NFL Offseason 2018: The Veteran Cuts

I love March in the NFL. I get chills and goosebumps reading about some of the trades and free agent signings that go down this time of year. In fact, you could make the argument that it’s the best time of the year for the NFL. How is it better than Thursday, Sunday, and Monday gamedays? It’s the one time of year that fans for all teams have hope. Browns fans get to rejoice over their team’s acquisition of a new QB and Patriots fans get to smile mischievously about Bill Belichick’s latest under-the-radar move that will inevitably lead them to another Super Bowl. Of course, with trades and free agency comes the sad truth of quality players leaving fan bases that had become accustomed to seeing them playing for their team, all in the name of salary cap space. While many cuts will come in the next few days before the free agency period begins on March 14, here’s a look at some veteran cuts that have happened so far in the last month…

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  1. RICHARD SHERMAN, CB, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS– 32 interceptions, 99 passes defensed, and 2 touchdowns in 7 seasons with the Seahawks
  2. BRAD WING, P, NEW YORK GIANTS– 80 punts inside the 20 in 3 seasons with the Giants
  3. DOUG MARTIN, RB, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS– 4,633 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns in 6 seasons with the Bucs
  4. DEMARCO MURRAY, RB, TENNESSEE TITANS– 1,946 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in 2 seasons with the Titans
  5. MUHAMMAD WILKERSON, DE, NEW YORK JETS– 44.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 7 seasons with the Jets
  6. JONATHAN STEWART, RB, CAROLINA PANTHERS– 7,318 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Panthers
  7. MARTELLUS BENNETT, TE, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS– 6 receptions for 53 yards in 2 games with the Pats
  8. CHRIS IVORY, RB, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS– 821 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns in 2 seasons with the Jags
  9. MIKE GLENNON, QB, CHICAGO BEARS– 833 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns in 1 season with Da Bears
  10. CHARLES JOHNSON, DE, Carolina Panthers- 67.5 sacks and 19 forced fumbles in 11 seasons with the Panthers
  11. KURT COLEMAN, S, Carolina Panthers- 16 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns in 3 seasons with the Panthers
  12. JERRELL FREEMAN, LB, Chicago Bears- 120 combined tackles in 2 seasons with Da Bears
  13. CHRIS BAKER, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 0.5 sacks in 1 season with the Bucs
  14. BRIAN CUSHING, LB, HOUSTON TEXANS– 664 combined tackles, 13.5 sacks, 8 interceptions, 9 forced fumbles, 1 safety, and 1 touchdown in 9 seasons with the Texans
  15. DARRELLE REVIS, CB, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS– 2 passes defensed in 5 games with the Chiefs
  16. DAVID AMERSON, CB, OAKLAND RAIDERS– 45 passes defensed, 6 interceptions, and 1 touchdown in 3 seasons with the Raiders

NFL Offseason 2018: The Los Angeles Rams

I love March in the NFL. I get chills and goosebumps reading about some of the trades and free agent signings that go down this time of year. In fact, you could make the argument that it’s the best time of the year for the NFL. How is it better than Thursday, Sunday, and Monday gamedays? It’s the one time of year that fans for all teams have hope. Browns fans get to rejoice over their team’s acquisition of a new QB and Patriots fans get to smile mischievously about Bill Belichick’s latest under-the-radar move that will inevitably lead them to another Super Bowl. Every March, some teams make several HUGE splashes. This March, one of those teams is…

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The LOS ANGELES RAMS. I’ll start out by pointing out the fact that I was 100% CORRECT on MY FRANCHISE TAG PREDICTIONS (well, technically CHICAGO BEARS CB KYLE FULLER was transition tagged, which isn’t a full franchise tag, but it is a type of franchise tag. I’ll knock my percentage down to 95%). Why am I pointing this out here? The Rams tagged S LAMARCUS JOYNER, who is likely going to be the longest tenured member of the Rams secondary next season which will see at least three new faces…



  1. CB MARCUS PETERS, who the Rams will acquire from the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS via trade
  2. CB AQIB TALIB, who the Rams will aquire from the DENVER BRONCOS via trade
  3. CB SAM SHIELDS, who the Rams have agreed to terms with via free agency

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What does this mean? Well, the Rams’ pass defense should be a Top 5 unit next season if 3 conditions are met (1 for each of the newly-acquired Rams):

