- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The Seattle Seahawks defense ate Peyton Manning alive, so he's building up his confidence with a secondary he can beat: elementary school kids.
Nice work by his receiver to clear out some space with a double-juke, then explode into the open field for the catch. Good presence of mind to keep both feet in bounds, too. As for the defender? Richard Sherman is making his way to that school right now to teach these kids the art of being a — say it with us — shutdown corner.
So, yes, great performance by the young receiver. Unfortunately, Mel Kiper Jr. is projecting the kid as a lock to go to the Raiders. But at least he'll get to see his buddy Peyton twice a year.
As for Manning: he's seriously mellowed out since the last time we saw him throwing to kids. Either that, or he's going to crush Junior at the first dropped pass:
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal10 hrs ago
The breakout stars of the 2014 Sochi Games didn't compete in a single event. (They won just by showing up, daaaahling .) Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski were raved about for their commentating performances during Sochi's ice skating events, and they're using that as a springboard to bigger, better, non-Olympic endeavors.
First up: the Kentucky Derby, where they'll be commenting on fashion for NBC. Yes, the Kentucky Derby, like the Olympics, is a cultural event first, a sporting event second, which makes Johnny + Tara ideal for red carpet commentary on the outlandish hats and outfits of the Derby.
“We’ve always loved loud fashion and sort of bonded over it,” Lipinski told EW. “The whole Olympics experience was a bit of a surprise. We came in and were focused on doing a good job as rookies. But we’re young and we like to have fun. The fashion was specifically for us every day and it was like,’Oh, people are watching. This is fun.’”
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile12 hrs ago
Sitting down? Feet comfortably on the ground? Good. Then click on the video above and prepare for TERROR. Or, at least, nerve-wracking shrieks of metal.
That's some unnamed loon parachuting down the side of a mountain, punctuating his descent with grinds on the cables of a chair lift. Oh, and as if that wasn't insane enough, he hops the tower rollers and then glides right back onto the wire.
We'd tell you not to try this at home, but chances are you don't live above a chairlift cable. And, really, do you need to be told not to try this? Come on.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The closer we get to the NFL Draft, the more analysis, speculation, contemplation, and outright bull we're going to hear. Your challenge as a fan is to figure out whether the stories you're hearing about your team's preferred players are rooted in truth or manure. (Spoiler: nobody knows anything.)
Jadeveon Clowney has the talents to be a potential No. 1 pick in the draft. (That's right where our Eric Edholm projects him.) He also has attributes that, viewed through a certain lens, concern former players such as Warren Sapp, who held court on NFL Total Access on Monday. The topic at hand: Clowney's work ethic, or perceived lack thereof.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has revealed a shocking bit of news: Jim Harbaugh isn't the most emotional fellow.
John, honored this weekend with induction into Miami of Ohio's Coaches' Cradle, told a previously-unheard story of last year's Super Bowl, where his Ravens bested Jim's 49ers. After the game, the brothers met at midfield. You'd think: brothers, shared pain and triumph, time for a good hug and all that, right? Yeah, not so much. Watch Jim's reaction here:
Man. You can just feel the love there, can't you? Jim gives more love to the guy at Target who brings him fresh pleated khakis. Granted, Jim had just lost the biggest game of his career. But John was hoping for a little shared sympathy.
“I walk up across the field to shake his hand, and he’s a big, strapping guy,” John said. “I look at him and I’m going to give him a little man hug, a little bro hug to say congratulations." He then laughed and said that Jim's demeanor was that of a man saying, "There will be no hug!"
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile1 day ago
Celebrities! They're just like us, only better! They run marathons and everything!
Monday marked a historic Boston Marathon, and many Boston-oriented celebrities made sure to lace up their shoes and hit the pavement. Here are the finishing times of some notable figures.
Summer Sanders: This isn't exactly a shock given that Sanders is an four-time Olympic medal-winning swimmer, but still: running a marathon in 3:25:35 is a fine achievement.
Tedy Bruschi: Former Patriot and three-time Super Bowl champion Bruschi didn't need to run a marathon to endear himself to Beantown, but he did so anyway, finishing in 4:47:44.
Doug Flutie: The Patriots/Boston College quarterback finished the race in 5:23:54. That's impressive enough. Now consider the fact that he apparently just woke up one morning over the weekend and decided to do it. That's impressive.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile1 day ago
The 118th Boston Marathon will long be remembered as a cultural event, a moment where the city of Boston demonstrated strength and resilience in the wake of last year's bombing. As a pure race, though, it was no less impressive, with winners turning in exceptional, defining performances.
Meb Keflezighi defied his age, nearly 39 years old, to craft an exceptional race and become the first American male since Greg Meyer in 1983 to win the Boston Marathon, and first American period since 1985.
Keflezighi appeared to have the men's race locked up halfway through, with a lead of nearly 90 seconds at one point, but Wilson Chebet chopped that lead down to six seconds in the final two miles. Keflezighi was able to hold off Chebet, however, and finished the race in 2:08:37.
In the women's division, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya defended her 2013 victory with a flawless race. Jeptoo slammed the door on the field with a 4:49 mile in the 24th mile, a kick that put nearly 30 seconds between her and the field. Her 2:18:57 beat the course record by almost two full minutes. Her performance was the eighth fastest women's marathon ever recorded on any course.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Johnny Manziel might be the first pick in next month's NFL draft, or he might be out of a job and selling corn dogs at high school games, depending on the daily mood shifts of draft analysts. One thing we can all agree on, though: he's enjoying life, whether or not it benefits his draft prospects. Behold his jet-ski pass reception skills:
Check how he speeds up, circles under the pass, and makes a one-handed grab. Impressive. Yes, when the NFL allows receivers to use jet-skis, Manziel clearly will be able to shift easily into a new role.
NFL general managers were no doubt absolutely delighted by Manziel's antics. That's exactly the kind of freethinking, devil-may-care, independent spirits they want on their squads. Good on ya, Johnny.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
There are few men on earth who can understand what it's like to be Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Fewer still understand what Romo is going through from an injury perspective, and one of those is a bit concerned.
Troy Aikman, a Cowboys legend, retired after 12 years in the league in large part because of back difficulties. Speaking to the Cowboys' website, Aikman was frank about his perspective on Romo's prospects: "Two back surgeries in less than a year at his age, I would be a bit concerned."
Make no mistake, Aikman is firmly in Romo's corner. But he's taking a pragmatic view of Romo's injury recovery. “I’m hopeful that he’s able to come back," Aikman said. "Everybody is. This team won’t be the same if he’s not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, ‘Hey, he’s ahead of schedule and everything’s going fine,’ I’m not sure how you can really measure that here in April.”
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf7 days ago
Bubba Watson hit the Waffle House after winning the Masters. You already know this. But further details of his post-green-jacket journey are beginning to seep out, and they verify the fact that Watson is most definitely the people's choice among golfers.
The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that Watsonhit an Augusta Steak & Shake for shakes around midnight, then followed that up with the Waffle House visit. (His order: double grilled cheese and scattered and covered hash browns.)
According to the Chronicle's sources, Watson left a $24 tip at Steak & Shake and a $148 tip at the Waffle House. Generous, but then again, he'd just won $1.6 million a few miles up the road. He can probably afford it.