Frank Schwab

  • U still mad bro? Patriots and Seahawks have an unfriendly history

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    Usually Super Bowl opponents have no reason to dislike each other. 

    Maybe there's a former coach or player who was wronged and now facing his old team, but rarely is there any hint of a rivalry. Teams from different conferences play each other only once every four years in the regular season.

    But the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are an exception.

    Their history was the "U Mad Bro?" Game (oh how I wish the great John Facenda of NFL Films was alive to narrate that title). In 2012 Richard Sherman wasn't a household name and we didn't know yet that the Seahawks were going to be champions. Oh how that would change.

    Sherman said that Tom Brady was trash talking him and safety Earl Thomas during the game.

    "I think people somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady that he's just a clean cut, does everything right, never says a bad word to anyone," Sherman said this week. "We know him to be otherwise. In that moment of him being himself he said some things and we returned the favor."

    Sherman had a great line after the game.

  • Bill Belichick goes all in: 'We have followed every rule to the letter'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided to call a surprise news conference on Saturday to let everyone know that he feels his team did nothing wrong.

    He was defiant and frustrated over the entire deflate-gate controversy, in which the Patriots were accused of deflating footballs during the AFC championship game. So in this news conference he described in excruciating detail the experiments the Patriots have done to footballs to determine what happened. And he is convinced that the Patriots did nothing wrong.

    "I believe now, 100 percent, that I have personally and we as an organization that we have followed every rule to the letter," Belichick said. "I feel on behalf of everyone in the organization – everyone that is involved in this organization – that we need to say something."

    Belichick reiterated his thoughts from Thursday, in which he said he knew nothing of the preparation of footballs or the air pressure of them. So, as we'd expect from Belichick, he threw himself into the subject to figure it out.

    "This is the end of this subject for me for a long time," Belichick said.

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  • NFL makes statement about deflate-gate investigation

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The NFL has been strangely quiet this week, as a major controversy swirls.

    Aside from spokesmen confirming that an investigation was going on, there hadn't been much word from the NFL about deflate-gate this week, which really isn't the transparent NFL that commissioner Roger Goodell promised us. Reports have trickled out about how many footballs the New England Patriots used were under-inflated in the first half of the AFC championship game and what steps the officials took during the game, but the league has been quiet.

    Here's what the league released in its statement:

    "Upon being advised of the investigation, the Patriots promptly pledged their full cooperation and have made their personnel and other information available to us upon request.  Our investigation will seek information from any and all relevant sources and we expect full cooperation from other clubs as well. As we develop more information and are in a position to reach conclusions, we will share them publicly."

     

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  • Former Panthers GM wonders if Patriots cheated in their Super Bowl

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The refrain, albeit flawed, from any New England Patriots hater is that they haven't won a Super Bowl since Spygate. Meaning, they needed to cheat to win Super Bowls.

    And former Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney unloaded years and years of anger in one radio segment in which he basically said he wonders if the Patriots cheated them out of Super Bowl XXXVIII . The Panthers lost that game 32-29. The Patriots' past, and specifically the Spygate videotaping scandal that unfolded in 2007, has been brought up numerous times this week after questions about how almost all of their 12 game footballs in last Sunday's AFC championship game were under-inflated.

    Hurney's explosion came on Charlotte's ESPN 730 AM , in which he hosts a show. The quotes were transcribed by ESPN.com:

    Goodell destroyed all evidence after ruling on the Spygate scandal of 2007, a decision that goes down as one of his many questionable moves as commissioner. It allowed people to wonder if there was more on the tapes than the NFL said.

  • Seahawks corner says Rob Gronkowski isn't that good

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    First, a disclaimer: "Bulletin-board material" is a farce.

    If an NFL player needs an opponent to say something out of line about him or his team to get excited to play a game, he's probably in the wrong profession. If a player needs that extra motivation for a Super Bowl, it's really time to retire.

    So we don't point out Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane's comments because they are so-called "bulletin-board material" before the Super Bowl. They're just hilariously wrong.

    Here's Lane on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, via the Seattle Times:

    “I actually don’t think he’s that good,” Lane said. “He’s OK. But he does have a big body, and from what I’ve seen on tape, he don’t like your hands being put on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won’t catch that many balls as he should.”

