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)


  • 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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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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Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

I realized something today. I realized why I’m a Boise State fan. But, I won’t say why, because I don’t want to jinx the Broncos. After all, they’re the only hope that I have left in the sports world.

Depend on. That was a phrase from the magic ticket scene of The Polar Express. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Depending on others can be nice…

I don’t really know where I was going with that.

I was lying in bed yesterday, asking myself one simple question: “What am I doing?” Actually, it’s not a simple question. My answer: “I don’t know.” Also, “I have no idea.” I don’t know what I want. That’s not true. I want the New York Giants and the Boise State Broncos to win. Yeah, lousy, huh? Boring desire. I don’t know what I REALLY want. Actually, I do. Maybe I don’t. I’ve told you before that I write to talk through things with myself, and inspire you. I want to make a difference to others. I have made differences to others. I should’ve specified that I want to make POSITIVE differences to others. I have made some. Not all. I think and feel too deeply. I only argue with others because I argue with myself. I argue with others because it presents some clarity to have the perspective of others. I argue with myself because only I understand my own perspective. Except I don’t. If I did, I wouldn’t argue with myself. It doesn’t strengthen arguments with others when you don’t know how to win an argument with yourself. I feel…lost. I thought I knew what I wanted. I never knew. I will know. When? What do you do when you don’t know who to believe? When you don’t even trust yourself? I don’t know. I have no idea.

You don’t know how much time I spend staring at my screen, wondering what to write. When this happens, I usually leave my hands on the keys. I feel as though there is some energy traveling through my hands, and into the keys. Positive or Negative? Both? I think the full extent of what I want to write, into the keys. Then, I type what I SHOULD write. Can you blame me? The internet isn’t exactly, trustworthy.


-Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw his first career INT (Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay) in the Eagles first loss of the season to the Lions. The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, however, both won, while the New York Giants lost. So, the Giants are now last in the NFC East.

-The Cleveland Browns are now onto their 4th string QB, Charlie Whitehurst. Yeah, 3rd string rookie QB Cody Kessler got injured in their game against the New England Patriots, today. The Pats, however, had starting QB Tom Brady return from suspension. He claimed he was a little rusty after throwing for over 400 yards and 3 TDs against the Browns. Of course he did.

-New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr righted his wrong with the kicking net on the sideline. After getting into an altercation with it two weeks ago, Beckham gave it a hug during Sunday Night Football. Kicking nets are people, too!

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Grab Bag #1: OBJ, VP Debate, Madden Fail

I don’t have one specific subject for today’s post because…well, what DON’T I have to talk about?

First of all, I’d like to say that I’m sorry about the few days that have passed since my previous post, but unfortunately, college circumstances (JK, I actually do my homework. Also, I’m 0/6 on that one, just to be clear) have prevented me from posting at the clip that I’d like to post at. Luckily for you, I have still been gathering many post-worthy ideas, so there may be more than one post per day for a few days (no promises). Obviously, I don’t want to overwhelm you with too many stories in one post because, frankly, most of you probably wouldn’t read that much even if I wanted to cram all of that information into one post. Anyway, with that brief introduction, away we go:

Odell Beckham Jr

The New York Giants WR told the media today that he’s no longer having fun playing football. This came following the worst game of his career yesterday, in which he had just 23 yards receiving. Let me tell you something: I played flag football today. My team found out that there was a mercy rule in flag football. Yup, we lost 0-36. I did almost nothing; I was a blocking RB the entire time on offense, and on defense, I gave up a TD and missed a tackle playing CB and LB. Also, I had to pay $5 to get into the flag football league. I HAD A BLAST! Beckham is pissed about his worst game being 23 yards receiving in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Many people would kill to have the opportunity to play in the NFL, let alone have 23 receiving yards in a NFL game! Beckham is a role model for MANY people, including me, due to his amazing athletic abilities and the spotlight that is on him in New York. So this is a message to one of my role models: GET THE H*** OVER YOURSELF! I don’t care how gifted you are, if you’re not having fun playing the game: RETIRE! That way, your roster spot can go to one of the thousands of football players who try to crack the NFL each season because they want to play the game. Honestly, words can’t even express how angry I am about this. Football has been an escape for me for years now. It got me through IB, it’s getting me through college, it got me through my break-up, it has gotten me through arguments with a number of family members and friends, it has ALWAYS been there! I can’t STAND to see a guy who I consider a role model, TREATING IT LIKE S***! WHAT THE…

What do you think about Odell Beckham Jr’s entitlement?

