Frank Schwab

  • You're out of your element Aaron! Rodgers rocks 'The Big Lebowski' sweater

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    WARNING: In the following post I will desperately try to squeeze in a lot of jokes you will not get if you haven’t seen “The Big Lebowski,” the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult hit that is also the funniest movie ever made. And if you haven’t seen the movie … what are you thinking?

    Aaron Rodgers wins. Cam Newton can dress like Willy Wonka or whatever he has planned this weekend and it will not beat Rodgers – or Aaroner, or El Aaronerino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing – coming to his postgame press conference wearing the same sweater as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”

    There’s a Green Bay Packers quarterback I want to tell you about. Quarterback by the name of Aaron Rodgers. Now this here story I’m about to unfold took place on Thursday night, just after the time the Packers won their conflict with John Fox and the Bears. I only mention it because sometimes there’s a quarterback … I won’t say a hero, because, what’s a hero? But sometimes there’s a quarterback – and I’m talking about Aaron Rodgers here – sometimes there’s a quarterback, well, he’s the quarterback for his time and place.

    The quarterback abides.

    Shomer Shabbos!

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  • NFL against the spread picks: Finally a great matchup in prime time

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    I still believe the Arizona Cardinals are a good team. I think the Seattle Seahawks have the potential to be a great team, yet again.

    Finally, a good prime-time matchup.

    The NFL’s prime-time television ratings are down and we can blame a thousand reasons, but the most important is that the prime-time matchups haven’t been good. In other words: Chicago Bears, please quit ruining our night games. The one on “Sunday Night Football” this week should be our best one so far this year. It could be one of the best games all season.

    The 3-3 Cardinals are slowly digging out of a 1-3 hole, and their season will take a big turn on Sunday. A 4-3 record with a win in hand against the best team in the NFC West would be a lot different than 3-4 and trailing the Seahawks by three in the loss column.

    I think the Cardinals take a big step and get a win on Sunday. The Seahawks might be the better team, but the Cardinals have the urgency and they’re at home. Either way, let’s just get one great prime-time game this season, OK?

    Here are the rest of the Week 7 against the spread picks:


    And here are the rest of the picks:

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  • More NFL missteps in Josh Brown case? Sheriff blasts league for investigation

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    When more information was released in the Josh Brown case this week, including admissions by Brown that he abused his ex-wife, the New York Giants and National Football League said they did not know about it. The Giants left Brown home from a road game in London after the latest information became public.

    The NFL specifically said it tried to request the information from the King County Sheriff’s Office and was denied. Technically, that’s true, Sheriff John Urquhart said. But, with the NFL placing the public blame on his office, he shot back at the league for its investigative work.

    Urquhart said that his office did get an email from Rob Agnew requesting documents. The message was from a Comcast email address. The sheriff’s office didn’t know Agnew was a security representative for the NFL in Seattle, because Agnew never told them.

    “’NFL, National Football League,’ he could have (said) any of that,” Urquhart told KIRO. “Robert Agnew,, post office box in Woodinville. We had no idea who this yokel is.”

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  • We've all been misspelling Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka's name for years

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago

    Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka is fairly well-known by NFL fans. He’s owned in 61 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues. He has kicked in 106 regular-season games and appeared in two Super Bowls. And Hauschka is one of the NFL’s best, hitting 87 percent of his career field-goal attempts.

    He’s not Russell Wilson, but Hauschka is relatively famous.

    And in one of the weirder NFL stories you’ll find, it turns out we’ve all been misspelling his name this entire time. He never bothered to get it fixed.

    Wait, so all these years … ? Yep. Steven Hauschka is actually Stephen Hauschka.

    Hauschka told Condotta that it dated back to when he enrolled at N.C. State in 2007 for his final college season, after spending the first part of his college career at Division III Middlebury (Vt.) College. N.C. State misspelled his first name. Hauschka didn’t want to make a scene.

    “I never really said anything about it,’’ Stephen not Steven Hauschka said. “I was like the third kicker on the roster, the fourth kicker, when I started out. So I didn’t want to say anything. I didn’t want to be a pain.’’

    “It’s my stage name,” Hauschka told Condotta. “Leave it that way.”

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  • Giants leave kicker Josh Brown home amid controversy; Robbie Gould on way to London

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    The New York Giants decided on Thursday to leave kicker Josh Brown at home instead of bringing him to London for their game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

    Given new details from recently released documents regarding Brown’s case, in which Brown admitted to domestic violence against his ex-wife Molly, the Giants decided Brown will not make the trip. The team said it will revisit the situation next week.

