Colin Kaepernick: Will the Traveling Circus End?

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

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

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

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Colin, you’ll never usurp me as starter.

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

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Only after I retire, Colin.

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

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Nice of Geno to leave me his jersey.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

49ers and All-Time Ranking Announcement!

San Francisco 49ers Outlook

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The San Francisco 49ers announced that QB Colin Kaepernick will start this Sunday. I don’t like Kaepernick; I’ve mostly taken to calling him Crapernick. Anyway, it’s possible that he could be a SLIGHT upgrade over Blaine Gabbert for one reason: He likes to run the option. It’s not that he’s more mobile than Gabbert (he may be, though Gabbert has proven that he can run, too), it’s just that he’s known for being an option-style QB. So, he will be an upgrade for RB Carlos Hyde. Hyde should be able to get more yardage off of option plays with the increased threat of a QB keeper. In terms of passing, Crapernick brings nothing special to the table over Blaine Gabbert. Now in theaters: Chip Kelly Episode VI: The Return of the Oregon Guru. Yeah, I’m predicting that Kelly will get fired following this season, and will return to the University of Oregon, where head coach Mark Helfrich will ALSO get fired for sub-par performance. Expect the U of O to come surging back into relevance within the next four years.

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“I missed you, too, bud.”

TheHaysWay Update

I was unable to post last night due to an orchestra concert and essay that I needed to write. I was playing French Horn for six hours yesterday, and another 2.5 hours today (we played the concert twice). I’m a little French Horn-ed out. However, the essay that I wrote last night was actually a news story for my Newswriting & Reporting Class, and that story consisted of the best all-time NFL team winning percentages. It was an interesting list to compile, as I was unaware of some of the consistent success (or failure) enjoyed (or not) by some NFL franchises. Anyway, seeing as I have all of that material, I think it would be fun to do a countdown of the all-time winning percentages. So, I’m going to do that! For the next 32 days (probably more because there are bound to be days that I’m not available for posting during the next month), I will do that countdown, starting with the worst all-time team winning percentage tomorrow.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the 49ers and/or on my update (or give me your update, that would be fun!) 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 avoid creating your own version of the NFL Chip Kelly debacle. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Grab Bag #4: Thursday Night Football, NFL Wins, and Weather

Before I get into the meat of this post, I’d like to provide an update on my Teddy Ruxpin tweet from yesterday. Since my post last night, the retweet count on that tweet has increased to 25, and the like count is up to 147! Of course, I have to thank Dule Hill for that because he has WAY more followers than I do. His retweet is what has led to the success of my tweet. Also, I encourage all of you readers who have not seen it yet to check it out, and maybe add to the retweet and like counts! 🙂

Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers

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Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers                Tonight @ 6:25 pm MDT

Tonight’s matchup is a big one for the Arizona Cardinals. They are off to a 1-3 start to the season, despite coming into this year with Super Bowl aspirations. (Sidenote: The San Francisco 49ers are also off to a 1-3 start, but every expected that. Actually, I’m a little surprised they aren’t 0-4.) In fact, my projections that I released at the beginning of this season had the Cardinals sitting at 4-0 through this point in the season (and the 49ers sitting at 0-4). Obviously, I was a little off. Anyway, the Cardinals will be going into Levi’s stadium, desperately desiring a win without their starting QB. Carson Palmer was ruled out for this game earlier in the week, so backup QB Drew Stanton will start in Palmer’s place. No need to fret Cardinals fans, you might remember (and if you don’t then this is a reminder) that Stanton went 5-3 when he needed to fill in for the injured Palmer in 2014. In fact, Stanton might prove to help the Cardinals, as Palmer was struggling before his injury. Regardless, playing the San Francisco 49ers does wonders for a team’s confidence (even the Los Angeles Rams have won 3 straight games since losing to the 49ers, 0-28). I expect this to be a better game than Cardinals fans would like, but I still see the Cardinals winning, 14-10.  The margin of victory could be wider if the Cardinals secondary steps up their game. Other than CB Patrick Peterson, the secondary has been a weak point for the Cardinals this season, and that includes S Tryann Mathieu.

Which team do you think will win in tonight’s matchup?