Vice Presidential Debate

Alright, I got a little overheated on that one, so it’s time to move on. You think Will Ferrell is funny? You should’ve seen the VP Debate. You think The Hangover is funny? You should’ve seen the VP Debate. You think The Office is funny? It’s not that funny, it’s overrated. Though, I’m biased because…moving on! Anyway, this debate was hilarious because it was the EXACT OPPOSITE of the first Presidential debate. In this debate, the Republican candidate was the calm and controlled one, while the Democratic candidate was rude, kept returning to pre-determined subjects, and was making ludicrous claims. Congratulations on the victory Mike Pence!

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(Above: Left-Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine (D). Right-Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence (R).)

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had a president/vice president duo from DIFFERENT political parties? It might sound ineffective now, but maybe it’s worth a shot?

Also, is anybody else confused about the color choice through the first two debates? The Democrats have been wearing red, and the Republicans have been wearing blue: What the heck?

The Madden Debacle

So, I played Madden NFL 17 today. Of course, I played Madden Ultimate Team, because it is the best Madden game mode. Both of my games today were against the Indianapolis Colts, on rookie difficulty. I thought that would only be the case for one game. Let me explain. For those of you who have not played Madden before, the game likes to give you a game, every once in a while, in which, your offense SUCKS. Today, that game happened to me against the Colts. One of the worst defenses in NFL reality, they made me look like the worst Madden player of all time. My QB (Ryan Nassib) threw FOUR interceptions! Two were my fault because I like to just chuck the ball downfield on rookie difficulty, but the other two were diving interceptions by the Colts secondary (neither of those two were CB Vontae Davis, either), and one came in the end zone with about 30 seconds left in the game. I lost 0-7. It was my first Madden loss here in Denver. For those of you following along at home, I got the losing trifecta this week: The Giants lost in reality, I lost in Madden, and I lost in flag football. Thank everything that my Boise State Broncos still pulled out the W this weekend, or I’d have NOTHING to hang my hat on. Yes, I’m still allowed to be a Boise State football fan because DU doesn’t have a college football team. So, that’s how I found myself playing the Colts on rookie difficulty for a second time. Luckily, the game decided to pay me back after cheating me the first time, and my defense ended up with FIVE interceptions on my way to a 35-0 victory. The great equalization of today.

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(Above: Indianapolis Colts LB Pat Angerer intercepting a pass in Madden NFL 25)

What is your worst all-time Madden performance?

I promised not to overload y’all and I’ve probably already broken that promise, so that concludes my post-worthy ideas for this post. That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on OBJ and/or on the VP Debate and/or on Madden and/or on the daily questions 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 encourage me to post multiple times per day. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Temper: OBJ and Feeling

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” -Charles Dickens, Author

I’m a red-head, so I’ve heard a thing or two about temper. It’s amazing how strong that stereotype is. Red hair does NOT equal hothead. I’m one of the most level-headed people I know. In fact, I hate getting mad at people. I live my life trying to help others find happiness, and anger just doesn’t have a place in that. I’ve had a lot of people get angry with me, but I can only think of one person who has made me REALLY angry in the past year (not my ex, for the record), and that person has gotten me to yell multiple times. That person REALLY knows how to irritate me; It’s actually kind of impressive because even I didn’t know I could get so irritated. Anyway, that’s mostly just a side note regarding the stereotype that red-heads have bad tempers: It’s NOT true.

Do you have a bad temper? Do you know anyone else that has a bad temper?

