- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
You can say a lot of things about Green Bay, and coming from someone who lived near there for a while, I've said all of them myself.
But if you do an "NFL's best fans" ranking and have anyone but Packers fans in the top spot, you're trying too hard to be different.
Forbes got it right. They ranked the best NFL fan bases, using a formula of attendance, television ratings, merchandise sales and percentage of population that watched or attended their hometown team's games. The Packers' fans ranked first, because there really is no other option.
According to Forbes, market researchers Nielsen Scarborough found that "84 percent of adults in Green Bay are Packers fans, identified as such having watched, attended, and/or listened to the team’s games this past year." You can't find 84 percent of people in most communities to agree that water is wet, much less on a football team. Now, here's where you say that Packers fans are so into the team because there's nothing else to do in Northeast Wisconsin, and that's what Forbes did:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Levi's Stadium, the brand-new home of the San Francisco 49ers, might be one of the more fan-friendly spots in the NFL, but that kind of gets overshadowed if the turf is unusable for playing football.
The 49ers cut short their practice on Wednesday, attended by thousands of fans, because of safety concerns over the turf. According to CSN Bay Area, large divots in the turf kept coming up during practice, including when receiver Stevie Johnson fell hard on a normal out route.
According to CSN Bay Area, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh took his team off the Levi's Stadium field after Johnson's fall and the players finished practice at the team facility, which is right next to the stadium. Harbaugh took his team off the torn-up field less than an hour into practice.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't hold up their team charter flight for Le'Veon Bell while he was having blood drawn following a marijuana possession arrest.
So not only did Bell, the team's second-year starting tailback, get charged with marijuana possession and likely a DUI (that's why he was having blood drawn), he had to book a flight, go through security with the common folk and squeeze into a regular airline seat on the way to Philadelphia for the team's preseason game on Thursday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette confirmed that Bell wasn't on the team charter but made it to Philadelphia on his own. No word on whether Bell kept asking for extra dry roasted peanuts the entire flight to cure his munchies.
One would assume coach Mike Tomlin didn't send a limo to pick him up at the airport either.
Well, at least there are no concerns about lack of chemistry in the Pittsburgh Steelers' running backs meeting room.
Top two tailbacks Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were hanging out together after hours on Wednesday. A little bonding experience. The only problem was they had 20 grams of marijuana when they were pulled over by police, according to CBS Pittsburgh columnist Colin Dunlap. The backs were charged with possession of marijuana and as a bonus, Bell was charged with a DUI. An unidentified female with the two was also charged, Dunlap said.
That's not good. Though, given the appeals process if commissioner Roger Goodell wants to punish Bell and Blount, it's unlikely it would affect either for the 2014 season.Thu, Aug 21Pittsburgh21 - 31PhiladelphiaGame Recap
Jim Kelly's battle with cancer has been difficult but uplifting, with the Hall of Fame quarterback staying strong in his fight with support from former teammates, family, friends and fans at every step.
Wednesday brought a great bit of news: A follow-up exam on Tuesday showed no signs of sinus cancer, which Kelly had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments for. According to the Associated Press, Dr. Peter Costantino said in a statement that treatments have "completely eliminated" any pain Kelly was experiencing and Kelly's level of function has "essentially returned to normal." Kelly had surgery to remove cancer from his jaw in June of 2013, but the cancer had spread to his sinus.
Jill Kelly, Jim's wife, said on Instagram that it's positive news but further tests are being done to make sure no more treatments are necessary.
Former NFL referee Mike Carey was ahead of this Redskins controversy way before it really became a huge story a few years ago.
After the 2005 NFL season, Carey asked the NFL to not make him work Washington games anymore. According to the Washington Post, Carey found the Redskins' nickname "disrespectful" and requested to someone in the league office who makes the officiating assignments that he not be assigned to their games because of the team name. He asked that the matter be kept private. The league complied, because the last time he worked a Washington game was the season opener in 2006.
“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” Carey told the Washington Post.
It's always a good idea as a television analyst to take a strong stance on a topic, and Tony Gonzalez is definitely doing that.
Gonzalez, who retired this offseason and took a job as a CBS studio analyst, said the Denver Broncos are going to go 19-0. That has never happened in NFL history, but Gonzalez told New York Newsday that Denver will go 16-0 in the regular season and unlike the 2007 Patriots, the only other team to go undefeated in a 16-game regular season, the Broncos will win the Super Bowl.
"Right now, Denver has a team built just like the New England Patriots back when they went undefeated [in the 2007 regular season],'' Gonzalez told Newsday. "In looking at Denver in the preseason and Peyton Manning's command of that offense, he'll pick up right where he left off last year. And defensively, they went out like good organizations do and addressed their weaknesses.''
Brian Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback but make no mistake, that announcement had little to do with Hoyer.
We know what Hoyer is, and he has reaffirmed it this preseason. He's probably a reasonably good backup. He is 8-of-20 for 108 yards this preseason. He had 16 passing yards and led one first down in four drives on Monday night against Washington. He's just not an average or better starting quarterback (and please, please stop with the "he was 3-0 last season!" stuff; quarterback wins is the stinkiest of all garbage stats and he completed two passes before getting hurt in one of the three games).
The Browns didn't make this move because of Hoyer. The decision came down to what's best for Johnny Manziel.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
Michael Jordan set the bar forever for athletes selling products, but Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning isn't too far behind.
Manning is starring in a new series of commercials for Gatorade, in which people come into a convenience store to buy the sports drink, only to be denied because they haven't sweat enough to earn it. In the ad above, the clerk calls in his "store manager," played by Manning, and Manning tells the customer to work up a sweat by running deep to catch the bottle, but makes him do some laps around the store. Like most of Manning's commericials, he has a great, dry delivery that makes it pretty funny.
In another, a woman isn't allowed to buy the drink because the clerk can't see any sweat on her. Manning comes in and throws the bottle to the back of the store.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
Before the 2013 NFL draft, there were reports that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was infatuated with Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden. McKenzie reportedly liked Hayden so much, the rumor was that he was ready to take him with the third overall pick, which was way, way earlier than anyone figured Hayden would go. He was considered a late first-round pick.
It was quite a stand to take, and one that would go a long way in defining not only McKenzie's GM tenure but set the Raiders' course for the future.
It's still early, but at this point falling in love with Hayden looks like a huge mistake.
Hayden missed half of last season with injuries. And he might start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to start this season, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. Hayden had surgery for a stress fracture in his foot in July. If he starts the season on PUP, he'll miss at least the first six weeks of the season.