Projections Progress

Seeing as the NFL season is a quarter of the way finished, I suppose now is a good time to take a look at how accurate my 2016-nfl-win-projections-updated have been, thus far. So, these are the teams that I’ve predicted correctly, so far:

-New Orleans Saints (1-3)

-Cleveland Browns (0-4)

-Detroit Lions (1-3)

-Chicago Bears (1-3)

-Tennessee Titans (1-3)

-Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

-Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)

-Dallas Cowboys (3-1)

-Green Bay Packers (2-1)

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)

Clearly, it’s easier to project the lower-end teams. Why? Well, the good teams end up stumbling in random games, which is hard to predict. The bad teams, however, always end up equalizing at the bottom, even if they are the reason for a good team’s stumble.

Which teams are doing better/worse than you thought they’d be doing?

Denver Weather

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The view of today’s gray sky from my dorm room.

Well, today started off quite dreary here in Denver. There was a fairly steady drizzle throughout the morning. Why am I mentioning this? Well, this is the first time it has rained since I’ve been here. I guess my roommate did something wrong, because today is his birthday, too. Unfortunate coincidence. But, It is now sunny again, and glimpses of blue sky are starting to show through the clouds. The weather can rain on the positivity parade if it wants, but in the end, happiness and positivity prevail!

What has the weather been where you are?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on tonight’s game and/or on my win projections and/or on the weather (in Denver or elsewhere) 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 join the positvity parade that conquers all, including the weather! Have a pleasant tomorrow.

I’m Sorry, Here’s Why:

I know that I haven’t been posting for the past few days, and I need to give you guys an explanation. The newest edition of Madden (Madden NFL 17) comes out on Tuesday (August 23, 2016). I have A LOT to do before then. I have spent the past few days working on things that I need to have finalized prior to September 6, when I move in at the University that I will be attending for the next four years (maybe less because my University has a quarter system, so I can get more done in a shorter period of time). You might be wondering how Madden and move-in day are related? Well, whenever a new Madden comes out, I like to play it as much as humanly possible. As a result, I try to get as much work done as possible, prior to the release date. So, my University paperwork has been taking up my time. To make matters more chaotic, my birthday is coming up soon, and it’s lucky #18. So, I’ve been getting paperwork done for that, too (i.e. signing up for selective service, renewing my driver’s license, etc.). AND, on top of THAT, with move-in day rapidly approaching, I’ve been trying to organize events to hang out with my friends before I leave. Last weekend, I listened to a Mormon choir rehearse so I could talk to my friend (who is in the choir) for 10 minutes. This weekend, I’m hosting a Lord of the Rings marathon for a group of friends, while trying to find time to go to the fair with 2 of them, and hit up the local arcade and Dairy Queen with another 4 of them. So, paperwork, friendships, and my love for video games has placed a slight hold on my blogging schedule, and will likely continue to do so through the weekend. I DO apologize, but everyone has to prioritize in this world. We can’t always do EVERYTHING that we want. There simply isn’t enough time in the day. Anyway, as I found some time now, here are a few NFL things:

  1. QB Colin Kaepernick didn’t play for the San Francisco 49ers against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Honestly, I’m beginning to wonder how much of a competition this is. QB Blaine Gabbert struggled against Houston, but he has the proper attitude in that he CARES and is there for his team. He has the support of his teammates, which is something I can’t say for Kaep, who tried to leave town during the offseason. I know performance is important in the NFL, but if Kaep isn’t available to perform, anyway, the job NEEDS to go to the guy who is doing everything (aside from performing) right.
  2. New York Giants K Josh Brown is facing suspension because of the resurfacing of a domestic violence case from last season. I haven’t seen the details (like I said, busy), but this is BAD news for the Giants. Obviously, if Brown did something wrong, then he needs to get suspended. The NFL shouldn’t tolerate domestic violence at all (which means they SHOULD fire the offenders), but a suspension is definitely a minimum, required punishment. When I heard this story, I was surprised because Brown is like, 40, now, which is really old for an NFL player, meaning he should be smarter than that. He was the Seattle Seahawks K back when QB Matt Hasselbeck was in his prime! Anyway, with Brown suspended, they Giants will need to find a replacement kicker (possibly new, permanent kicker because the Giants pride themselves on being a family organization and might release Brown for his actions), fast. As a Giants fan, I’m very concerned because Brown was a saving grace for the team. Whenever the offense failed to get into the endzone because of Ben McAdoo’s failure to get the ball in the hands of WR Odell Beckham Jr, Brown still got the Giants points. Where is the scoring going to come from now? Odell isn’t allowed to play ALL positions at once! Luckily, rookie WR Sterling Shepard looks to be capable of getting into the endzone as well, so at least Odell won’t be TOTALLY alone.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Also, if you are not a follower and you like what you read, please become a follower so that I can add an extra smile to my face during my day. 🙂 I apologize again for the schedule mishaps. 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: July 29, 2016

