Frank Schwab

  • Oakland Raiders return to O.co Coliseum for at least 2016

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    Remember all the emotion at the final home games for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers last season? Get ready to do it all again in 2016.

    The Chargers announced they're staying in San Diego for the 2016 season, and the Raiders came to an agreement on Thursday to play at least one more year at O.co Coliseum, the team announced. The Raiders said there are also two years of team options at O.co Coliseum. 

    That the Raiders are staying in Oakland at least one more season is not a huge surprise. After the Raiders were the odd team out in the Los Angeles sweepstakes, they needed some place to play. Oakland's stadium is probably the worst in the NFL, but it'll do for another year while the Raiders figure things out.

    We thought for a while there would be a massive shift, with three of the 32 NFL franchises moving. Only one did, for now anyway.

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  • Jeb Bush: I rooted for the Broncos because Peyton sent me a check

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    It's not as ridiculous as then-Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina saying she'd root against her alma mater in the Rose Bowl in hopes for a couple more votes in Iowa, but Jeb Bush's sports loyalty was purchased fairly cheap.

    Bush, a current Republican presidential candidate, told a crowd during a campaign stop in Mount Pleasant, S.C. that he was rooting against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. At least give the former Florida governor points for being honest. The reason? Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a contributor.

    “I know that y’all probably maybe had some leanings toward Carolina,” Bush said, according to the News & Observer. “I was for Denver, not because of the Broncos, but because Peyton Manning wrote me a check.”

    The News & Observer reported that according to campaign finance records, Manning gave Bush a $2,700 contribution last August.

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  • L.A. relocation story reminder of Jerry Jones' power among owners

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    If you ever wondered who the NFL's most powerful owner is, ESPN.com's behind-the-scenes story about the league's relocation to Los Angeles is a good place to start.

    The answer, if you didn't know it already, is that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likely finishes first in the owner power rankings. The ESPN report makes it clear that he was the most influential of the league's owners in making sure Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plan to move to Inglewood was the winner, even though that was up in the air until the last minute.

    The entire story, written by Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta, is worth your time if you care about what happens among the power brokers in the NFL. It's a complex story of alliances, double-crosses, hurt feelings and suspicions of league favoritism. It paints Kroenke as the aggressor in the L.A. story, and San Diego Chargers CEO Dean Spanos as the league loyalist who got the short end of the stick.

    And Jones, it appears, had a huge say in steering the league toward the Inglewood plan that Kroenke had.

  • Andy Dalton needs help finding luggage that fell out of his truck (updated)

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    Success! Andy Dalton's luggage was found and returned to him and his wife:

    #bagsearch2016 is officially over! Thankful that Robert found our bags. The power of social media is real! pic.twitter.com/3lzPnef0FL

    Here's to story of what happened to them:

    Twitter can be used for many things. Mostly, these days, it's used to gin up faux rage over something for a few hours until someone's life is ruined and the mob moves onto something else.

    On Wednesday, however, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton found a whole new use for the social media outlet: trying to find his luggage that fell out of his truck in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

    Even NFL quarterbacks can have really bad days like that.

    If anybody in DFW traveling from 75-635 towards the airport finds 2 black suitcases on the road please contact me. Fell out bed of our truck

    Rough start to the morning...

    Thanks for those spreading the word. If you happen to have them, send a pic. And trust me...I know this is a long shot. #bagsearch2016

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  • NFL Power Rankings: The way-too-early 2016 edition

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It's probably not fair to say the Denver Broncos' championship window was going to close, win or lose, after Super Bowl 50. But let's say that it was probably a good idea to beat the Carolina Panthers, just in case. 

    This will be a tricky offseason for Broncos general manager John Elway. He was very aggressive in trying to win a title before Peyton Manning retired. Mission accomplished. But making another run next season will be a challenge. The Broncos have a ton of questions to answer this offseason. Las Vegas oddsmakers don't have a ton of faith in the Broncos repeating. There were 11 teams with better odds to win Super Bowl LI than Denver (20-to-1) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as of Monday.

    No matter which tough decisions Elway makes, this will be a much different roster next season.

    Elway has done a great job as a GM, and he'll do fine in reshaping Denver going forward. But you can't just pencil the Broncos in as the team to beat next season. Not yet, anyway.

    32. Cleveland Browns (100-to-1)

    31. Tennessee Titans (75-to-1)

    30. Jacksonville Jaguars (50-to-1)

    29. San Francisco 49ers (50-to-1)

    28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (55-to-1)

    24. Chicago Bears (35-to-1)

  • Why the face? Eli Manning explains his non-reaction at Super Bowl

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Eli Manning probably should have known better.

