Ben Rohrbach

  • Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty of all charges stemming from NYPD altercation

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    It took 90 minutes for a jury to acquit Atlanta Hawks wing Thabo Sefolosha of charges stemming from an altercation with police following the stabbing of then-Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland outside a popular New York City nightclub in the wee hours of a morning this past April.

    Sefolosha was charged with misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during a post-stabbing fracas on the street outside the venue, and he was found not guilty on all accounts early Friday morning, according to The Associated Press.

    NBA Players' Association executive director Michele Roberts applauded the jury soon after the decision.

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  • Ryan Mallett explains leaving sidelines early: 'I thought the half was over'

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    Let's just say Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett's body language wasn't great on the sideline.

    And for good reason. In his mind, he was "putting on a clinic" during an opening drive that ended in a red zone interception and led to the first points of a lead the Indianapolis Colts never relinquished.

    "What else do you want me to do?" Mallett told reporters afterward. "Throw the ball better, I guess."

    Uh, yeah, that'd be a start.

    "I felt like we were putting on a clinic the first drive," he added. "Yeah, I felt like that. The rest is history."

    Ryan Mallett.....not so much..#SpartanPride

    Ryan Mallett's actual reaction to the Texans last TD

    Hoyer's take: "Not my decision to make."

    And Mallett's side: "It's not my call."

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  • Rams blasting 'Macarena' at practice to prepare for Packers' Aaron Rodgers

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago

    St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, 57, was in his first season at the helm of the Houston Oilers when the "Macarena" came out in 1995, which probably makes everyone over 30 feel old and everyone under 30 say, "What the heck is the 'Macarena,' and what does this have to do with football?" We'll tell you.

    For those of you unfamiliar with 1990s pop culture, the English version of "Macarena" was a pop song with a catchy hook sung by a past-their-prime Spanish duet called Los del Rio, and I can't believe it's 20 years old now. It came complete with its own dance and spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

    If that sounds awful, it's because it was, mindblowingly so, and Fisher is now using it to his advantage.

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    "When the guys were walking out and the 'Macarena' was playing, none of them had heard it before. They weren't born."

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  • BDL’s 2015-16 NBA Season Previews: Orlando Magic

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Orlando Magic have all the pieces. We just don’t know how they all fit yet. 

    Ever-improving 24-year-old 7-footer Nikola Vucevic is the eldest statesman in a starting lineup that features a fellow mid first-round find from the 2011 NBA draft, Tobias Harris, fresh off signing a four-year, $64 million extension in restricted free agency, and three top-10 picks from the 2013 and 2014 drafts — the uber-athletic trio of forward Aaron Gordon and guards Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton.

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    Headlined by Vucevic, who was worthy of a 2014-15 All-Star invitation, even if he didn’t receive one, every member of the Magic’s young core has shown considerable promise. Mix this year’s No. 5 pick, Mario Hezonja, with an odd blend of untested youth and the team’s only players born before 1989 — Channing Frye, C.J. Watson and Jason Smith — and you’ve got arguably the league’s most unpredictable roster.

    But we’re talking Year 1 here, so he’s still all right. And the Magic might be, too.


    Did the summer help at all?

  • Panther offers gummy bears to help Luke Kuechly clear concussion protocol

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Carolina Panthers are rolling without Luke Kuechly, who suffered a severe concussion in Week 1, but teammate Josh Norman knows they'll need the former Defensive Player of the Year to remain unbeaten.

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    Kuechly told reporters Wednesday he's "close" to returning to the middle of Carolina's linebacker corps, but first he'll have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol. So, Norman, the cornerback who was cleared for Week 1 after suffering a concussion in the preseason finale, offered his assistance, via

    “I know she’s listening. So I know you’re going to get them."

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  • Rowdy Roddy White won't 'sit around' in Atlanta, will drop expletives

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White sounded more like the late great Rowdy Roddy Piper when discussing his diminishing role in the team's offense with's Vaughn McClure on Tuesday.

