTUALLY MEANING 30, NOT 29!!!!!! 🙂 Be sure to tune in for my next blog post to find out which of the Saints division rivals is #29 in all-time NFL winning percentage. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: August 28, 2016

Friday

  1. New England Patriots 19 @ Carolina Panthers 17– There were many varying levels of QB play in this game (QB Joe Webb CAR had the most passing TDs (2) and passing YDs (123), QB Jacoby Brissett NE led the way in completion % (100%) by going 9-9. He had a passing TD, and QB Tom Brady NE did as well. QB Cam Newton CAR had 2 INTs and QB Derek Anderson CAR had 1 INT. QB Jimmy Garoppolo was the most non-descript QB in the game (9-15, 57 YDs).). Both starting RBs had nice games in the limited number of carries they got (Legarrette Blount NE (5 CAR, 26 YDs) and Jonathan Stewart CAR (3 CAR, 23 YDs)). The top scoring receivers were not the usual suspects (WR Chris Hogan NE (5 REC, 62 YDs, TD) and TE Marcus Lucas CAR (2 REC, 32 YDs, 2 TDs)). Carolina’s LBs came to play (Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson both had FF), while, for New England’s defense, it was the secondary that came to play (1 INT each for S Duron Harmon, S Devin McCourty, and CB Logan Ryan). Overall, I expected Carolina’s starting offense to perform better than their starting defense (which lacks a quality secondary now that Josh Norman is gone and the starting CBs are both rookies), and that was not the case. That was likely why the Panthers lost this game. Clearly, the Patriots starters were better on both sides of the ball with the defense intercepting QB Cam Newton twice, and QB Tom Brady scoring a TD in limited playing time on offense.
  2. Buffalo Bills 16 @ Washington Redskins 21– QB Kirk Cousins (12-23, 188 YDS, 3 TDS, INT) outshined all of the other QBs in this game, as no other QB passed for a TD. Only 1 rushing TD in the game (courtesy of RB Jonathan Williams BUF), though both starting RBs (LeSean McCoy BUF and Matt Jones WAS) didn’t play. Buffalo had a quiet receiving night, as their second leading receiver was RB Daniel Herron (5 REC, 49 YDS), while Washington’s receivers were lighting it up (WR Ryan Grant (1 REC, 38 YDS, TD) and TE Vernon Davis (3 REC, 42 YDS), notably took advantage of their opportunities.). Buffalo’s defense came up with 1 TO (CB Corey White had an INT), and Washington’s defense came up with 2 (CB Will Blackmon had a FF, and CB Kendall Fuller had an INT). Overall, I was surprised the game was this close. The stat sheet heavily favored Washington, but they often failed to take advantage of opportunities. Nevertheless, they did get the victory because Buffalo’s offense was relatively non-existent, as K Dan Carpenter (10 pts) was their leading scorer. Based on what Buffalo’s offense showed, I would say my current season outlook for them is correct. That also means that coach Rex Ryan could, once again, find himself out of a job at the end of this season.
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 27 @ New Orleans Saints 14– The starting QBs (Ben Roethlisberger PIT (12-17, 148 YDS, 2 TDS) and Drew Brees NO (9-12, 78 YDS, TD)) looked very sharp. The running games were disastrous, as the leading rushers for both teams (RB Le’Veon Bell PIT (3 CAR, 21 YDS) and RB Tim Hightower NO (8 CAR, 27 YDS)) were held under 30 YDS. WR Sammie Coates PIT (2 REC, 66 YDS, TD) finally came to play, meaning he MIGHT save himself from getting cut. For New Orleans, rookie WR Tommylee Lewis (2 REC, 41 YDS, TD) surprised. Pittsburgh’s defense was sensational, accumulating 2 FF (LBs Vince Williams and Lawrence Timmons) AND 2 INT (LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich). New Orleans defense was lousy (as expected) with just 1 FF (CB Delvin Breaux). The receiver situation was REALLY noteworthy. Coates really struggled in the previous two preseason games. While his