Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 hr ago
Indiana University has honored Charles Keating, a former student-athlete at the school who died earlier this week in Iraq. Keating, who became a SEAL after leaving Indiana, died when ISIS forces overran a Kurdish stronghold in northern Iraq.
Keating attended IU from 2004 to 2006, where he competed on both the track and field and cross country teams. He was part of the 2004-05 track and field team that placed second in the Big Ten in both indoor and outdoor seasons, according to the university. Keating's father, Charles Keating III, was a three-time Big Ten swimming champion and an Olympian in 1976.
Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 19 hrs ago
The Olympics has a long history of family achievement, one generation inspiring the next. What's more rare, however, is for parents and children to compete in the same Games. The Rio Olympics will feature an Olympic first: a mother and a son competing together in the same Games.
Nino Salukvadze and her son Tsotne Machavariani will represent the nation of Georgia in the Rio Games' shooting competitions. Salukvadze, 47, is competing in her eighth Games; her son, age 18, is competing in his first.
"I am very happy as the representative of the Georgian shooting federation but a million times happier as a mother that my son managed to do this," Salukvadze told the Associated Press.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago
Peyton Manning suiting up for a team other than the Denver Broncos in 2016? It was closer than you might think to happening, according to Manning's agent.
"I really like to play," Manning told Tom Condon, as Condon related on The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt (via PFT). Not only that, Condon said, there were teams who would have wanted Manning to play for them. (The teams leading the speculation at the time were the Texans and the Rams.)
So why isn't some team rolling out an entire Peyton Manning-themed campaign for this fall? Probably because of the obvious reasons: Manning was a shell of his former self by the end of 2015, and won the Super Bowl largely because he was a decent caretaker rather than a game-changing playmaker.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
Conspiracies unravel in the most unlikely of ways. Watergate exploded when a security guard noticed tape on doors. Deflate-gate began when a Colts equipment manager happened to test a ball's pressure on the sidelines during the 2014 season's AFC Championship. And now, in the space of 28 seconds, a random Jacksonville Jaguars fan has just blown the lid off the Greatest Conspiracy In NFL History:
Whoa. Those are some explosive allegations in that News4JAX report. Let's break them down here:
2. "The first year we took it to the limit." Technically, their first year (1995) Jacksonville went 4-12. The next year, though, the Jags reached the AFC Championship, losing to the Patriots 20-6. We're not sure two field goals in a conference championship qualifies as "taking it to the limit," but hey, two decades is a long time to keep memories accurate. We're still on firm footing.
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TALLADEGA, Ala.—What the hell was that?
Seriously. What do you call a race when 35 of the 40 cars are involved in some form of wreck, when several drivers stagger from their cars gasping for breath, when cars are hurtling toward walls fast enough for you to start thinking dark thoughts?
Look, strange things happen at Talladega. They always do. This desolate stretch of Alabama might be cursed, or might just be an epicenter of peculiarity. At the very least, it's racing's most unpredictable track, a place where any team can achieve victory and every team can expect to bring chassis and shredded sheet metal back to the shop.
It's a case of giving us what we want ... and being careful what we wish for.
Brad Keselowski won Sunday's GEICO 500, in large measure because he was in the safest place on the entire track: the front. He was one of the few that didn't end the day with damage ranging from the cosmetic to the catastrophic.
After another wreck, cameras captured A.J. Allmendinger staggering out of his car, slumping against the door:
TALLADEGA, Ala.—Ty Dillon stood alone, leaning against a pile of tires in the No. 14 pit box. Like thousands of others all around him, he was watching the GEICO 500 unfolding around him, listening to the race on his headset. Unlike the rest of the fans, though, he was going to be driving in this race before too much longer.
Dillon could only bide his time, waiting until a caution flag flew and Tony Stewart would wheel the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevy into the pit box. At that point, Dillon and Stewart would begin that most delicate of sporting maneuvers: switching drivers in the middle of a race.
Stewart injured his back in an off-road riding accident in January, and only returned to the track last week at Richmond. While doctors had pronounced Stewart's back sound enough for racing, the consensus opinion was that no good could come from a potentially catastrophic wreck. Such wrecks are always a possibility at Talladega, and indeed Sunday afternoon's race saw several that didn't involve Stewart.
TALLADEGA, Ala.—Well, this is about as scary a moment as you can imagine behind a wheel in a NASCAR race: during Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega, the steering wheel came off in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s hands:
Sweet heaven. That's insane. Junior managed to steer the car by grabbing the steering column until he could reattach the wheel. It was reminiscent of a similar incident earlier this year at Phoenix, when Earnhardt's teammate Jimmie Johnson wrecked during qualifying when his own steering wheel popped loose.
The loose steering wheel marked the low point in an ugly day for Earnhardt, a day in which he suffered two major wrecks and ended his day early. Earnhardt spun on Lap 50 and wrecked hard enough to go to the garage, then returned to the track only to get taken out when Carl Edwards' tire blew on Lap 110. It was a frustrating afternoon for a driver projected as the race's odds-on favorite.
TALLADEGA, Ala.—Pimento cheese is a true Southern staple, a delightful concoction of cheese, pimento peppers, and other mysterious ingredients. Two Southern institutions, Augusta National Golf Club and Talladega Superspeedway, have rolled out their own spin on pimento cheese--one traditional, the other a new upstart.
Three weeks ago, I was walking the immaculate grounds of Augusta National for the Masters, and on the first day of May I was in the infield at Talladega. This, combined with my own personal disregard for my gastrointestinal stability, put me in a unique position: compare these two pimento-based creations and offer you, the reader, a choice: go traditional, or go big?
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you: The Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwich vs. The Talla-Mento Dogwich. Hold on to your guts!
The Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Description: This Augusta National standard has remained unchanged for decades. Two slices of white, very very white (ho ho ho) bread, a generous helping of delicately seasoned pimento cheese within, all encased in a green wrapper that won't show up on television should you fail to dispose of it properly.
The Talla-mento Dogwich
Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 3 days ago
Elliott Sadler ended up the winner of a wild, controversial Talladega Xfinity Series race ... but he wasn't the first one. Sadler, riding a 66-race winless streak in the Xfinity Series and racing on his birthday, was named the winner of the race after a last-lap wreck threw the entire field into chaos.
Sadler was trailing leader Joey Logano out of the final turn when Logano attempted a block but lost control. Logano slid up into the wall as the field passed both him and Sadler. Brennan Poole was the first to cross the finish line, but a five-minute review awarded Sadler, the driver who was leading at the time the caution flew, with the race victory.
Oh yeah, that'll buff right out pic.twitter.com/8DAsxbWGRd
It was a controversial win, to say the least; Sadler had apparently bump-drafted and dipped below the double yellow line in the course of the final laps, both of which could have disqualified the win. Poole, who had thought he'd nabbed his first series win, was gracious in sudden defeat.
The rest of the race was a characteristic Talladega affair, with flirts at bump-drafting and spectacular wrecks:
Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 3 days ago
Prince has been gone a week now, and everyone is paying tribute in his or her own way. Some ways, apparently, are better received than others.
Dan Phillips of WZTV in Nashville wove Prince lyrics and song titles into a recent evening sportscast, as you can see below. Nice idea, right?
As Phillips wrote on his Facebook page:
"First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments and positive feedback on this tribute I did to Prince last week. It really means a lot.
"Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.
"I'm choosing to use this as a catalyst for some exciting things I've been working on for some time now. I'll have many more details on this in coming days.
"For now, thanks again for all of your support. And if you need an old, washed-up sports guy for anything, please let me know!"