  1. Peters needs to fix his attitude. Remember his antics during the Chiefs’ game against the NEW YORK JETS this past season? He threw a penalty flag into the stands. The Rams are a young team and if Peters does that sort of thing in LA, it could spread to the rest of the team and become a distraction.
  2. Talib needs to not show signs of age. Talib is 32 years old, which is around the age at which many CBs begin to get burned on a regular basis and either retire or switch to S.
  3. Shields needs to stay healthy. Shields was previously a member of the GREEN BAY PACKERS, who have probably the worst defensive secondary in the NFL. Why did they let Shields leave? He had multiple concussions during his tenure in Wisconsin. Obviously, he needs to stay on the field to be effective.

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The new faces all but guarantee that soon-to-be-free-agent CBs TRUMAINE JOHNSON and NICKELL ROBEY-COLEMAN will suit up for new teams this fall.

Fine For Matt Forte

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That’s pronounced [fee’-nay]: the musical term marking the end of a composition. Just a little play on his last name which is also a musical term. Anyway…

One of my friends is a CHICAGO BEARS fan and I can only assume his day yesterday was completely normal when the news broke of…

MATT FORTE‘s retirement. It’s not that he doesn’t like Matt Forte, it’s just that he’s one of those people who’s under the impression that, “It’s not what you have done for me, it’s what you can do for me.” (I confess, I have this opinion when it comes to most players. Unless they win a championship for my team. Yes, that means I hope ELI MANNING never retires. He could play a LOT longer if he didn’t get hit all the time. C’mon o-line!) Alas, Forte never won a Super Bowl (in fact, he only made it to the playoffs once), so he was basically just another player to my friend when he left Chicago after the 2015 NFL season.

One of the best pass-catching running backs in the league throughout his career, Forte played 10 seasons in the NFL, the first 8 of which were in Chicago before he spent the previous 2 seasons with the NEW YORK JETS. The 2-time pro-bowler racked up 9796 yards and 54 touchdowns on the ground, in addition to 4672 yards and 21 touchdowns through the air.

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

US Snowboarding!!!! (and a few other quick things)

Good News: I have not fallen off the face of the Earth! And I return today to comment on the biggest story in sports right now…

…wait for iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit…

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Just Kidding. Obviously the big story is SHAUN WHITE (I’ll get to that momentarily). I apologize to any readers who may be Kings fans (if there are any left, and sorry again), I needed an easy punchline and, well, if you’re a Kings fan you know… But the good news for you if you are a Kings fan is that your team is not the worst team in professional sports (or even in the NBA…I may get to that in a minute…or not…). That label belongs to…

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The 2017 0-16 CLEVELAND BROWNS!!! Congratulations Cleveland, you have joined the 2008 DETROIT LIONS atop Mount Lose-more. (See what I did there?) The difference between this season’s Browns team and the ’08 Lions team is that the 0-16 record probably isn’t the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to the poor Browns. That honor is held by the Browns’ QB circus over the last two decades. Think about how much fun the media had with the NEW YORK JETS‘ QB situation in the late 2000’s-early 2010’s and compare it to the Browns’ last two decades of QBs. It’s so bad that the media stopped talking about it…well, except every time the Browns get a new QB. Speaking of which…

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The 2018 NFL DRAFT will probably be the next time that happens (barring Cleveland winning the KIRK COUSINS sweepstakes in a SHOCKING upset in free agency). The question is: Who will it be? The popular pick among mock draft idiots (I mean, experts…even though they’re not that much more accurate than my wild and pretty uneducated projections usually are) seems to be SAM DARNOLD out of USC…for some reason that I can’t wrap my head around. I don’t think any of the draft analysis I’ve read says that Darnold is actually the best QB in this draft class (that title most often appears next to JOSH ROSEN out of UCLA). Maybe everyone has just written Cleveland off as incapable of making the right decision. But someone who did make the right decision…

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SHAUN WHITE. The man who has come closer than most to breaking social media. Congratulations! For those of you who have not seen his gold-winning run, I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out. It was truly amazing to watch and, to the untrained viewer (like me) it honestly looked perfect. I don’t know what the judges saw that prevented him from getting a full 100 points (probably why I’m just a spectator and they are judging the WINTER OLYMPICS), but 97.75 is still UNBELIEVABLE and it got him his 3rd gold medal in 4 trips to the Winter Olympics. White is the first American male to win gold at three separate Winter Olympics. He is beyond special on a snowboard, much like…