This is a great quote. It’s so great, that I’m going to take a moment to analyze all three parts. “Have a heart that never hardens”. Heart is probably the most important thing in the world, in my opinion. Heart guides the decisions that I make in my life, for better or for worse. I may regret the WAY that I have approached situations, but I NEVER regret my intentions. I always go for what I FEEL is right. Feeling is the best way to go through life. Most of the time, problems can be solved by just doing what feels right. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It doesn’t matter if people disagree with you and try to break your heart, NEVER stop following it. The only way your heart can harden is if YOU allow it to harden by letting people get to you. A “temper that never tires”. I don’t think this line is encouraging anger. Rather, it is encouraging passion. That’s why it’s tied to the quote about the heart. Never let your passion die. Express yourself and fight for what you believe in and for what you want. A “touch that never hurts”. This line almost doesn’t seem to fit in with the other two parts of the quote. I feel like this ties in to what I was talking about in the first paragraph; Help others. Feeling your way through life will rarely hurt others because feeling usually includes empathizing. When you hurt others, you don’t feel right. At least, that’s how it works for me. That’s why I always try to help others.

Which of the three parts of this quote means the most to you? Why?

I looked up ‘temper’ because of New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. Only OBJ has the passion for the game to get into an altercation with a kicking net when he has over 100 yards receiving. It’s interesting how much people make of the OBJ-CB Josh Norman matchup. It’s happened twice, and both times, OBJ destroyed Norman. It seems pretty clear to me that OBJ is a better player than Norman. At the very least, he’s played well enough to not need to be angry with himself. Maybe he just lets the media get into his head about the matchup. Or Norman. Maybe that’s a good thing, too. Can you imagine how hard it is to get over 100 yards receiving against one of the best CBs in the league WHILE he’s causing you to lose your focus by getting in your head? I guess it’s just motivation for the superhuman, OBJ.

Do you believe Norman is truly a worthy matchup for OBJ?

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Weekend Update: July 31, 2016

“If nothing else in life, I want to be true to the things I believe in, and quite simply, to what I’m all about. I know I’d better, because it seems whenever I take a false step or two I feel the consequences.” –Peyton Manning, Future Hall of Fame QB

I wanted to put this fantastic new commercial in my post today. I didn’t really have a topic of discussion in mind for today, so I went with the purely entertaining route. DirecTV has fantastic commercials. This one is so good, I found a video that plays it twice. Plus, it has Manning AND Lionel Richie in it. That’s what I call a win-win. For more entertaining Peyton Manning-related content: 2016 ESPYs-Peyton Manning Tribute. But, to be a little philosophical about the quote, I agree with him. If you believe in something, stick with it because it will pay off. For me personally, my life is pretty great. In fact, it’s almost perfect. I credit that to the fact that I try to be as selfless as possible. It seems as though the few things that prevent my life from being totally perfect are things that resulted from moments of selfishness. So, I also agree with the ‘feel the consequences’ part. This blog is one way that I do my best to be selfless. I write the quote of the day and the following philosophical analysis because I want to inspire people. I want to inspire as many people as possible to believe in themselves. In my experience, the only better feeling than believing in yourself, comes from helping others believe in themselves. Plus, I truthfully believe that everybody has, within them, whatever they need, to accomplish whatever they want. I believe that I can inspire many people to believe in themselves, and not just via this blog. I also believe in myself as a writer, and as a sports fan. That’s why I write the daily NFL news:

  1. Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins began a contract holdout during the previous week. I guess he realized how ridiculous that was with two years left on his rookie contract because his holdout has already ended as of today. That’s good news for QB Brock Osweiler, because he could use as much practice as possible with the team’s top receiving threat.
  2. I, along with every other New York Giants fan and team member, received a massive scare today when WR Odell Beckham Jr was carted off the practice field. Luckily, he’s okay. He collided with CB Janoris Jenkins during practice, and Jenkins’ cleats left Beckham with a couple of minor cuts on his left leg. Head coach Ben McAdoo told the media today that, “He’s (Beckham) probably going to be sore for a couple days.” In essence, crisis averted.
  3. In other WR news, Antonio Brown is itching for a new contract in Pittsburgh. While he isn’t holding out like Hopkins, he is gently nudging the team by speaking about the situation with the media. Brown is entering year 5 of a 6 year deal, and makes just north of $6 million this season. His new deal will likely be worth A LOT more than that, whether it is with the Steelers, or another team. Regardless, the Steelers don’t have to start worrying about a new contract for Brown until next season.
  4. Houston Texans DE JJ Watt had back surgery this offseason. He is currently on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform List, and is unsure if he will be ready to go week 1. Should Watt sit week 1, (which isn’t likely with his love for the game) the team’s newly-revamped offense will be tested to keep pace with a breach in their defense’s containment.
  5. Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy is in the league’s concussion protocol after a helmet-to-helmet hit during Saturday’s practice. Ealy is in line for a bigger role in Carolina, so the team (and obviously, Ealy) is hoping he can come back quickly.
  6. Los Angeles Rams RB Tre Mason is trying to follow QB Nick Foles out the door. The RB has decided not to report to Rams camp. He has not spoken to the team since last season ended, and he has had five, police-involved incidents in the last four months. Foles left because of the young QB Jared Goff, Mason is leaving because of the young RB Todd Gurley.
  7. San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis has been reinstated by the NFL, officially ending his retirement. Davis isn’t a lock to start, but likely will prove to be effective for a 49ers team that is DESPERATELY looking for talent. Even with Davis back, the 49ers season outlook is bleak.
  8. The Dallas Cowboys. They have been in the news recently for their troubled front seven on defense. Ironically, the team has now decided to change their entire outlook. With many Americans against the police right now, the Cowboys have requested, and received permission to wear a “Arm in Arm” decal on their helmets during preseason games, to show support for the police. This may be a tactic by owner Jerry Jones to deflect the negative feedback that he’s received over his front seven’s problems, but regardless, it is a very nice gesture.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