    Manning should have known that the television cameras would be peeping into the Manning family box at Super Bowl 50, and that any and every reaction he had as brother Peyton Manning was playing for the Denver Broncos would be dissected.

    Was he excited enough? Was that blank facial expression proof that he's jealous of his brother? This is all kind of dumb when you think about it, but it's no surprise the clip, after Denver's game-clinching touchdown, went viral. The Eli Manning reaction Vine passed 60 million views on Tuesday morning. Because, obviously, we can all tell from a quick glance what Eli Manning is thinking and feeling.

    TMZ Sports ambushedEli Manning at the airport to explain his reaction that went viral — with the line that Eli was " finally breaking his silence " ... welcome to 2016, everyone — and he gave a pretty understandable answer.

    Eli would have been better off if he just gave a quick fist pump after the touchdown. He wouldn't have become a trending topic.

  • Bill Romanowski apologizes for calling Cam Newton 'boy'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — While many took to social media to blast Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after Newton's short and agitated media conference following Super Bowl 50, former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski took it too far.

    The word "boy" has negative racial connotations when used toward a black man. Romanowski, who is white, had a history of racially related controversy when he played. He spit in San Francisco 49ers receiver J.J. Stokes face in 1997. Stokes is black. That incident was a hot-button racial issue within the Broncos locker room. Romanowski said he did not spit on Stokes because he is black.

    Sports Illustrated claimed in 2000 that Romanowski used racist remarks, including the n-word, something Romanowski emphatically denied.

    And now this.

    Romanowski tried to explain himself after the initial tweet about Newton, which was deleted.

    Calm down everyone! I meant he needs to grow up!

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  • If this was it for Peyton Manning, the star QB will go out in style

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning got up in front of the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, on the eve of Super Bowl 50. He said his goodbyes.

    He didn’t explicitly say he was retiring. But he probably didn’t need to.

    He made some jokes as he spoke, because that’s who Manning is, and Manning said he needed to crack jokes so he could hold it together. He joked that he thought Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Chris Harris and Aqib Talib would all win a share of the Super Bowl 50 MVP, because he wanted to see them all share the car given to the winner.

    Then he talked about the ups and the downs of the season, for him and the team. The 39-year-old had his worst season, by far, and missed seven starts due to injury. He talked to the team about praying, and believing. He started thanking everyone. Players. Coaches. Even the video staff, trainers, and the rest of the support staff. Manning said he thanked everyone for just letting him be a part of the journey. He was emotional.

    The rest of the Broncos players started looking around the room and noticed that many others were in tears.

    “It was a pretty emotional deal, I got emotional as well,” guard Louis Vasquez said.

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  • Broncos squander many chances in first half of Super Bowl 50

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Denver Broncos got a ton of big plays in the first half of Super Bowl 50.

    Von Miller made a Superman-esque play to strip Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and the Broncos recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. They got the longest punt return in Super Bowl historyon a weird play in which the Panthers thought the play was dead. The Broncos got a huge fumble recovery after Darian Stewart hit Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert in Denver territory. They did a great job containing Newton, the NFL's MVP.

    And all those breaks resulted in just a 13-7 lead at halftime. Ho hum.

    It should have been more. The most damaging play of the first half came when defensive end Kony Ealy made a one-handed interception with the Broncos threatening to score. Peyton Manning made a bad mistake, seemingly not seeing Ealy drop into coverage, and Ealy made a spectacular play.

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  • Von Miller's great play leads to the first TD of Super Bowl 50

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Of course the Denver Broncos' top-ranked defense got the first touchdown of Super Bowl 50.

    The first touchdown came thanks to Von Miller and an amazing play to strip Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

    On a third down (after the Panthers' challenge of what looked like a catch by Jerricho Cotcherywasn't successful) Newton dropped back to pass. Miller was rushing from Newton's right, and blew past right Panthers tackle Mike Remmers. Miller got to Newton, hit him, and just took the ball from him.

    Newton fumbled, the ball rolled toward the end zone and Broncos defensive lineman Malik Jackson fell on it in the end zone for the first touchdown of Super Bowl 50.

    Imagine the odds you could have gotten betting "Malik Jackson will score the first touchdown of Super Bowl 50" in Las Vegas.

    Then later in the first quarter the defense provided the first huge play of Super Bowl 50 and a 10-0 Broncos lead, thanks to the great Miller and his marvelous play.

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