Ben Rohrbach

  • Tom Brady blasts NFL decision to uphold his suspension

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago

    In his most defiant public address since the deflate-gate scandal broke after the AFC championship game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady emphatically defended his innocence on Facebook.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension on Tuesday, citing the QB's destroyed cell phone as an important factor in his decision, and the four-time Super Bowl champ threw his counterpunch on Wednesday morning, claiming he replaced a broken Samsung with an iPhone 6.

    I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one...

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    Here is Brady's statement in full, punctuation mistakes and all:

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  • Former Vikings WR Bernard Berrian catches college teammate burglarizing his home

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Former Vikings and Bears wide receiver Bernard Berrian has gone from catching passes to criminals, and his post-playing career as a sleuth won't get any easier than it did when he caught his friend red-handed.

    The strange but true story, as told by Berrian to KFSN-TV Action News reporter Sontaya Rose, began with a pair of unsolved burglaries in Berrian's Fresno area home during early April. As a result, the one-time NFL leader in yards per reception installed a security system to help solve the targeted crime spree.

    Meanwhile, Berrian's former Fresno State teammate and longtime friend Therrian Fontenot had taken a creepy interest in his whereabouts. Their conversations went something like, "Hey, man, are you around this weekend? Oh, you're out of town? Any chance you could send over the itinerary? Just curious is all."

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    "I was like, wow, he is a real professional, he takes a spray bottle with him to wipe off fingerprints and a towel."

  • LaMarcus Aldridge and Phil Jackson didn't agree on a position, and that's OK

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    Earlier this month, we heard conflicting reports about why exactly LaMarcus Aldridge never met with the Knicks during free agency. NBA.com reported the former Portland Trail Blazers big man canceled his meeting with the Knicks because Phil Jackson wanted him to play center, and the New York Post claimed it was Jackson who nixed the sit-down because he knew New York wasn't "in Aldridge's plans."

    The truth, as always, lies in the middle. In Aldridge's own words on ESPN Radio's Russillo Show, the Knicks wanted him to "strictly play the five," and he wasn't interested, so they went their separate ways.

    “They didn’t want to meet with me,” Aldridge said. “Some people said it was me. But it was both parties agreeing that we shouldn’t meet.”

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  • Philadelphia's 'embarrassing' TV viewership could barely fill 76ers' stadium

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    Almost everything about the Philadelphia 76ers has been embarrassing over the past two seasons, so why shouldn’t the TV ratings fall under that umbrella, too?

    According to a recent Inquirer report, the Sixers averaged only 23,000 viewers during their miserable 18-win season in 2014-15. Keep in mind Philadelphia is the nation’s fourth-largest market with roughly 2.96 million homes featuring TV sets.

    “Those numbers are embarrassing,” former CBS Sports president turned media consultant Neal Pilson told the Inquirer’s Bob Fernandez, “no question about it.” 

    Only the Brooklyn Nets posted lower TV ratings this past season (0.55), but since they play in a bigger market, their viewership remained twice as large. The Chicago Bulls led the NBA with an average of 163,000 viewers. A handful of teams drew fewer viewers than the 76ers — a group led by the New Orleans Pelicans (11,000) — but those franchises play in smaller markets and less basketball-crazed cities. 

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  • NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino visited Cowboys to clarify Dez Bryant call

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 9 days ago

    NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino paid a visit to the Dallas Cowboys this summer, and this time around it wasn't for the purpose of partying with coeds outside a Los Angeles nightclub. Instead, the topic of conversation centered on Dez Bryant's controversial no-catch.

    If you're outside the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, there's a chance you forgot about the season-ending play, so we'll refresh your memory. Trailing 26-21 on fourth-and-2 from Green Bay's 32 with 4:42 remaining in the NFC divisional playoff round, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appeared to find a streaking Bryant down the left sideline for a spectacular circus catch that set up a first-and-goal.

    As controversy raged over the call, Blandino explained the officiating crew's decision on Twitter.

