Eric Edholm

  • Brent Grimes makes insane, back-to-the-ball interception in Pro Bowl

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes — aka "Optimus Grimes" — was one of the few defenders who really showed up to play in the 32-28 Team Irvin over Team Carter game. J.J. Watt might have won defensive MVP honors, but Grimes' interception was ridiculous.

    Covering Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, Grimes never turned around to find the ball on a fade route in the end zone, instead playing the receiver. No problem — Grimes reacted to the ball when Hilton leaped to make the catch, and Grimes — without ever really seeing the ball — just stole it. Like it was his lunch money.

    Grimes' interception this season while covering Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson was the better play because it happened against Megatron in a heated tight, regular-season game. But this Pro Bowl pick might have had an even higher degree of difficulty.

    It was that good.

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    Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

  • Life is good for J.J. Watt, Pro Bowl MVP who dominates everything

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — After he had been awarded the Defensive MVP at the 2015 Pro Bowl, posing with NFL cheerleaders and standing next to the brand new GMC sport-utility vehicle he just won for those honors, J.J. Watt was pulled away for an NFL Network interview clear across the University of Phoenix Stadium field.

    As the 25-year-old Watt traversed the field, the once sold-out crowd, which had thinned considerably by game's end, gave him a near local's welcome. Yes, the four Arizona Cardinals players received the warmest ovations to start the game and any time any of them were involved in a play in the 32-28 Team Irvin victory.

    But they stayed for Watt. And they cheered him incessantly. They wanted his autograph. They wanted anything he wore for the game. They just seem to want to get an up-close look at the freak.

    "It was cool to have a sold-out stadium here," Watt said. "It's a lot of fun to interact with the fans.“It was fun.

    "The Pro Bowl is all about fun. We had a good time out there. We would have obviously love to have the win, but it’s pretty cool to walk out of here with a new truck.”

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  • Clay Matthews celebrates Jordy Nelson's TD, even though they're on different teams

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    It's riveting stuff.

    But we'll nominate Jordy Nelson's touchdown catch from Drew Brees as the play of all Pro Bowl plays to sum up the confusion of this odd game.

    Nelson ran to the post and made a really great catch, arms extended, and scored to give Team Carter a 20-19 lead in the second quarter. So who was the first to congratulate Nelson? Clay Matthews, who happens to be on Team Irvin. The other team.

    Yes, they are teammates in real life with the Green Bay Packers. Blood is thicker than water, or something. It almost looked like they drew it up that way.

    Like ...

    Matthews: I'll let you score and then we'll celebrate together.

    Nelson: Cool.

    And it — humorously — shows just how farcical this whole Pro Bowl experience is.

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    Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

  • Arizona crowd boos introduction of Seahawks Pro Bowlers during game

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Seattle Seahawks are not participating the in the Pro Bowl because, well, they are taking part in a bigger bowl next Sunday.

    But midway through the first quarter, after Team Irvin took a 3-0 lead, the five Seahawks players — safety Kam Chancellor, running back Marshawn Lynch, cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas and linebacker Bobby Wagner — who were elected to the game were announced to the crowd.

    And they were booed.

    Yes, the pro-Arizona Cardinals crowd wanted nothing to do with NFL Network's Willie McGinest interviewing the Seahawks quintet during a break in the action. And here we thought the New England Patriots were the most hated team in town!

    The Patriots will not land in Arizona until Monday, so we were not afforded a true lithmus test.

    But it's a good guess that division rivalries trump any national sentiments this week.

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    Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

  • Richard Sherman: Patriots won't be punished because of 'conflict of interest'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago

    PHOENIX — The first shot by Richard Sherman during Super Bowl week has been fired.

    The Seattle Seahawks cornerback, in the team's introductory media news conference on Sunday, was asked about potential discipline that could come down on their Super Bowl counterparts, the New England Patriots, in response to the deflate-gate incident.

    Sherman, as expected, threw a haymaker at the NFL, the New England Patriots, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and league commissioner Roger Goodell.

    "I think perception is reality. It is what it is," Sherman said. "Their resume speaks for itself. You talk about getting close to the line, this and that. I don’t really have a comment about that. Their past is what their past is. Their present is what their present is.

    "Will they be punished? Probably not. Not as long Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes. [Goodell] was just at Kraft’s house last week before the AFC championship. Talk about conflict of interest. As long as that happens, it won’t affect them at all.”

    Well, now.

