2017 NFL Win Projections

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They are finally here. After many hours of contemplation and frustration, I present these 2017 NFL Win Projections for you to laugh out loud at. A couple of notes:

  1. There were few mid-level teams in my projections as most were either really good or really bad. This presented an interesting scenario come playoff time, where 6 teams with winning records did not secure playoff spots.
  2. Nearly half of last season’s playoff teams failed to make it back in my projections, including last season’s NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.
  3. Both of the #1 seeded teams find themselves in highly unfamiliar territory, as the Detroit Lions last appeared as a #6 seed (2016 season) and the Tennessee Titans have not made a playoff appearance since their #1 seeding 9 years ago (2008 season). Neither franchise has ever won a Super Bowl.
  4. At the reverse end of the playoff seeding, both #6 seeded teams have won Super Bowls in the last 5 years (Baltimore Ravens in 2013, Seattle Seahawks in 2014).
  5. Ultimately, I pitted the New England Patriots against the Detroit Lions in Super Bowl LII. I’m sure Lions fans would be excited to see their team make their first ever Super Bowl appearance (they haven’t won a playoff game since 1991), but I don’t see them being much of a match for the battle-hardened, QB Tom Brady-led Patriots. There are only two teams that have a realistic chance to stop Brady from getting another Super Bowl ring: the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants. That said, the projected AFC Championship Game would be the most interesting game of the playoffs.

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NFL Top 10 Players of 2017

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

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

Explanations:

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

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NFL Franchise Tags (and Lack Thereof)

Just typed in the old domain out of habit. Lol. Anyway, in honor of the new domain that took the “nfl” part out, I’m going to start out talking about the NFL. Today was the deadline for teams to use their annual franchise tag, so here are the players who were franchise tagged, and some players who weren’t franchise tagged who maybe should have been:

Players With Franchise Tag

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  • Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers– This was an easy decision for the Steelers to make. Bell is the top RB in the NFL and many have claimed that he has created a new running style. He does everything asked of an NFL RB: runs, catches passes, blocks, etc. I also think it was smart not to give him a long-term deal YET because he has had a couple of substance-related suspensions. The tag is telling him, “Hey! You are an AMAZING RB, but you’ve got to take the right path.”
  • Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins– I was disappointed to see this as a New York Giants fan because Kirk Cousins is an above average NFL QB. The Washington Redskins eventually have to cave and just give Kirk Cousins his long-term deal. He has yet to perform in the clutch, but Kirk Cousins is a capable starting NFL QB, and that’s hard to come by in the NFL.
  • Melvin Ingram, LB, Los Angeles Chargers– Between Melvin Ingram and DE Joey Bosa, the Los Angeles Chargers have a scary young pass rushing duo. Great decision, and I think Melvin Ingram will get his long-term payday once QB Philip Rivers decides to retire (which will free up cap space for the Los Angeles Chargers).
  • Trumaine Johnson, CB, Los Angeles Rams– The Los Angeles Rams are lost. Trumaine Johnson is good and young, which is why the Los Angeles Rams felt compelled to tag him. From that Los Angeles Rams perspective, I understand the decision. After all, they don’t have too many good players to pay.
  • Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals– This was a decent decision. Chandler Jones is a very good player, and he’s still on the right side of 30 (27 years old). Chandler Jones gives the Arizona Cardinals a quality pass rush. I look forward to seeing Chandler Jones team up with a healthy (hopefully) DE Robert Nkemdiche (who was oft-injured this season) next season. That will be another scary, young pass rush duo.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants– I was thrilled when I read about this one. JPP was the reason that the Big Blue defense worked last season. His excellent pass rush ensured that the secondary wouldn’t get out of position due to opposing QBs having too much time. It’s just too bad the G-men decided to give DE Olivier Vernon a MASSIVE deal last offseason because that will make it more difficult to give a similar deal to JPP, who deserves it more.
  • Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers– Kawann Short is the second most important player on the Carolina Panthers defense behind MLB Luke Kuechly. Kawann Short is the run-stuffer in the middle of the d-line, which is very important. Of course, with the Carolina Panthers lackluster secondary, opposing teams can afford to be forced to pass.