    "For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes," White told "I'm not out here just f---ing around just to sit around to just block f---ing people all day. It's not what I want to do.

    "I've contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don't catch any balls in a game because it hasn't happened in so long."

    Now's about the time we remind you the Falcons, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the NFC, and their 4-0 record can largely be attributed to an offense that features the NFL's leaders in receiving yards (Julio Jones) and rushing touchdowns (Devonta Freeman).

    Harsh words on both sides.

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  • St. Louis has naming rights to a football stadium that doesn't exist yet

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Well, St. Louis has naming rights for its football team's new stadium.

    Except, the city may soon have neither a football team nor a new stadium.

    National Car Rental has pledged $158 million over 20 years for the naming rights to a proposed riverfront stadium project just north of downtown St. Louis, according to Sports Business Daily and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The rental car company is owned by Enterprise Holdings, headquartered in the city.

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    That leaves $610 million in private funding — a quarter of which would be alleviated by the naming rights — but at least one NFL owner doesn't sound convinced that's enough to keep a franchise in St. Louis.

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  • As it turns out, the NFL's arrest streak is alive and well at 80 months

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    By some unforeseen miracle, the NFL just kept the most outrageous streak in American sports alive. And, no, we're not talking about the string of ludicrous officiating calls against the Detroit Lions.

    After former San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg professed on Twitter last week that September marked the first calendar month since July 2009 that an NFL player had not been arrested, everyone from the Tech Times to Time Magazine ran with the story. It was kind of a big deal.

    NFL just finished a calendar month without any player arrests reported. That hadn't happened in more than 6 years.

    Except ...

    So, Goodell & Co. will have to hold off on the champagne that's been on ice since The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" was the No. 1 song on the Billboard charts and "Bruno" was No. 1 at the box office.

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  • BDL’s 2015-16 NBA Season Previews: Los Angeles Clippers

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Clippers were as close to a first-round exit in 2015 as they were to a Western Conference finals date with the Warriors, playing a pair of seven-game series against the Spurs and Rockets in the first two rounds of the playoffs. When all was said and done, their season ended no better than it had the previous three seasons.

    If you’re looking at the glass as half full, they were a Chris Paul hamstring pull away from reaching new heights as an organization in the first year under new owner Steve Ballmer. They’ve returned a core that includes a pair of perennial MVP candidates and a somewhat surprising Defensive Player of the Year contender, and they’ve reconstructed what was an abysmal bench with no cap space to spend.

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    2014-15 season in 140 characters or less: 

    We blew a 3-1 series edge and a 19-point, second-half lead at home in Game 6 of the West semis against the Rockets. Is that bad? 

    Did the summer help at all?

    Go-to offseason acquisition:

    Glaring weakness:

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  • Matt Hasselbeck hopes he doesn't have to channel William Wallace again

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    "In the Year of our Lord 2015, Colts of Indianapolis — starving and outnumbered — charged the fields of Jacksonville. They fought like warrior poets; they fought like Hoosiers, and won their freedom."

    OK, so maybe Sunday's 16-13 victory wasn't exactly the Battle of Bannockburn, but it sure felt like it for 40-year-old Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, according to Peter King's MMQB column.

    "It was really fun running out of the tunnel," Matt Hasselbeck said. "I was so jacked up. I felt like William Wallace in ' Braveheart .' I sort of lost my composure, and the first two passes I threw were waaaaay off-target. I got to the sidelines and said to myself, ‘Dude, you need to CHILL OUT!'"

    Excuse us while we terrify ourselves with an animated gif of Hasselbeck as Wallace in "Braveheart."

    “Everyone in our locker room, and everyone in the state of Indiana, hopes he’s ready to go,” Hasselbeck said. “Everyone expects him to be ready, including me. I’ll probably be playing scout team quarterback again this week.”

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