Frank Schwab

  • Randy Moss keeps promise, attends graduation of leukemia survivor

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Randy Moss obviously took a friendship forged with a young fan early in his career pretty seriously. That's why he was at her high school graduation this week.

    Moss reportedly promised Kassi Spier, who he reportedly met during his rookie year of 1998 at an autograph signing, that he'd be at her high-school graduation. Spier, who according to the Forum of Fargo-Moorheadbattled leukemia when she was young and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013, graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in Minnesota. On Friday, Spier was one of 72 graduates to walk across the stage, according to the Pelican Rapids Press, and Moss handed Spier her diploma.

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    It's obviously a friendship that means a lot to both of them, enough that Moss made sure to be there for a huge accomplishment in Spier's life.

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  • With no NFL interest, Michael Sam will play in the CFL

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Canadian Football League wasn't defensive end Michael Sam's first choice, but it was his best one right now as he tries to establish a professional career.

    Sam has signed with the Montreal Alouettes, the team announced on Friday. USA Today's Tom Pelissero said it's a one-year deal with an option for 2016.

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    Sam, the former co-SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri, was the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL when the St. Louis Rams took him in the seventh round in 2014. Despite a productive preseason, the Rams cut him before the regular season started. The Dallas Cowboys added Sam to their practice squad, but cut him before the regular season was done. That was Sam's last NFL job.

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  • Which of the three 'Hard Knocks' candidates would be the best choice?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It seems like our list of "Hard Knocks" candidates is down to three, and no, the Cleveland Browns aren't on the list.

    The Browns did not want to be on the HBO reality show that follows a team through training camp, because quarterback Johnny Manziel is returning from a stint in rehab and he doesn't need that kind of spotlight on him. That's fair. But ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossiseemed to come up with our list of three candidates: Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.

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    So let's rank the three teams that appear to be the real candidates:

    3. Houston Texans

    It's a strong field if the Texans are third.

    But as a whole, there's just a little more to like with the other two.

    2. Buffalo Bills

    I mean, it's Rex Ryan. Come on, that's enough. Not like anyone wasn't entertained when the Jets were on "Hard Knocks."

    1. Washington Redskins

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  • Former Vikings coach Bud Grant's garage sale is glorious

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The best thing about Bud Grant holding a garage sale is not that an NFL icon is selling some old stuff, it's that he's having a freaking garage sale .

    Grant's garage sale, in which he's tweeting out his home address to come on by, includes old Vikings stuff, fishing and hunting gear and now we're a backyard hockey rink and some lutefisk from this being the most Minnesota thing that has ever happened.

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    Grant is a legend in Minnesota in just about every way. He won nine letters as an athlete at the University of Minnesota, played for the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers in addition to an NFL playing career. He then coached the Minnesota Vikings to four Super Bowls. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    And now Grant is inviting everyone to his house for some deals on his used stuff. There are dozens of tweets chronicling the event @HPBudGrant, but here are some highlights:

    "Park responsibly." Perfect.

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  • Roger Goodell confirmed why Tom Brady was right to not share texts

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Roger Goodell didn't answer many questions directly on Wednesday, but in a roundabout way he answered a big one from deflate-gate.

    Why wouldn't Tom Brady give up his text messages and emails in Ted Wells' investigation? If you scoffed at the answer that it would set a bad precedent for other players, I want you to read Goodell's answerconcerning the league's cooperation with the Mueller Report (investigation of the Ray Rice domestic violence case) and consider again where Brady was coming from (bold emphasis on Goodell's answer added):

    Question: When there was an investigation on the league, there was an open book, “Here’s our stuff, you can look at it.” Now when Brady was asked to provide his stuff, maybe he resisted in giving some of his private communications. Did that have anything to do with the penalties that were imposed and maybe the sanctions that were done?

    The NFL Players Association should be up in arms about that answer.