Multiple Days’ Update: July 20 (or earlier)-21, 2016

FYI: I’m sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of days, and I’m sorry for the schedule continuing to be lackadaisical until Monday, at which point, I will explain why that is the case. To give an example of my posting schedule: this post has been written in multiple sessions across two days. Nevertheless, without further ado:

“When we are no longer able to change a situation-we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor E Frankl, Psychologist

I thought this scene would be cool to show because it didn’t quite make the cut. I thought this was a great scene. Obviously, Finn later refused to join in the slaughter of the entire village at the end of the attack on the Jakku village. But, that scene was far less humane than this one. If any stormtrooper had any doubts about the First Order, of course they wouldn’t join in the slaughter of an ENTIRE village. This scene is much more subdued in it’s portrayal of Finn’s change. Finn obviously felt strongly enough to recognize this villager’s innocence and how terrible the situation was. Unfortunately, in this instance, Finn’s change in himself did not result in him being able to change the situation, as this villager ultimately would have died with the rest when Kylo Ren orders their execution (at least, there is no indication of any survivors following the attack).

Now, there are a couple of things I would like to discuss in regard to this quote. First of all, at what point are we no longer able to change a situation? I personally believe we always have the power to change a situation. There is always a hand with which you can play. There is always hope. If a situation isn’t going in your favor, there is a way you can flip the script and get things going in your favor. One way to do that, is the second thing I would like to discuss.

So, second of all, how do we change ourselves? This is actually kind of my second AND third of all. In what ways do we change ourselves, and how do we go about making those changes? If our approach to a situation isn’t working, we need to discover what about us is causing it not to work. Of course, there is the possibility that another factor in the situation is causing it not to work, not necessarily us. But, it’s much more difficult to change other factors in a situation, so let’s assume that we do need to change ourselves, whether that is actually the case, or not. There are two main problems that could lie within us: Either physical or mental.

For the physical point, that could be illustrated by a sports team. To use a real-life example, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The NBA Finals were not going their way when they were down 1-3 in the series. In theory, this actually could be mental, as well, as they may have needed more motivation. But to actually come back against the Golden State Warriors, they needed to WORK harder. That’s what they did. A perfect example of that was LeBron James’ block of Andre Iguodala’s shot at the end of Game 7. He made a physical statement to change the Cavs’ situation.

The mental point could be something like a war of words. Another sports example of that is the battle between New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr and now-Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman. When they matched up last season, Norman and Beckham trash talked heavily. As Beckham was dominating Norman physically, Norman upped his trash talk, and got Beckham ejected because his head was knocked out of the game.