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  • Through the looking glass: Bill Nye, Science Guy, refutes Bill Belichick's science

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    But ABC's "Good Morning America" sought out the real science guy — Bill Nye, a former mechanical engineer at Boeing (in Seattle, we might note) and now host of TV’s “Bill Nye The Science Guy" — for some answers to Belichick's firm prove-it rebuttal to the NFL's investigation of his team's ball handling.

    Put straight: Nye refutes Belichick's assertions.

    "What he said didn't make any sense," Nye said.

    So there you have it?

    "Rubbing the football, I don't think, can change the pressure. To really change the pressure, you need one of these," Nye said, holding up a regulation football and a ball pump, "the inflation needle."

    Nye, in a light but perhaps biased and undercutting statement, then declared his allegiance for Sunday's Super Bowl: "Go Seahawks!"

    Hmm.

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  • Bet you never thought you'd hear Bill Belichick talk Spygate again, but he did

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stood up at a surprise news conference on Saturday to say that the team's in-house investigation into allegations that the club deflated footballs improperly led him to say that they "have followed every rule to the letter."

    And then he was asked about the 2007 Spygate incident. And Belichick unloaded.

    Broaching a subject that he rarely — if ever? — has discussed in such detail since, Belichick issued a fierce defense of his team's actions back then.

    "At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage," Belichick said. "Quite the opposite — we feel we followed the rules of the game to the letter in our preparations, in our procedures, and in the way we handle every game that we competitively played in as it relates to this matter.

    Perhaps even more so than Spygate. Which Belichick took a crack at relitigating seven-plus years later. With great ferocity.

    How about that? 

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  • Man stripped of Super Bowl credential after posting picture of it online

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Note to media members covering the Super Bowl: Do not, for the love of Roger Goodell, post a picture of your credential on social media.

    That's exactly what one Arizona man did for what was supposed to be his first Super Bowl ever, according to KTVK-3TV. When the NFL caught wind of Russ Knight, who was hired to be an assistant frequency coordinator during Super Bowl week, posting a picture of himself and his newly acquired credential, the league revoked it.

    Ouch.

    NFL security called him up and delivered the bad news.

    "He said, 'Russ, we've got a problem,'" Knight said. "Apparently, on my picture, even though it's far away, they could zoom in and they could read my credential on the bottom."

    The league prohibits such things for security measures. It's printed right on the back of the credential: It can't be posted on the internet, for fear that it could be cloned or copied to duplicate a fake credential.

    "It hurts real bad," Knight said.

    No kidding.

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  • Report: Cleveland Browns 'wrecked' by Johnny Manziel's rookie season

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Johnny Manziel texted former Cleveland Browns QB coach Dowell Loggains on Draft Day 2014, urging him to draft Manziel so he could "wreck this league."

    Instead, Manziel's nightmare rookie season almost wrecked the team. So says an ESPN.com report, which quotes nearly 20 Browns sources, indicating that the divisive rookie has problems that run deep after a mere nine months with the team.

    In six quarters as a starter, Manziel failed to impress, and his presence in the locker room helped fracture a team that had some nice moments at time but fell from the playoff race late and now stands with total uncertainty on where it stands at quarterback heading into 2015.

    Loggains was fired. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left with two years left on his contract. New offensive coordinator John DiFllippo has said the team must figure out if the Browns' future quarterback is on the roster currently, and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam echoed those uninspiring comments, too.

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  • NFL Draft Watch: Senior Bowl players who helped, hurt themselves

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Although the Senior Bowl wraps up with the game itself on Saturday, the majority of the scouting work has been done by NFL teams over the course of the week's worth of practices. We were on hand for those sessions and came away impressed by some players, not as much by others.

    Here are some of the winners and losers from the week:

    WINNERS

    Iowa DT Carl Davis — The buzz centered on Washington's big defensive tackle, Danny Shelton, and for good reason: he won all week with power. But Davis won the week, too, the second he strode across the weigh-in stage with his treetrunks legs and continued on with a great week. He looked dominant at times in one-on-one battles and projects to be a big run clogger on the next level. The reputation of him taking plays off in college seemed to subside after a strong week of practice.

    Utah OLB-DE Nate Orchard — All week, he consistently made plays and looked the part of an edge defender capable of collapsing the pocket and impacting the run game. He was active with his hands, displayed nice counter moves and never stopped working to win battles. His long arms helped him achieve all those things.

    LOSERS

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