performance in this game likely won’t lift him above WR Marcus Wheaton for the WR2 spot due to the suspension of WR Martavis Bryant, it could solidify another shot at the WR3 spot for him. New Orleans likely wishes they could find defenders out of thin air the way they have managed to find WRs. WR Brandin Cooks is a lock for the WR1 job, Willie Snead likely will take the WR2 spot with his continued emergence, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman have been giving each other a run for their money for the WR3 spot, and now Tommylee Lewis is coming out of nowhere to stake a claim for a roster spot as the WR5. Brandon Coleman is the oldest of those five, at just 24 years old! The Saints are loaded at WR! Also, Pittsburgh needs to give some serious thought to their LB situation. They’ve been looking for good LBs to team up with Lawrence Timmons, and they appear to have too many good options in their hands. Vince Williams likely will get the MLB2 spot next to Timmons due to his strong preseason performance. LB Bud Dupree will be injured to begin the season, so it has looked as though LBs James Harrison and Jarvis Jones will be starting at both OLB spots. After this game, however, the Steelers may want to look more closely at LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich, because Harrison is old, and Jones has not lived up to his first-round draft selection from a few drafts ago.
  4. Cleveland Browns 13 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30– Strong performances from the starting QBs (Robert Griffin III CLE (8-14, 119 YD, TD) and Jameis Winston TB (16-25, 259 YD, 2 TD)). Nothing special came from any RBs in this game. Just as WR Terrelle Pryor CLE was starting to build a good reputation with RG3, WR Josh Gordon (2 REC, 87 YD, TD) has picked up where he left off. Also, WR Mike Evans TB (5 REC, 115 YD, TD) is ready for the regular season, now. Boring game defensively, with just 2 FF (DT Danny Shelton CLE and DE Robert Ayers Jr TB). Noteworthy: WR Josh Gordon has come back strong, and RG3 continues to look like he is capable of getting his career back on track. How funny would that be if Gordon and RG3 challenged each other for comeback player of the year? That looks like it’s in the cards. Wait, does that mean Cleveland will be the comeback team of the year? Not likely. Stick with the Cavaliers for now. But don’t worry Cleveland, things are looking up for the Browns. Also, K Robert Aguayo (3-3 FG) FINALLY showed up!
  5. Green Bay Packers 21 @ San Francisco 49ers 10– Instead of analyzing this game, I’d like to rant against QB Colin Kaepernick. Remember how I said that (San Diego Chargers) DE Joey Bosa is my least favorite NFL player of all time? Well, I lied. It’s Crapernick. He made the 49ers highlight reel for the first time in a while, but not for spectacular gameplay. Instead, he made it because he refused to stand for the national anthem. What a(n) (Insert profantiy here)! This guy is UNBELIEVABLE, so much so, that ‘guy’ probably isn’t the correct word to use for him. I would use ‘rat’ or ‘cockroach’, but I don’t want to insult rats and cockroaches for no reason. His reasoning for sitting during the national anthem: He believes the country stands for anti-black racism. REALLY?! ENOUGH WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! Unfortunately, racism is still present, but it is present in INDIVIDUALS now, NOT the ENTIRE COUNRTY! Also, this country has given him the opportunity to make the ABSURD amount of money that he makes (despite the fact that he SUCKS, no less). If you are going to be stupid and blame the country for racism in individuals, LEAVE! Crapernick has absolutely NO RIGHT to disrespect this country! PLEASE, San Francisco, FIRE HIM! Rid yourselves, and all of us football fans from his STUPIDITY! I conclude by repeating: WHAT A(N) (INSERT PROFANITY HERE)!!!

