2018 NFL Draft Caps

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Every April, NFL and NCAAF fans experience the excitement that is the NFL Draft.

College football fans can’t wait to see how many players will get drafted from their favorite university, who those players will be, when those players will get drafted, and where those players will go.

NFL fans can’t wait to see who’s got next for their favorite franchise. Fans of teams with the highest draft picks are hoping for a franchise QB that will lead their team to the playoffs and the Super Bowl for a decade and a half (or longer), and fans of teams with lower draft picks are hoping for that one perfect pick that fills the hole that would prevent them from continuing and building upon their success from the previous season.

New League Year’s Day is in March but in the football world, Christmas comes after that, in late April and early May, in the form of the NFL Draft.

It’s important to remember family during the holiday season, and in the case of Football Christmas, that family is your team: the players, the coaches, the owner(s), the trainers, the food vendors, and of course, your fellow fans.

Just like traditional Christmas, Football Christmas wouldn’t be complete without commercialization…I mean, uh…wonderful presents that embody the true meaning of Christmas 😉 Obviously, draft picks are the presents to which all of us football fans look forward to the most:

  • Most of them will turn out to be those crappy toys that break within five minutes of you taking them out of the box (draft busts). Bummer. But…
  • A small number of them will be worthwhile. Maybe you’ll get an average starter-level player that hangs around for 10 years; Those are the toys that aren’t our favorites. They weren’t THE item on our list, but they are last for long enough and are just enjoyable enough that we grow to appreciate them. Maybe they’ll even get a Pro Bowl nod or two?
  • Then an even smaller number of them are the quality players; These still weren’t THE gift on our list, but we definitely wanted them and are pleased the moment we open them. They are the toys we play with on a regular basis, but not every day. They’ll likely get several Pro Bowl nods and maybe even a spot on an All-Pro team.
  • Then, the most rare of all: THE gift. This isn’t just the top toy we wanted this year, it’s the top toy we’ve wanted the last FIVE years. Not only do we play with these toys everyday, but we can hardly go anywhere without them: The Hall of Famers. These are your franchise QBs like Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, and Tom Brady. These are your electrifying offensive players like Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe. These are your game-altering defenders like Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, and Rod Woodson. They’ll make the Pro Bowl almost every year (if not literally every year) and they’ll also make multiple All-Pro teams. Maybe they’ll even win a MVP award?

Yes, toys are awesome. But, sometimes you get stuck with clothes. Well, I’m here to tell you that in the case of Football Christmas, clothes can actually be a little exciting. I’m talking about the annual NFL Draft Caps brought to fans (and to draftees) by New Era. (For the record, I’m not sponsored by them or anything, I just happen to be a big fan of their quality. I don’t recall ever having gotten a New Era cap that I didn’t enjoy.) The 2018 NFL Draft Caps were just recently revealed and well, they deserve to be talked about.

This year’s theme: Team Mottos. Below are some of my favorites and least favorites. If you want to get one for yourself or check out ones that I do not mention, you can find all of them here.

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  1. New York Giants: “Big Blue”- Obviously,  I had to mention my team’s hat. “Big Blue” is a nickname the Giants have had for ages and I think it looks great on a hat.
  2. New York Jets: “J-E-T-S”- Not even leaving the same stadium from the last one on my list, I love the Jets hat. The motto is their team’s chant. It’s not exactly the most original chant, but it’s a classic.
  3. Seattle Seahawks: “We are 12”- I like this one a lot because the hat features the 12 flag as part of the slogan. The Seahawks are the only team to use something besides words and their team logo in their Draft Cap’s design.
  4. Cleveland Browns: “Dawg Pound”- Another classic slogan makes my list. Also, aside from their logo, this hat is devoid of that ugly orange team color.
  5. Chicago Bears: “Monsters of the Midway”- Though the team has recently lacked the ability to incite fear that is usually associated with monsters, it’s another classic slogan.
  6. Buffalo Bills: “Billieve”- The greatness of the play on the word believe is just the tip of the iceberg when you consider the fact that the “bill” is actually a physical part of the hat. This one actually made me laugh.

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Least Favorites

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: “Steel City”- Yes, Pittsburgh is the Steel City, but the Steelers are the Steel Curtain. C’mon New Era!
  2. Miami Dolphins: “Go Phins”- The Jets hat lacks originality in a fun way. The Dolphins hat lacks originality in a boring way.
  3. New England Patriots: “Do Your Job”- I can hear these words coming out of Coach Bill Belichick‘s mouth, but that doesn’t make them fun or interesting to put on a hat unless there is a likeness to Belichick right next to them, which (SPOILER ALERT!), there is not.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: “Black and Teal”- Congratulations, you can name colors.
  5. Arizona Cardinals: “Rise Up Red Sea”- So, they stole the Atlanta Falcons “Rise Up” slogan, and decided that stealing wasn’t bad enough, they should also make it sound dumber.
  6. Houston Texans: “We Are Texans”- I am human. I don’t think I need to put that on a hat to make that true.

