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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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.

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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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2017 NFL Mock Draft and Beard Status

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted online about whether or not I should shave my beard. The majority of you voted that I should shave (or at least trim) my beard, however, you were outnumbered by the people here at DU, who recommended that I continue to grow the beard. In fact, I don’t think one person that I asked on campus said I should shave it. As such, my beard remains in its current, lush state.

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Second of all, I finished my second 2017 First-Round NFL Mock Draft a couple of days ago, and it is posted on the ‘Mock Draft’ page. I also realized that I never posted my FIRST Mock Draft for this year, and that is linked at the bottom of the ‘Mock Draft’ page. For your convenience, both documents are also linked below:

2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Oakland-turned-Las Vegas Raiders, Soul-fed Happiness, College Students or High Schoolers?

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard that the Oakland Raiders are going to be the Las Vegas Raiders in two years time. I REALLY want to hear your thoughts on this subject because there seem to be mixed reviews EVERYWHERE. I have a friend who is a Raiders fan who is pissed that they are leaving behind the “best fan base in the world” in Oakland because he’s a little unrealistic when it comes to his passions. Case in point: He is under the impression that the Raiders had the best chance of any playoff team of beating the New England Patriots this postseason. (He also thinks that Raiders owner Mark Davis will get stabbed by somebody if he returns to Oakland…) But, I personally think that Mark Davis is a genius because Las Vegas is a tourist town. Their fan base will be inconsistent, but they should always have people filling the stands. Plus, gambling, right? This was definitely a money-motivated move. But above all, I think Oakland Raiders fans need to stop being such babies. Idaho doesn’t have an NFL team, so my favorite NFL team has been ACROSS THE COUNTRY from me for my ENTIRE LIFE!!! I’ll try to stop ranting, just please leave a comment with your opinion on the Raiders relocation.

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True! Don’t get brainwashed by marketing!
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Here’s a good Quote of the Day!

This is just perfect. I can’t even believe how amazingly true and applicable this quote is. Now, I’ve often been pinned with the stereotype of “ginger’s got no soul“. I assume you’ve all heard that one before (some of you have probably even used that one before…SHAME! But it’s ok, I forgive you 🙂 ). Anyway, I will confess that in high school I fit the stereotype because I DID have an ego, mostly in regard to my French Horn playing abilities and my intellectual prowess. Through 2 quarters of college, I can tell you that this quote is spot on. I’ve learned how to step away from the ego (it helps that most of the people in college are about as intelligent as I am, some even more so. It also helps to take 3 months off from playing any French Horn) and do what I want to do to feed my soul. I can’t say that I have achieved true happiness (society makes that MUCH harder to achieve than it should be), but I CAN tell you: It’s nice. When you are feeding your ego, you feel as if you’re better than everyone around you (btw, you’re also WRONG). When you are feeding your soul, you just feel…better. Regardless of what it is that feeds your soul (singing, dancing, writing, reading, exercising, gaming, calculating, engineering, experimenting, laughing, acting, politicizing, speaking, storytelling, observing, helping, and whatever else because there’s a lot that I’m forgetting), I urge you to do that. Set some time aside for you. Those jerks at work who walk around like they’re the best are usually inferior to those who save time for themselves. Be yourself and you will be happier and…better…in whatever way that means to you.

I just wanted to throw out the reason I chose the quote above: I really wanted a quote that I could give a high school example to. Why? In my first college writing class of the quarter (which was a matter of hours ago), I walked in right as class started and the classroom was split directly in half: one half was the boys, and the other half was the girls. SERIOUSLY?! We’re in college now! We are men and women, not boys and girls! Why do we have to bring back something that represents everything that is wrong with high school?! I was one of the TWO people in the class of FIFTEEN that was sitting next to a person of the opposite gender.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Oakland Raiders and/or on the Las Vegas Raiders and/or on the best things in life and/or on burger king and/or on soul-fed happiness (-ticityism) and/or on college students behaving like high schoolers and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to feed your soul…or to let me feed your soul…? 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Some Thoughts: John Ross, March Madness, Future vs Past vs Present

So, I realized that I have been SUPREMELY inconsistent with my posts ever since…a while. So, I wanted to release another post today. I was actually inspired by another friend, who posted on his blog for the first time in a month (for the record, it’s only been five days since my last post…which is…still too long…). He’s got some really cool NBA stuff, so I would HIGHLY recommend checking it out. Anyway, what will I talk about now?…