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  • D'Qwell Jackson says he had nothing to do with deflate-gate

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson cleared up his role in deflate-gate, which is to say he had no role in it.

    Multiple reports said the controversy with the New England Patriots using under-inflated footballs during the AFC championship game started when Jackson intercepted Tom Brady’s pass. As the story went, Jackson noticed the ball was flatter than usual, and that news moved to the equipment manager to the coach to the general manager to the NFL to the game officials, who swapped out the under-inflated balls after halftime.

    Jackson said he just wanted a souvenir. That’s common. Many players save balls after scoring touchdowns, or defensive players save interception balls, to put in their trophy case. Jackson had no inkling that would lead to the story of the week in the NFL.

    Jackson said he didn’t even notice anything different about the ball he intercepted.

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  • Tom Brady on deflate-gate: 'I didn't alter the ball in any way'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It's official: Nobody with the New England Patriots seemingly knows how most of their footballs became under-inflated in the AFC championship game.

    Coach Bill Belichick said during a news conference on Thursday morning he was shocked when he heard about it on Monday, and quarterback Tom Brady echoed that sentiment in the afternoon. Brady said, "I didn’t alter the ball in any way."

    "Everyone is trying to figure out what happened," Brady said. "I was as surprised as anybody when I heard Monday morning what was happening."

    Brady said he had no knowledge of anyone tampering with the game balls, even though reports said 11 of the Patriots' 12 main balls were found to be 2 pounds per square inch below the league standard. He said he would have no idea who even takes the balls after he approves them and the officials inspect them because that's not part of his gameday process.

    On WEEI radio on Monday, Brady called it “ridiculous” and started laughing when the topic was brought up.

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  • Benson family struggle over Saints and Pelicans ownership gets ugly

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Benson family, which controls the New Orleans Saints and the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, is airing all of its dirty laundry in public.

    Family members filed a lawsuit saying family patriarch Tom Benson, who owns the Saints and Pelicans, is incompetent and is being "directed by a manipulative wife and her allies" after announcing that his wife Gayle Benson would succeed him as owner of the Saints and Pelicans after he dies, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Leading the battle against Tom Benson is Rita Benson LeBlanc, one of Tom's two grandchildren who was positioned to take over the teams. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, attempts to block the succession change to Gayle Benson.

    The suit came one day after Tom Benson's announcement that he would transfer future ownership of the Saints and Pelicans to his wife Gayle. According to the Times-Picayune, that cuts out daughter Renee LeBlanc and grandchildren Ryan LeBlanc and Rita Benson LeBlanc.

    Very ugly stuff.

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  • Report says three London NFL games in 2015 will be in morning time slot

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    There's nothing redeeming for American fans about NFL games in London. In fact, it messes with the integrity of the schedule when some teams give up home games to play on a neutral site.

    But the NFL stumbled upon one great benefit for fans last season: Early morning start times from England. And they're doing it again for all three London games this season.

    According to Adam Teischer, who covers the Kansas City Chiefs for ESPN.com, all three London games scheduled for the 2015 regular season will start at 9:30 a.m. ET. That gives fans a fourth window on Sunday for NFL football, and yes, that's a great thing.

    Teischer said the games will be Oct. 4 between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, Oct. 25 between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, and Nov. 1 between the Detroit Lions and Chiefs. All three games will be at Wembley Stadium. 

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  • The five most unbelievable opinions about the deflate-gate controversy

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Last year, we spent this week before Super Bowl week debating every single syllable Richard Sherman said to Erin Andrews.

    Something needed to fill this void this year, so enter deflate-gate.

    The New England Patriots are just one of those teams. People love to complain about them. They’ve probably taken over as the NFL’s villains. In New England, Patriots fans yell just as loud back at anyone who dares speak ill of their team. Bill Belichick is a divisive personality. This is a perfect storm for everyone speaking their mind on social media and elsewhere.

    I’ve read through all the opinions and theories (I think, there are probably some really weird ones I haven’t gotten to yet, but surely I’ll be alerted to them) and here are the five most oft-repeated ones that I just don't buy:

    “Bill Belichick had to know about the state of the footballs”

    I’m buying his explanation that before Monday, he wouldn't have thought about the state of the team's footballs.

    “Belichick threw Tom Brady under the bus/He’s ready to move on from Brady”

    “Every team does it”