So those are the two main ways in which we can change ourselves. Now, how do we make those changes? We have to want it more, and we have to believe in ourselves. If we want to change the situation, then we will find a way to change ourselves in order to flip the script. Mind over matter. I truly believe that. Life is more mental than physical. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. So if you want to change a situation, it all comes back to not giving up. Just keep trying with different tactics and eventually, your determination will pay off. Okay, moving on to the news:

  1. I confess, there is another reason that I brought up the Beckham vs Norman rivalry. New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr said this, of Norman, today: Josh Norman joined the Washington Redskins to remain relevant. Beckham believes that he caused Norman to gain the popularity that Norman currently has. He’s sort of correct, but mostly wrong (sorry Odell, I still think you are the best WR in the NFL). Norman definitely has the talent to back up his popularity. Other than Beckham, Norman physically dominated just about every WR he played against. That said, Norman did gain the most popularity for getting into Beckham’s head. Even after this last season, the best of his career, Norman really isn’t in the conversation for best CB in the league. He wasn’t even the leader of the Carolina Panthers Super Bowl defense. So, yes and no, Beckham.
  2. The Chicago Bears have signed OG Amini Silatolu. Silatolu was with the Carolina Panthers during the last four seasons. This is a much better situation for him, in my opinion. Especially due to the Bears loss of OG Matt Slauson during the offseason.
  3. The Detroit Lions inked DE Quanterus Smith. Smith was a practice squad player last season. Unfortunately, it seems as though my poor projection for the Lions this season may be accurate. I thought d-line was a strength for the Lions with DE Ezekiel Ansah and DT Haloti Ngata. A practice squad player isn’t a good sign. To make matters worse, Smith was a practice squad player for the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars. This is a very troublesome signing.
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston lost 20 pounds leading up to the Bucs training camp. I’m going to be honest: I’m a HUGE fan of the NFC South. That division is always full of redemption stories, and now it’s the Bucs turn. The New Orleans Saints did it with QB Drew Brees (who was overthrown in San Diego by QB Phillip Rivers), turning the franchise around and winning a Super Bowl shortly after Hurricane Katrina decimated the area. Last season, the Carolina Panthers did it with previously troubled QB Cam Newton, who had a lot of controversy surrounding him in college. Now previously troubled QB Jameis Winston is looking to do the same with the Bucs. The question is, will they win it all like the Saints, or fall just short like the Panthers? Time will tell.
  5. The Eugene Monroe story has taken an interesting turn for the end. Following the OT’s release from the Baltimore Ravens, Monroe has decided to call it a career this morning. Monroe spent the last three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, and the previous four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who drafted him 9th overall in the NFL Draft.
  6. The NFL is hiring a Chief Medical Officer. The CMO will work with training staffs of all 32 NFL teams to determine steps to prevent injuries, as well as the appropriate steps to recovery for players who do get injured (which is inevitable, regardless of any proposed preventative measures. It’s a dangerous sport).

That’s all for TheHaysWay today (or yesterday, or tomorrow, or whichever day this is), make sure to leave a comment about the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Weekend Update: July 16-17, 2016

Is there a garbage chute?…Trash compactor?” -Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Some things definitely just need to be thrown away. Some of THOSE things need to be crushed so that nobody remembers them. Ok…maybe that’s extreme, but regardless, this weekend didn’t fall into either of those categories. First of all, I thought I’d share this pic:                                                                 IMG_20160716_085138680

If you are confused as to why I would have taken this photo, you are experiencing the same feeling I had when I discovered this on my phone this morning. Remember how I said I was a runner? Well, that’s my shadow and the middle school track that I run on because it’s close to my house, and it’s 1/4 mile per lap, so it’s easy to keep track of how far I run WITHOUT using technology. Anyway, that doesn’t explain the picture. On the last leg of my 3 mile run yesterday, I went into full-on sprint (that’s why I have my phone in my hand because I don’t like it bouncing in my pocket when I’m sprinting. I don’t run the entire time with my phone in my hand.). It turns out that my full-on sprint is so fast that it activated the quick motion required for me to access my camera quickly on my phone. That, combined with the fact that my finger was on my screen as I ran with the phone in my hand, led to this picture being taken. It is one of over 60 photos that I accidentally took yesterday. So that was my stupid, and hilarious moment for the weekend.