(WARNING: Scene of the day contains graphic images of violence from the movie Saving Private Ryan) “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” -President George Washington, 1st President of the United States of America

Always be prepared. This is why President Washington was the first President of this great country. This quote gives perspective on how much this country has changed since then. Now, roughly half of the country wants all of its citizens to be unarmed. No political opinion here. I’m just stating a fact: Our country has changed. I think President Washington was correct about the general principle of preparedness. It is always best to prepare for the worst. That way, you can handle the worst should it come. If the worst does not come, then you will be pleasantly surprised. This is actually a really interesting concept in regard to battles. If everyone in any sort of fight is fully prepared to fight the fight, than the fight tends to be avoided because everyone, in theory, has an equal shot of winning AND losing. An example of this was the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and the United States had the firepower to totally decimate the other, and neither side wanted to know if their strategy for employing said firepower would be superior or inferior to the strategy of their opponent. Interestingly enough, this ties back to the theme from a recent post: Fear. Both sides were afraid of losing. Of course, even the victor would have sustained heavy damage. So, effectively, both sides would have lost if the Cold War hadn’t remained cold. So, which is better for peace? Knowing all involved parties in a conflict have the power to destroy each other, or knowing all parties in a conflict are incapable of destroying each other? I resolve this internal conflict by moving to the news:

  1. News regarding first-round draft picks from the 2016 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers OG Joshua Garnett (selected 28th overall) has signed a four-year contract with the team. The signing means that only one of this year’s first-round draft picks remains unsigned. That player is also in the Golden State, and is San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa (selected 3rd overall). Bosa reportedly won’t report to training camp over the dispute. I’m thinking the Chargers should do something TOTALLY insane. This is not good for their organization. They drafted Bosa to help the team. Right now, his lack of presence is meaning that the team isn’t as prepared for the season to come. Bosa hasn’t been learning the Chargers schemes, and this is, very likely, creating a rift in the locker room because Bosa isn’t making any friends amongst his teammates, who want to prepare to win. The solution? Cut him loose. Yes, that sounds totally insane. First-round draft picks are worth A LOT, ESPECIALLY the third overall pick. But, honestly, Bosa hasn’t even come close to behaving like a first-round pick. If a player is drafted in the first-round, they are expected to be leaders, and Bosa is not exhibiting any qualities of a leader. He is simply being selfish. That isn’t the kind of player that I would want to have on my team. Yes, it’s crazy, but it might just be necessary. Maybe the Chargers could trade him to Dallas? Bosa won’t hold out longer than all of the Cowboys, front seven suspensions, will he?
  2. The woes for the Dallas Cowboys front seven on defense continue in an…unexpected manner. Though he isn’t likely to start, (although, maybe he will with all of the suspensions) ‘Boys LB Damien Wilson is being sidelined for a couple of weeks to start Cowboys training camp after he took a paintball to the eye. Ouch. I think the Cowboys front seven situation is currently more of a laughing stock than the Jets QB situation was while Rex Ryan was head coach there. What’s next in Dallas? A LB cutting his arms from breaking a backboard on a ferocious, two-handed dunk?
  3. Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughan has plenty to feel good about for the upcoming season. The team looks like they might have a true franchise QB in Kirk Cousins (hence the franchise tag), and they also picked up another franchise-tagged player in free-agent addition, CB Josh Norman. But that’s not good enough for McCloughan. He cares about the team’s WR situation. You’d think it looks good with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Carcon, and Jamison Crowder in town, right? So it’s not that big of a deal that rookie WR Josh Doctson is dealing with a day-to-day injury. But, McCloughan was told Doctson would miss the season before he decided to punch a wall. Yep, the NFC East GM with (what appears to be) the most to be excited about is currently rocking a hand wrap from punching a wall due to the possible loss of his fourth-string WR. Wow. That reminds me of the New England Patriots fan punching the brick wall following the Pats’ loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game this season.
  4. WR Andre Johnson is signing with the Tennessee Titans. So, I was wrong. Big whoop. I still don’t understand how Johnson fits into the picture with Kendall Wright and Dorial Green-Beckham as the top two. He’s too legendary to play third fiddle to those two. I hate to be the one to break it to you, Andre, but, I think it’s time for you to retire.
  5. I also jumped the gun on the Baltimore Ravens signing of OT Jake Long. Long refused to sign an injury waiver. Thus, he will not be joining the Ravens, despite agreeing to terms on a contract earlier this week. That’s probably best for both parties.
  6. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed RB Darren Sproles to a one-year contract extension. Sproles will be $4.5 million richer after the 2017 season. Good re-signing for the Eagles. Sproles has shown he is still explosive in the return game and the passing game.
  7. The Detroit Lions inked CB Darius Slay to a four-year extension worth $48 million. The deal includes $23.1 million in guaranteed money. Pretty good re-signing for the Lions. Slay is definitely a good, up-and-coming CB. This may be a little overpriced, as he hasn’t played at a great level yet, but it’s not like the Lions have any stars to pay with Megatron now retired.