Saturday

  1. Kansas City Chiefs 23 @ Chicago Bears 7– Surprisingly, the standout QB in this game was the Bears’ 3rd-stringer, Connor Shaw (5-6, 68 YD, TD). The Chiefs’ leading rusher was QB Alex Smith, and the Bears’ second-leading rusher was QB Connor Shaw=WOW. WR Cameron Meredith CHI (4 REC, 64 YD, TD) was the leading receiver, and the only receiver to score a TD. The starting DTs (Dontari Poe KC and Eddie Goldman CHI) both had a FF. CB Deiondre’ Hall CHI had an INT. Overall, a very boring game from two boring teams. Neither team is currently known for being splashy in terms of big plays. Although, clearly, boring works much better for Kansas City, even in the preseason.
  2. Detroit Lions 9 @ Baltimore Ravens 30– QB Matthew Stafford DET (14-23, 95 YD, INT) played a very Stafford-esque game, while QB Ryan Mallett BAL (10-15, 112 YD, TD) played a very UnMallett-esque game, and he also had a rushing TD. RB Theo Riddick DET (3 CAR, 35 YD) seems to be running away from fellow DET RBs Ameer Abdullah (4 CAR, 16 YD) and Zach Zenner (3 CAR, 13 YD) in the RB competition, and he is also an elite pass-catcher out of the backfield. Meanwhile, the Ravens RB competition continues to remain cloudy, as RBs Terrence West (7 CAR, 43 YD) and Kenneth Dixon (6 CAR, 41 YD) are playing well, while previous starters Justin Forsett (2 CAR) and Javorious Allen (8 CAR, 15 YD) are struggling. WR Jeremy Butler BAL (4 REC, 43 YD, TD) was the game’s leader in REC, REC YD, and REC TD. The two teams combined for 6 SAC; Detroit had 2 (DT Haloti Ngata and DT Khyri Thornton); Baltimore had 4 (CB Anthony Levine (also had INT), LB Matt Judon (also had FF), DE Timmy Jernigan, LB Victor Ochi). Detroit also a FF (DT Anthony Zettel). The RBs definitely surprised me the most. I’m not surprised to see Theo Riddick taking the lead in Detroit, but I am surprised to see Terrence West taking the lead in Baltimore. I am SHOCKED that Justin Forsett hasn’t come to play at all, and he could be facing his release from Baltimore.
  3. New York Giants 21 VS New York Jets 20
  4. Philadelphia Eagles 33 @ Indianapolis Colts 23
  5. Tennessee Titans 27 @ Oakland Raiders 14
  6. Los Angeles Rams 9 @ Denver Broncos 17

Sunday

  1. San Diego Chargers 10 @ Minnesota Vikings 23
  2. Arizona Cardinals 24 @ Houston Texans 34
  3. Cincinnati Bengals 21 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 26

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on this weekend’s games and/or on my rant against Piece of Crapernick and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. I will continue my in-depth analysis of the above games in tomorrow’s post. If you like what you read and you are not yet a follower, please become a follower because that will guarantee that you will be able to find tomorrow’s post with further game analysis. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: August 12, 2016

The writing of this post is beginning at halftime of the Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals game. If it takes as long as my post yesterday took, then I will have the final score of the Raiders @ Cardinals game. Actually, I’ll probably just wait anyway so I can publish the final score with the rest of this post.

“Football fans share a universal language that cuts across many cultures and many personality types. A serious football fan is never alone. We are legion, and football is often the only thing we have in common.” -Hunter S Thompson, Journalist

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That’s what I look like on New York Giants gameday. Just to be clear, the ‘W’ is for ‘win’, not the University of Washington! I DESPISE the University of Washington! Also, this photo only shows my military appreciation Giants hat, my Eli Manning jersey, and my blue Giants wristband. I was also wearing my pink BCA Giants wristband, my Giants watch, two Giants pens (behind my ears), my Giants shorts, Giants socks, a Giants lanyard (with Giants keychain attached), my Giants wallet, and my Giants slippers. I go big on gamedays. As for the relation to the quote, the idea of being a legion is why a big reason why I love football so much. It’s awesome to have the feeling of camaraderie that comes with being a football fan, especially if you go to a football game, where you are with a MASSIVE number of fellow fans, all united to cheer for a team. It is one of the top 5 feelings I’ve had in my life for sure, probably even top 3. It’s awesome. The daily NFL news is for all of my fellow football fans out there who understand that feeling of camaraderie, and love the game like I do (as well as anybody else who is interested 🙂 ):

Miami Dolphins 27 @ New York Giants 10

-I was wrong: Today: (0-1); Preseason: (3-4)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Dolphins RBs (Jay Ajayi (2 car, 6 yds) didn’t play very well. Arian Foster didn’t play at all. Isaiah Pead (10 car, 50 yds) was the leading rusher, yet Damien Williams (7 car, 13 yds, 1 td) was the only one to score. Pead and Williams are just fighting to make the roster, I doubt either is challenging for the starting role.); Giants Rookies (CB Eli Apple (2 tac) was decent in limited playing time, as was S Darian Thompson (1 tac). Both of those two started on defense. WR Sterling Shepard (1 rec, 24 yds) also started, and was the leading receiver. His one reception was a diving catch, so he should fit in nicely with Odell Beckham Jr. RB Paul Perkins (7 car, 36 yds) was the standout of the four rookies to watch. He had the highest Yards Per Carry (YPC) average of any Giants rusher with more than one carry. He was just north of 5 YPC, which is really good for an NFL running back.

