Frank Schwab

  • Blake Bortles' rookie struggles explained in part by 'dead arm' injury

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    Blake Bortles played great in preseason games in August, then not so great late in the season long after he became the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback.

    There are plenty of reasons, but apparently one that he was dealing with a "dead arm."

    General manager Dave Caldwell told USA Today's Tom Pelissero about Bortles' dead arm issue, which makes it seem like Bortles was a starting pitcher in spring training. It's not an injury you hear about too often in football, though it happens. Bortles had shoulder inflammation, but it didn't require surgery. It did require Bortles to change his mechanics just to get velocity on the ball, Caldwell said.

    "You've just got to do what you've got to do to survive," Caldwell said. "It wasn't anything that was ingrained in him [mechanically]. He knew he was doing it. But in order to drive the ball 15 yards, there were some things that he needed to do to get the velocity on the ball."

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  • Chargers tight end Antonio Gates suspended for failed PED test

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, considered a sure-fire Hall of Famer once he retires, was suspended for the first four games of the NFL season for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

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    In a statement released via his Twitter feed and the Chargers, Gates blamed the failed test on supplements and holistic medicines:

    "In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails.  I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and never taken any substance that was illegal or banned by the NFL. 

    “I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

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  • J.J. Watt tackles a guy who ran onstage at Zac Brown Band concert

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    It's nearly impossible to watch J.J. Watt blast a guy who got up on stage at a Zac Brown Band concert and not assume it's staged.

    However, it was still pretty funny.

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    Watt sacked a supposed stage rusher who danced around for a few seconds like a fool while Watt got into position to tackle him. It almost seems like some WWE stuff, but could really use some Jim Ross commentary and a steel chair:

    Nobody messes with @zacbrownband pic.twitter.com/bS3Rat13xP

    The only question is, what guy would agree to being the prop in a gag that ends with a 290-pound guy who happens to be the best defensive player in the NFL blasting you on stage? That takes some convincing.

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  • We have a Twitter feud between the Giants punter and Eagles center

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    One NFL player criticizing another team's quarterbacks is usually something worth noting ... unless the player saying those things is a punter.

    New York Giants Steve Weatherford is legit, he's probably in better shape than a lot of NFL players, but he's still a punter. So it certainly seemed odd when comments came to light that were critical of  Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

    "I'm gonna give you a Ferrari [Bradford] that maybe won't be running all the time, or I'm giving you a nice Cadillac sedan [Sanchez]," Weatherford said on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton Show," via ESPN. "It's not the fastest but you know what you're going to get out of it. Bradford can go from zero to 60 in three seconds, but you don't know if he's gonna start up some days."

    Oh, don't worry, he discussed Tebow too.

    Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins joined in, retweeted Kelce's words while adding the comment "#puntersgetnolove."

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  • Would the temporary Los Angeles options be viable for an NFL team?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Until it happens, I'll continue to believe that every move the NFL makes in Los Angeles, in terms of bringing a team there, is a bluff.

    The NFL hasn't had a team in Los Angeles since 1994, and it's not because it doesn't have the money to make it happen. It decided somewhere along the line that not having a team in L.A. was better for business than having a team there. But let's humor the league for a moment, and look at the latest report of the NFL issuing proposal requests for temporary venues while a stadium in the Los Angeles area is built. There have been proposals for stadiums in Carson, perhaps for the Raiders or Chargers, or a stadium in Inglewood for the Rams.

    The Coliseum hosts USC, and was the old home of the Raiders, but one has to imagine no NFL team is excited about the idea of making the old stadium home. It is a historic place, opened in 1923, but it doesn't fit the NFL's blueprint of a modern palace.

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  • Watch J.J. Watt shoot and score on NHL goaltender Brian Elliott

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    OK, OK, so it's not like St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott was exactly fooled by J.J. Watt's slap shot or anything. When the Houston Texans defensive end wound up at the Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic, Elliott jumped out of the way and let Watt score.

    But, to be fair, if you saw Watt on skates bearing down on you, winding up for a slap shot, you might jump out of the way too.

    Some former Badgers athletes had a lot of fun at the charity event, which benefits the UW Health Burn Center, but the highlight that went viral was Watt's goal. Watt probably isn't going to pull a Russell Wilson and flirt with a second pro career or anything, but the fact that a guy that big can move around on skates as well as he can is absolutely amazing. Or frightening.

    Here's Watt's shot from a few angles:

    http://t.co/HCjlrYMPa8 J.J. WATT?!? @BGHockeyClassic #BGHC15

    The shot did have some mustard on it. And extra credit to Watt for the old school Milwaukee Braves hat.

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  • 49ers tweet '#LoveWins' after historic gay marriage decision

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Most professional sports teams avoid making any commentary on controversial topics outside of sports, but the NFL's San Francisco 49ers had something to say on Friday.

    The United States Supreme Court's ruling on Friday legalized gay marriage nationwide. Many people on Twitter celebrated the ruling, including the 49ers' official Twitter feed.

    #LoveWins pic.twitter.com/LI1BVuniE9

    That's a simple yet powerful image and statement. Is it the 49ers' place to comment on such societal topics? Some commented on the post that they didn't think the team should be commenting on political issues. Others likely disagree. San Francisco has the highest rate of LGBT residents among American metropolitan areas.

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  • Michael Sam returns to Montreal to resume football career

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Michael Sam returned to Montreal, is expected to report to the CFL's Alouettes as soon as Saturday, and will then resume his football career.

    Les Carpenter of the Guardian reported that Sam should return to his football team soon, which was likely his only hope of playing football at a high level again. Sam left the Alouettes on June 12, right before their exhibition season began. The team played its regular-season opener on Thursday. Sam already had work to do to convince an NFL team he deserves a roster spot, and quitting his CFL team after struggling in training camp wouldn't have looked good on his football résumé. According to The Guardian, Sam returned to Montreal earlier this week; he has been seen around the city the past couple days.

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  • Hall of Famer Warren Sapp reportedly charged with domestic violence

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Warren Sapp is not having a good year.

    Sapp, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders defensive tackle who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was reportedly arrested for the second time this year, and this time he was charged with three counts of battery constituting domestic violence. He is accused of biting his girlfriend's finger and stepping on her head, among other things. TMZ Sports broke that story on Thursday. A search of the Clark County court records showed that Warren Sapp was charged with three counts of domestic battery on Thursday.

    Sapp's initial appearance in court is scheduled for July 23, according to the Clark County courts site.

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    Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

  • 'Gronk's Party Ship' is a real thing, set to happen in 2016

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Rob Gronkowski is the NFL's big, loveable bro, dancing his face off and famously partying like there's no tomorrow. And now you can join him.

    This is a real thing, because it's too great to make up: Gronk's Party Ship, a three-day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas, is available for purchase starting at $700. It will happen February 19-22 next year. There's a site, GronksPartyShip.com. From the site:

    "It’s time to PARTY, it’s time to ROCK, but more importantly, it's time to get GRONK’D! Rob Gronkowski and his family want you to grab your sunnies, your swimsuits, your babes and your bros for one hell of a shindig sailing down the coast. It’s time to go big or go home 'cause we’re throwing a 3-day party sailing from Miami to the Bahamas with 2,500 of his most hype’d up fans, favorite bands, DJs, and comedians!"

    Let's assume this will be fun for all of the "babes and bros" who want to go mingle with the New England Patriots tight end.

    Party on, Gronk.

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