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The rest of the 2018 USA WINTER OLYMPIC TEAM, which is now 4/4 for gold medals in snowboarding events. Along with Shaun White in MEN’S HALFPIPE, CHLOE KIM won gold in WOMEN’S HALFPIPE, RED GERARD won gold in MEN’S SLOPESTYLE, and JAMIE ANDERSON won gold in WOMEN’S SLOPESTYLE. Oh, and the US Snowboarding team also added a bronze medal with ARIELLE GOLD placing third in women’s halfpipe. An all-around phenomenal effort from the US Snowboarders. Fun Fact: Snowboarders account for all four gold medals that the US has won so far in Pyeongchang.

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

Colin Kaepernick: Will the Traveling Circus End?

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Ever since it was announced that QB Colin Kaepernick would be leaving the San Francisco 49ers, people have been speculating about his fate. Obviously he would get signed in free agency, right? He’s the best QB option available, isn’t he? Then, March 9, the official start of NFL free agency, passed. Then the rest of March…April…May…June…and now July has almost concluded and Kaep has still yet to find a new football home. I read an article today about the Baltimore Ravens needing another QB option with Joe Flacco sustaining a back injury that is projected to keep him out for at least three weeks. Of course, Kaep’s name came up because Ravens HC John Harbaugh knows about Kaep from his brother, Jim Harbaugh, having coached Kaep in San Fran. Oh, and they played against each other in a Super Bowl, so there’s that.

I decided, what the heck, I’ll project what will happen with Kaep, too. So here are a few spots I think he might end up:

7. Denver Broncos– I HIGHLY doubt GM John Elway would sign a guy with Kaep’s antics. And the salary cap probably isn’t conducive to a Kaep signing in Denver. And Elway seems to see something in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch that the rest of the world doesn’t see. But I don’t see what Elway sees so screw it, I’m putting Denver in here anyway.

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Colin, you’ll never usurp me as starter.

6. Las Vegas Raiders– I know that they are still the Oakland Raiders for the next couple of seasons but I put Las Vegas there for a very specific reason: Kaep played his college ball in Nevada, and he was good (good enough to beat what was probably the best Boise State football team to ever take the field in 2010). Even though he would only be a backup to Derek Carr, I’m sure the Raiders could bring in some extra revenue by having the local boy ride the bench and play in preseason.

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Only after I retire, Colin.

5. Arizona Cardinals– If there is one thing that we all learned from the Cards’ 2016-17 season, it’s that Carson Palmer is not getting any younger. Granted, part of the reason he looked so bad last year was because he looked so good in the 2015-16 season. Regardless, he is 37 years old and I don’t think he is on the Tom Brady diet and workout routine that will allow him to play well into his 40s. Also, Bruce Arians is known as a QB whisperer (see Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and…well…Carson Palmer). What’s wrong with this possibility? Blaine Gabbert is listed as the 3rd QB on the Cards depth chart and there were several times where he looked better than Kaep in San Francisco. So this one probably isn’t very likely. But it would be fun to see Kaep playing for (theoretically) a contender again.

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Nice of Geno to leave me his jersey.

4. New York Jets– Nothing can save the 2017-18 New York Jets. NOTHING. If this team wins more than 2 games, with or without Kaep, I would be SHOCKED. That said, Kaep could be the interesting, controversial player that the Jets need to get any sort of fans to show up to view their train wreck in person.

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Chad, I think you’ve got my jersey there.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars– I honestly feel as though this scenario hasn’t been talked about at all even though it’s a pretty interesting scenario. Maybe it’s because the Jags have been dumping so much money into their defense that they likely don’t have enough for Kaep. But follow me for a second: Let’s say the Jags decide to finally give up on “franchise QB” Blake Bortles. Kaep would join an offense with 2017 first-round pick RB Leonard Fournette, promising young WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, and a solid o-line with 2017 second-round pick Cam Robinon, up-and-comer AJ Cann, veteran Branden Albert, and the highest-paid C in NFL history, Brandon Linder. That, plus the part about the money that the Jags have been pouring into their defense would make for an easy job for Kaep. But, then, that job is supposed to be easy for Bortles, too. He makes it look IMMENSELY difficult.