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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Daily Update: August 1, 2016

“And, you know, being able to wear the stars and stripes, when you step up on one of the blocks or, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play, you know, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world because you know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you.” -Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimmer (18 gold medals), United States of America

The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is on Friday. To celebrate this, the daily quotes for the remainder of the week will come from the top medalists from different countries, and each one will include a link to that country’s national anthem. Today, I’m starting with the top medal-ling athlete (Michael Phelps) from the top medal-ling country (the United States of America). I won’t go too philosophical on this quote, as it’s fairly straight-forward. I put this quote in here because it captures that ultimate Olympic moment. Phelps explains why Olympians train as hard as they do. Although he is specifically referring to the US (see, ‘stars and stripes’), I would imagine that most Olympic athletes across the world are in agreement with Phelps that the greatest moment for them is wearing their country’s flag proudly after representing it so well. I write the news about NFL players every day, and it’s remarkable to know that the majority of those NFL players don’t even come close to the elite, athletic level reached by Olympians. Of course, when the Olympics add American football, the US could assemble a team of NFL benchwarmers and they would STILL blowout every other country. The US definitely specializes in football, much like they do in basketball. I can’t imagine how bad the Olympics will get in the basketball arena when the Gasol brothers aren’t around to help team Spain anymore. They’re the only ones who come close to challenging team USA’s ‘Dream Team’. Anyway, back to football:

  1. The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent RB Reggie Bush to a one-year contract. Great signing for the Bills. Bush is a very solid insurance policy for the recently-injured LeSean McCoy, and the recently-suspended Karlos Williams. Still, I think Bush is far from a lock to make the Bills 53-man roster.
  2. In yesterday’s blog, I linked the commercial that shared QB Peyton Manning’s new Sunday Mornings with us. Apparently he only takes Sundays off. Manning has already visited the New Orleans Saints training camp this summer and today, he was found at the Miami Dolphins training camp. He was, reportedly, in Miami to evaluate and tutor Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. Is he ALREADY itching to get into coaching? It’s only been a few months!
  3. San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson sustained a torn meniscus in training camp today and will likely require surgery. There is a possibility of Johnson missing the entire, upcoming season. What does that mean? Effectively, nothing. Johnson hasn’t really been effective in the passing game since he was in Buffalo, and San Diego signed WR Travis Benjamin in free agency this offseason to pair with WR Keenan Allen, who is returning from his own season-ending injury from a year ago. This will have little impact on the Chargers passing game, if any at all.
  4. If you thought the Dallas Cowboys front seven situation couldn’t get any worse, think again. DL Tyrone Crawford is currently dealing with a back injury. Even worse, there is no timetable for his return. For those of you keeping track (and the rest of you, too), the Cowboys are looking at the possibility of being without FOUR of their starting front seven players at the beginning of the season. While I am jumping for joy as a Giants fan, that’s really bad news for Dallas. They need to keep looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. (Or they could just sign players that can STAY ON THE FIELD!)
  5. By the way, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has told the media that he won’t name a starting QB until right before the Browns open the preseason. He’s technically stayed true to that in that he hasn’t NAMED one yet, but QB Robert Griffin III has taken all first-team snaps in training camp. We all know actions speak louder than words, so, RG3 will get another chance to revive his career that has been on life-support for a while now. He hasn’t looked phenomenal in training camp, but time will tell if that will change for better or worse.

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.

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: June 27, 2016

“There’s no magic for getting into the groove…just banging away at it. Sometimes the lyrics come first, sometimes the music.” –Phil Collins, Musician

I promise, I looked up quotes that had magic in them. The fact that Phil Collins gave one of those quotes was just a HUGE bonus that allows me to put in some of his amazing music (each appearance of his name in this post is a link to a different one of his songs). Anyway, in regard to the quote: yes. I think the quote applies to everything in our lives. There is no magic that goes into achieving something, just the hard work (or the banging away at it, as Collins so eloquently put it). The second part is true too. Many things in life come in pieces. For example, you have to get the interview before you can get the job. Or, you have to go on dates before you get married (well, you don’t necessarily HAVE to, but it’s a REALLY good idea). Anyway, you don’t always know what pieces come first in life, and the pieces that DO come first will always be different. The pieces that come first are also different for different people. Every person’s life is like a song, or a story (they’re all similar). A good song has the lyrics (what is said or what happens in life), as well as the music itself (the feeling in life). You can’t have feelings without occurrences, and you can’t have occurrences without feelings. (Maybe moment is a better word than occurrences.) So, just keep trying and banging away at life because, eventually, all of the pieces will come together. As for occurrences (or moments, you get what I mean), the next occurrence in this post is the daily news:

  1. A few days ago, I reported that several players were going to be interviewed regarding the Al-Jazeera America reports of PED use. That list has now been extended to include the just-retired QB Peyton Manning. As much as the interviews could affect the legacies of Julius Peppers and James Harrison, it would have a FAR bigger impact on the legacy of Manning. I’m really hoping he didn’t stoop that low. It sucks to find out when any players use PEDs, but it sucks tenfold to find out legends used them.
  2. As a New York Giants fan, I had to put this in here: “Eli Manning wants Giants to end bad streak, score a lot of points” -NFL.com headline. REALLY?! Is this a NEW development for you Eli?! You have just now decided that you want to score points?! That’s the whole point of the game! You should’ve wanted the bad streak to end BEFORE IT EVEN STARTED! And you are a STARTING QB in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! That is THE MOST IMPORTANT way to SCORE POINTS and, therefore, WIN!! So, if the idea of scoring points is really JUST NOW occurring to you, maybe STOP THROWING THE BALL TO THE OTHER DANG TEAM! Your players are the ones wearing THE SAME UNIFORMS AS YOU! If you truly want the bad streak to end, you can’t just score a lot of points, you have to score a lot of points for YOUR team! It doesn’t help if you throw pick sixes to score a lot of points for the other team! (Deep Breaths…(years pass)…Deep Breaths…ok, let’s move on.)
  3. A few days ago, I reported that QB Johnny Manziel’s lawyer spoke up about his doubts regarding his client. Since then, that lawyer has withdrawn from the case.
  4. This is almost as good as the Eli Manning points story: a Cleveland Browns fan has created a Facebook event for a Super Bowl parade for the 2033 Super Bowl Champion Cleveland Browns. Clearly, Cleveland is drunk with happiness following the Cavaliers championship last week. Now, the Browns have 15 years to get to the level of Super Bowl champion. Obviously, based on the last fifteen years, the Browns could still be at the same level they are currently at in that amount of time, if not worse. However, instead of laughing at the fan’s optimism (and the optimism of the other 3,400+ Browns fans who RSVPed for the event), I’m actually going to say that they aren’t that far off. In fact, I could see the Browns getting to that level SOONER than 2033. Here’s why: The Browns have arguably the best QB situation they’ve had since the expansion franchise came to town. Why? Because it’s different! In the past, the Browns have tried to trade up to draft their QB of the future. This has led to disasters such as Tim Couch and Johnny Manziel. This time around, they waited multiple rounds to draft promising young prospect QB Cody Kessler. In addition, the Browns picked up one of the most underrated players in free agency: Robert Griffin III. Does anyone remember his rookie year? He won rookie of the year over fellow QBs Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. He has backtracked since his injury, but he has shown he is CAPABLE, which is HUGE in the NFL. I truly believe that Cleveland is the perfect situation for RG3 to turn his career around. He has Hue Jackson as his coach (who groomed the Red Rocket into the MVP-level player we saw last season until injury struck him) and he has no pressure to perform with all of the preceding QB disasters in Cleveland. RG3 also has rookie WR Corey Coleman to throw the ball too, and T Joe Thomas is still there to protect the blind side. RG3 and Coleman could be a very dangerous young duo if they can live up to their potential. I personally believe the backfield duo of RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson has loads of potential, too. They would also benefit from the rise of RG3 and Coleman, as opposing defenses would have to worry about the run AND the pass for the first time in AGES in Cleveland. While offensive success in Cleveland relies heavily on a complete, 360 degree turn around, the defense has a much easier road. The defense has a HUGE benefit in the form of CB Joe Haden, who is one of the best at his position, if not THE best. The Browns also picked up two players in free agency that I think are underrated in the form of LB DeMario Davis and S Rahim Moore. Those guys could be bargain bin pickups for the Browns, who outperform the contracts they were given. They also have three promising rookies at LB: Emmanuel Ogbah, Joe Schobert, and Scooby Wright III. (Shout-out for RG3 and SW3 on the same team?) All-in-all, I believe the Browns could be on the rise because of one word: potential. I know potential has fallen flat in Cleveland before, the difference is: this time, they aren’t paying to much or risking to much to get it. I guess that tends to happen when you’ve already hit rock bottom? So here it is: I am predicting the CLEVELAND BROWNS to have a SUPER BOWL VICTORY under their belts BEFORE 2033. Thank you, and good night! (Not really, there’s more news.)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars LB Dan Skuta has been arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor battery in none other than, you guess it: Orlando. I’m not sure if it’s more dangerous to be in Dallas or Orlando right now because both cities currently appear to be off their rockers. As for the incident’s impact on Skuta and the Jaguars, this likely will lock up the starting OLB spot for second-round pick Myles Jack.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news. In fact, answer me this: Do you believe the Cleveland Browns have a realistic shot at the Super Bowl title in the next 15 years? Also, please leave a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: 9 May, 2016