-Notes: (The Dolphins defense looked good in forcing four turnovers (2 INTs, 2 FF).); (Giants backup QB Ryan Nassib (2 INTs, 1 fumble lost) was TERRIBLE.)

Detroit Lions 30 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17

-I was wrong: Today: (0-2); Preseason (3-5)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Lions offensive line (They were decent. They held the Steelers to just 1 sack, but the team had just 95 yards rushing. I would say the o-line look more good than bad, as the Lions running backs are not very talented.); Steelers TEs (Paul Lang (2 rec, 15 yds) was the best of the TEs. Jesse James (1 rec, 4 yds) and David Johnson (1 rec, 2 yds) were the only other TEs with receptions.)

-Notes: (Lions RB Dwayne Washington clinched a roster spot. The seventh round draft pick in this year’s draft returned a kickoff for a TD, and finished with 2 car for 12 yds, giving him the best YPC average (6 YPC) of any of the Lions RBs.); (Steelers WR Sammie Coates lost his roster spot. He had 3 rec for just 18 yds, and he had two fumbles. The Steelers 3rd rounder from last season had a chance to put up big numbers this season in Martavis Bryant’s absence, but instead, he has likely fumbled away his roster spot.)

Minnesota Vikings 17 @ Cincinnati Bengals 16

-I was wrong: Today: (0-3); Preseason (3-6)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Vikings CB Trae Waynes (He finished with 3 tac and 1 astac. Not bad. He definitely remains relevant with that performance.); Bengals WRs (Brandon LaFell didn’t play. Tyler Boyd (1 rec, 40 yds) lived up to his hype coming in. Rookies Cody Core (3 rec, 33 yds) and Rashaun Simonise (1 rec, 47 yds) also played well.)

-Notes: (Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (6-7, 92 yds, 1 TD) continues to improve. I could definitely see the Vikings making a deeper playoff run this season.); (Bengals QB AJ McCarron (11-16, 125 yds, 1 TD) was as good as I thought he’d be. Unfortunately, QBs Keith Wenning and Joe Licata had 1 INT each, which is why the Bengals lost this game.)

Cleveland Browns 11 @ Green Bay Packers 17

-I was right: Today: (1-3); Preseason (4-6)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Browns QB Robert Griffin III (He was shaky in his debut (4-8, 67 yds, 1 INT). Fellow QB Austin Davis (4-9, 32 yds) left the game with a concussion. QB Josh McCown (1-4, 5 yds) was no bueno. QB Cody Kessler (2-2, 15 yds, 1 TD) was the most promising of the group, other than going down in the endzone TWICE to give the Packers 4 points off of two safties. Maybe Kessler has a shot at dethroning RG3? 🙂 Right now, it’s definitely still RG3’s job.); Packers FBs (This game did not air in my area, so I was unable to see how effective the blocking done by the FBs was. However, the team finished with 151 yards rushing, so they must have done SOMETHING right.)

-Notes: (Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (2 rec, 57 yds) was tied for team-lead in receptions, and led the team in receiving yards by 30 yards. Could Pryor be the WR1 in Cleveland?); (Packers rookie QB Joe Callahan (16-23, 124 yds, 1 td) played very well. With the tutelage of Aaron Rodgers, he appears to have the talent to be Rodgers’ replacement in the same way that Rodgers was Brett Favre’s replacement. However, I should probably wait to see more games from him before I make that proclamation for sure.)

Oakland Raiders 31 @ Arizona Cardinals 10

-I was right: Today: (2-3); Preseason (5-6)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Raiders RB DeAndre Washington (Washington (8 car, 43 yds) did well, but he and Latavius Murray (4 car, 21 yds) were both outshined by George Atkinson (5 car, 97 yds, 2 tds). That is a push for the starting job. If Atkinson can even come close to that production in another preseason game, he will be seeing a bigger piece of the timeshare that will likely occur in Oakland’s backfield this season.); Cardinals Wait For It… (…)

-Notes: (Raiders QB Matt McGloin (5-11, 41 yds, 2 tds) had a nice game. Of course, he won’t dethrone starter Derek Carr (3-7, 44 yds), but it IS noteworthy that he had more tds than rookie Connor Cook (7-11, 71 yds).); (Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (3 car, 41 yds, 1 td) emerged from the ashes. The oft-injured RB who lost his starting gig to Chris Johnson, then David Johnson showed that he is still relevant, and deserves a share of the Cardinals backfield. A YPC average of almost 14 is AMAZING.)

