Ben Rohrbach

  • Patriots fan flies 'Jet back to N.Y.' banner over Roger Goodell's vacation home

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Comm Goodell Jet Home to NY. Love Pats Nation! @universalhub #oldorchardbeach #PatriotsNation pic.twitter.com/QeI8Wc5qWM

    When the NFL asked Maine's Scarborough Police Department to keep an eye on commissioner Roger Goodell's $6.5 million coastal vacation home, "the shield" probably didn't anticipate an aerial attack.

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    "I wanted to send him a subliminal message. ... Get back to work, get this issue resolved. You’re not going to get anything done by vacationing at Prouts Neck. Get back to New York City."

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  • Josh Smith isn't Latrell Sprewell, clarifies 'harder on me' comment

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

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    When Josh Smith kinda, sorta insinuated life would be more difficult playing on an NBA veteran minimum salary this season, the Internet's hot-take police naturally ran with the perceived Latrell Sprewellian angle.

    This was the quote that made the rounds after last week's press conference to introduce Smith, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal to play for the Clippers in 2015-16, his fourth team in just over two years:

    "At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family," he said. "So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I'm going to push through it, you know."

    Josh Smith misspoke, people. Let's move along.

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  • Flip Saunders has no problem starting Kevin Garnett, and neither should you

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    We can only imagine how Kevin Garnett will release his ridiculous energy once he eventually moves into a management role with the Minnesota Timberwolves, if only because he's unleashed it all over NBA courts for more than half his life now, but for the time being he remains a starter on a pro basketball team.

    In a wide-ranging interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe, Wolves coach/team president/part owner Flip Saunders confirmed his 39-year-old power forward/center/crazy person would be in the starting lineup.

    He’s gonna start. That’s who he is. KG is a starter. He’s the best power forward on our team, actually. No one rebounds better. He’s the best help defender. No one communicates better. He knows the offense, and he can pass it.

    Indeed, Garnett has started every game he's appeared in since his debut in Minnesota's starting lineup on Jan. 30, 1996, midway through his rookie year. That's 1,529 starts in 1,529 combined regular-season and playoff games for the T-Wolves, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. So, yes, KG fits the description.

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  • Tom Brady blasts NFL decision to uphold his suspension

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 6 days 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 15 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 19 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 20 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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