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Key Players Without Franchise Tag

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  • Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills– OK, WHERE IS THE BUFFALO BILLS MONEY GOING?! Stephon Gilmore may not be the best CB in the NFL, but he is still a great CB. Seeing as the Buffalo Bills refuse to pay QB Tyrod Taylor, I don’t know why they wouldn’t ensure that Stephon Gilmore doesn’t go anywhere else (which they should’ve been able to afford to do).
  • Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots– I get it…the New England Patriots are paying A LOT of players to get them to the Super Bowl on a consistent basis. That said, Dont’a Hightower is the heart and soul of the New England Patriots Super Bowl-caliber defense, and his play inspired the Pats comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Also, Dont’a Hightower is one of the best pass-rushing inside LBs in the NFL. Of course, Bill Belichick could play LB himself for the New England Patriots and he’d still be the best LB ever because that’s just how the system always seems to work…:(
  • Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears– The Chicago Bears need to focus on paying a QB to be able to get the ball to receivers like Alshon Jeffery. Plus, Alshon Jeffery has missed something like 11 games in the last two seasons. With the MANY areas of need that the Chicago Bears have, they can’t afford to pay a player who misses that much time.
  • Dontari Poe, DT, Kansas City Chiefs– Dontari Poe was outperformed by rookie DT Chris Jones. Great move by the Kansas City Chiefs to choose the younger and less expensive player in Chris Jones. I’m sure Dontari Poe is also thrilled because he’s one of the best DTs available in free agency this offseason, so he should make bank.
  • Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns– The Cleveland Browns are in a similar situation to the Chicago Bears with WR Alshon Jeffery: they need to focus on paying a quality QB who can get the ball in the vicinity of talented WRs such as Terrelle Pryor. Here’s the difference: Terrelle Pryor used to play QB, and he’s probably better than the current Cleveland Browns QBs. The Cleveland Browns should have payed Terrelle Pryor WR money to move back to QB!
  • Brandon Williams, DT, Baltimore Ravens– I’m really not sure why the Baltimore Ravens opted not to tag Brandon Williams, who is a great player on the right side of 30 (28 years old). Who else are they paying? FS Eric Weddle…MLB CJ Mosley…Is there anybody else that I’m missing?

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Blog Changes

Is it possible to change direction if you don’t even know where you are going?

I came on with the intention of writing one of my regular-ish blog posts. Instead, it occurred to me that my blog is a little outdated. Case in point: My Welcome! page hadn’t been changed since I first wrote it two years ago (on my first day as a blogger), and my newest header photo was the one with New York Giants WR Victor Cruz in it, and he’s no longer a member of the Giants. So, I did some updating. Make sure to check out the new Welcome! page, and let me know what you think of my new header photo! Also, I may continue to do some updating throughout the week, so keep checking for updates (via posts or just via general aesthetic changes)…

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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.

An Unexpected Journey, Music in Science, and Multiple Football Stories!

Say what you will about life, it never ceases to surprise. For example, you might think Chick-Fil-A is colossally overrated. But, that doesn’t stop you from making a half-hour trek to the nearest one for free 8-piece chicken nuggets. (By the way, if you haven’t tried their chocolate chip cookies, you need to. They are dynamite.) Another example, sometimes your ex-girlfriend’s best friend will start hitting on you. And when you turn her down the first time, she turns into a total Star Wars nerd to attempt to impress you and tries again six months later. And even one more example, sometimes the Trail Blazers lose. (OK, that last one really isn’t surprising 😦 Oh well.)

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Anyway, I got this brilliant idea today of incorporating more music into science. Frankly, I think science sucks. It is INSANELY boring, to the point where I had no idea one subject could be so boring. Though, in science’s defense, it really includes a multitude of individual subjects. Seriously, though, what if we could cure diseases with music? Scientists have been looking for elements to cure diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, but have they tried rhythm as one of those elements? Or major or minor tonalities? This probably sounds ridiculous, but I think they should give it a shot. Music is so powerful on an emotional level already so I don’t see why it can’t also be powerful on a physical level. Plus, that would make science WAY more entertaining.

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In unrelated news, Madden Mobile got a new update today.

In football news, I read an article about what QB-needy teams should do during the offseason. I didn’t read the specifics because I already know exactly what they should do: Play for the #1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Seriously, the top trade option at the position is Tony Romo. He’s a solid QB as long as you don’t mind using your backup for the majority of the season and having absolutely no ability to win games that actually matter. I also saw a list of the top QBs in the draft this season. Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer topped the list. You know this draft is doomed when the top option is a guy who led Notre Dame to its worst season in recent memory BY FAR. Also, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield wasn’t even in the top 5. And Clemson’s DeShaun Watson was #2. AND DESHONE KIZER WAS #1! WHAT THE ABSOLUTE….!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!!??!?!?

In other football news, the Green Bay Packers have officially fixed the hole that New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr created in their locker room wall. So, no more memes of different people’s faces inside the hole.