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First of all, University of Washington WR John Ross broke the 40-yard dash record at the NFL Combine yesterday. The previous record (4.24 seconds) was set by RB Chris Johnson in 2008. John Ross’ new record is 4.22 seconds. So what exactly does this mean? Well, in 2008, Chris Johnson was projected as a 2nd-3rd round NFL Draft pick heading into the 2008 NFL Combine. After his record 40-yard dash, CJ2K ended up becoming a 1st round NFL Draft pick. John Ross was already projected as a 1st round NFL Draft pick going into the 2017 NFL Combine. So, my projection is that John Ross moves up in the 1st round, from the 14th-18th overall NFL Draft picks (as projected by NFL.com analysts) to the 3rd overall NFL Draft pick. Why? The 2017 3rd overall NFL Draft pick belongs to the Chicago Bears this season, who just so happen to be parting ways with WR Alshon Jeffrey this offseason. Oh, the Chicago Bears are getting rid of WR Eddie Royal, too. Somebody needs to fill those shoes, as long as they’re Nikes, of course. I bring up the Nike point because John Ross DID NOT win an island for his record-breaking 40-yard dash. John Ross wore Nike cleats, and the offer of the island was through Adidas, so he would’ve had to wear Adidas in order to have won the island. I get the feeling that being the fastest player EVER at the NFL Combine is far superior to winning an island, especially with all of the amazing athletes that have been there over the years.

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I can’t believe Selection Sunday is only ONE WEEK AWAY! March Madness is almost OFFICIALLY here. Don’t worry, I will post my bracket here when I have filled one out. I’m waiting for the pool of 68 teams to become final, first. I’m not one of those guys that projects the bracket BEFORE it happens. So, you can expect it to come around next Monday. Anyway, while the bracket has yet to become finalized, the trickle of teams clinching spots to the Big Dance is starting to come in. Here are the teams who have already won their conference tournaments to clinch a spot in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament:

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Ben Okri is a Nigerian author. His is a phenomenal writer. I read The Famished Road during my IB years in high school, and it was one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read in school. It was remarkably surreal for one book, and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. But, if you enjoy thinking when you read, I HIGHLY recommend it. Anyway, in regard to the quote: I like it. I think this quote is a statement about how what we do NOW is so much more important than what we have done in the past. Regardless of the mistakes that we have made in our lives in the past, we can move past them by making the right choices now to succeed in the future (the idea of choice in the past vs the present vs the future also comes up in The Famished Road). So, don’t let people hold define you by what you DID, including yourself. Force people to define you by what you’re DOING and WHERE you are GOING.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on John Ross and/or on the impending March Madness 2017 Edition and/or on the importance of the future vs the past vs the present 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 make your future greater and filled with my posts. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

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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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the players who were franchise tagged and/or on the players who were not franchise tagged and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower of the newly-renamed thehaysway.wordpress.com. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

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.

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Super Bowl LI

I really can’t start anywhere but the Super Bowl. Super Bowl LI. The first overtime Super Bowl which was, admittedly, shocking considering how terrible most of this postseason’s playoff games were. The New England Patriots came away with a 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. I knew the New England Patriots would win because they just always find away. I had that sinking feeling in my heart the whole time. I was also right about WHY the New England Patriots would win: the Atlanta Falcons’ lackluster defensive secondary. The New England Patriots were held to just 3 points in the first half because the Atlanta Falcons pass rushers were getting to QB Tom Brady before he could make good throws against the porous secondary. Unfortunately, those pass rushers were too tired after the stellar first half to maintain the same level of play in the second half, and Tom Brady carved up the Atlanta Falcons secondary. That said, props to Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford, who played admirably without starting CB Desmond Trufant (he even had a pick six!). Robert Alford was the ONLY member of the Atlanta Falcons secondary that came to play.  OK, S Keanu Neal wasn’t called out too much, but CB Jalen Collins did NOT come to play, and CB Brian Poole had what was probably (in the nicest terms possible) the worst performance of any member of any defensive secondary that I have EVER seen in the Super Bowl. Brian Poole had multiple holding calls against him, and he was also burned by the likes of WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Malcolm Mitchell, repeatedly throughout the game. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady set two records: most passing yards in a Super Bowl (466) and most Super Bowls won by a QB (5). New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick also set the record for most Super Bowl wins as a head coach (5). The Atlanta Falcons also had their ONLY turnover of this postseason with QB Matt Ryan‘s fumble. In conclusion, Super Bowl LI was proof that the good guys lose (Atlanta Falcons) and the bad guys win (New England Patriots).