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.

Update: July 21 (skip a few) 26, 2016

NOTE: I started writing this post on Friday. I’m sorry I did not post yesterday, but I am officially back now. I was off the grid for that brief period because I was vacationing at the Oregon Coast! Here is a picture from the room of the condo that my family rented:

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Right on the docks! That is the ocean RIGHT THERE! The ocean opens up about a half mile beyond that bridge in the upper right corner. I also set my running record there: I ran four straight sub-8 minute miles. I was pretty happy about that. I continued to run every other day, however, so my legs still hurt. Also, these puffins’ hairstyles:

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They have the same hairstyle as Donald Trump! Except, they combed it in the wrong direction. I have some more pictures but I’ll share those in future posts. For now, your regularly-scheduled programming:

“Most kids are smarter than most grown-ups. Kids see the world in black and white…They look through all the garbage and see a world run by fools and dullards and lazy people. And there’s nothing they can do about it because they have no power.” -Dav Pilkey, Author

(The scene proves that first sentence, though the ‘burp snart’ is very impressive.) Holy crap! This guy makes Einstein seem like an idiot! Okay, that’s excessive. But, this quote is my favorite that I’ve ever read. However, I don’t necessarily think it’s TOTALLY correct. Allow me to explain. Kids are NOT smarter than most grown-ups, they have just not yet been brainwashed. They do originally begin by seeing the world in black and white. Ever heard of coloring books? They start out black and white, too. So how do kids’ views of the world become the ‘color box 9, yellow’ views that most adults have? Well, what is one thing all kids go through together? What are they ALL required to do BY LAW, regardless of how poorly behaved they are as a result of poor parenting? They are all required to go to school. So, Pilkey is right. The kids’ black and white world DOES allow them to see that the world is run by fools and dullards and lazy people. Unfortunately, the fools, dullards, and lazy people are greedy enough to recognize the threat kids possess in seeing through their lies and deceptions. Pilkey is further correct in the assessment that kids have no power. The fools and dullards and lazy people also recognize this. They know that they must get the kids to disguise the picture with color before they have the power to show the truth to the blinded world. That is the entire point of school. School teaches children many things. However, elementary, middle, and high schools are focused on teaching children math, science, english, foreign language, and history. While all of those subjects are eventually used a little throughout life, most people only need extensive knowledge in two of those five subjects, depending on their career choice. What many schools fail to teach to the necessary extent, is the subject of philosophy. The government doesn’t want children to think independently. Independent thought allows the children to continue to see through the lies of the government (which is more apparent in Communist countries). Especially in elementary school, the lack of teaching with regard to philosophy is blatant to absurd extents. School is really just brainwashing. It is meant to turn the children of the world into mindless drones. They say it is easier to learn things when we are younger. The truth is, we are easier to brainwash when we are younger. Think about it. We have been so blind to the problems in our government that the race for president is down to a criminal and a reality TV star. Are you serious?! We have it within us to prevent this. I wish I could write this as an un-brainwashed individual. Luckily, I am still young enough that I have disrupted the full intent of the brainwashing, and I’m able to see some of the lies. Color may make the world look better, but black and white is the truth of the world. We don’t need to give power to the kids because they aren’t ready to handle it yet. But, we need to start a movement to end the brainwashing. We can’t see the full extent of the world’s leadership issues until untainted youth grow old enough to be able to wield the truth safely. On a side note, I mentioned poor parenting and there are A LOT of poorly behaved kids in the world today. Raise them well, please! Now the news:

  1. The Seattle Seahawks have extended head coach Pete Carroll’s contract through the 2019 season. Carroll is the oldest head coach in the league at 64 years of age (now that the New York Giants have made the idiotic move to force out coach Tom Coughlin), and he, ironically, coaches one of the youngest teams in the league.
  2. The drama of free agency continued. Current free agent WR Andre Johnson visited the Tennessee Titans today. Johnson was a long time member of the Houston Texans, and Spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts (all three teams are members of the AFC South. It’s two bad Jacksonville already has two young stars at WR). I personally doubt the Titans will sign him with WR Kendall Hunter leading the group, and the promising young Dorial Green-Beckham at number 2, who has been focused on building a stronger relationship with Titans QB Marcus Mariota this offseason.
  3. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is officially healthy enough to lose his training camp battle to fellow-QB Blaine Gabbert, fair and square. Yeah, I said it. Kaep’s health means zero for anybody. It’s Gabbert’s job.
  4. The Detroit Lions signed WR Anquan Boldin. Boldin has had stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, and, most recently, the San Francisco 49ers. Great signing. The Lions need WRs beyond Golden Tate and Marvin Lewis (who I’m only counting as 1/2 WR), and Boldin is a great choice. While he won’t replace Megatron’s production, Boldin is the reigning Walter Payton Man of the Year, which is something the city of Detroit sorely needs.
  5. Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is facing an extended suspension for once again violating the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse. As a Giants fan, I’m loving every minute of this! The Cowboys front seven is imploding! This is what happens when you choose to ignore character concerns, Jerry. Dez is an exception (sort of).
  6. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been reinstated into the league following a year of suspension due to violating the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse. He will still serve a four-game suspension to begin the season, but this could be fantastic news for Browns fans. The team now has a true number 1 WR, which allows rookie Corey Coleman to have some time to develop prior to being thrust into the limelight. Also, ANYTHING can help QB Robert Griffin III get back on track. The question is, will Gordon inevitably end up as another Johnny Manziel for Cleveland? If so, that could be devastating for the city that finally saw its championship drought come to an end this year.
  7. The Baltimore Ravens have signed OT Jake Long. … . I mean, Long has been a great player in the past…Unfortunately, as of right now, re-doing OT Eugene Monroe’s contract would have been better for the team because, frankly, Monroe has been playing at a superior level to that of Long recently. Oh well. It’s a decent backup plan.
  8. The Atlanta Falcons released KR extraordinaire Devin Hester today. Not sure it was a great move by the Falcons to lose both Roddy White AND Hester this offseason, but I can’t TOTALLY blame the team for wanting to get younger. Personally, I see a couple of suitable destinations for Hester. Baltimore has been missing a return extraordinaire since the departure of KR Jacoby Jones, and WR2 Breshad Perriman isn’t a guarantee to be healthy. Carolina has a makeshift WR core as it is, so why not throw another veteran into the mix? Chicago may lose WR Alshon Jeffery in free agency next year and Hester used to be a Bear, so that would be a great homecoming story. Cleveland is Cleveland. Philadelphia has had some recent WR struggles. San Francisco is San Francisco.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today (plus some bits of other days), make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or vacations (!), and/or anything else that is on your mind. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 15, 2016 (aka Franchise-Tag Friday)