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Also, I just want to say for the record that the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be hard-pressed to beat the New England Patriots this weekend with all of the controversy surrounding the events that occurred in their locker room after their Divisional Round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Between head coach Mike Tomlin’s profanity and WR Antonio Brown’s Facebook live video, the Steelers seem far too distracted to be a Super Bowl team. In fact, I seem to remember things going poorly for a Wild Card team this season that had their WRs distracted by a trip to Miami…

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In contrast to the distracted Steelers, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media today. One reporter asked him about the importance of home field advantage. “I don’t know, ask Kansas City and Dallas.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, you know, as much as I hate Belichick for saying things like that, I love Belichick for saying things like that. I’m sure the fact that he doesn’t give a **** about so called “advantages” is why he is the greatest head coach of all time. I also admire the fact that he can say things like that with a straight face.

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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.

Mood Posts Success, College Football Playoff National Championship, and More

For those of you who have checked out my blog over the last two days, you know that two days ago, I posted a pessimistic post, and yesterday, I posted an optimistic post. Interesting fact: My pessimistic post got twice as many views as my optimistic post. That’s a little disappointing. Now, I will admit, the pessimistic post had a better shot of being read when everybody was off work on Sunday (because it was posted Saturday night). The optimistic post, on the other hand, was posted on Sunday night, so more people were at work and less likely to read it on this Monday. I might have to monitor that, though. I hope my optimistic posts can get more views in the future. Keep the pessimistic post views coming, just increase the optimistic post views.

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Well, Clemson did it. They took down mighty Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship by a score of 35-31. The victory included a game-winning TD with one second left on the clock. I was cheering for Alabama, but it was a phenomenal game. I hope you all had a chance to watch it. Congrats Clemson! You earned it. You proved me wrong for all the times I’ve said that you were overrated.

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I talked about New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr punching a hole in the wall of the Green Bay Packers’ visitors’ locker room, yesterday. Well, he wasn’t the only Giant that handled the loss poorly. After the team departed their plane from their flight back home, the next flight on the plane was delayed for TWO HOURS for cleaning. Despite the cleaning, many passengers on that next flight complained about the smell of booze and the crumbs of food and tobacco on their seats. The Giants were so distraught, they trashed a plane. I confess, I’m very disappointed to be a Giants fan right now. I can only imagine the fines if Tom Coughlin was still the head coach…

Speaking of Tom Coughlin, he was one of two hires by the Jacksonville Jaguars today. He was hired to work in the front office, while Doug Marrone was promoted from part-time, to full-time head coach. Congrats to the Jaguars! I think this will be a great thing for the franchise. They now have Coughlin’s discipline, and a capable coach in Marrone, who almost fixed the Bills before his departure by his own will. But, as always, time will tell.

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It’s the final countdown. The final countdown until the next big moment and/or decision in your life. Whatever that decision and/or moment is, be ready for it. Take advantage of it. Every moment and decision can change the course of your life forever. So, make the right choice. Don’t shy away from the right choice for any reason. Believe me, you will regret it if you do. But, if you do make a mistake, stay positive. Every time a door closes, AT LEAST one more opens. Stay happy. Sing, dance, laugh, clap, etc. Whatever it takes to lift your spirits and the spirits of the people around you. Everything will be just fine. Only you can bring yourself down. And only you can keep yourself up. Do what you want to do. The sky is the limit. Believe in yourself and be who you want to be because nobody can bring you down, slow you down, or take anything from you if you don’t let them.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on negative vs positive posts and/or on the College Football Playoff National Championship and/or on the Giants sore loser-ness and/or on the Jaguars hires and/or on decisions, happiness, believing in yourself, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to view all of my future positive and negative posts. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Optimism Incoming: Bounce Back

Well, it was a fitting end to my weekend to see the New York Giants season explode into a million pieces…maybe my pessimism yesterday was too much? I apologize. Sometimes I just have to let out what I’m feeling inside. I try to stay positive the majority of the time, so I often have times when I let out WAY too much pessimism because it’s built up over time.

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Anyway, as I implied above, the Giants lost in the playoffs today to end their season. They lost 13-38 against the Green Bay Packers. Three dropped passes for WR Odell Beckham Jr, and two more for WR Sterling Shepard. It’s too bad, because QB Eli Manning had what was probably his best game of the season. It was ugly. So ugly, in fact, that it seems as though Beckham punched a hole in a locker room wall in Green Bay. Stadium staff saw Beckham in a room with a hole in the wall that wasn’t there previously. This came after they reportedly heard what sounded like someone punching the wall. Nobody actually saw Beckham punching the wall, so the NFL is launching an investigation into the incident. I think it’s safe to say Beckham will be found guilty considering he tends to hit things after team losses, and especially after poor performances on his own part.

The Giants loss was the official end of this season’s NFL Wildcard teams. Yep, ALL FOUR Wildcard teams fell during Wildcard weekend. Bummer. Usually one makes it to the Divisional round.

WARNING: OPTIMISM COMING: On the bright side, I went undefeated in ten games of NBA 2K today. Also, it was a comfortable high-40 degree temperature in Denver today. I was walking around in shorts and a t-shirt, which was great, especially in the shining sun.

