Jay Busbee

  • World Series preview: Cubs or Indians, who ya got? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    The World Series has arrived, and as you may have heard, it features a couple of historically inept teams that have morphed into world-beaters. Today, we bring you a preview of sorts, a breakdown not only of these two teams but these two towns. Big League Stew’s Mike Osegueda joins the regular Grandstanding crew to break down the Fall Classic, and topics include:

    • How the players will deal with pressure of playing for tradition-laden cities • Which players will make a difference early and late in the Series • Who ought to throw out the first pitch in Chicago • How Fox Sports did the impossible in rehabbing Alex Rodriguez’s image

    …and so much more. Click below to listen, and enjoy the Series!

    About the Grandstanding podcast: Hosted by Yahoo Sports writers Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk, the Grandstanding podcast is posted three times per week and features talk about the NFL, NBA, MLB and more. To receive Grandstanding on your smartphone, subscribe via your favorite podcast provider.

  • Eli Manning denies using 'Trump' as audible, but Brady does

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Early in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, Eli Manning barked out an audible that sounded a whole lot like “Trump! Trump!” Unremarkable, really; quarterbacks holler all kinds of words pre-snap to realign the offense. Heck, some fella used to holler “Omaha!” all the time.

    But for whatever reason, Eli ran hard away from the suggestion that he had name-checked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “No. No Trump call. No Trump call,” Manning said after the game. “We had something very similar, but no. No. It was not a Trump. So no, no audible this week.” In other words: as with everything involving this election, who you gonna believe, me or your lying ears?

  • Harvick has words, jab for Kurt Busch after Talladega

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 2 days ago

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    TALLADEGA, Ala.—Teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are moving on together to the next round of the Chase. But all is not harmonious in the Stewart-Haas camp.

    Shortly after the end of the race, Busch hit Harvick in the side during the cooldown lap; it appeared to be a continuation of the paint-trading that happened in the final laps of the race. Harvick was angry enough that he stormed over to Busch’s car on pit road and punched at something—helmet, post, whatever—hard enough to rock the entire car on its chassis.

    “He cleaned the side of our car out after the checkered flag,” Harvick said. “I don’t really understand that.” Asked if Busch had offered up any kind of explanation, Harvick replied, “Not really.”

    Busch struck a tone that was a touch more inclusive, but no less pointed. “He has a misunderstanding of the call of the end of the race,” Busch said. “We’re great teammates. We’re doing good together. We have to work to beat these teams together, and he knows that.”

  • Joey Logano wins Talladega; Truex, Keselowski, Elliott, Dillon eliminated

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    TALLADEGA, Ala.—There are three ways to race at Talladega:

    -Run in the front. -Run in the pack. -Run far behind the pack.

    No matter which option you pick, one of the other two was probably a better choice.

    Joey Logano won the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega, punching a guaranteed ticket through to the next round of the Chase. Drivers whose Chase hopes ended on Sunday included Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon.

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    Sunday’s race demonstrated just how tricky restrictor-plate racing can be, particularly when such a valuable prize as advancement is at stake. Keselowski and Truex lost out on their bids to advance when their engines failed them. Elliott wasn’t able to work his way through the pack, and Dillon lost out on a tiebreaker with Hamlin.

    The tiebreaker goes to the driver with the best finish in a round. Hamlin finished third Sunday, higher than any finish Dillon had in the second round.

    [Podcast: Why Talladega is an American sports legend]

  • Engine woes doom Brad Keselowski's 2016 championship hopes

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 2 days ago

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    TALLADEGA, Ala.—After a day in which he’d thoroughly dominated both the field and the track, a day that ended with a championship-killing engine failure, Brad Keselowski spoke for exactly 49 seconds. That was probably 48 seconds more than he needed; you could sum up Keselowski’s frustration with one single FCC-forbidden curse.

    Keselowski didn’t need a win to advance to the next round of the Chase, but he needed an exceptionally strong afternoon. And that’s exactly what he put together, using both strategy and physics to lead a race-high 90 laps. But on lap 144, Keselowski’s engine suddenly gave out, and he lurched from second place down to the apron before heading straight to the garage. The failure means Keselowski will not have enough points to advance to the next round of the Chase.

    “Just wasn’t meant to be,” Keselowski said moments after climbing from the smoking car. “That’s the way it goes.” After a few minutes, he appeared on NBC, holding his daughter and allowing that “We got our whining out of the way … we’re going to go and try to win the next four races.”