Chewie…we’re home.” -Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

In this case, I’m back to posting. I took a couple of days off for multiple reasons. One was to pursue the Madden legacy achievements that I mentioned previously. On that front, I am happy to report that I have successfully completed two seasons with Super Bowl victories, and am currently working on the third. My legacy score is somewhere around 5,781, and I need 20,000 to complete all legacy achievements in the game. The other reason was that I felt like I was starting to drift away from who I am too much, so I decided to re-focus (or re-center) myself by watching Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens again. I have officially seen it 11 times now; Twice with my family, Five times with my friends, and Four times by myself. Five of those times were in a movie theater. Sometimes one forgets how expensive it really is to go to the movies. Actually, I only had to pay one time. My family paid once, and different friends paid on the other three occasions. I have the best family and friends a guy could ever ask for. My friend group is really diverse, too! I’m friends with: Mormons and Atheists, Guys and Girls, Indians (from India, those from the US are Native Americans, not Indians. Columbus just made a mistake when he came to America for the first time) and Puerto Ricans and a Spaniard and a Frenchman (well, woman) and some of the whitest Americans you will ever meet! It’s awesome! Anyway, I’m spiraling. Though, now would be a good time to take a moment of silence for the tragedy that occurred in France(…………………………………………………………………)The point is this: you’ll be seeing a lot more Star Wars quotes for a while, along with much more positive views on the state of society (hopefully). Actually, I’ll probably just avoid talking about the state of society at all. DARN IT! I’m spiraling again! Anyway, as you can probably tell from the title: BIG NEWS IN THE NFL TODAY:

  1. The Denver Broncos have reached a deal with LB Von Miller. Miller is the first of three franchise-tagged players who were signed to long term deals before today’s 4pm Eastern Time deadline to do so. Miller again sets the record for the highest paid defensive player. Two seasons ago, Houston Texans DE JJ Watt broke the record. Last season, Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh did. Now, Miller has set the new standard. That’s right folks, the contracts get more absurd every year. Shocking, right? Anyway, Miller’s deal is six-years long and is worth $114.5 million, including $42 million FULLY guaranteed with a $23 million signing bonus. Without the threat of Miller sitting the season out, the only thing the Broncos need to worry about heading into next season is their mess at QB.
  2. Speaking of absurd contracts, number two of the three franchise-tagged players receiving long-term deals today is New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson, who is ALSO receiving more money than Watt is from his record-setting deal two years back. Though not making as much as the aforementioned Miller, Wilkerson is still making $86 million over five seasons. That comes with $36.75 million fully guaranteed and a $15 million signing bonus.
  3. The last of the three is Baltimore Ravens K Justin Tucker. He signed a four-year deal worth $16.8 million. His deal contains $10.8 million fully guaranteed and a $6 million signing bonus.
  4. The NFL vs Tom Brady “Deflategate” debacle has FINALLY come to an end. Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension at the beginning of the upcoming season was denied, and he has decided to stop pursuing the matter. Can you believe that the situation is JUST NOW ending? It seems like the deflated football story was AGES ago. Anyway, this just means my 1-3 projection for the Patriots first four games is NOT going to change. Also, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke out against the process behind Brady’s suspension ruling. Dude, you have FOUR Super Bowls in the last FIFTEEN years! Most teams would be happy to have ONE! So, SHUT UP, PLEASE!!!
  5. In the wake of this Frenzied Friday, four franchise-tagged players were unable to reach long-term deals with their teams prior to today’s deadline: Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, Kansas City Chiefs S Eric Berry (shame on you Kansas City! He fought his way back from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to play AMAZING football for YOU! And THIS is how you repay him!? Attempting to put a disability clause in his contract!? I hope all of Chiefs ownership loses sleep, along with football games over this because they are CLEARLY NOT a class act. EXTREMELY unprofessional.), Los Angeles Rams CB Trumaine Johnson, and Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (umm…who else are you paying exactly? Well, Green Bay and Minnesota will be happy to hear that you are not even attempting to win your division anymore, Chicago).
  6. Remember how Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was under investigation for a night club fight in Philly, and it was rumored he might be suspended for the beginning of the season? Well, it turns out he is the least of Buffalo’s suspension problems in their backfield. Yesterday, rookie RB Jonathan Williams was arrested on suspicion of DWI. Today, RB Karlos Williams was handed a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Well, at least McCoy is the best of the three, right Buffalo?
  7. Speaking of suspensions, San Francisco 49ers LB Aaron Lynch is receiving one of the four-game variety himself for violating the NFL’s policy for substances of abuse. If it’s any consolation 49ers fans, your team would lose even WITH Lynch on the field.

