- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner38 mins ago
Time for the Legion of Boom to start getting fitted for tuxes. In the moments after Sunday's dramatic 26-20 win over Denver, Seattle cornerback Deshawn Shead knelt down on the 50-yard-line and proposed to his girlfriend, Jessica Martinez.
Seahawks cb Deshawn Shead proposing on the field after Seahawks beat Denver. pic.twitter.com/HBbr6O0waC
Fortunately, she said yes. Best part of that photo? Richard Sherman grinning in the background.
Congratulations to the happy couple. Makes a good day at the office even better for Shead.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
It was a tough day for all the St. Louis Rams, who lost to the Dallas Cowboys, even after posting a three-touchdown lead. But tight end Jared Cook had it tougher than most, and it was all of his own doing.
On the sideline, cameras caught Cook shoving quarterback Austin Davis and getting confronted by his teammates. After the game, Cook calmed down in a hurry and took responsibility for his actions, saying he'd made up with Davis.
"I was heated, like anybody else," Cook said. "I feel like I let this game slip through my hands and that's my fault as a man."
Cook may be placing a bit too much blame on himself, but there's no doubt that the ball, at least, slipped through his hands:
Later, Cook took to Twitter to apologize:
My actions from today's game were truly a mistake - unintentional and in the heat of the moment. (continued)
There is never an excuse for unsportsmanlike conduct and I apologize to everyone. (continued)
I want to thank my teammates again, Austin Davis and William Hayes for their support on the sideline- the Rams organization and (continued)
Especially to all of our fans for whom we fight so hard for your love and continued support.Sun, Sep 21Dallas34 - 31St. LouisGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
What's in a name? All the points, if you're talking Raiders-Patriots and your last name ends in -kowski.
Every single point in New England's 16-9 victory against Oakland was scored by a proud player of Polish descent. Credit goes to SB Nation for spotting this one:
Yep, Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski, and Sebastian Janikowski combined to score all the points, both in the end zone and through the uprights, in this week's game. Weird, huh?
Only way to make this better? If one of these two teams had fielded Steelers backup QB Bruce Gradkowski and pulled Chris and Dan Gronkowski out of retirement. Don't laugh, a squad of motivated -kowskis could probably beat your fantasy team.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
There's a level of decorum — call it respect, call it deference, call it what you will — that exists between the Washington Redskins and established sports media. Oh, sure, many outlets and commentators have said they will no longer be using the "Redskins" name because of concerns about its racial nature. But the media and the team still need each other, and so there are lines that the NFL media won't cross.
"South Park" is not part of the NFL media. Neither is "The Daily Show." And as such, that gives them plenty of latitude to make jokes at the expense of the NFL that more closely-connected media can't.
Start with the season premiere of "South Park"'s 18th season, above. It takes the Redskins' loss of trademark rights and twists it into a not-so-subtle commentary on the way that a name might not be the innocent "honorable tribute" that some would like it to be.Sun, Sep 21Washington34 - 37PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
In the course of the San Francisco 49ers' meltdown against the Chicago Bears last Sunday night, Colin Kaepernick drew a flag for "inappropriate language." Kaepernick denied saying anything wrongto defensive end Lamarr Houston, but side judge Laird Hayes countered that Kaepernick "knows what he said."
Now, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting that referees said Kaepernick used the n-word. Kaepernick has denied using the word, and is appealing the $11,025 fine that accompanied the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
After Sunday's loss to Arizona, the mood in the San Francisco locker room was tense, and Kaepernick did not waver from his denial of his use of the word. Here's a transcript of the news conference:
Q: There is a report today that you said a racial slur in the Bears’ game and that’s why you were penalized and fined. What’s your reaction to that?Mon, Sep 225:30 PM PDTChicago at NY JetsPreview Game
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On Friday afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ended more than a week of silence by holding a tense, slightly contentious news conference. Topics included the NFL's missteps in handling the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, the league's new domestic violence and personal conduct policies, Goodell's own status as commissioner, and future oversight of the NFL and its players.
Initial consensus was that Goodell's performance was rehearsed more than sincere, empty more than meaningful. And the NFL's players delighted in Goodell's visible struggles.
Boo this man... 👻
This press conference is pointless
This dude is up here telling lies.. It's unbelievable.
Many players, past and present, zeroed in on the double standard between Goodell's "I made a mistake" excusing of his own actions and his zero-tolerance "ignorance is no excuse" approach to disciplining others:
I know some people that got it wrong and don't have a job anymore. Does this mean it's ok to get it wrong? You gain 0 yards on an inc pass!
What Roger just said is the exact same thing that players say when they make a mistake and plead their case
As the NFL's image crisis continues to spiral and the league itself remains silent, the White House has now stepped into the fray.
The White House is in the midst of rolling out a campaign entitled"It's On Us" designed to promote awareness of sexual assault on college campuses, and has long pursued similiar initiatives of acceptance and tolerance. As such, the White House is taking a particular interest in the way the NFL has cratered over the last two weeks, and a senior administration official has caled the situation "really deeply troubling."
"The NFL has an obligation not only to their fans but to the American people to properly discipline anyone involved in domestic violence or child abuse and more broadly, gain control of the situation," the official said,according to CBS News.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
The NFL's ongoing struggles have put every single player in the spotlight, each one a de facto representative of the league and its policies. Some, like Tom Brady, have shrugged their shoulders and declined to speak about anything other than X's and O's. Others have addressed the questions of domestic violence and the league's image head-on.
Yes, it's fallen to Eli Manning to go where Brady refused to tread. (You can write your own Super Bowl-related jokes here.) At Wednesday's Giants media session, Manning was asked about the league's current problems with domestic violence, alleged child abuse, and other crises.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
Peyton Manning is probably the most oft-interviewed NFL player in the game, and it's because he's a good, thoughtful quote no matter what the subject. Peter King took on the challenge of asking Manning questions he'd never been asked, and the result was an interesting and far-ranging, though not particularly controversial, Q&A in King's MMQB.
Best moment: Manning, who owns interest in Papa John's franchises, drops a broad reference to Colorado's new legalized-marijuana laws: "There’s some different laws out here in Colorado," Manning said, answering a question about his political awareness. "Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes." Why, Peyton, WHATEVER COULD YOU MEAN?