Jay Busbee

  • Ray Rice wins appeal, eligible to play

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

     

    Ray Rice has won his appeal against the NFL and is eligible to play immediately:

    Ray Rice has won his appeal, per a league source.

    Rice had been suspended since Sept. 8 following the public disclosure of a videotape that showed Rice striking his then-fianceé in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice had been suspended for two games prior to the release of the videotape, but in the wake of public outrage — Rice knocked Janay Palmer unconscious with a punch — the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.

    The NFL maintained that it had not seen the incriminating videotape when commissioner Roger Goodell levied the two-game suspension this past summer.

    However, Rice argued that the NFL was in possession of all the facts of the case at the time of punishment, and that he was in effect being punished twice for the same offense. Rice appealed the NFL's decision at a hearing in early November, a hearing at which Goodell testified before arbitrator Barbara S. Jones, a former U.S. District court judge.

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  • 49ers CEO embarrassed by Seattle loss

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Every Thanksgiving, there's one dish on the table you stomach, year after year, with no pleasure whatsoever. Maybe it's corn pudding, or broccoli souffle, or pumpkin pie. You eat it, again and again, until one day you stop, because you realize that even though this dish might be tradition, it's still garbage.

    This Thanksgiving, that garbage dish is the San Francisco 49ers. A team many predicted to reach the Super Bowl this season looked as lost on Thanksgiving night as your grandmother on an XBox. The 49ers, less than two years removed from a Super Bowl, could manage only a field goal against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, who won 19-3. The performance was so bad that San Francisco's CEO apologized to the team's fans ... but we'll get to that in a moment.

    This is the kind of game that goes in personnel files, and not as a justification for a bonus.

    Team president Paraag Marathe was in the room for Harbaugh's postgame presser, which I've never seen before...

    York, the 49ers CEO, took to Twitter to apologize for the performance of his team: 

  • Should Marshawn Lynch have to talk to media? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A breakdown of whether Marshawn Lynch ought to be speaking to the media • A look at the amazing rookie wide receiver class, starting with Odell Beckham Jr. • A lightning round featuring questions about Thanksgiving, and ONLY Thanksgiving • A complete rundown of this week's Thanksgiving and Sunday games All this and more on the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...

    The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!

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  • Meet the 2016 Olympic mascots

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

    It's only been a few months since Sochi, but it's already time to turn our attention to the Rio Olympics in 2016. We begin with the introduction of the two mascots for both the Olympic and Paralympic games.

    Per Rio's website, the yellow fellow on the left is "a mixture of different Brazilian animals, blessed with their many qualities: the agility of the cats, the sway of the monkeys, the grace of the birds. With his keen sense of smell, he can sniff out exciting adventures. His incredible hearing allows him to find the most enthusiastic fans. He can imitate the voice of any animal." It's worth noting that "he would never use them to win a sporting competition. He knows that competing on equal terms is much cooler." Sure, HE does, but do all the Olympians?

    Here's a video on their creation:

    The Rio Olympics begin August 5, 2016. Start clearing your schedule now.

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  • Dolphins kicker attempts wild onside kick

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    It was late in Sunday's game against Denver, and the Miami Dolphins were desperate. They'd had the AFC champs on the ropes and had let them go. So kicker Caleb Sturgis tried something unusual with his onside kick attempt: a round-the-plant-leg kick known in soccer circles as a "rabona."

    It didn't work, unfortunately, which is a real shame because we love seeing anything new in the NFL. The rabona has a lot more use when the ball and defenders are in motion, since the rabona-er can use it to misdirect the defense pretty effectively. Check, for instance, this impressive goal by Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela, from last month:

    Don't be dismayed, Caleb. Try the rabona again.

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  • NFL names Katy Perry next Super Bowl halftime show act

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    The NFL has announced the halftime show act for this year's Super Bowl, and it's none other than the widely-rumored Katy Perry.

    Perry is the third female artist in the last four years to headline the show, following  Madonna in 2012 and Beyonce in 2013. (Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers ran the show last year.) It's a reasonable choice, as Perry can work a 110-million-person room with the best of them.

