Jay Busbee

  • Patriots post Instagram photo of Tom Brady as draft begins

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    The NFL Draft began on Thursday evening with the New England Patriots on the sidelines; the team was forced to surrender its first-round pick as a result of the still-ongoing deflategate controversy. But the team wasn't taking its public shaming sitting down; no, sir. The Patriots unveiled a bit of passive-aggressive social media shot-firing, posting the following on Instagram:

    The team also changed its Twitter avatar to Brady's 12, an obvious sign of solidarity with their quarterback who, at the moment, is suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.

    This isn't the first time the Patriots have changed their avatar and announced their implicit support of Brady; the teamdid so last May around the time of the releaseof the infamous Wells Report. Not that it made much of a difference; Brady is still sitting pending an appeal. But the #freebrady movement is yet another example of how deeply silly this entire deflategate mess has become.

  • New Peyton Manning Gatorade ad is, sincerely, a gem

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    Yes, we know, you're sick of Peyton Manning and everything about him. The guy's retired! Move on!

    We will, but not before one last look back. Gatorade has built an ad, debuting at the NFL Draft, around Manning's habit of writing (handwriting, not emailing) letters to friends, colleagues, teammates, and inspirations. Yes, it's nostalgia marketing, a #brand aimed straight at your heart, but still ... you watch this, and you're going to feel the need to pull out a pen and paper to write someone important a note.

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  • Bobby Knight on Donald Trump: 'The best man for the job'

    Jay Busbee at The Dagger 12 hrs ago

    Legendary former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight endorsed Donald Trump for president in a characteristically fiery, pugnacious speech on Wednesday night.

    Knight, at least as well known for his take-no-prisoners attitude as his winning record, spoke to Trump supporters at a rally in Indiana. A sampling of his remarks, via Business Insider and The Hill:

    • On Trump's qualifications: “They talk in a negative way when they want to about Donald, and say he isn’t presidential. I don’t know what the hell that means. To me I think of Harry Truman, they said Harry Truman wasn’t presidential. And damn he went on to be one of the three best presidents in U.S. history. [Trump] will at some point be one of those also.”

    • On Trump's managerial touch: "He does a great job of finding good people and teaching good people. And even as important, he's really good at getting rid of people."

  • U.S. Olympic team rolls out Closing Ceremony uniforms

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 1 day ago

    The United States Olympic team has unveiled its Closing Ceremony uniforms for this year's Rio Olympics, and there's a profound nautical theme:

    .@RyanLochte, @swimhaley & @alliseeisgold unveil the #TeamUSA #Rio closing ceremony uniforms at the @Todayshow pic.twitter.com/yZ3l412nIZ

    The uniforms are the creation of Ralph Lauren. Following a controversy over China-made uniforms in 2012, every element of the uniforms was made in the United States. The uniform's various components will be for sale on Ralph Lauren's website at a price of $49.50 to $350. 

    Here, via Ralph Lauren, are breakdowns of all the various uniform combinations:


  • Jason Pierre-Paul thinks he can be better than he was pre-accident

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Jason Pierre-Paul's story was one of the most cringeworthy in the entire NFL last year, a tale of fumbled potential, incredibly bad choices, and admirable determination. During a 2015 offseason in which he was negotiating a multi-multi-million-dollar contract, Pierre-Paul made the inadvisable decision to goof around with fireworks on July 4, and ended up blowing apart his hand.

    Pierre-Paul lost one finger and severely damaged two others, and the consensus was that his days as a football player were over. But Pierre-Paul, wearing an oven mitt-style club on his right hand, returned to play eight games. His production fell off; he recorded one sack as opposed to the 12.5 he'd had in 2014. But he impressed Giants brass enough to warrant a one-year deal, and according to ESPN.com, he's ready to begin the next phase of his career.

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  • JaMarcus Russell seems like maybe he still wants to play football

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    JaMarcus Russell's name surfaces this time every year, and not in a way any of us would envy. He generally headlines those "Greatest Draft Busts In NFL History," and not without reason: the No. 1 pick of the 2007 draft, he wrangled a $32 million guaranteed contract out of the Oakland Raiders, then fumbled and stumbled his way through three inconsistent seasons. Out of football for more than half a decade, he remains the ultimate draft day cautionary tale.