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Calm down, Colin. I’ll only be out for a few weeks.

2. Baltimore Ravens– (see the first paragraph of this article) He’d mostly be a temp in this scenario.

1. Retirement– Let’s be honest, this is far and away the most realistic scenario on this list. The league has turned his back on him because of his controversial pregame national anthem antics. The National Football League prides itself on being patriotic (hence the annual “Salute to Service” week), and Kaep certainly isn’t. The anti-Kaep sentiment doesn’t just run amongst NFL front offices, either. Fans of teams who have been working out Kaepernick have been protesting against his signing, including his most recently visited team (just a couple days ago), Baltimore.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on your thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s fate and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much appreciated like. As always, respectful, constructive criticism is welcome. If you are not yet a follower, join Team TheHaysWay so you can say that, unlike Kaepernick, you are on a team. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow!

Darrelle Revis Assault and Standing Strong Alone

Just an interesting factoid: In the first one and a half months of this year, we have already surpassed the like count and comment count from my first blogging year (2015). You guys all rock! I appreciate the support and I hope you guys enjoy reading my content as much as I enjoy writing. Whether it’s the highs or lows of life or in sports, you guys consistently show up. Thank you!

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Darrelle Revis. There’s a lot to cover with just that one name. The New York Jets CB and future Hall of Famer has been talked about a LOT over the last year, and most of it has not been good. Well, it has gotten worse. Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor tonight. The news is coming on the heels of an altercation in Pittsburgh Darrelle Revis allegedly got into over the weekend, in which he punched two guys, rendering them unconscious. He has still yet to turn himself in to the police. Revis is already skating on thin ice in New York after a dismal performance during the 2016 season, despite his offer to move to S. There has been a lot of speculation about the New York Jets getting rid of him this offseason. I was on the fence until this encounter. Now, I don’t see the New York Jets as having a choice. They need to move into rebuilding mode now with the age of their roster, and getting rid of Darrelle Revis will be part of that. Might as well do it now, rather than later.

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#24: Loneliness, Harry Potter, and More

Alright, so, after a very uneventful weekend, I’ve got a couple of things on my mind:

First of all, I’d like to rant AGAINST Harry Potter. I read a post from another blogger the other day, professing their love for JK Rowling and Harry Potter…well, I read part of it until I began to feel a wave of nausea wash over me… :\. Anyway, my point is this: Harry Potter is unbelievably overrated. First, the books. Oh my gosh, the books. I have attempted to read the first one AT LEAST five times. I have never gotten more than halfway through it. It is SO boring. Seriously, Moby Dick is less detailed than Harry Potter and, for the record, Moby Dick is much more well-written, and the story is more entertaining. Now, I will grant that detailed books are an acquired taste; I know some people like more detail, so the boring books aren’t my only evidence for the disaster that is Harry Potter. This is where I move on to the movies. Frankly, they were just another lousy attempt to make a ridiculous amount of money. The first few technically had the best stories, but they were ruined by the acting performances. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson were not yet good, as they were still too young. In fact, they had Star Wars-prequel-level acting performances. Yeah, they were THAT bad. Luckily, Radcliffe figured out how to act for the last few movies, and Emma Watson matured enough to be good-looking, so the audience could understand the whole, obligatory love story that EVERY movie must have these days. Unfortunately, the last few movies were ruined by stretching out the story and overused special effects. Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 were all the proof that we needed for that. Also, think about the character of Harry Potter: He is a whiny, over-privileged kid, who is basically just out for his revenge against the monster who killed his parents and almost killed him. Does that really sound like a protagonist/hero type? I’d say he’s the antagonist/villain. Which makes the whole series some big, twisted joke, I suppose. Maybe Rowling intended it that way? If that is the case, then Rowling is much smarter than I thought. Regardless, Voldemort could have saved us all a lot of trouble if he had been able to kill Harry Potter before the story even began.

Second of all, another win-win-win weekend. A victory for Boise State on Friday, a victory for the New York Giants today, and a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers today. Also, I was psyched to find out that, if the NFL season ended today, the Giants would have the 5th seed in the playoffs. That’s pretty good, considering they haven’t made the playoffs since 2011-12, when they won Super Bowl 46.

