Jay Busbee

  • Browns vs. Raiders: Who's the NFL's most inept franchise?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    All of our favorite franchises have their down stretches. Sometimes they last a few games, sometimes they last a few seasons, and sometimes they're down so long that they can't even remember what "up" felt like. Which of sports' franchises fit this category? You can probably guess without even watching the video, but we humbly request that you do.

    The Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns represent everything inept about the NFL, from on-field play to coaching strategy to front-office management to fan relations. They win our "award" as the worst franchises in sports, but they are most definitely not alone. As a bonus, we've added the five worst contracts in sports history. See if your team is struggling under the weight of one of these!

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  • 23 ways of looking at LeBron James

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    1. ATLANTA - LeBron James shows up for work Friday night wearing a backward baseball cap. He is quite possibly the first person to pull off the backward-cap look since its early ‘90s heyday of Ken Griffey Jr. and Axl Rose. We lead with this fashion choice because on this night, LeBron James will do many things very well. Tonight, LeBron will be better at his job than you and I ever are at ours. And yet, redeeming the backward cap may be the most impressive feat of all.

    2. This isGame 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a series pitting James’ Cleveland Cavaliers against the Atlanta Hawks, and it’s both a sad commentary and absolutely true to say that this is the most important game in Atlanta’s history. The Hawks have never advanced out of the second round, and after losing Game 1 at home, this is a must-win. This represents Atlanta’s best chance to get to the NBA Finals, and all the Hawks have to do is get past LeBron, which is like saying Everest isn’t so tough once you get past the climbing.

  • Hawks may be sporting a new logo

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The Hawks are in uncharted territory on the court, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in team history. And it looks like they're about to break new sartorial ground as well.

    SportsLogos.net is reporting that the Hawks have filed a trademark for a new logo, a basketball-with-wings-and-flames-or-maybe-they're-hands. The Hawks had reintroduced their classic "Pac-Man" logo from years past prior to the 2014-15 season following a positive fan reception during the 2014 playoffs, and it appears the new logo will be continuing the team's trend of reinvention. 

    Authority on sports uniforms @UniWatch has obtained the 2015 Christmas jerseys for every NBA team. Here are the Hawks pic.twitter.com/CCU5Sr4DQr

  • Which sport has the best playoffs?

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 4 days ago

    We're deep in the heart of the NBA and NHL playoffs, and that leads us to an overwhelming question: which of the four major pro sports hosts the best playoffs?

    • The NFL, three hours of winner-take-all struggle with the entire country watching?

    • The NBA, a best-of-seven true team effort?

    • The NHL, where Game 7 sudden-death overtime is the greatest sequence in sports?

    • Baseball, where drama rides on every single pitch?

    We've excluded the NCAA basketball championships from this discussion, since the bracket is the most perfect creation ever devised by humanity. And golf and NASCAR tend to change their playoff systems every other  year, so they're excluded as well. Other than that, though, where do your loyalties lie? We discuss in the video above, and we welcome your input as well.

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  • Aaron Hernandez sports new 'LIFETIME' tattoo, pleads not guilty to latest charge

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Aaron Hernandez is in court for a hearing on a witness intimidation charge. Big new tattoo on his neck #7news pic.twitter.com/jALBDj8weB

    Aaron Hernandez appeared in Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., on Thursday, this time featuring a large new neck tattoo that reads "LIFETIME" over a star design. The photo below on the left was taken in court on April 15, the day Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd; the photo on the right was taken Thursday:

    In superior court Thursday, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted witness intimidation. Hernandez is charged with trying to silence a witness in a double-murder case against the former New England Patriots player.

    The case will continue on June 4.

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  • Peyton Manning among celebrities in David Letterman's final Top Ten

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Hey, you may have heard that David Letterman is retiring! It's true! And unlike Brett Favre, he's probably going to stay retired! On Wednesday night, Letterman aired his final show, a well-earned farewell after decades of hilarity and absurdity. As part of the shenanigans, he invited an all-star panel of guests to offer up the final Top Ten list: "Top Ten Things I've Always Wanted To Say To Dave."