Off the Field

  1. Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor signed a six-year, $92 million extension with the Bills. Now, the Bills are hoping Taylor doesn’t turn into San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
  2. CB Cortland Finnegan signed with the New Orleans Saints. Finnegan has SOME football left in him, but this is mostly just a depth signing by the Saints.

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. I was very happy to see that I gained another follower from my post yesterday, so again, if you like what you read and you aren’t currently a follower, please become a follower. The feeling of getting more followers might just be in the top 5 feelings I’ve had in my life, along with the feeling of camaraderie that comes from being a football fan. (Ok, that might be a little extreme, but the follower thing is definitely top 10.) By the way, I didn’t have to wait for the end of the Raiders-Cardinals game. I’ve been writing since halftime and the game ended about 5 minutes ago from this sentence. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Halftime Report: New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots

It’s halftime of the New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots game (which is the only televised game in my area), so I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about what I’ve seen so far:

First of all, the two players I had on my “Things to Watch” list. New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been very average. He has thrown neither a touchdown, nor an interception. Based on what I’ve seen from the defense, they should be able to survive their first four games without Tom Brady. New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener has been silent. He has a reception, and a false start penalty.

The most impressive receiver for the Saints has been rookie WR Michael Thomas out of Ohio State. He has had one drop, but he is a tall target and has shown decent hands by reeling in 4 receptions.

I have noticed five players standing out for the New England Patriots. RB LeGarrette Blount hasn’t gained many yards due to poor offensive line play from the Patriots thus far, but he has shown patience at the line of scrimmage, making multiple cuts in an effort to find running lanes. Rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell has been out-receiving TE Martellus Bennett and WR Aaron Dobson. Mitchell has a great chance at taking the WR3 spot, and if he continues to have a good relationship with Garoppolo, he could easily be the Patriots leading receiver through the first four weeks of the regular season. The third standout has been CB Justin Coleman. He made an excellent play by swatting away a ball on a slant route (though he had an illegal hands to the face penalty on the play), which is a difficult route for CBs to cover. The fourth and fifth standouts were the Patriots DEs, Chris Long and Shea McClellin. Both of them have been collapsing the pocket on QB Garrett Grayson all game, and forcing him to throw before he’s ready.

All things considered, the Patriots earned the 17-16 lead they have at the half.

Daily Update: July 27, 2016

Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.” -Tom Landry, Hall of Fame Former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

If you haven’t seen We Are Marshall, I HIGHLY encourage it. It is a sad story, but it is VERY inspirational. It also contains phenomenal acting performances. I use this quote because the NFL world has suddenly turned on it’s head. Congratulations New York Jets fans, you are likely more excited right now than any other fan base has been all offseason. I usually get deep and philosophical, but today has HUGE news that I’d like to get to right away:

  1. !!!!!!!THE NEW YORK JETS HAVE SIGNED QB RYAN FITZPATRICK!!!!!!!! No, you did not read that incorrectly. I will repeat: THE NEW YORK JETS HAVE SIGNED QB RYAN FITZPATRICK. Literally, just yesterday I read an article that said the Jets and Fitzpatrick were NOT EVEN CLOSE to an agreement on a contract. After the signing was announced today, Jets RB Matt Forte said the team knew about the negotiations, but were told not to speak about the matter. WHAT!? How in the WORLD did a NEW YORK-BASED team, especially one which is CONSTANTLY in the spotlight for being dramatic, manage to keep a secret THIS MASSIVE from THE MAFFIA (I mean, MEDIA)? I have NO IDEA how the Jets organization did it, but CONGRATULATIONS to their public relations department! The fact that they kept that TOTALLY secret (ALL media outlets have been consistently speaking about the distance between Fitzpatrick and the Jets) is ABSOLUTELY applause worthy! I can’t even fathom how that was possible! Sorry, rambling. Obviously, this changes things A LOT. I will need to update my win projections for the upcoming season, and QB Tom Brady’s suspension may very well hurt the New England Patriots now. Hopefully, I can finish that within the next week. Also, the contract is for one year, and $12 million, and get this: Fitzpatrick has the possibility of making $3 million more depending on team performance. This Jets team seems loaded and inspired. WOW!!!!!!
  2. Moving on from the Earth-shattering news, the Los Angeles Rams decided to release QB Nick Foles today following his request to be released. Obviously, Foles recognized there was no place for him in town with the arrival of #1 overall pick, QB Jared Goff. Possible landing spots for Foles include: Buffalo (insurance for starter Tyrod Taylor), Chicago (this one is just me hoping that SOMEBODY will finally recognize that Jay Cutler should NOT be starting), Cleveland (because, why not?), Denver (Peyton Manning replacement?), New England (Brady is suspended for the first four games of the season, remember?), San Francisco (this once is most likely, in my opinion because Foles is DEFINITELY superior to Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, barring some career turnaround for either of those two).
  3. WR Hakeem Nicks will sign with the New Orleans Saints. I was really glad to see this headline. Nicks has a lot of talent, but was plagued by injuries during his time with the New York Giants, and was pushed out by the emergence of WR Victor Cruz (and replaced by a player that might sound familiar: Odell Beckham Jr). I still remember his incredible ‘Hail Mary’ catch right before halftime against the Green Bay Packers during the Giants divisional round game on their road to winning Super Bowl 46. Nicks is just 28 years old and New Orleans is a great landing spot for him. If you remember, one of my recent posts addressed the fact that the NFC South (specifically New Orleans) has a propensity to turn players’ careers around. Maybe with the fall of QB Drew Brees (only because he’s old, I’m not saying he’s not a good player anymore), will come the re-emergence of Nicks.
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick was not the only signing the Jets made today, as they also added RB Bernard Pierce. Maybe not as flashy, but Pierce used to be a capable fill-in in Baltimore when RB Ray Rice was dealing with his stupidity.
  5. Remember how I was saying yesterday that it wasn’t a good idea to sign players with off-the-field problems? Well, guess what Jerry? I was right! As a result of having three suspensions in their front seven, the Dallas Cowboys are facing a fine of $250,000. Obviously, that’s not anywhere NEAR enough to discourage ‘Boys owner Jerry Jones from taking talent over personality, but it’s a start.
  6. While the New York Jets have been keeping their mouths shut over their team’s matters, the other team that shares MetLife Stadium has not been. Today, instead of the epiphany coming from QB Eli Manning, it came from New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr, who made a Super Bowl promise to the young attendees of a football camp that he was hosting. Seriously, somebody needs to remind the Giants that they are in NEW YORK. If you make those promises, NEW YORK expects you to DELIVER. There IS a reason the Jets kept their mouths shut about the Fitzpatrick deal. It’s never a good idea to give New York fans a false sense of hope. If the whole team was made up of 53 Odell Beckham Jrs, I would definitely believe in his Super Bowl promise. Unfortunately, he isn’t playing on the offensive line, or in the linebacker corps. Super Bowl teams need to be a little more well-rounded. By the way, if you are right OBJ, I will give you a HUGE apology because I will be crying my eyes out in joy if the Giants win the Super Bowl. I would love to have that MASSIVE boost of happiness. That’s why I watch the game. That’s why I love the game. Football means the world to me because it always seems to be there to make me feel better when I need it the most. It’s magical.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment regarding the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or anything that’s on your mind. By the way, question of the day: What does football mean to you? Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily News: June 9, 2016

You may have seen the daily quote already, and if not, here’s the news anyway:

  1. Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff signed his rookie contract with the team today. The deal is over four-years and is worth $27.9 million with a $18.6 million signing bonus. So the 1st overall pick is now officially ready (more or less, hopefully for Rams fans) to start for the Rams.
  2. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dismissed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins from team practice today. ASJ has missed most of his first two seasons with injuries. Today, he was dismissed for not knowing what he was doing. I was disappointed to hear this because ASJ started last season strong as one of the top TE fantasy performers through the weeks prior to his injury. However, ASJ is a University of Washington grad, so he was doomed to fail (a la QB Jake Locker and RB Bishop Sankey). Can you tell I despise UW? They stole Coach Pete from Boise State! Don’t get me wrong, Coach Harsin is FANTASTIC, but Coach Pete was THE face of Boise and even all of Idaho!
  3. Goff wasn’t the only first-round QB to sign his rookie contract today. Denver Broncos 26th overall pick, QB Paxton Lynch, also signed his deal. The deal is also for four years, but is worth a measly $9.476 million in comparison to Goff’s $27.9 million. Yep, that’s the difference in salary between 25 picks. Can you imagine how much Mr. Irrelevant makes? Still way more than I will make per year. This is why I hate the media, I’m laughing about Lynch’s low salary and it is still WAY MORE than I can HOPE for my annual salary to be! The signing bonus is $5.09 million.
  4. Injuries: A. New Orleans Saints DE Hau’oli Kikaha tore his ACL in practice today. This is crappy news for a very talented young player who burst onto the scene last season in an otherwise crappy defense. How will the lowly Saints defense respond? Can they actually get WORSE?! B. New England Patriots TE Michael Williams tore his ACL in practice today. Unlike Kikaha’s injury, this one really doesn’t affect the team at all, especially because the Patriots have TEs Rob Gronkowski AND Martellus Bennett. Sorry, Williams.
  5. The Buffalo Bills have resigned RB Dan Herron. You can expect to see him sitting comfortably on the bench while the real RBs on the team (LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams) do their jobs (assuming McCoy isn’t suspended).