You see, it’s not about how hard or how far you fall, it’s all about how you get back up. Bad days will come around, but everyone has the capacity to overcome and make the next day a great one. Usually, you will overcome in a way that you don’t expect. As much as we’d like life to go according to plan, it won’t most of the time. And in those times when life doesn’t go our way, we keep trying and making a new plans. Why? Because we are all heroes, and all heroes have obstacles to overcome during their journey. These obstacles may be small hindrances, or they may make us want to turn back. How do we all overcome the obstacles to complete our journeys? We all focus on something that we are fighting for. What are we fighting for? Each of us is fighting for something different. Only YOU can decide what you are fighting for. What are you going to get back up for when you get knocked down? Whatever it is, climb the highest mountains for it. Swim across the deepest rivers for it. We can all be on top of our own worlds if we want to be. The key is not giving up. I know it’s hard when you’re falling down, and it’s a long way up when you hit the ground, but get up now. I promise you, someway, somehow, you will make it to where you want to go. And I know, even though I am still on my own journey, you will smile your biggest smiles when you reach the end of your journey.

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#18: Return of the Jedi, GIANTS!!!, and More

Well, it’s been far too long since my last blog post. In fact, this is my first blog post of December. I apologize, I got carried away being back home and got distracted by other fun things that I can’t do in Denver. Anyway, I’m ready to go now, and I’ve got A LOT on my mind right now.

My New York Giants swept the Dallas Cowboys in this season’s series! They defeated the ‘Boys in East Rutherford on Sunday Night by a score of 10-7! I was actually at the Jim Gaffigan stand-up show during the game, so I didn’t get to watch it live, but I was psyched when I checked the final score after the show! The Giants are still the only team to have beaten the Cowboys this season, and they’ve done it twice. It’s too bad they’ve already lost too many games to lesser opponents to come back and take the division from the Cowboys. 😦 But congrats to my Giants! This was especially meaningful to me because the Giants-Cowboys games are one of the highlights of my life. My three favorite moments in life: being with family, being with friends, and watching the Giants beat the Cowboys. I don’t ask for a lot, so it’s nice when I get what I ask for. 🙂

My dad is to thank for finding this, my new desktop background. Thanks, dad!

How has your favorite NFL team done so far this season?

I mentioned being at the Jim Gaffigan stand-up show yesterday. It was hilarious. That’s the first time that I’ve been to a live stand-up show. If any of you haven’t heard of Jim Gaffigan before, here’s one of his bits. That one is probably my favorite of his that I’ve ever heard. He performed that during the show last night and it made my year.

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Who is your favorite comedian?

So I found my tassel from my graduation cap the other day. I sat and stared at the ‘2016’ emblem on it for a good half hour. I know I’ve mentioned before how I can’t wait for this year to end. I think I’m over this year because so much has happened to me. In fact, I have a nice list compiled for the numbers 2, 0, 1, and 6 that I’ll post on December 31. Graduating high school was an amazing accomplishment…but it feels nullified by all of the bad things that have happened to me this year. It really is a bummer that my greatest achievement came in what has really been the worst year of my life (to put it bluntly). I mean, this has been a DISASTROUS year at times. In fact, this year has made me dislike Saturday nights. The two most disappointing moments of the year for me have happened on Saturday nights. I’m probably the ONLY person EVER who does NOT like Saturday nights. I also realized that everything that has happened to me this year has confused me like crazy. Every time that I’ve thought I knew where I belong, what I want to do, and who I am, something changed in my life to dispel the illusion of clarity. #Life

To address the “Return of the Jedi” in the post headline: 1. I’m back at posting (I consider myself a Jedi, despite the fact that I was sort of lured to the dark side earlier this year. I guess I’m like Anakin; I briefly became Darth Vader, and now I’m back to the light side.) and 2. I’m going to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Thursday! Me and my friends have our tickets to the premiere ready to go! Star Wars is back again!

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Are you going to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on premiere night?

San Diego Chargers

Founded: 1960

All-Time Winning Percentage: 50.3%

All-Time Record: (399-394-11)

The first team on the list to come in with a winning percentage above 50% is the the San Diego Chargers franchise. Despite never winning a Super Bowl, the Chargers have been to one and have participated in four AFC Championships. Legendary Chargers include QB Dan Fouts, LB Junior Seau, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, and QB Philip Rivers (whose career has been completely wasted by an utter lack of talent and a plethora of injuries around him). The Chargers are the lowest ranked AFC West franchise.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the New York Giants and/or on Jim Gaffigan and/or on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and/or on the San Diego Chargers 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 help me finish a shaky 2016, strong. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.