Frank Schwab

  • When NFL players fought Andre the Giant and others at WrestleMania

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL’s past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport’s history.

    For many years there has been a connection between pro wrestling and the NFL. But it’s rare to see the two sports overlap as closely as they did at WrestleMania 2.

    If there’s a NFL/WWE crossover, it’s usually after a football player’s career is over. Some former football players like Bill Goldberg have become stars in wrestling. Others, like Lawrence Taylor in WrestleMania XI, jump in the ring for a cameo when they are done playing. You won’t often see active players wrestling.

    But in 1986, William “Refrigerator” Perry, Russ Francis, Jimbo Covert and Bill Fralic joined wrestlers like Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant and the Iron Sheik in a 20-man battle royal. Perry, Francis, Covert and Fralic were all still active in the NFL. Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Ernie Holmes and former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Harvey Martin, who both had retired at that point, were also in the match.

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  • Ravens' Harbaugh: Eugene Monroe decision was '100 percent football'

    Frank Schwab at Frank Schwab for Shutdown Corner 13 days ago

    It was all just a big coincidence, really.

    When Eugene Monroe tweeted his dissatisfaction over the Baltimore Ravens distancing themselves from his cause, of pushing the NFL to let players use marijuana as a painkiller instead of more dangerous drugs, it just happened that the Ravens had already planned to cut the tackle. The team simply figured out, in the middle of June, that Monroe had an injury history. And the Ravens must have realized, almost two months after drafting Ronnie Stanley, that Monroe wasn’t needed anymore. And then the Ravens just had to dump him by the artificial deadline of Wednesday, not waiting any longer on trade talks.

    A big coincidence, you see. Just ask Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

    “Football circumstances changed, from the end of the season until now,” Harbaugh said. “Football circumstances. 100 percent football circumstances. That’s it. That’s all it ever was.”

    Of course. Football circumstances. Nothing more to it.

    So there’s nothing more to the story of why Monroe was cut. Just football circumstances, 100 percent.

  • Harbaugh: Eugene Monroe decision was '100 percent football'

    Frank Schwab at Frank Schwab for Shutdown Corner 13 days ago

    It was all just a big coincidence, really.

    When Eugene Monroe tweeted his dissatisfaction over the Baltimore Ravens distancing themselves from his cause, of pushing the NFL to let players use marijuana as a painkiller instead of more dangerous drugs, it just happened that the Ravens had already planned to cut the tackle. The team simply figured out, in the middle of June, that Monroe had an injury history. And the Ravens must have realized, almost two months after drafting Ronnie Stanley, that Monroe wasn’t needed anymore. And then the Ravens just had to dump him by the artificial deadline of Wednesday, not waiting any longer on trade talks.

    A big coincidence, you see. Just ask Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

    “Football circumstances changed, from the end of the season until now,” Harbaugh said. “Football circumstances. 100 percent football circumstances. That’s it. That’s all it ever was.”

    Of course. Football circumstances. Nothing more to it.

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  • Kim Kardashian on rumor that father held O.J. murder weapon

    Frank Schwab at Frank Schwab for Shutdown Corner 13 days ago

    For some reason the summer of 2016 has become the summer of reliving a 22-year-old murder case involving former NFL star O.J. Simpson. There was an FX drama and then an ESPN documentary about Simpson and the case, shows that spanned more than 15 hours combined.

    While some are suffering from O.J. fatigue at this point, there are plenty of people who are still as into the trial as they were in the mid-90s. And that’s how we got to the point where model, reality television star and generally famous person Kim Kardashian broke some news on the Simpson case.

    But in a GQ interview (and here’s where I’d link to the story but be warned, there are NSFW photos in it … OK, proceed), Kim Kardashian says she looked through the Louis Vuitton bag allegedly belonging to Simpson that brought home by her father (who died in 2003) and there was no weapon.

    And nothing in it?

    If you were wondering, Kardashian also told GQ that she liked the FX series but there were certain inaccuracies in it.

    Oh.

  • Some in China believe the Buffalo Bills won the Stanley Cup

    Frank Schwab at Frank Schwab for Shutdown Corner 13 days ago

    The Buffalo Bills’ chase for a Super Bowl championship continues, but if it’s any consolation, some folks in China think the Bills won the most famous trophy in sports: The Stanley Cup.

    Matthew Coller, a producer at WGR 550 in Buffalo, posted a picture of the funniest banner you’ll see:

    My friend just bought this from China pic.twitter.com/eJWXaMTk9H

    — Matthew Coller (@MatthewWGR) June 16, 2016

    What? Why? Huh?