    The reason the NFL would ask for a donation? Halftime performers get an estimated $100 million in publicity for their performance, a captive audience like no other. Per ESPN's Darren Rovell, however:

    Katy Perry on College Gameday: "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."

    Anyway, now you know what you'll be either watching with your non-football friends or skipping to go reload your plate with nachos. And that's always useful information.

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  • Odell Beckham Jr. makes the greatest NFL catch ever

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Look, we know this is the Internet and we get a lot of grief about declaring something "GREATEST" or "BEST EVER" or "LEGENDARY" or whatever. Usually the criticism is justified. But we're going to roll with this anyway, and we dare you to defy us: Odell Beckham Jr. just made the greatest catch in NFL history .

    Not the most meaningful. Not the most important. But the flat-out best, most athletic catch ever.

    Beckham leaps, catches the ball with one hand, twists himself sideways, stays in bounds, and lands in the end zone. Simply flawless. But don't just take our word for it, listen to this Cowboys fan from Cleveland:

    Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!

    You're going to see that one forever. And it's going to be just as amazing every single time.

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  • Lion charges Pats' knees on last play

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Detroit didn't have much fun in New England, getting their manes handed to them 34-9. So you can understand why the Lions might be a little chippy. Add to that the fact that the Patriots poured on what could be construed as an unnecessary touchdown with under two minutes to play, and you get this:

    That's Lions center Dominic Raiola, diving at the knees of a Patriots defensive lineman (Zach Moore) on the final play of the game. The teams were in victory formation — or, in this case, surrender formation, since Detroit was down by 25 — and thus the Patriots weren't exactly prepared for the hit.

    Raiola didn't even try to disguise his intentions. "I cut him," Raiola said after the game. "We took a knee, so I cut the nose [tackle]. ... They went for a touchdown at 2 minutes. They could have took three knees and the game could have been over. It's football. He wants to keep playing football, let's play football. Not a big deal. It's football."

    Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was even more direct.

  • Could you kick a game-winning FG?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    ATLANTA - Cleveland's Billy Cundiff drilled a game-winning 37-yard field goal against Atlanta on Sunday afternoon, and if you were just watching the game on TV or checking your fantasy scores, you probably thought, "eh, no big, 37-yarder, pretty much a gimme, right?" For most NFL kickers, right.

    For you, though? No way on earth. Those 37 yards may as well be a mile, as far as most of the rest of us are concerned. Your intrepid Yahoo Sports reporter visited the field of play after the game was over, stepped over the bits of broken Falcon dreams, and walked out to where Cundiff set up to make his field goal. Here's what it looks like from that perspective:

    Yeah, no way you're making that. Here's a little live-action video just for further perspective:

    That's a flat-out terrifying prospect, and that doesn't even include the elements of 70,000 screaming fans, 11 opposing players looking to remove your leg from your torso, and the very real possibility that if you miss this field goal you'll be cut from the team and never make this much money again.

    Still think you can do it? Lace up. There's always room in the NFL for more kickers.

  • Cleveland QBs: controversy or no?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    ATLANTA -The winning field goal had passed through the uprights 60 seconds before, sending the Cleveland Browns into fits of ecstasy and the numb Georgia Dome fans out into the rain. But here was Brian Hoyer, walking slowly off the field, eyes down on the turf in front of him, shaking his head in frustration.

    He'd just guided the Browns down the field with a perfectly-executed 44-second, four-completion game-winning drive. Cleveland is now 7-4, and if the team forfeited every one of its remaining games it'd still be the Browns' best year since 2007. The Browns just welcomed back Josh Gordon, 2013's leading receiver. Hoyer has thrown for 300-plus yards the last two games, the first Brown to do so since Brian Sipe way back in 1980.

    "I'm really disappointed in myself," he said after the game. "I know I have to do a better job. ... I can't even believe we still won."

    "Smile, Brian," somebody said as Hoyer left the postgame podium. He gave it a good attempt, at least.

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