So, I’ve decided to try something a little bit crazy for a sports blog, and it may just be (WARNING: the following scene is from Captain America: Civil War. It doesn’t contain any huge plot spoilers, but I just wanted to let you all know because the movie hasn’t even been out for a week yet. I’m not one of those ridiculous people who spoils any parts of movies without a warning.) a little bit awesome, but I’ll let you guys be the judge of that. Starting today, I’m going to lead into the NFL news with a quote. This quote may come from me, an NFL player, or just about anybody and it may be inspirational, comedic, or totally random. The first one EVER that is also acting as a trial is…(drumroll please)…

“Every good song has a beat.” -Anonymous (JK, I’m not going to lie, this is mine. Of course I’m starting out with my own!)

And now for the news:

  1. The Detroit Lions have traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for LB Jon Bostic. Less than eight months ago, the Patriots pulled a similar move to acquire him from the Chicago Bears, where Bostic had been since being drafted in 2013. With many years of mediocrity, you can’t blame the Lions for trying. Interestingly enough, Bostic has been quite mediocre as well.
  2. Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford returned to the Eagles’ facilities today following his holdout for a trade in response to the Eagles’ trade up in the draft to select QB Carson Wentz. Bradford is behind Wentz and QB Chase Daniel in picking up new head coach Doug Pederson’s offense, however, he is still expected to be the starter week one. I personally wouldn’t be shocked to see any of these three QBs starting week one.
  3. Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has been receiving tutoring from Nationwide representative Peyton Manning. It’s safe to assume that Manning is on Tannehill’s side. Also, we could be seeing Tannehill in Nationwide commercials soon, or we could see his abilities drastically descrease, causing him to rely solely on his defense to win him a Super Bowl. Granted, Tannehill hasn’t shown tons of ability in the NFL yet anyway. All jokes aside, good for Tannehill for attempting to rise above mediocrity. The Dolphins could be going places soon.
  4. In a truly heartwarming story, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers attended the college graduation of WR Randall Cobb, wait…really?…Rodgers’ attendance is the headline?…Cobb just graduated college! He just opened up his future following football and Rodgers gets the spotlight!? Sometimes I REALLY dislike the media (yes, that’s coming from THE MEDIA!) Anyway, congratulations to you Randall Cobb, a very smart move on your part to get your degree, though, I imagine, you’ll be playing football for a while.
  5. The New Orleans Saints have signed the 12th overall pick, Sheldon Rankins, to a rookie deal. 20 of the 31 first-round picks are still unsigned, including 8 of the top 10.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure you leave a comment about your opinion on the new quote idea, and leave some suggestions for quotes too! Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Screws and Screwdrivers

So I decided to make today’s news themed with the above categories. If a player or team impresses me, they will be a screwdriver. If not, they are a screw (up, get it?) You’ll understand the theme with the first piece of news:

  1. Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis had 11-12 screws put into his broken arm today. Of course, they were surgically inserted, not randomly thrown in. If the screws are in him, that makes Davis the SCREWDRIVER because he still intends to play in Super Bowl 50. I don’t blame him either because this is a rare occurrence for the Panthers.
  2. Here is a list of the SCREWDRIVERS that made the Super Bowl 50 Golden team, which honors the players with the best Super Bowl performances.
  3. The San Diego Chargers have submitted plans for a training facility in Santa Ana. Despite the move, I’m labeling this one as a SCREW because the Chargers still have yet to announce a move to Los Angeles. Really, they’re just screwing with their fans and everybody knows what is the next step for the Chargers.
  4. Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning stated today that his team’s offense needs to start pulling its weight to help it’s all-star defense. This one is a SCREW. Of course the offense needs to do work, of course saying that before Super Bowl 50 is a good idea. Let me remind everyone, the Broncos offense botched a shotgun snap on their first possession to surrender the first 2 of many points that the Seattle Seahawks would score in their Super Bowl 48 victory. Saying it is great, but proving it is something entirely different.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, please leave a comment (especially with any suggestions about how to make the blog better), and have a pleasant tomorrow!