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 11, 2016

“All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don’t subscribe to any of that. It’s all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who’s to say what is and isn’t a certain type of music?” -Ozzy Osbourne, Musician

I wanted to put a scene from the show, Psych, into today’s post. It is the best television show ever. In fact, I don’t just encourage you to watch it, I BEG you to watch it. You’ll thank me later, if you haven’t already seen it. That said, I never pass up an opportunity to talk about music. Osbourne is totally right. It’s not just a question of what falls into which genre of music, it’s a question of what even constitutes music at all. Music is a form of expression, just like art. All art forms come in many different forms. Think about the evolution of music: It all started with singing (which was really only for worship purposes, originally), and now we have a countless number of instruments. Literally ANYTHING can be considered an instrument. You can bang on ANYTHING to make it a percussion instrument. If that is the case, couldn’t something as ordinary as a car blinker be considered music? I believe so. A blinker is actually very similar to a metronome in that it keeps a steady beat. In fact, I often find myself singing in time with my blinker. So, if ordinary items like a car blinker can be considered music, and music is an art form, and an art form is a way to express one’s self, doesn’t that mean there are endless possibilities for expressing ourselves? YES! That is probably my favorite thing about life. Literally EVERYTHING we do is an expression of ourselves; Whether it be a literal art form like music, or having a conversation with someone. Everything we do defines who we are. Successes and Failures, Communication and Silence, Action and Laziness. So, who’s to say who we are and aren’t other than ourselves? Nobody. Yeah, I just turned a quote about music into a discussion on individuality. That’s part of who I am. I see music as a link between us and everything around us. Star Wars is also part of who I am (I have been practicing my Kylo Ren walk with my new Kylo Ren lightsaber because, frankly, it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen. As much as I love the character of Kylo Ren and I believe Adam Driver does an AMAZING job of acting it, especially with the conflicted and immature temper tantrums, I really don’t understand why his walk is so ridiculous. It’s like they tried to replicate the menacing gait of David Prowse, who was the physical actor of Darth Vader, and they failed miserably.), so, in theory, my view of music is that it is ‘The Force’. There is no limit to who we can be because our only limit is our imagination. Express yourself in whatever way you deem fit, because at the end of the day, no matter what anyone else says, only YOU can say who you are, and who you aren’t. The daily quote is one way that I express myself, and the daily news is the other:

  1. San Antonio Spurs C/F Tim Duncan is retiring. The news comes after 19 seasons in the league. As a reference, Duncan used to play with David Robinson in San Antonio, and the two were known as the “Twin Towers”. Duncan has five NBA Championships, two MVPs, and 15 All-Star appearances. He will be in the Hall of Fame.
  2. I owe you all a HUGE apology. I forgot to congratulate Portugal on their Euro league Championship that they won over the weekend. Very impressive for them winning the final game over France with Christiano Ronaldo out for most of the game, too. Well done, well deserved!
  3. Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is beginning to be talked about a lot for his current contract situation. Taylor is set to make just $3 million next season. That’s a lot for most of us, but for a starting QB in the NFL, it’s practically nothing. Talks about an expensive extension for Taylor haven’t gone particularly well this offseason, as his resume is really only last season long. Although he was impressive last season, his injuries are apparently concerning Bills management. My advice: Just pay the man. Do you REALLY have a better idea at QB? Maybe you could bring QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back. 🙂 Look out New York Jets fans, I might have just given Bills coach Rex Ryan a wonderful idea for terrorizing you.
  4. Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley addressed the media again today. This time, it was regarding fantasy football. According to Gurley, there are only three options for the number one overall pick in your fantasy draft: him, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, and Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. While he and Brown are worthy of a pick at least close to number one, PLEASE don’t draft a QB with the number one overall pick. EVER. That is a TERRIBLE idea. There are always fantastic fantasy free agent QBs available every week. Some of my favorites last season were Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, and the aforementioned Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. All three had weeks where they outperformed Newton. You just need to do the research to figure out which weeks those will be this season. That said, still draft a QB at some point. I’m definitely not condoning a lack of QB pickups via fantasy drafts.
  5. The San Diego Chargers. Will San Diego stay in front of the Chargers name? San Diego voters will determine the answer to that question when they vote in November on the raising of hotel taxes to build the Chargers a new downtown stadium. Personally, I believe the Chargers will be staying put. Especially if the coming season goes as well for them as I think it will.
  6. The Dallas Cowboys defense is in desperation mode with some key suspensions to start the season; So much so, that they have engaged in discussions with LB Justin Durant about bringing him back to Dallas. Durant is currently a free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons after just one season in Atlanta. Durant was with the Cowboys prior to that. I actually believe this is a great move for the Cowboys. Durant is a capable starter. Not top-notch, but capable, for sure.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been spreading the word that the Jags will win in 2016. Agreed. If you’ve seen my win projections, you know that I think as highly of the Jags as Khan does. Although they lack the experience to make a Super Bowl run, this team definitely has the talent to make a playoff run.
  8. New York Giants P Brad Wing has received a contract extension. The deal is three-years in length, and is worth $6.45 million. Last season was his first in New York, and his 33 punts inside the 20-yard line tied the Giants single-season record set by P Brad Maynard twice. Thank goodness. As a Giants fan, I know that the team needs to have a good punter. He will have plenty of work to do.
  9. Ex-San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne left San Francisco to pursue his Olympic dream of playing for Fiji’s rugby unit. That dream fell short. Now, Hayne looks to return to the National Rugby League. If the 49ers are smart, however, they will resign Hayne. He showed promise as a kick returner last season. Plus, when your team is as bad as the 49ers currently are, why not?

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: May 14-15, 2016

“Of course, I’m also here to share some things I’ve learned. Things like, if you’re dating a woman that’s way out of your league, ask her to marry you. If you can throw a football 80 yards, for some reason, people think that’s pretty cool. And if you’re playing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, and you’ve got 26 seconds left and you’re down by four, and it’s second and goal on their 1-yard line, try not to throw an interception. That’s purely, purely hypothetical though, of course.” -Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

My quotes have been deep recently, so I decided to make this one more humorous. Of course, being the philosophical thinker I am, I thought about the mention of the specific time in the game and the passage of time since that moment. Many people say time heals, however, I believe the opposite: Time erodes. The reason time appears healing is because of the erosion of memory. Memory consists of images that each of us have of a specific moment. Over time, we lose various images in that moment, and our brains fill in the missing pieces with what we thought of that moment. Apparently, just over a year since Super Bowl XLIX, Russell has moved on from the devastation of that moment and is now able to laugh about it. Good for him. Anyway, this quote relates to today’s news:

  1. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson made the above statement as part of his speech to the class of 2016 at the University of Wisconsin. Reports also indicate he gave advice on life, perseverance, and overcoming obstacles.
  2. San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne is retiring from the NFL after just one season in the league. The former rugby star received an invite from the Fiji Rugby Sevens Olympic team, and is going to pursue that opportunity. Hayne will once again attempt to prove his extreme athleticism at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
  3. Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has received his college degree. After promising his mother (who passed in 2003 of breast cancer) that he would earn his college degree, he has finally done it. He once again serves as an example to other NFL players of what constitutes a true, NFL athlete.
  4. Washington Redskins S Su’a Cravens is putting in work at LB. In an era where more NFL teams are using S/LB hybrid players, the Redskins are attempting to create their own out of their most recent second-round draft pick. How will in-division, rookie QB Carson Wentz deal with the rookie hybrid? We may not get to see if Wentz does indeed sit the whole season to learn.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment about the news or the quote, and, as always, a like is very much appreciated as well. Have a pleasant tomorrow.