  • Martin Truex Jr.'s championship season evaporates with engine trouble

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 2 days ago

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    TALLADEGA, Ala.—Martin Truex Jr. began his year with a bitter loss in the Daytona 500, coming up just six inches short of a trip to victory lane. He’ll end this year with an even more painful thud, a championship-caliber season falling victim to a blown engine at Talladega.

    This was supposed to be Truex’s year, a season in which everything came together for the Jersey driver and Denver race team. Truex won four races, including the Coca-Cola 600, the Southern 500, and two of the first three races in the first round of the Chase. But in the Chase, you’re only as good as the current three-race segment, and Truex’s earlier victories meant nothing in the round of 12. Truex entered the race 13 points ahead of the cutoff line, not nearly enough to feel comfortable.

    Early on in the race, Truex, the pole winner, challenged Brad Keselowski for the race lead, even notching a couple laps led. But by lap 41, Truex’s engine let go, and he had no choice but to take his car straight to the garage.

    “I originally thought it was maybe a tire issue, but when I slowed down and came to pit road, I knew it was an engine issue,” he said. “I knew we’d need a miracle.”

  • Texans claw out 26-23 overtime win over slightly more inept Colts

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 days ago

    You know the old philosophical question about whether an irresistible force could overwhelm an immovable object. Sunday night’s NFL game offered up the opposite extreme: a highly resistible force, the Texans offense, squaring off against an easily movable object in the form of the Colts defense.

    The result, which of course had to be determined in overtime: a 26-23 Houston victory that should bring Texans fans only slight comfort, and which should absolutely devastate anyone who pins their hopes on the Colts.

    Indianapolis controlled the game for 53 minutes, but the Colts’ overworked defense eventually stepped on itself and allowed Houston to score twice in the span of six minutes. Only an earlier missed Texans extra point allowed Indianapolis to even elude the regulation-time loss. The Colts’ battered offensive line couldn’t protect quarterback Andrew Luck for the full game, and the result was a team that collapsed literally, figuratively, metaphorically and spiritually.

  • Oakland's coliseum is leaking under heavy rains

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 days ago

    There are several NFL organizations that could be accused of putting a crappy product on the field. But there’s only one that could be accused of allowing a crappy product into its hallways.

    Rain drenched Sunday’s Raiders-Chiefs game at Oakland Coliseum, and that rain flowed from the heavens to the field to, well … the bowels of the stadium:

    Look at this mess in the bowels of the Coliseum. Players have to walk through this to go to and from the field. Smh. pic.twitter.com/z87Q1ObsLp

    — Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) October 16, 2016

    There’s concern that the waters might not just be rainwater. Such concerns are not without precedent;as recently as this past May, sewage systems at the stadium backed up, and the result was every bit as nasty as you’d expect.

    Back to the current day. The rain soaked all the way through the stadium:

  • Odell Beckham takes his kicking net relationship to new level

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 days ago

    Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most explosive players in the NFL. He seems to be able to draw the attention of anyone in the NFL … anyone, that is, except for the silent, unknowable enigma that is the Giants kicking net.

    BeckNet’s relationship started off on rocky ground, as Beckham attacked the net during a Week 3 game with the Washington Redskins. You just don’t do that to the ones you love, and Beckham understood that he needed to make amends. He did exactly that on Sunday night against Green Bay, showing his love for the net he’d wronged so badly two weeks before.

    Let’s just give them their privacy, shall we? All of us at Yahoo Sports hope for the best for these two crazy kids.

  • How did Cam Newton complete this touchdown pass?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 days ago

    What a difference a year makes. In 2015, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were 15-1, demolishing fools at every turn … well, right up until the Super Bowl, of course.

    Roll the calendar forward a year, and Newton and the Panthers don’t just look mortal, they look mortally wounded. Staggering into New Orleans with a 1-4 record, the Panthers allowed the Saints to run up the score by as many as three touchdowns. Late in the third, having closed to within “only” two touchdowns, the Panthers drove deep into New Orleans territory and converted a fourth down thanks to a pass-interference penalty.

    And then Cam Newton reminded everyone why he’s still the reigning NFL MVP. With a Saints rush swarming, with trouble at every turn, Newton somehow lofted an off-balance pass up over a dozen players to land in the hands of tight end Ed Dickson. Touchdown, Panthers, and maybe the only highlight of a wretched afternoon.

    It was reminiscent of a guy Newton used to play with back in college, fella by the name of Tim Tebow:

    What ever happened to that Tebow guy, anyway? He was pretty good.