This is Part 2 of today’s Daily Update. If you want to see the daily quote, make sure to read Daily Quote: June 9, 2016. Also, this is a one-time trial of splitting the daily quote and the daily news. UNLESS: You readers drop likes on the two posts today. If I get five likes between the two posts, I will continue to separate the two subjects. So, you can probably expect to see the same format tomorrow. That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the daily news. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 7, 2016

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller, Author

A slight continuation of yesterday’s theme with the mention of the heart over the mind’s senses. This is ranked as the best quote of all time on brainyquote.com. This quote epitomizes my appreciation for music. I have played the French Horn for seven years now, including four years with the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and three straight years in the Idaho State Solo Competition. I play the French Horn because of the power of music. For all the superpowers of Superman, or Captain America, or any other superhero, music has the greatest superpower of all. Music has the power to move people emotionally. Music connects people to moments in their lives. One song that is very powerful for me is Hallelujah, for many reasons (the version attached is one of the best in my opinion, especially when the fourth singer (Alejandro Fuentes) sings the most powerful verse of the song (in my opinion), however, if you look up the song on Youtube, you will find at least a million different versions). It is a song that I sing with my friends from time to time, and it makes me think of my ex-girlfriend. So it connects me to moments of friendship and love. Plus, it is a tremendously beautiful song. So there is a little more of my soft side, and now for the NFL news:

  1. The NFL Twitter account was hacked today, and the hacker tweeted out that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had passed away. Sadly, many people were probably disappointed to hear that was not actually the case, as Goodell later responded by saying that he is alive and well. Goodell is certainly not the best commissioner the NFL has seen, but I was relieved to hear that he is still okay.
  2. A quick update on the shooting of Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib: Investigators are now trying to determine if Talib shot himself due to the angle of the injury in his leg.
  3. The St Louis Rams have released WR Stedman Bailey with a non-football injury status. Bailey was shot twice in the head last November and has been attempting to return to the field. His chances certainly don’t look good now, however, word is the Rams intend on bringing him back on to serve in a different role on the team.
  4. S Roman Harper is returning to the New Orleans Saints. Harper signed with the Saints today following helping the Carolina Panthers reach the Super Bowl this year. Amazingly, the Panthers feel it’s a good idea to continue to let members of their Super Bowl secondary walk, with Harper leaving after CB Josh Norman went to the Washington Redskins. Harper likely won’t start in New Orleans with S’s Kenny Vaccaro and Jarius Byrd already in town. Harper spent seven seasons with the Saints prior to his departure to Carolina.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the quote of the day and/or the news of the day, and a like would be much appreciated, as always. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: May 19, 2016

“Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen, Author

I couldn’t agree more. Music is like a universal language. An American musician and an Asian musician could both pick up the same Beethoven piece and play it almost the same. Words fail often. In fact, words can be very destructive. Music builds you up. Music inspires. We would all be  better off creating more music than words. Now for the unrelated NFL news:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars rookie, first-round CB Jalen Ramsey suffered a meniscus tear in his knee. Last season, the Jaguars lost their first-round DE Dante Fowler Jr to an ACL tear. Despite modified workloads this season, the team will be without their first-rounder for a short period of time. Although most are hoping Ramsey only misses some offseason activity, there is a chance he could also miss the start of the season.
  2. K Connor Barth is signing with the New Orleans Saints. Barth has spent the last 8 seasons bouncing around the league, spending time with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, and, most recently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  3. The University of Alabama offered a football scholarship to an eighth grader. That’s right, Jesus Machado has already received an offer from Nick Saban in EIGHTH GRADE! I guess he is appropriately named because he must be a football god to have already received a scholarship offer from the top college football program in the country.

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