    There’s so much that makes it funny. Like, the Bills’ football helmets on a hockey banner. There isn’t an obvious mix-up because of the city involved, like if someone produced a Pittsburgh Steelers Stanley Cup banner after the Penguins won. The Buffalo Sabres have never won the Stanley Cup and haven’t even been in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1999 (yeah, it has been a rough run for the Buffalo fans). It’s not even like there’s some Los Angeles Kings/Sacramento Kings mix-up. It’s just random.

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  • Josh Norman gets a new agent, set to visit Redskins

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    Players often change agents, but not many do so less than 24 hours after a team rescinds a franchise tag worth $14 million and tells them to hit the bricks.

    Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman has been fairly quiet since the team surprisingly took back the franchise tag and made Norman, an All-Pro last season, an unrestricted free agent. But by the simple action of changing agents, Norman seemed to be saying he wasn't entirely pleased with how everything went down.

    One of those franchises is the Washington Redskins, the NFL Network reported:

    Source: Free agent CB Josh Norman has a visit to the #Redskins tomorrow. They get first crack

    The agent change adds another layer of confusion over why the situation got to this point between the Panthers and Norman.

    But yet again, it doesn't make a lot of sense why that couldn't happen in Carolina.

    More on Panthers-Norman breakup

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  • Five reasons the Panthers screwed up in dumping Josh Norman

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    Dave Gettleman of the Carolina Panthers is a very good general manager. Even good general managers make mistakes.

    That's what rescinding cornerback Josh Norman's franchise tag looks like. That news shocked the NFL on Wednesday. It's incredibly rare. The Philadelphia Eagles did it twice, in 2002 with linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and in 2005 with defensive tackle Corey Simon. Now it has happened with Norman. Teams are already interested in Norman with the San Francisco 49ers emerging as an early favorite to land the surprise free agent, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported.

    None of this makes sense on the surface. This is one of those, "There must be more to the story" stories, but nobody is talking yet. It's a strange move, and a mistake by one of the league's best GMs. Here are five reasons why it looks like the Panthers messed up:

    The Panthers lost a really good player

    2016 NFL draft

  • Here's why the Eagles' QB insanity could end up being brilliant

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    Say this, amid the "What are the Philadelphia Eagles doing???" questions after their big trade on Wednesday: If what they're doing works, they won't be the last team to try.

    Before the Eagles, nobody has gone all-in on the idea that if you throw multiple expensive players at the quarterback position and one sticks, you win. Not to this extreme, at least. In the past couple months, the Eagles have invested $18 million a year in Sam Bradford, $7 million a year in Chase Daniel, and five picks (including two firsts) to move up to No. 2 to draft Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, whoever is left for them after the Los Angeles Rams pick.

    However, if you assume the Eagles planned all this (Yahoo's Charles Robinson said the Eagles' thinking was " loading up with as many starting-quality candidates as possible and hoping for one to rise") , it's not the most illogical plan ever hatched.

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  • Will DeMarcus Lawrence's suspension affect Cowboys' draft plans?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is facing a four-game suspension, the Dallas Morning News said, and it'll be interesting to see if that affects Dallas' draft plans.

    Lawrence, a talented player who had eight sacks last year in his second NFL season, violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He'll join fellow defensive end Randy Gregory on the suspended list for the first four games of the season.

    Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa will likely be available with the fourth pick, which the Cowboys own. This seems like much more relevant information now that we know of Lawrence's suspension.

    If the Cowboys think the two players are close, maybe they'll have to go with Bosa (who is a fine prospect, our Greg Cosell had an in-depth breakdown of him here). Lawrence's suspension is just another variable in what is developing into a crazy draft.

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  • Le'Veon Bell finds humor in getting 'random' drug test on 4/20

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    If you're unaware, 420 is a big thing in the world of those who like to smoke marijuana.

    Nobody seems to know the actual origin of that, although it could be traced back to some high school students in the 1970s. But 4:20 is a time when some folks like to partake and April 20 has turned into a holiday of sorts. 4/20, you know.

    It's likely you knew all of that already, and we should presume the NFL knows about it too. So Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell put this all together in his mind when he says he was asked to submit to a random drug test on Wednesday.

    of course I get a "random" drug test on 4/20...good luck with that sample

    Bell has a history. He was arrested in August 2014 on DUI and marijuana possession charges and suspended by the NFL for two games to start the 2015 season, though that was reduced to two games.

    no worries this way https://t.co/J1DXXf2bIc

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