    A new Sports Illustrated video delving deeper into Russell's lifegives a fuller picture of the former quarterback as he is today ... and offers up the interesting revelation that he still has dreams of playing in the NFL.

    Russell came out of LSU with momentum, winning MVP of the 2007 Sugar Bowl and certainly appearing to be on the right trajectory for stardom by going first in the draft. (Just for cringing reference: that draft also included Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Greg Olsen and many more Pro Bowlers and long-term contributors.)

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  • Who could replace Mike Tirico on 'Monday Night Football'?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    For the first time in a decade, one of the most high-profile jobs in sports, play-by-play man for "Monday Night Football," is now open. With the departure of Mike Tirico to NBC, ESPN finds itself in the unenviable position of trying to replace a familiar voice in an iconic role. It's a job that requires gravitas and flexibility, solemnity for the church of football worship yet an understanding that a September Cardinals-49ers matchup isn't exactly life-and-death stakes.

    When you get down to it, there's a pretty small pool of announcers who have the knowledge, wit and vocal cords necessary to helm sports announcing's grandest throne. So let's throw out a few names, of both likely and unlikely vintage, and consider their suitability for the job of "MNF" play-by-play announcer.

    [ STACK: Watch Le'Veon Bell dunk a basketball just six months after tearing MCL ]

    Donald Trump: No.



  • Thurman Thomas's brain as injured as if he'd 'fallen off a house'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Thurman Thomas, the Hall of Fame running back who helped lead the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s, has at last disclosed the toll football took on his body and brain ... and the story isn't a pretty one.

    Speaking to the District School Board of Niagara’s International Concussion Summit in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Thomas for the first time offered a sobering breakdown of the way that repeated head trauma has affected his life. “Still to this day, I can’t control my mood swings," he said, per the Niagara Fals Review. "On so many days, I have to apologize to my family for them. I thank God that I have a family that understands the things that I’ve been through over my 13-year (professional) career, and even after my 14 or 15 years that I’ve been retired. They all understand that with my mood swings, sometimes I just can’t help it.”

  • Tiger Woods isn't back yet, but he's getting very close

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 6 days ago

    The news on Tiger Woods is no news, but you get the feeling something's about to happen, don't you?

    Woods hasn't played competitive golf since August 2015, and since then he's undergone two surgeries. He ended months of (mostly idle) speculation the Friday before the Masters by declining to play in the tournament, although he did fly in for the Champions Dinner. The golf world has moved on from Woods, but it appears, based on recent rumblings, that Woods isn't quite ready for permanent residency on the couch just yet. 

    A report earlier this weekindicated Woods has been practicing at Medalist Golf Club near his home in Jupiter, Fla., including playing some holes. On Friday, Golf Digest's Tim Rosaforte, who filed the initial report on Woods, offered up this prediction:

  • No room for compromise, complacency in NASCAR safety

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 6 days ago

    Thirty years ago almost to the day — April 20, 1986 — 30 cars rolled onto the track at North Wilkesboro for the First Union 400. The field included stars and icons, past and future champions, names that will last as long as there’s racing.

    And in the coming years, four of them would die behind the wheel.

    Think about that for a second. More than 10 percent of the field, gone before their time. Imagine that figure this weekend, looking out at the field at Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond and knowing — not thinking, knowing — that several of them won’t live to watch races in their old age.

    That’s what’s at stake when we’re talking about NASCAR safety. And that’s why there can be no compromise, no hurt feelings, no fines for speaking the truth.


    “I’m beyond mad, I’m P.O.’d at NASCAR about it, to be honest,” Stewart said on Wednesday. “For all the work … they want us to do for safety, we can’t even make sure we put five lug nuts on the wheel.”

    Not so. NASCAR fined Stewart $35,000 for violating Section 12.8.1 of the rule book, which involves “ disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR's leadership, or verbal abuse of a NASCAR Official, media members, fans, etc. ”