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Those weren’t the only games I watched today, though. I watched two different games with two different DU friends. I watched the Indianapolis Colts-Green Bay Packers game with my friend, Maddie. She’s a Packers fan, so she didn’t really appreciate the outcome of that game. Inside, however, I was psyched. If the Packers had won, they would be in the 5th seed in the NFC right now, and the Giants would be relegated to the 6th seed. The second game I watched was the Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders game, with my friend, Ben. He’s a Raiders fan, so he was PSYCHED. For those of you who are unaware, the Raiders victory in that game put them in 1st place in the highly-contested AFC West. Surprisingly, no Broncos fans joined me and Ben in watching that game, even though they are the local team. Maybe Ben’s Raiders jersey scared them off?


Changing gears a little, I figured I would talk about a slightly…heavier?…topic: loneliness. It’s always fascinating to me when I read some tweets from former classmates about wishing they could have a special someone in their lives. Of course, those tweets tend to be from women because, for us men, society deems it “unmanly” to be vulnerable like that. Well, ladies, I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. I don’t know how many other guys will admit this vulnerability, too, but we are also lonely. I know what it’s like to be in a relationship, and, while there are some drawbacks, it ultimately seems worth it. I thought about this when my roommate came back this morning from another one of his one-night stands; He’s had so many that I think he’s lost count. But, he told me that he doesn’t know much about relationships because he hasn’t ever had a true girlfriend. Well, I can honestly say that I know nothing about one-night stands, but I would assume that they aren’t meaningful like true relationships are. On a side note, it seems like a lot of people here at DU have a boyfriend or a girlfriend back home. It also seems like a lot of them are unfaithful. In fact, one of my DU friends is not loyal to his girlfriend back home, but I will leave him unnamed. If that’s the kind of person he wants to be, that’s his choice. Anyway, it’s hard to know who’s available when you don’t party (like me), and when there are people who are concealing other relationships. I’m not going to help a girl cheat on her boyfriend back home. I don’t even get how people could be okay with themselves for doing that sort of thing. I still feel some sense of loyalty to my ex (which is why I reference her in this blog more often than I would like, and here’s another example), even though I owe her nothing. Essentially, the struggle with loneliness is quite real for most people.

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Why don’t people truly appreciate the kind, smiling, and wise people? Anyway, this is so true (except the sad-brightest smile one; I smile brightly, and I’m not usually sad. Of course, it’s possible that I don’t smile as brightly as I think I do?), and it makes the next quote make even less sense:
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I don’t understand why the selfless people get the short end of the stick. Maybe this is the ultimate example of how life is unfair?

On a MUCH lighter note, I was thinking about getting a Damian Lillard jersey because I only have one Trail Blazers shirt right now, and I don’t want to wear that two days in a row when the Blazers have back-to-back gamedays. Thoughts?

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New York Jets

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Founded: 1960

All-Time Winning Percentage: 45.9%

All-Time Record: (365-431-8)

Sorry, mom, but you know they haven’t been good, historically. They have just one Super Bowl win, and that was “The Guarantee”, Super Bowl III. Also, the list of Jets legends includes: QB Joe Namath, RB Curtis Martin, and…that’s all I’ve got. If you can think of any Jets legends, list them in the comments; They can’t be current players that will go down as legends (meaning C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis don’t count). Anyway, that Super Bowl and a few runs to the AFC championship are the only thing holding the Jets at #24. On a side note, this season continues to get rougher for the Jets. They lost to the Miami Dolphins today, and their best quality (their run defense) allowed over 100 yards to RB Jay Ajayi. On a side^2 note, Ajayi has proven for the 3rd straight game that, not only is he a legit starting RB in the NFL, but he’s one of the best at the moment.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on Harry Potter and/or on Boise State and/or on the New York Giants and/or on the Portland Trail Blazers and/or on watching football with friends and/or on loneliness and/or on a Damian Lillard jersey and/or on the New York Jets, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to continue climbing the count-up of all-time NFL winning percentages with me. 🙂 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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So, the NBA has 30 teams. Due to this fact, 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.