In non-stupid news, I am almost done with those Madden legacy achievements that I have been talking about. My legacy score is sitting North of 16,000 right now, so I need less than 4,000 legacy points to complete the last legacy score achievement. To get to this point, I have won 4 straight Super Bowls. A word of advice: In Madden 16, roll with the New England Patriots in Franchise Mode. The offense needs a little work because QB Tom Brady retires after a year or two every time, and the offensive line is pretty makeshift, but the defense is spectacular! I never realized how young the Patriots defense is! I’m in the fifth season of my current franchise, and the following Patriots defenders are still under 30 years of age: DE Chandler Jones, MLB Jamie Collins, ROLB Dont’a Hightower, CB Malcolm Butler. That’s remarkable! And all four are rated 88 overall or higher! FS Devin McCourty is also still on the team as a 94 overall, but he is 32 years old in the game. I was also fortunate enough to find an 81 overall QB in the draft to replace Brady after he retired, too. So I haven’t had to worry about my team making the playoffs too much. The AFC East has proven to be very interesting in the game, too. While my team always tops the division, there is always one other team close behind me, and it’s a different team every season. Two seasons ago, the New York Jets gave my team a run for it’s money by TYING my team’s win-loss percentage. Last season, the Miami Dolphins came close. This season, the Buffalo Bills are right on my tail, even beating my team IN FOXBOROUGH! It’s really confusing. Also noteworthy: the Jets team that challenged mine two seasons ago was led by QB Geno Smith. The Jets would be so lucky in reality to actually pull that off.

Continuing video game talk: I have managed to increase my nerdiness even more by playing Pokemon again! And NO, I do NOT play Pokemon Go. Honestly, that app just seems like a disaster. I’ve heard about terrible things happening with people playing that game. One player found a dead body in a river when she went to check out a beacon in the game. There was also a YouTuber who witnessed a murder while chasing a beacon (I do not know if the murder was set up by the person who set up the beacon, that may not have been the game’s fault, it could have just been a REALLY BAD coincidence). Anyway, while the app may be a great way for the police to catch serial killers (seriously, police departments should look into that), I’m not willing to risk my life just to play Pokemon. (I would also like to request a moment of silence for the police officers who were shot in Baton Rouge, LA today………………………………………………………………………………..I won’t say anything about racism in America today, because people get really angry about that stuff. Instead, I will say that both sides of the argument need to find a non-violent solution. Killing people isn’t going to improve race relations.) So, I broke out my old Nintendo GameBoy! Remember those? The graphics are really laughable now, but it’s still a lot of fun. My favorite Pokemon game is the Sapphire Version. My favorite Pokemon (for you die-hards) is Mudkip/Marshtomp/Swampert because Mudkip was my first ever Pokemon in any Pokemon game. I also have him and his two evolutions (listed) in physical card form, as well. Now that I’ve rambled about MY great weekend, how about the NFL’s great weekend:

  1. Free Agent RB Arian Foster is set to meet with the Miami Dolphins and the Detroit Lions. I SINCERELY hope the Dolphins do NOT sign him. I really hope Boise State alum RB Jay Ajayi gets his chance to start at running back for the Dolphins. Honestly, I think Detroit needs to give RB Ameer Abdullah his shot as starter, too. If either of these teams signs Foster, they should do so only as an insurance policy should the young RBs prove to be incapable after receiving multiple chances to start.
  2. Former NFL All-Pro Marion Campbell passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday. He played on the defensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles, and later coached both the Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. R.I.P. Marion Campbell.
  3. Former Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best will be competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After washing out of the NFL due to injury issues, Best has been given the green light to run the 100 m for Saint Lucia’s Olypic team because his father holds dual citizenship. That’s an awesome story. A truly athlete doesn’t let anything stop him. He is the Best! (Sorry, bad pun, oh well)
  4. I’ve mentioned MANY times the pure awesomeness of New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. That awesomeness has also been recognized in Germany. Beckham traveled to Germany, and was mobbed by many fans yesterday in Munich, forcing him to stand on top of a car to avoid getting trampled. Now, speculation has started regarding a New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game in Germany due to the popularity of Beckham (Giants), and hometown boy Moritz Boehringer (Vikings) in the country.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment about the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind (because I hope your weekend was even more exciting than mine!), along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Weekend in Review: July 10, 2016

(Very minor language in the following scene)”When life gives you lemons? Don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad!” -Cave Johnson, Founder of Aperture Science