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Two other brief Super Bowl notes:

  1. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could not wait to get off the podium during the Lombardi trophy presentation. The battles between Roger Goodell and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (and QB Tom Brady) have been well documented with the cheating scandals that the Patriots always seem to be facing. Roger Goodell left the trophy stage IMMEDIATELY after handing the trophy to Robert Kraft. LOL. Oh, and Robert Kraft took a jab at the whole ‘Deflategate’ situation, too.
  2. The Super Bowl commercials continue to get weaker every year. I honestly can’t really remember any of the commercials from this Super Bowl. 😦

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Destiny, Radio, Pro Bowl, Portland Trail Blazers, Star Wars, The Shining, Psych

My first ever radio show went well on Saturday!

Alright, now on to the negativity:

The NFC lost the Pro Bowl. Strike 1.

The Portland Trail Blazers lost AGAIN, this time to the PG Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors, in Portland. Strike 2.

Can you tell I’m having a tough time with the positivity today? Sports really make or break my day.

Also, I still don’t have a debit card because my bank screwed up. Strike 3.

Anything else?…

Well, I watched Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace today. Or, part of it. The Pro Bowl put a hold on the movie. Then I finished it after the Pro Bowl. So, all of it. Anyway, I’ll let you guys be the judge of how positive watching Star Wars Episode I is.

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I watched Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi yesterday. That was definitely a positive. I have a friend here who thinks that the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy is better than the Star Wars Original Trilogy. He is literally the ONLY person I have ever known who thinks that. I’m not exaggerating. He is the ONLY one. The Star Wars Original Trilogy features the top 2 movies of all-time, and 3 of the top 5 movies of all-time. The only movie from the Star Wars prequel trilogy that makes the top 10 movies of all-time is Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Even Star Wars Episode III is only at #10. Make no mistake, my friend is WRONG. The Star Wars Original Trilogy is heads above the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. But, it’s all Star Wars, so it’s all good.

I also watched The Shining over the weekend. Jack Nicholson is a great actor. No idea who the woman in The Shining is. The Shining definitely wasn’t as scary as I had been led to believe. It may be due to the fact that The Shining was made in the 80’s, so it was kind of cheesy with some of the editing. The Shining had a well-written story-line, though. Plus, now I get the references to The Shining in the “Hereeeeee’s Lassie!” episode of Psych.

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Speaking of Psych, I watched some Behind the Scenes footage while I was taking a break from my big INFO 1010 project. James Roday’s audition tape, writers’ commentaries on the pilot, and interviews with all of the main Psych cast members (James Roday, Dule Hill, Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson, Corbin Bernsen, and Kirstin Nelson) all included. EPIC!!! Did you know that the main writer behind Psych (Steve Franks) is 6’8″?! I’ve seen him standing next to the Psych cast members and I always thought he was tall, but GEEZ!!! 6’8″ is INSANE!!! He also is a member of the band “The Friendly Indians“, who performed the Psych theme song.

Just an FYI regarding my radio show: The show is called the Bleacher Bums. Me and two of my friends are said Bleacher Bums. We are on the air every Saturday from 3pm-4pm. Tune it for our Sports Talk at kxduradio.com

Is destiny Written in the Stars? Or, do you write your own destiny? It’s a matter of predetermination. I will say this much: nothing goes according to plan. It doesn’t matter if it’s your plan or nature’s plan for you. There will always be bumps in the road. The most important thing is to be yourself. Don’t ever change who you are just to fit a plan. Find a plan that aligns with who you are. I realize that I am being hypocritical as I say that because I’ve just recently come to realize that I shouldn’t be sweating the “mistakes” that I’ve made by being myself. I know that I still think about those “mistakes” because I can’t help but thinking that they were “mistakes” because of the end result. But, I followed my heart and that’s what gets me past those, and other moments of doubt. I just keep following my heart, and my brain aids if it is needed. That’s what I encourage all of you to do. We are not defined by what others think of our decisions, but rather, by what we think of our own decisions. It doesn’t matter if you feel your destiny is predetermined, or if you feel you are continuously shaping your destiny every second of your life. Why? Either way, you should be who you are. After all, only YOU can shape your own destiny.

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