“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, Author

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe, Tennis Player

I chose two daily quotes today. I looked up the word ‘start’, and these two quotes spoke to me for two VERY different reasons. I’m not really sure how to word the way in which the first quote spoke to me. Here’s my best shot: There are many things I wish I had persisted with, that I have let vanish, either because I wanted to, or because others wanted me to. Maybe, those things haven’t vanished? Maybe, their vitality is still there because of an opportunity to start over? All good things must come to an end, but there is no rule about them not coming back. There are meaningful times in my life that I have lost, and I hope that I will get to start them over again. The first quote gives me hope.

The second quote spoke to me because it is the type of quote I was looking for today. I looked up ‘start’ because the New York Giants have officially started their season 2-0 for the first time in a while! They are using what they have (a new head coach and $200 million improvements on defense) to do what they can to win (DT Jonathan Hankins blocked a New Orleans Saints field goal attempt, and CB Janoris Jenkins returned the block for a touchdown). It also serves as a reminder to focus on the moment. We can’t focus on the past, we just have what we have, and we need to use what we have for right now.

The variety of starts for different NFL teams surprises me this season. For example, I never, EVER would have guessed that the Giants would start 2-0. Here are a few other surprises: Arizona Cardinals (1-1; I would’ve guessed 2-0 many times over), Baltimore Ravens (2-0; They had two easy games, but they’re the RAVENS), Denver Broncos (2-0; I figured they’d skip a beat with QB Trevor Siemian at the helm and go 1-1), Houston Texans (2-0; QB Brock Osweiler hasn’t played particularly well, and RB Lamar Miller takes 30 carries to reach 100 yards, yet, they have won two straight), Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2; I thought this would be the season they turn things around, and possibly start 2-0), Minnesota Vikings (2-0; They don’t have QB Teddy Bridgewater!), Indianapolis Colts (0-2; It’s hard to believe that they were in the playoffs just a couple of years ago because they look TERRIBLE now)

Just a quick note: I am REALLY excited about the Giants 2-0 start. That DOES NOT happen for my team very often. What’s even crazier, is that the favorite teams of my friends and family are NOT 2-0! Those teams include the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Kansas City Chiefs. I REALLY hope the Giants can keep this up. In order to do so, the offense needs to step up because the defense has been having to do too much, thus far. Also, my team needs to continue to FINISH. That was the hardest thing for the Giants of last season. My team lost most of its games in the last two minutes, last season. This year, they have proven that they are at least CAPABLE of finishing games, as they’ve won both of their games in the last two minutes. Great job G-men! I’m so proud of you!

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Spread The Love

(The daily scene consists of fan reactions to the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones. If you don’t want spoilers, DO NOT click on the link. Also, there is some minor language in some of the reactions.) “It’s always important to stay in contact with the fans, because ultimately, if they weren’t there, I wouldn’t be here. It’s very, very important to spread the love.” -Ross Lynch, Actor

Well, I guess you can call it fan appreciation day! I looked up “spread the love”, and that quote said it all. I want to keep up my posts for you guys, and I want to hear comments from you guys because that’s why I’m here. I post because I want to, and because I like to hear your guys’ take on what I talk about. It’s refreshing to hear other perspectives. I never pretend that I know everything. Depending on how many of my posts you’ve read, you probably know by now that I admit to making LOADS of mistakes, and those have lead to regrets. My posting allows me to admit my mistakes, and you guys frequently comment with either words of inspiration, or polite corrections of my mistakes, and I REALLY appreciate that. Anyway, my question of the day is as follows:

What would you like me to post about?

Tell me what you want to hear about. I want to keep you guys reading, so I would love to do a series of fan-requested topics in my posts. Feel free to make as many requests as you want, and I will make sure that I cater to as many of them as possible. I’m really excited about this idea!

Now, the reason that I looked up “spread the love” was the New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills game, tonight. The Jets won, 37-31. They did so by spreading the love amongst their offensive weapons. WRs Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Quincy Enunwa all finished with AT LEAST 90 yards receiving. Naturally, that means QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was north of the 300 yard passing mark. Even more impressive was that, in addition to those outstanding offensive performances, RB Matt Forte finished with EXACTLY 100 yards rushing. They were hard-earned yards, too. I was actually rather impressed with the Bills stifling defensive line throughout the game, especially DE Jerry Hughes. A great, back and forth game throughout, the Jets snapped their streak of terrible performances against the Bills. Congrats, Jets!

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