For those of you who have played Portal 2, you likely remember the EXACT moment this was said in the game. It is a FANTASTIC rant. For those of you who haven’t played Portal 2, I HIGHLY encourage you to give it a shot. It is a very well-done game and it’s loads of fun. I actually have played through the solo campaign AT LEAST 15 times. I once played it so many times in a row, that I memorized it, and finished the whole campaign in about 3 hours. (Hey, I’m proud of it! I don’t care how nerdy it is! It’s fun!) Even for those of you who aren’t gamers, you will likely find something fascinating throughout this game. I LOVE this rant. He’s SO right. Life throws a lot of crap at us that we don’t want, and we don’t deserve. Don’t just take it. Fight back. It’s like bullying. If you are the victim, the best way to stop the bully is to fight back and beat him/her. So fight back against life. Show life that the crap it throws at you is beneficial for you. There is a positive for every negative, and all you have to do is find it and embrace it. For example, the death of my beloved television was one instance of life giving me lemons. But I didn’t just take it. I fought back with a NEW television. A BETTER television. So my Madden, Portal 2, and Star Wars (I got an AWESOME new Kylo Ren lightsaber over the weekend!) marathon experiences now have a sharper picture! Take THAT life! Getting mad isn’t even the best way to do it. If you can beat the crap that life throws your way without letting it get to you, you are even better off. Again paralleling bullying, the bully (life) wants to affect you to hurt your self-esteem. If you don’t let it affect you, it will stop bullying you. There is always a way to succeed. Life will NEVER beat you when you STOP it. Now the news:

  1. Former NFL QB Michael Vick posted a photo-shopped picture of himself wearing a Golden State Warriors jersey today. I really only have one word for that: No.
  2. University of Oregon WR Devon Allen has booked his flight for the Rio Olympics. He placed FIRST in the US qualifying finals of the 110-meter hurdles yesterday night. INCREDIBLY impressive for a college athlete. Good for him, and best of luck at the Olympics. Bring home the gold for the US!
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell has been injured since tearing his MCL and PCL in Week 8 of last season. He believes he is on track with his rehab, and claims he will be ready for training camp. Though most players exaggerate how well they are doing in rehab, this is GREAT news for the Steelers. Bell is one of the best RBs in the NFL today, and the Steelers are FANTASTIC when their big three of Bell, QB Ben Roethlisberger, and WR Antonio Brown are all healthy.
  4. Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley came out and said that he “couldn’t ask for better QB” of rookie Rams QB Jared Goff. Goff appears to be doing all the right things so far in gaining the support of prominent teammates like Gurley. How well he performs as a QB at the NFL level won’t be displayed until he hits the field in REAL games. If Gurley is right, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks will need to watch their backs in the NFC West sooner, rather than later.
  5. There has been a lot of controversy lately regarding which WRs are the best in the league due to some questionable rankings in the “Top 100 Players of 2016” list. Personally, I believe Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is the top dog in that group due to his consistent production every season. The next two are (supposedly) WR Odell Beckham Jr (duh) and WR Julio Jones? Beckham has the best hands in the league by far, so I believe he should be number 2 over Jones. I don’t believe Jones is number three. Who is, then? Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery? Definite possibility because he has been putting up big numbers with JAY CUTLER as his QB. He was also good enough to push WR Brandon Marshall and TE Martellus Bennett out of town. Cincinnati Bengals WR AJ Green? He has been the lone wolf receiving threat in Cincinnati (until TE Tyler Eifert’s emergence last season) and has put up big numbers. Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant? Played well even in the absence of starting QB Tony Romo. Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas? Has played VERY well despite receiving from QB Tim Tebow, and past-prime QB Peyton Manning. Okay, for last season ALONE, Jones definitely has a shot at the number three spot. However, personally, I would go with WR AJ Green. He really allowed for the emergence of both QB Andy Dalton and TE Tyler Eifert last season. Why did I bring this up? I bought an awesome statuette of New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr over the weekend! If you haven’t heard of McFarlane Figures, check them out because they make a lot of NFL player statuettes. So, I now have my OBJ one on my desk next to my New York Giants WR Victor Cruz one. Hopefully, the New York Giants starting offense this season will have the same duo.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or anything that’s on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like (quick shout-out: my last post received quite a few likes, so thank you all VERY much for that and PLEASE tell me what you liked so much so that I can continue to improve like count 🙂 ). Have a pleasant tomorrow.