- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Photoshop has made our lives easier. No longer do we have to imagine what some of the NFL's best quarterbacks would look like if male pattern baldness struck, because we have the visuals.
Mandatory.com had a fun idea. What would the NFL's best quarterbacks look like with no hair? While we all know Tom Brady won't lose his perfect head of hair, it's still fun to see what it would be like.
Go to Mandatory.com to see all of the top 10. Here's some more of our favorites (although they're all really good):
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Put yourself in the shoes of the Seattle Seahawks.
You won a huge showdown against the Saints on Monday night to improve to 11-1. You lead the Panthers and Saints (with the tiebreaker over both) by two games, and every other NFC division leader by four games. You lead the 49ers by three games in the NFC West, and your final three games are at the Giants, then home to the Cardinals and Rams. You'll be heavy favorites in each game.
So, what exactly is your motivation for this week's game against the 49ers?
The Seahawks are likely going to be the No. 1 seed regardless of what happens this week. Sure, beating a key rival would be nice, but is that enough?
Meanwhile the 49ers are coming into this game with a lot of motivation. They are just a game ahead of Arizona and the Eagles/Cowboys for the sixth seed in the NFC, and are trying to avenge a Week 2 loss at Seattle. The 49ers want to make a statement that they're a team to fear going into the playoffs.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
If the Texans wanted to bury the news about their starting quarterback, they certainly picked the right time to do it.
Less than an hour after announcing coach Gary Kubiak had been fired, owner Bob McNair said that Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback the rest of the season.
McNair: Case is going to be the quarterback, and we're going to give him a chance. He's shown flashes of brilliance & also rookie mistakes.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 6, 2013
It's an interesting commitment, maybe one that doesn't happen without Kubiak's firing.
As long as Kubiak was coaching and trying to save his job, there would have been the temptation to go with veteran Matt Schaub to win a game or two and save his job. Keenum has been pulled twice in the Texans' last four games. On Thursday night at Jacksonville, Schaub played pretty well of the bench and almost helped the Texans to a comeback win. A late interception sealed a 27-20 Houston loss.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
There was at least one memorable moment from the Texans-Jaguars game on Thursday night.
Before the fourth quarter, a Marine was shown on the video board at EverBank Field, and he dropped to one knee to propose to his girlfriend. His girlfriend was obviously surprised and put her hands over her mouth with a shocked look on her face. The Marine gave the crowd the thumbs up after she said yes.
The moment was shared by tens of thousands of people at the stadium, and then many more on television as the NFL Network showed it.
There aren't any details yet on the backstory of the engagement or the identity of the man or woman. Whoever they are, best of luck to them.
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Teddy Bridgewater was playing at Cincinnati on Thursday night as the Texans and Jaguars battled. But Bridgewater should have at least been getting some updates on the bench, since the NFL result might determine his professional future.
Bridgewater, the Louisville quarterback and No. 1 pick in most mock drafts, should probably start pricing houses in Houston.
Houston dropped a 27-20 game to Jacksonville, virtually assuring that the Jaguars, once 0-8 and seemingly a lock for the NFL's worst record, will not get the first pick. The Jaguars have won four games after that 0-8 start, and are two games better than Houston. Shockingly, the Jaguars are not mathematically eliminated for a playoff spot with three games to go.
The loss for the Texans, however, keeps them in the lead for the first pick of the draft. They're 2-11 now with three difficult games remaining.
The Case Keenum experiment for the Houston Texans might have ended, for all practical purposes, on Thursday night.
For the second time in Houston's last four games, Keenum was pulled for veteran Matt Schaub. The move came with 4:10 left in the third quarter and Houston trailing Jacksonville 24-10. Keenum was 16-of-29 for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Schaub went 6-of-7 for 76 yards and threw a touchdown on his first drive against the Jaguars, and played well for most of the second half. He completed 17-of-29 passes for 198 yards. But, with a little more than two minutes left, Schaub threw an interception that sealed a 27-20 loss.
Nelson Mandela, the great former South African president and anti-apartheid leader who died at age 95, was a sports fan.
He loved boxing. His support of the Springboks national rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup was immortalized in the movie "Invictus." He was instrumental in getting soccer's 2010 World Cup to come to South Africa.
Mandela even took in an American football game, attending a Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game in 1999. He sat with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in Jones' suite at old Texas Stadium.
Jones recalled to the Dallas Morning News that on the morning of Oct. 24, 1999 he got a call from his friend Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005, who told him he wanted to bring a friend to the game.
Adrian Peterson is an institution for the Minnesota Vikings, quickly becoming arguably the most recognizable figure in the history of the franchise. Yet, in a moment of honesty, Peterson said he has thought about the possibility of finishing his career in his home state of Texas, with the Dallas Cowboys.
"You know, I'd be a liar if I said it's something that hasn't crossed my mind before," Peterson said on ESPN Radio, via Fox Sports Southwest. "But I've also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I've always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston."
Minnesota fans probably don't love hearing that one.
Houston Texans fans are having a tough year.
The Texans' season began with high hopes but that washed away in a 10-game losing streak. They let their displeasure known a few weeks ago when they booed the home team so loudly that the offense had to go to a silent count.
The 2-10 Texans play an unpalatable game on Thursday night against the 3-9 Jaguars. It will be broadcast on KTRK-TV in Houston on Thursday night, pushing the popular ABC show "Scandal" back to 12:45 a.m. That's a problem to a few folks in Houston who would much rather watch the TV drama than see the Texans try for their 11th straight loss, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as the head of a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C. The Texans and KTRK might need their own crisis management specialists.
scandal > houston texans. good thing i’m not in htown
Almost every fan has some sort of superstition on game day.
Where they sit for the game, what they eat before or during the game, in-depth things like which lights are turned on or something simple like wearing a lucky shirt (or a lucky hat as Wisconsin hoops gets a big road win against Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge), it's all part of being a fan.
It's fun to know that players are superstitious too. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a lot to deal with during games, but he still takes time to employ his system for changing out his gum, depending on if that piece of gum has been working.
“I just depend on Wrigley’s Winterfresh chewing gum to get me through the adverse times in the game,” he said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “.... And in a given game, the superstition comes. You made a big play? Even if the gum is rock solid, you can’t take it out. You got to keep fighting through it. You may put another piece of gum in, but that’s that playmaking gum. But if you’re sucking, of course, you’ve got to toss that gum.”