- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Dr. Dre apparently didn't remember that people in Seattle buy headphones, too.
The "Beats by Dre" line of headphones added 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as an endorser. Finding an athlete to endorse the high-end headphones can't be tough, considering they seem to be a part of every league's dress code at this point.
Kaepernick's ad shows him on the team bus headed to a stadium, obviously supposed to be in Seattle. The ad shows the Seattle skyline and the fans are wearing Seahawks colors, so it's not hard to figure out. And the fans scream at him, throw things at the bus, and seem to be ready to assault him when he walks off. There's a few middle fingers thrown his way in the extended version, which you can check out here. Kaepernick puts on his headphones and totally drowns out the unruly mob.
The commercial is obviously way over the top, but you can see why Seattle fans would be mad at Dr. Dre, who was once one of the top names in hip hop before becoming a headphones mogul.
Sales in Seattle might not do so well after this.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has a few verbal crutches. You cover a man for six years, you get to know them well.
"Setback" is a favorite of his. "Anytime" prefaces a lot of his sentences. He did it five times on Wednesday. One of his other favorites that amused the Broncos media corps for a long time when he was coaching in Denver was when he'd start an answer with "to be honest with you."
"To be honest with you," Shanahan said on Wednesday, discussing benching quarterback Robert Griffin III for Kirk Cousins, "as I’ve stated before, I wanted to give Robert as many reps as he possibly could have."
That was always a humorous one, because what did it mean the rest of the time when he didn't say it?
On Wednesday he had a good punch line when answering one of many questions on the Redskins' quarterback situation.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
After Week 9, the Detroit Lions were in great shape to win the NFC North crown.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone that week. The 5-3 Lions were on a bye, then went and beat the Chicago Bears a week later.
After Week 9, the Baltimore Ravens were 3-5 following a loss to the Cleveland Browns. The offense was an absolute mess. The Super Bowl champs were struggling badly, and seemed irrelevant to the 2013 season.
It's Week 15 and both teams are in the middle of a tight playoff race. That's a positive for one of them.
The Lions have lost three of four since that win against the Bears seemed to put them on a fast track to the North title. They're 7-6, tied with the Bears and just a half game clear of the Packers, with the possibility of Rodgers' return hanging over the division race. Detroit isn't a franchise known for success, and they seem insistent on making the road to the division title much tougher than it should be. Now they have to deal with a tough Ravens team and don't know yet if running back Reggie Bush, who injured himself in snowy pregame warm-ups last week, will be available.
Packers fans, fantasy football playoff survivors and anyone who loves high quality NFL football are looking for any smoke signal from Lambeau Field regarding Aaron Rodgers' health.
He's practicing last week? Good sign, especially with the Packers staying in the playoff hunt. He said Tuesday he was experiencing pain in his broken collarbone? Well, that's bad.
But Packers tight end Andrew Quarless has brought a glimmer of hope to all, even though he's likely to get chewed out by the tight-lipped coaching staff for it.
Quarless let it slip that Rodgers took some snaps with the starting offense in Wednesday's practice.
"Oh man, 12 looked real good today," Quarless said after practice, according to ESPN.com. "It was good to see him out there really working with the offense. He was out there before but wasn't working as much with the offense. But today he took some offensive reps, which is a great thing for the team, definitely."
Nobody should be surprised that the Miami Dolphins reportedly plan to trade offensive tackle Jonathan Martin this offseason.
It also would be no surprise if Richie Incognito never played for the Dolphins again.
Really, that's seems to be the only way this saga can play out. Even if you believe if Martin is the victim of constant harassment in the Dolphins' locker room, it would be uncomfortable and a major distraction if he returned next season. It would be an even bigger circus if Incognito returned to the Dolphins this season with the team in the playoff hunt.
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reported that both men won't play again for the Dolphins. On Martin, who is on the non-football injury list and not eligible to return this season, Salguero reported he'll be traded:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The San Francisco 49ers haven't even closed down Candlestick Park, but they are adding marquee events to their new stadium.
Super Bowl L will be at Levi's Stadium. And WrestleMania 31, on March 29, 2015, will be coming to the Bay Area too. That was announced this week at a press conference.
Count 49ers tight end Vernon Davis among those excited for the WWE to come to town.
Davis represented the 49ers at the WrestleMania press conference. He wondered where his theme music was, name dropped WWE stars Sheamus and Booker T. And he had an offer for WWE head Vince McMahon.
"If he needs a bodyguard, he can call me," Davis said.
Come to think of it, Davis would make a pretty good wrestler when he's done with the NFL. He already has the physical freak aspect of it down.
Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks not happy to get grabbed in the privates on fumble recovery (Video)Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
A lot happens at the bottom of the pile in a NFL game, but that doesn't excuse everything.
Steelers center Cody Wallace crossed a line on Sunday. When Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks was on the ground recovering a fumble in the second quarter – which isn't good for Pittsburgh but shouldn't cause anyone to retaliate, considering it's part of Starks' job – Wallace reacted by jamming his left hand into Starks' crotch.
You can see it in the video above, and also see Starks understandably react angrily after it happens.
Starks told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he wants to see Wallace fined for his actions.
“I’ve heard of stuff like that happening. This is the first time it has happened to me,” Starks, who is in his 10th season, told the Sun-Sentinel. “If I knew exactly who that was at the time I probably would have been thrown out [the game]. It’s a good thing I didn’t.
The Washington Redskins lead the league in drama over the past couple weeks, and Mike Shanahan will invite in some more in the form of a controversial quarterback move.
Kirk Cousins will start over Robert Griffin III at quarterback. The Washington Post said the plan to start Cousins was "tentative." Fox Sports reported that Griffin had a chance to state his case and change Shanahan's mind. Because, sure. Only with the Redskins.
Shanahan brought up the possibility on Monday when asked, and said if Griffin were to sit down it would be for health reasons. He has taken a lot of hits in the past few weeks, and Shanahan said he wanted to make sure Griffin gets through the season healthy so he has a full offseason to work on his game. Shanahan had said if Cousins starts this week, then Griffin would be shut down for the rest of the season.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
On the first day of the NFL season, Peyton Manning threw seven touchdowns against the Ravens.
He became the NFL MVP favorite that day, and there hasn't been a moment since when he hasn't led the field in that race.
But I get it. It's boring to repeat the same thing for four months. It doesn't draw any attention to yourself to state the obvious. So we have this ridiculous "debate" brewing that anyone but Manning could be the MVP this season. It's maddening to anyone who understands logic.
Manning has 45 touchdowns, already tied for fifth most in NFL history with three games to go. You know who has 44 touchdowns this season? Tom Brady and Russell Wilson combined. Manning also has 400 more passing yards than anyone in the NFL. Saying he shouldn't win the MVP is like predicting the sky will be pink tomorrow. Bet on the sky being blue – you'll probably be right.
Yet, there are those who want to stand out in the crowd. Those arguing for anyone but Manning for MVP generally fall under one of these categories:
1. The illogical homer
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
This weekend marked the beginning of a funny ritual in the NFL.
When the calendar gets to December, players will go out in short sleeves in below-zero temperatures and tell everyone who will listen they're not cold and they're not intimidated by the weather, like everyone will be fooled into thinking that minus-12 wind chill isn't cold.
It's cold. We all know. And it makes playing football very difficult.
At kickoff of Monday night's game in Chicago, the temperature was 9 degrees with a wind chill of minus-8. It got so cold that ESPN found equipment managers holding water bottles up to the sideline heaters because the water inside was freezing up. During one timeout, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo didn't stop to talk to the coaches, he went right to the heater, pushing teammates out of the way like George Costanza fleeing a fire.