Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago
By all accounts, New Yorkers only filled half of MetLife Stadium for Sunday's tilt against the New England Patriots, but the Jets probably would have preferred one fan who did show up had stayed home.
Probably not too pleased with his last-place team's 3-11 record this season, a Jets fan wore a jersey with the phrase "Dying Inside" written on the back — naturally above the No. 69 to keep it ultra classy.
Chasing the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans for the league's worst record and the No. 1 overall pick, the Jets rewarded this fan by taking a 10-7 lead against the Patriots into halftime. With a chance to regain the lead late, however, the Jets had a field goal blocked for the second time against New England this season, ultimately losing 17-16 to their AFC East rivals. Dying inside, indeed.
Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago
I'm going to tread lightly here, since any one of the multitude of kicks and punches Darko Milicic threw opposite fellow Serbian Radovan Radojcic would knock me the hell out, but the NBA's failed former No. 2 overall pick lost his kickboxing debut, and that presents plenty of opportunity for jokes.
Famously picked by the Pistons immediately behind LeBron James and ahead of future All-NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in the 2003 draft, Milicic earned a bust label after playing for six teams over 10 seasons. His kickboxing career is off to a similarly inauspicious start.
While some may suggest Milicic stick to what he does best, carp fishing, he has a different take.
"The next time, it will be better," the 7-footer said, according to the AP. "I'm invincible."
We should not doubt his indomitability, since he once vowed to drive home at 80 miles per hour in a snowstorm during his short-lived Boston tenure in his final season as a professional basketball player.
Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago
While once we had Janet Jackson's breast to blame for the decay of American society, it appears we can now blame New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's potty mouth for our downfall.
Just as the Federal Communications Commission was inundated with complaints after Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII, the government agency received three grievances when Brady mouthed the F-word during his team's 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 30, according to The Smoking Gun. How the complainants' children have slept since the life-altering event is unclear.
Pats fans probably guessed two of the three typo-laden complaints came from Indiana and Pennsylvania. As one parent, presumably a Colts fan, said in a document obtained by The Smoking Gun, "My 6 year old children know how to read lips even if there is no sound." Imagine a child's horror upon lip-reading a word he or she surely only knows from hearing it out audibly in the comfort of his or her own home.
Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago
If you thought the Washington Redskins secondary was humbled by another scintillating performance from New Yorks Giants rookie wide receiver sensation Odell Beckham Jr., think again.
In what is becoming a weekly occurrence, Beckham led NFL highlight reels on Sunday, collecting 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 24-13 victory against an NFC East rival. While the Redskins fell to 3-11 on the season, Beckham soared into the Rookie of the Year conversation.
Count second-year Redskins cornerback David Amerson unimpressed.
Yeah, because it's not like Beckham is known for making difficult catches or anything.
Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago
Following Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers were officially eliminated from playoff contention, and they have referee Ed Hochuli to blame. OK, so they have a lot of folks to point the finger at for their 7-7 record, but Hochuli's incorrect call is the latest and easiest scapegoat.
On a third-and-5 early in the fourth quarter, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson couldn't connect with rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson, but a roughing the passer penalty against 49ers linebacker Nick Moody bailed out Seattle. Instead of kicking a field goal to remain ahead by one score, the defending Super Bowl champions received a first down and scored a touchdown to go up 17-7 two plays later.
Not 24 hours later, NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino admitted Hochuli blew the call.
In other words, keep those guns in their holsters next time, Ed. Given the opportunity to admit his mistake to a pool reporter in the immediate aftermath of the NFC West battle, Hochuli stood by his call.
Needless to say, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh disagreed with Hochuli's assessment even before Blandino did.
Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 10 days ago
There are arguments to be made this season for Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson to make his first NBA All-Star Game, but his starting center offered the best one. That much isn't up for debate.
Spreading the word as All-Star voting opened, Russian 7-footer Timofey Mozgov presented a polite and reasonable pledge to vote Lawson into the game on Reddit — a subject that's entirely up for debate.
"Hey, Reddit, what's up? Have a good day, OK? It's Timofey Mozgov, yo. The All-Star — you've got to vote for my boy Ty. He give me the assist. I get bucket. So, he's a good dude. You've got to vote for him. And again — have a good day. And don't drink and drive."
Basically, they don't have to be drunk to consider Lawson an All-Star, but if they are, don't drive.
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Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 12 days ago
In protest of a New York grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt before Monday's game against the Nets in Brooklyn. Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving joined James and several Nets players in wearing similar shirts.
Nets guard Jarrett Jack provided the shirts to James and Irving, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
[Adrian Wojnarowski: Adam Silver supports players' social commentary]
Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 13 days ago
Maybe all that San Diego sun is catching up to Chargers coach Mike McCoy.
With 6:28 remaining in Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots and his team trailing by nine, McCoy opted to punt to Tom Brady rather than rely upon Philip Rivers on a fourth-and-4 play from midfield. The questionable decision effectively sealed San Diego's fate in a 23-14 loss to New England.
After starting his postgame news conference by saying, among other things, "We've got to do a better job coaching," McCoy faced a series of questions from the San Diego media about the judgment call.
"I thought it was best for the football team with the timeouts situation and what we had to do," he said.
Anchored by running back LeGarrette Blount, the Patriots marched 44 yards over the ensuing 4:13, forcing McCoy to burn all three of his timeouts, and the Chargers eventually got the ball back at their own 20 with 2:05 remaining. It was too little, too late, as San Diego's final drive stalled after another four plays.
Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 17 days ago
After a promising 3-3 start capped by a victory over the Chicago Bulls a month ago, the Boston Celtics began blowing big leads on a near nightly basis. Their inability to close games has translated into eight losses in their last nine games, punctuated by the Atlanta Hawks' 23-point comeback on Tuesday night.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens stopped short of calling his team soft, but he might as well have during a self-described "broken record" of a postgame session. "When it comes easy, we've been good," he told reporters after the 109-105 loss. "When it gets tough, we haven't. It's a pretty simple formula."
And, yet, here is Evan Turner complaining about Kyle Korver's defense in Wednesday's Boston Globe.
Just a hunch, but Stevens might suggest Turner return that physicality on the other end.
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Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 18 days ago
We're T minus 24 hours until Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is expected to decide between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel as his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, so what better time to evalaute how the two signal-callers compare in a tale of the tape?
Hoyer: "Hoyer the Destroyer"
Manziel: "Johnny Football"
Hoyer: Undrafted out of Michigan State in 2009, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Cleveland native served as Tom Brady's clipboard holder in New England for several seasons before bouncing around a few NFL cities and ultimately signing a two-year deal in Cleveland last season. Hoyer has started 16 games in his six-year NFL career, completing 336 of 587 career pass attempts (57.2 percent) for 4,287 yards and 18 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. The 29-year-old owns an underwhelming career QB rating of 79.1.
Advantage: Hoyer. A thousand times Hoyer.
Manziel: The "Money Manziel" sign.