    Among that august group were Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld ... and one Peyton Manning, who stepped onto the stage sporting Broncos colors and that forehead of his. Manning's joke was solid, though it didn't compare to the drop-the-mic hammer Julia Louis-Dreyfus threw down right before him. Poor Peyton. At least it wasn't Eli stealing his thunder this time.

    Nice work, Peyton, and farewell Dave.

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  • Should players' kids be allowed at postgame press conferences?

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    After Tuesday's Game 1 victory against Houston, Golden State's Stephen Curry brought his daughter to the press conference, and she proceeded to steal the hearts of everyone there. Well, almost everyone: a few reporters did gripe that this little cherub was costing them valuable deadline time:

    My man @WindhorstESPN taking the most unpopular position ever, saying NBA might need to ban kids from podium so reporters can ask questions

    @_morezeros ... a postgame press conference isn't the time and place for cute kids. Period. No dis intended. So don't take it that way.

    "Great for him...but it really hurt the process." - @RealSkipBayless on Riley Curry being at the podium w/Steph pic.twitter.com/YlEICYfvN2

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  • NBA Conference Finals podcast: Can Houston, Atlanta hang with Warriors, Cavs?

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

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    Houston! Atlanta! Golden State! Cleveland! It's not just a list of tour stops for a Journey tribute band, it's the four teams still alive in the NBA playoffs! And who better to make sense of the madness that is the NBA than Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo Sports' Ball Don't Lie. In this ep, we'll discuss:

    The Eastern Conference finals:

    • Is Atlanta a legit threat, or will LeBron James roll to yet another Finals berth?

    • Who has to step up to give the Hawks a chance?

    • What does the absence of Kevin Love mean to Cleveland?

    The Western Conference finals:

    • Does Houston have a prayer against Golden State?

    • How will the Warriors handle the James Harden problem?

    • Is Steph Curry's ascent one of the greatest in NBA history?

    All this and more, plus we give Kelly room to rant about his hometown Bulls. It's fine stuff, and you'll enjoy it.

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  • Breaking: Roger Goodell, Robert Kraft hug it out

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING. We have BREAKING NFL NEWS. This will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Ready?

    No, seriously, are you ready? Because this, reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, is big...

    Roger Goodell and Patriots owner Robert Kraft already have met, spoke and even hugged, per an industry source who witnessed it.

    THEY EVEN HUGGED. The NFL commissioner and the Patriots owner, former BFFs now divided by deflated footballs, have metaphorically kissed and made up.

    Goodell-Kraft attended Sean McManus’ 60th birthday Sat in NYC; they were spotted “on a couch, talking by themselves for quite a long time."

     On a couch ? Talking by themselves ? Hang on, we need some mood music here:

    Aw yeah. That's what I'm talkin' bout. Let's continue with this story, shall we?

    The fact that Goodell and Kraft are on amicable terms could help cool tensions between the two sides and help lead to truce on Deflategate.

    Except.

    So, yes, the outward appearance of a hug could seem to indicate a cessation of hostilities and a road to recovery. Or it could indicate something very, very different, as anyone who's seen "Godfather Part II" knows all too well:

  • James Hinchcliffe involved in vicious wreck at Indy practice

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 8 days ago

    James Hinchcliffe is in stable condition after he wrecked while practicing for the Indianapolis 500. Hinchcliffe's car collided with the wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and flipped before coming to rest.

    Here's video of the wreck:

    Hinchcliffe was transported to Methodist Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a piece of debris from his left thigh.

    Hinchcliffe's left thigh was pierced by a piece of equipment from the car, causing "massive bleeding," according to the Associated Press, requiring surgery.

    According to Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star, Hinchcliffe is in stable condition.

    On-board cameras show Hinchcliffe's right-front wheel lifting shortly before impact. A Honda spokesperson said the right-front suspension broke.

    A gif showing why Hinchcliffe hit the wall. pic.twitter.com/wUqxwNxsX6

    Hinchcliffe is the fourth driver to get airborne in a wreck at this year's Indy practices. Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter have all wrecked within the past few days.

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