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  • Darrelle Revis, ex-Patriot, calls Patriots and Brady out on cheating history

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Everyone has an opinion on deflate-gate, and most of it doesn't matter. But it's different with Darrelle Revis, because he was there.

    Revis, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots last season, has moved on from that lone season in New England pretty quickly. When the current New York Jets cornerback was asked by the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta about deflate-gate and Tom Brady, he didn't sound like someone who just benefited from Brady's play in Super Bowl XLIX.

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    "(The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff," Revis said, according to Mehta. "You can't hide that … Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.

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  • Goodell addresses if Kraft's concession will affect Tom Brady appeal

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    If there was some kind of deal, that Robert Kraft accepting the NFL's deflate-gate punishment might positively affect Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension, Roger Goodell wasn't saying.

    Goodell, during his news conference on Wednesday at the league's spring meetings in San Francisco, was asked directly if Kraft giving up the fight on the New England Patriots' punishment would impact Brady's appeal, which he will rule on.

    "No," Goodell said.

    And with that he looked around for the next question. Whether you believe that there was some deal in place between Kraft and Goodell is up to you, but Goodell denies it.

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    "I have a great admiration and respect for Tom Brady, but the rules have to be enforced on a uniform basis, and they apply to everyone in the league," Goodell said. 

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  • Aaron Hernandez in trouble for being lookout in prison fight

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    It appears Aaron Hernandez is keeping himself busy during his life sentence by being a lookout for prison fights.

    Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end was convicted of murder this year, is in trouble after acting as a lookout for a fight among two inmates, CNN reported. CNN, citing a law enforcement source, said the fight was believed to be gang-related.

    Hernandez allegedly was a lookout for one inmate while he went into another inmate's cell, and that's where the fight happened, CNN said. All three inmates will be disciplined.

    Hernandez still has an upcoming trial for a double murder charge related to the killing of two men in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston. In April Hernandez was convicted of the 2013 murder of semipro football player Odin Lloyd.

    It's not the first time Hernandez has found himself in trouble since being arrested on Lloyd's murder. In February of 2014 he was involved in a fightwith another inmate while he awaited trial.

  • NFLPA files motion to hold NFL and Roger Goodell in contempt of court

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    The NFL has gone out of its way to pick at the NFLPA the last couple of years, so it should be no surprise that the union is fighting back at every chance.

    On the heels of the NFLPA on Tuesday calling for Roger Goodell to recuse himself from Tom Brady's appeal, which was expected, came the out-of-the-blue motion by the NFLPA in federal court to hold the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell in contempt of court over the Adrian Peterson case. You know, the case of the suspended Minnesota Vikings running back, who was reinstated a month ago from his 2014 suspension? Yeah, that one.

    A federal judge vacated Peterson's suspension in late February, and ordered the case to go back to arbitration proceedings. The NFL appealed, and that bought enough time until the league could reinstate Peterson on its terms, in mid-April. If you question the NFL's authority, it will not be happy. 

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  • Robert Kraft drops the fight, says he'll accept deflate-gate punishment

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Robert Kraft put the NFL's interests as a whole over what he thought might have been best for the New England Patriots. The Patriots owner will accept the punishment of commissioner Roger Goodell in deflate-gate, sanctions that include the loss of two draft picks and a $1 million fine.

    On Tuesday, Kraft took the unusual step of holding a news conference at the start of the league's annual spring meetings. But it's an unusual circumstance. He spoke for a few minutes, taking no questions, and explained that the discussion of deflated footballs in January's AFC championship game had continued too long and he wanted it to end. So to end the continuing argument, he took the NFL's punishment, which included a $1 million fine, and the loss of a first-round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

    Quarterback Tom Brady appealed his four-game suspension through the NFLPA. It would be a surprise if he drops that. And judging by the response from George Atallah, NFLPA assistant director of external affairs, it doesn't appear as if Brady will accept the league's punishment the way Kraft did on Tuesday: 

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