Ben Rohrbach

  • FCC receives complaints over Tom Brady's muted sideline tirade

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 2 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.

  • Redskins secondary unimpressed by Odell Beckham Jr.'s latest feat

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 3 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.

  • NFL admits Ed Hochuli erred on key penalty against 49ers

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 3 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.


  • Timofey Mozgov is decidedly pro Ty Lawson, anti drinking and driving

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 7 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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  • LeBron James wears 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirt before game in Brooklyn

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 10 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.

    Photo: LeBron James during warmups sporting the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt. #ICantBreathe

    Nets guard Jarrett Jack provided the shirts to James and Irving, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

    [Adrian Wojnarowski: Adam Silver supports players' social commentary]

  • Chargers coach Mike McCoy defends decision to punt down two scores late

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 10 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.

  • Evan Turner claims Kyle Korver 'can't guard to save his life'

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 15 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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  • Blazers center Robin Lopez celebrates from the bench like a boss (GIFs)

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 17 days ago

    Noted NBA weirdo RoLo, a.k.a., Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez, isn't to be confused with internet acronym ROFL, or "Rolling on Floor Laughing," although the two converged beautifully Sunday.

    As many large basketball players are wont to do when resting between stints on the court, Lopez often lays on his back in front of the Blazers bench to — as we can only assume — ease the tension on a lower back, knees and feet that have caused him to miss time over his six-plus seasons in the league.

    As a result, Lopez deserves consideration for the M.L. Carr Award for the year's best bench celebrations. Take this relaxed clapping he enjoyed during Sunday's 107-93 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Keep doing you, RoLo. Keep doing you.

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  • Kevin Durant's Thunder return can't come soon enough

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 17 days ago

    Kevin Durant's 2014-15 debut can't come soon enough.

    Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook made his triumphant return in a 105-78 victory against the New York Knicks on Friday night, and the reigning NBA MVP isn't too far behind. That's a blessing for a Thunder group with title aspirations that ranked among the league's worst teams through 16 games.

    Westbrook scored 32 points on 17 shots to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds in just 24 minutes against the Knicks, showing no ill effects from the broken hand he suffered nine minutes into an Oct. 30 game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Just as the three-time All-Star point returned within the team's six-week projected recovery time, Durant also appears on schedule before his eight weeks are up.

    Scott Brooks says no changes as of yet with Durant's status. Says he's progressing and went through a full practice today though.

    Like we said, Kevin Durant's 2014-15 debut can't come soon enough.

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  • Los Angeles mayor claims NFL's return to the city is 'highly likely' next year

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 17 days ago

    The rumblings in recent years that the NFL could finally return to Los Angeles have escalated over the past several months and became a full-fledged tremor over the weekend, when L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti told the San Francisco Examiner that the likelihood of a franchise moving to his city was "highly likely."

    In an effort to continue the revitalization  effort downtown, former Walt Disney Company chief executive officer Michael Eisner has reportedly been regularly lobbying the NFL on behalf of Garcetti and the Anschutz Entertainment Group, and they are optimistic about landing a team as soon as next year.

    "It's not my decision," he says. "At the end of the day, it's not the mayor's decision. The owners decide."


    "It just felt to me that if we could pull this off, particularly in the downtown area, that the renaissance of Los Angeles ... could be enhanced," he said.