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  • Former Patriots captain Dan Connolly retires, citing concussion concerns

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 13 days ago

    Veteran offensive lineman Dan Connolly, a captain of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots this past season, cited concussion concerns as the primary reason for walking away from football at age 32.

    Announcing his retirement, Connolly told ESPN.com's Mike Reiss, "It's important to me to leave the game healthy. I'm able to be here for my kids and walk away on my own terms. I feel like I got everything I could out of football in playing 10 years, winning a Super Bowl, and playing alongside some truly great players."

    Connolly was diagnosed with five concussions during his football career, including four in eight NFL seasons dating back to 2005, when he originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Southeast Missouri State. After being cut from the Jaguars in September 2007, he joined New England's practice squad and ultimately worked his way into a starting role for their last two trips to the Super Bowl.

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  • 41 NBA players will be competing for Team USA's 12 Olympic roster spots

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 14 days ago

    Despite a gruesome leg injury during last year's training camp, Paul George still dreams of playing for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics, offering a glimpse of just how competitive the selection process will be.

    The Indiana Pacers star is among 34 current members of the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men's National Team Roster, and that list is about to expand by seven players, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. USA Basketball has extended invites to Harrison Barnes, Trey Burke, Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley, Draymond Green, Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo to join the team for next month's mini camp, per Stein.

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  • Keith Bogans is trying to rewrite his ending before closing the NBA book

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 15 days ago

     

    A 35-year-old veteran who spent parts of his 11 NBA season in eight different cities, Keith Bogans is garnering plenty attention as by far the eldest statesman on Portland's Las Vegas Summer League roster.

    In his only appearance for the summer Blazers so far, Bogans missed both his shots and committed four fouls in 15 minutes of action on Sunday. It's an understandable stat line considering he last played in the NBA as a member of the Celtics on Jan. 7, 2014 — shortly after he publicly expressed frustration to the always great Jessica Camerato over his limited minutes in Boston's lottery-bound youth movement.

    Despite all that, Bogans received a partially guaranteed three-year, $16 million sign-and-trade contract simply to make the money match in Brooklyn's trade for Boston's Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. In essence, he was making twice his previous high in salary because he was in the right place at the right time. However, being paid $5.1 million in 2013-14 and being worth it are two different things.

  • Watch 7-foot Andre Drummond bowl a strike atop a Sky Walker (Video)

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 16 days ago

    Andre Drummond is basically Josh Baskin.

    For those unfamiliar with the 1988 film "Big," first of all: Shame on you. Second of all, Baskin is a 12-year-old boy who wishes on a Zoltar machine to be big, and when said wish comes true, comedy ensues in the form of Silly String, a foot-operated electronic keyboard and bunk beds. Good times all around, really.

    So, when a 7-foot Drummond bowls a strike while riding a Sky Walker — basically a Segway without handles or a more affordable version of J.R. Smith's PhunkeeDuck, if that clears it up — the childlike wonder of a grown man elicits memories of Tom Hanks bouncing on a trampoline inside his apartment.

    The real question, though, is whether Reggie Jackson is the Billy Kopecki to Drummond's Baskin? Let's just hope this results in them singing "Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Puff" after his next alley-oop dunk.

  • Bengals QB Andy Dalton booed at MLB Celebrity Softball Game in Cincinnati

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 16 days ago

    Because Major League Baseball's All-Star Game festivities are being held in Cincinnati this week, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton received an invite to the Celebrity Softball Game — a tip of the cap to a hometown hero, if you will. Except, Dalton didn't receive much of a hero's welcome from his hometown fans.

    Instead, a host of Cincinnatians mercilessly booed Dalton during pregame introductions and his first at-bat, according to The Enquirer. The Bengals QB has amassed 40 regular-season victories and two Pro Bowl bids during his first four seasons in Cincinnati, but his 0-4 playoff record seems to be what fans remember most.

    @Austin_Pavilack @Andrew_Guenther here is Andy Dalton getting booed pic.twitter.com/SjDJd7pZub

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