Conference Championship Results and Retirements

Sorry I didn’t post during the last few days, I don’t have a legitimate excuse so let’s get into the news:

  1. The Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 20-18 in the AFC Championship. My pick to win it all is alive and well (barely and the Super Bowl matchup doesn’t look good for them) and the spoiled Patriots have fallen. Just to sample many Pats’ fans reactions, here is a video of a Patriots fan (warning there is mild language present in the following video, if you don’t want to hear that, skip to the 1:05 mark so you can still hear the thud) PUNCHING A BRICK WALL. This kid was a totally idiot and clearly looks old enough to have seen all of the Brady-era Super Bowls. So what I’m saying is: get over it Pats fans, you can’t win them all. You have no right to complain compared to Cardinals fans who have yet to see their team win the Super Bowl.
  2. The Carolina Panthers left no trace of the Arizona Cardinals on their field during their 49-15 victory. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer threw 4 interceptions and lost 2 fumbles in an absolute meltdown. I’m really sorry Cardinals fans, that was hard to watch.
  3. So the Panthers are responsible for BOTH of my two incorrect picks this postseason. HOWEVER, I AM NOT changing my Super Bowl pick. I’m going to stick with the Denver Broncos like I said at the beginning of the postseason, even though, in all likelihood, it’s going to be Super Bowl 48 all over again. If the trend of the Panthers proving me wrong continues, that’s cool too.
  4. The reason I originally picked the Denver Broncos and why I STILL am picking them is QB Peyton Manning’s impending retirement. He hasn’t told the media for sure, however, he was overheard telling New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick that it might be his last rodeo. Will Peyton go out and will he do so with a bang?
  5. QB Philip Rivers is another candidate for retirement. He recently stated that he contemplated doing exactly that last offseason. Will he really walk away from the game following the San Diego Chargers miserable season this year? I think that’s doubtful.
  6. WR Calvin Johnson Jr is yet another candidate for retirement. Unlike Rivers and the Chargers, the Detroit Lions consistently show little reason to think they have a chance at winning it all, so this retirement wouldn’t shock me.
  7. The San Francisco 49ers have hired former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil to fill the same position on their team. The Browns have been in a freefall for a long time, so this move surprises me a little bit. I thought they might get a good coach instead, but hey, if you want to lose I don’t have an issue with that San Fran.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, please leave a comment, and have a pleasant tomorrow!

Uncertain Futures and Familiar Pasts

Interesting how the topics I’m going to talk about today can be limited to these two polar opposites. At least, I think it’s interesting. Now, I’m going to make the jump to light speed:

Uncertain Futures:

  1. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has stated that he wants RB Eddie Lacy to slim down. Lacy would be wise to listen to this as this season was not good for him and he did look rather slow.
  2. Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen is doubtful to play in the team’s tilt with the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC Championship on Sunday. Should the Panthers lose, we may have already seen Allen’s last game in the NFL, as he isn’t getting any younger. If he doesn’t play Sunday, I sincerely hope I am wrong about the Cardinals winning because I want to see Allen play again.
  3. Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera banned hoverboards from the teams facilities. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of these anyway so whatever. That does bring into question: How will the Panthers have fun now? The answer: Winning the Super Bowl.
  4. Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson said he’s willing to hear trade offers for the first overall pick. Trading down would be a wise move for the Titans who now have their franchise QB in Marcus Mariota and really just need to hope that the injury bug doesn’t hit them as bad next season.
  5. Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch didn’t play well in the team’s 24-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers last weekend. Will that abysmal performance be his last in a Seattle jersey? With new RB Thomas Rawls, (who looked good until being injured for the season) I would not be surprised if this is the end of Beast Mode.
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison is contemplating retirement again now that his team’s season is over. Harrison was considering retirement a couple of years ago before the Steelers begged him to come back and help them at their thin LB position. Now that the position is strengthened again, I would expect Harrison to walk away. He has been great.

Familiar Pasts

  1. Green Bay Packers LB Clay Mathews is moving back to outside LB. Mathews was moved to inside LB this season to save him from the injuries that plagued his previous few seasons. I guess the Packers see that changing now, but I don’t. Plus, he was doing quite well at inside LB, so this move seems a little too risky to me.
  2. The divisional round wins by the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots sets up the 17th matchup between QBs Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. 17! And they’ve NEVER been in the same division! The grandpas of the NFL matchup again and I wouldn’t be surprised if Brady won again like he usually does. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Broncos win either. After all, they are still my Super Bowl picks. But Peyton NEEDS to play better this weekend than he did last weekend.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, please leave a comment, and have a pleasant tomorrow.