    [Read Shalise Manza Young’s analysis of the missteps made by the Giants and the NFL in Brown’s domestic violence case.]

    Here is the team’s full statement:

    “Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London.

    “In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London.

    “We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts.”

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  • Joe Flacco misses another practice as status for Sunday gets cloudier

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    We know that Geno Smith will be starting for the New York Jets against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. We just don’t know who will start at quarterback for the Ravens.

    Joe Flacco missed his second straight day of practice Thursday. Perhaps Flacco practices on Friday and is good to go for Sunday, but it’s no sure thing after a second straight missed practice. He has a right shoulder injury.

    Quarterbacks rarely miss a full week of practice and then play, though Flacco is a veteran and could do it. But the injury must be pretty significant if it caused the durable Flacco to miss two practices. The injury is to Flacco’s throwing shoulder, which likely complicates the situation. Ryan Mallett would start if Flacco can’t go.

    The Ravens haven’t expressed any concern about Flacco’s status for Sunday yet. The only games Flacco has missed in his NFL career came late last season after he tore his ACL.

    Flacco still has a couple days to heal. The Ravens don’t want to try to snap their three-game losing streak without him.

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  • Steelers want NFL to investigate Ndamukong Suh kicking Ben Roethlisberger

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 23 hrs ago

    Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won’t get the benefit of the doubt from many people when it comes to a dirty play.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers were not happy over a play last week in which Suh appeared to kick their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

    The play happened in the fourth quarter, long after Roethlisberger tore the meniscus in his left knee (that injury will keep him out an estimated four-to-six weeks). Suh was being blocked, and he stuck his right leg out and kicked Roethlisberger in the quarterback’s right leg. It’s hard to judge intent, but the Steelers have filed a complaint and asked the NFL to look into the play, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.


    “I’m not sure what he was thinking,” Steelers guard David DeCastro told the Post-Gazette. “You’d have to ask him what he was thinking. I heard Ben saying ‘He kicked me,’ but I didn’t really see it until we watched the film.”

    This could just be another accusation against Suh and the NFL will find he did nothing wrong. But Suh’s reputation won’t be helped by this latest play.

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  • Browns aren't happy Titans player is gloating about hit that injured their teammate

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It’s rare that someone brags about injuring another player in the NFL, especially from an illegal hit.

    That’s why the Cleveland Browns are not happy with Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews.

    Andrews hit Browns safety Jordan Poyer in Sunday’s game on a punt return. It was an illegal hit – flagged 15 yards for a blindside block. Poyer suffered a lacerated kidney and was put on injured reserve.

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    It doesn’t seem like anything to gloat about, but Andrews put the video of the hit on his Instagram page, which is private. The post had the caption “Relentless,” according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. And he didn’t seem too sympathetic on Twitter.

    Buddy posted the hit to his Social Media page? ????????????????????

    — Jordan poyer (@J_Poy33) October 18, 2016

    Browns coach Hue Jackson said Andrews crossed a line.

  • Roger Goodell has reasons for TV ratings drop: 'We don't think we've lost viewers'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The biggest subject of the NFL’s first six weeks might not be the Dallas Cowboys’ great start or Matt Ryan’s unlikely resurgence or the league’s return to Los Angeles.

    It’s probably the dip in television ratings.

    Some of it is an overreaction. Ratings are down, but the NFL still pulls in television ratings that blow away every other sports league. The ratings had to reach an apex and drop at some point, especially with the way people consume media in a more diverse way. The NFL is a prisoner of its own success in the television ratings debate.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t sound freaked out.

    One thing Goodell refused to cite as a reason was the national anthem protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others.

    “We don’t think that’s a factor and neither do our network partners,” Goodell said, according to USA Today.

    “That undoubtedly will come up,” Goodell said.

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  • Can Steelers survive Ben Roethlisberger's four-to-six week injury absence?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have 10 games left, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might miss half of them.

    Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports the timetable on Roethlisberger’s return from a knee injury is four-to-six weeks. That’s longer than the initial pre-surgery estimate of two-to-three weeks. Roethlisberger is notoriously tough so perhaps he beats the new timetable. But if he does miss six weeks, that puts a significant dent in the Steelers’ season.

    Here is Pittsburgh’s schedule the next six weeks:

    Week 7, vs. Patriots Week 8, Bye Week 9, at Ravens Week 10, vs. Cowboys Week 11, at Browns Week 12, at Colts

    The Steelers did go 2-2 in the four games Roethlisberger missed last season, but it wasn’t always pretty with Mike Vick and Landry Jones starting. Jones will be the starter this week against the Patriots, with Roethlisberger out. Zach Mettenberger will back him up.

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