Jay Busbee

  • The Redskins are a trainwreck that keeps on piling up (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

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    Oh, Washington Redskins fans, have we got a treat for you. New Washington Post columnist Jerry Brewer joins us on the podcast, and man, does he bring the heat ... a nice, tight spiral right on its target, which is a lot more than you can say for any Redskins quarterback of the last few years. Brewer brings us details on:

    • How Robert Griffin III sowed the seeds of his own failure, and why he might not have an easier time anywhere else;

    • How head coach Jay Gruden is now on the hook for no matter what happens next in D.C.;

    • How new QB Kirk Cousins might be the only guy to come out of this whole mess looking halfway decent;

    • How owner Dan Snyder resembles a "snake in the grass," and continues to cause problems for his own team; and

    • How this team might, might , just have a bit of hope in the years ahead.

    [Music by Chris Salmon and Tobin Summerfield]

  • Los Angeles kicks off bid to host 2024 Olympics

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 10 hrs ago

    The city of Los Angeles hasbegun its campaign to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously, 15-0, in support of the city's attempt to join other locales hoping to host the Games. While light on specifics, an announcement highlighting the city's plans did note that Los Angeles is planning to have 85 percent of proposed venues already in place or planned, and will have five primary venue clusters within 30 minutes of the proposed Athletes' Village. Los Angeles already boasts numerous arenas and stadiums in its immediate vicinity, with more potentially on the way as the city seeks to attract an NFL team.

    The United States Olympic Committee has formally endorsed Los Angeles' candidacy, which means the city will likely be in competition with Rome; Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary. Los Angeles's plan calls for a $6 billion Games, a far cry from more extravagant expenditures like those of 2008 Beijing and 2014 Sochi.

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  • Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka arrested, charged in 1983 death of girlfriend

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 11 hrs ago

    Former professional wrestling superstar Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughterin the 1983 death of his girlfriend.

    The Lehigh County (Pa.) district attorney's office reopened the long-dormant case last year after The Morning Call investigated the death of Nancy Argentino in a Whitehall Township motel. The newspaper's report included a never-before-published autopsy labeling the death a homicide.

    Snuka, 72, was arrested at his home in New Jersey Tuesday morning, according to The Morning Call. Bail has been set at $100,000.

    Snuka has been living in Waterford Township, N.J. His wife announced last month that he now suffers from stomach cancer.

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

  • Super Bowl Media Day will become 'Super Bowl Opening Night'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    At long last, the NFL has altered a longstanding tradition to properly recognize the true heroes of professional football:

    The media.

    Ahahaha! Kidding! For those of you who aren't already rushing to the comments below, here's the deal: the NFL is moving its Super Bowl Media Day, home of "wacky" costumed "media" and "outrageous" questions, from its traditional Tuesday slot to Monday night.

    At "Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled By Gatorade," the teams will gather at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. to speak for an hour apiece starting at 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. And by "speak," we mean "stand in front of hordes (see picture) and answer a. routine questions about how excited they are to be here or b. pointless morning-zoo attempts at gotcha humor. Fans will pay "less than $30" to get in, and will get a gift bag that includes a radio to listen in to all the festivities.

    Excited? Don't answer yet, because you could either see Marshawn Lynch not talk:

    Or you could see Rob Gronkowski try to sing:

  • John Harbaugh knows plenty of words that start with F

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Ravens head coach John Harbaugh got a bit mouthy with Redskins head coach Jay Gruden during Saturday's preseason game, jawing in the wake of Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson's body-slam of receiver Kamar Aiken. What did Harbaugh say to Gruden? We're not quite sure, but reading lips, it sure seemed like there was at least one f-bomb in there. Not so, Harbaugh insists.

    "For all those lip readers out there that want to write headlines about what was said, there's more than one word to the English language that begins with F," Harbaugh said. "I really make it a point in life to not use that word as much as possible. I'm not batting 1.000. I always remember when I say that. So, maybe it was fight . Is that plausible? Maybe it was football . But I'm going to say that I'm 99.99 percent certain it wasn't the word that it was reported to be. Just for the record."

  • Compton 'Country Club': The birthplace of Serena Williams' rise to stardom

    Jay Busbee at Yahoo Sports 16 hrs ago

    The majesty of Roland Garros. The manicured lawns of Wimbledon. The bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Williams sisters have owned these courts and so many more. But all their many travels trace back to one court – one cracked, black-topped, wire-netted court at the corner of Compton Boulevard and Lime Avenue in Compton, Calif.

    It's been a quarter-century since Richard Williams brought his two young daughters to this court. Back then, needles littered the ground and gangbangers lurked along the baselines. Now, with Serena, having won her opening-round match on Monday in the U.S. Open, on the cusp of becoming just the fourth woman ever to complete the Grand Slam, it's worth considering what she left behind, and what stays with her to this day.

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    During these days, James Pyles taught math at Morningside High School in nearby Inglewood. He also coached tennis on the side, and under his tutelage Morningside, one of the few minority tennis teams in the area, hung with established powers from the tony areas of Beverly Hills, Palos Verdes and Santa Monica.

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  • Why is Major League Baseball waiting to address fan safety?

    Jay Busbee at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    You see the signs: BE ALERT, FOUL BALLS AND BATS ENTER THE STANDS AT HIGH SPEED. They're printed all over ballparks, even the back of your tickets. And yet injuries are unavoidable ... right? Is there a way we could make ballparks safer to avoid a catastrophic accident? Absolutely, say Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee. Watch the video above for more detail, and decide where you fall on the safety scale. Heads up.

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  • Should colleges fine players? (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 4 days ago

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    It's Friday, and that means it's time for us here at Grandstand to turn on the mikes and let brilliance, or whatever passes for it, spill forth. Five questions, five sets of answers of varying degrees of clarity. Today, we cover:

    • Should college players be fined for missing class, having a dirty locker, et cetera? And if such fines were in place when we were in school, how many thousands would we be in debt?

    • In light of the coach who got himself tased for motivation, what's the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen a coach do to fire up a team?

    • What's the best cut of steak?

  • Can Ohio State repeat as national champions? (video)

    Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    The Ohio State University comes into 2015 on a wave of hype like no other team ever, but will it last? Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee discuss the Buckeyes' chances for a repeat, plus a quick look at who the four college football playoff teams will be. Enjoy, and have your say in the comments below.

    This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series, in which Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk kick around every topic in sports. Check outthe Grandstanding podcast, where we dive deeper into the day's big stories, and find us on Twitter (@kevinkaduk and@jaybusbee) Facebook (Kaduk here, Busbee here) or via the hashtag #grandstanding. Thanks for checking it out!

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

  • Joey Harrington on why college athletes shouldn't be paid (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

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    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

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    And keep up with Jay over on Facebook, too.