Jay Busbee

  • What's the best Super Bowl host city? Join the debate!

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    This year's Super Bowl takes place in lovely Arizona, with future games slated for the San Francisco and Houston areas. All worthy destinations, yes, but are they the best places to host a Super Bowl? What makes a good Super Bowl city? The view, the amenities, the nightlife? And what about the worst Super Bowl cities? Which towns had their shot and shouldn't get another? We're laying it all out on the table, and we might not be welcome in several cities after this.

    Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk (@kevinkaduk) and Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) kick around the best-and-worst Super Bowl cities topic right here, and you can join in. This is the latest of our many Super Bowl Arguments videos, and you're invited to the party. Offer up your thoughts in the comments below and on Twitter at #SBarguments. Your words might end up on a future episode. Get to arguing!

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft, unleashed! (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's non-ballboy-altered episode, we have: • A breakdown of the remarkable press conference Monday by Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots (0:25 mark) • A look at the GQ article digging deep into Roger Goodell's past (9:45 mark) All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast, here every day of the week during Super Bowl week. Listen up, and while you're listening ...

     

  • Marshawn Lynch: 'I'm here so I won't get fined'; reportedly risked $500K fine

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago

    Marshawn Lynch needed to come to Super Bowl Media Day. He needed to speak for four minutes and 30 seconds. He did exactly that, and nothing more.

    Lynch sat down at the podium and announced that he would be saying only "I'm here so I won't get fined," and that was all he said, for less than five minutes, answering 21 questions the exact same way. He may well have eluded a massive fine (see below), but if he did so, it wasn't by much.

    Lynch's deliberate one-note media replies have amused many and frustrated some, but only the threat of financial penalties appears to have impacted his actions even the slightest bit. Of course, Lynch has no problem talking when he's getting paid,as in this Skittles ad, but clearly, the NFL would like him to step up outside of advertisements as well.

    Lynch apparently had reason to worry. He was risking an enormous fine, according to Ed Werder of ESPN:

    Regardless, here's video of Lynch's full appearance:

  • Rob Gronkowski 'sings' Katy Perry's 'Roar'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago

    Super Bowl Media Day is always a mess of ridiculous questions and non-answers, so credit Rob Gronkowski for being one of the few players to actually spool off more than a "happy to be here" cliché. He was asked if he could sing a few bars of Super Bowl halftime show performer Katy Perry's "Roar," and he did ... well, he tried, at least. Gronkaraoke is better than no karaoke, we guess.

    How much longer till kickoff?

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  • Louis CK on Patriots: 'Sometimes you do stuff that's not fair so you can win'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    Louis CK is one of the most brilliant minds of our time, and when he turns his attention to the New England Patriots, you can be sure he'll hit you with white-hot truth. "They want to win real bad," CK said on David Letterman's show, speaking of his Patriots, "and sometimes you do stuff that's not fair, so you can win."

    The conspiratorial spin CK and Letterman put on deflate-gate is utterly ridiculous, and also utterly believable. "Pretty boy" Tom Brady mouths off to the Ravens, so the Ravens get their revenge. It's perfectly understandable, and to Louis CK, all part of the game. This is just football, after all. Who cares?

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  • Kim Kardashian mocks herself in new Super Bowl ad

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 23 hrs ago

    The Super Bowl ad march has begun. Catch 'em now so they won't surprise you during the Big Game.

    Ad: "Kim's Data Stash," T-Mobile

    Concept: A fake public service ad in the style of "feed the children," but for unused mobile data. T-Mobile promises to help you take care of your data so that you can use it for important things, like keeping up with Kim Kardashian West.

    Execution: A contemplative piano score, a heartfelt message, Kim not saying more than five words in any single shot ... yep, this was put together with skill. More to the point, you might actually remember what this ad is pitching 15 minutes after you've seen it. Although if you're the type of parent still trying to figure out how to tell your kids about deflate-gate, you probably ought to have an explanation ready for why that nice lady is on the TV without much clothes on.

    Verdict: We're still not entirely sure Kim knows this is a joke. That said, it's a reasonable enough facsimile of a late-night plea for charity. This'll get a chuckle or two at the ol' Super Bowl party ... followed by a "You know what I heard ... " bit of lurid gossip.

  • J.J. Watt blows up Elmo, shows leaping skill on 'Kimmel'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    We'realready on record as being big fans of pretty much everything J.J. Watt does, mainly because we don't want him treating us like a third-string QB. But now the rest of the country (read: the non-football types) is starting to get a look at his awesomeness, like these clips from Monday night's Kimmel show.

    Above, he goes for a latte and does what everyone in New York City would love to do, totally blowing up a street performer. Below, he demonstrates his ungodly leaping ability:

    Bow down before your J.J. Watt overlord.

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  • Worst Super Bowl halftime show ever? Join the debate here!

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Ah, Super Bowl halftime shows. Sometimes they're genius. More often, they're godawful, because the whole planet is watching and they're trying to appeal to every single one of them. Pretty much every major artist of the last 30 years has appeared at halftime, but who was the worst? Bonus: we list the very best!

    Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk (@kevinkaduk) and Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) kick around the topic right here, and you can join in. This is the first of our many Super Bowl Arguments videos, and you're invited to the party. Offer up your thoughts in the comments below and on Twitter at #SBarguments. Your words might end up on a future episode. Get to arguing!

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

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    And keep up with Jay over on Facebook, too.

  • The game nobody wants anybody to win (Super Bowl week podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! It's Super Bowl week, and we're bringing you quick-hit episodes every single day of the week. On today's fully inflated episode, we have: • A look at the Pro Bowl's few highs and many lows; can this game be saved? (1:48 mark) • Richard Sherman arrives in town, talking loud (8:53 mark) • Wrapping up DeflateGate (for now) (11:16 mark) • Enough griping, this is the best game we could have asked for (15:02 mark) All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...

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  • 'Beast Mode Sausage' is, yes, sausage with Skittles in it

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Well, this is horrifying: a butcher in Seattle is selling sausage stuffed with Skittles in honor of Seattle Seahawks running back and noted Skittles aficionado Marshawn Lynch. It makes absolutely no sense, but then that's about par for the course with anything involving Lynch.

    The creation of Blue Max Meats owners Tommy Marshall and Evan Greco, Beast Mode Sausage has brought people to the store in Puyallup, Washington every day for the past year. The owners estimate they've gone through 1,000 pounds of Skittles.

    They claim that the sweet Skittles mixes well with the spicy sausage upon cooking, but we're not entirely sure that's anything more than marketing-speak. Regardless, it's done the job, bringing notoriety to the Blue Max name and drawing big attention now that Seattle's back in the Super Bowl.

    Lynch himself hasn't yet sampled the sausage, apparently. But even if he did, we wouldn't count on him to spend a lot of time pontificating on its flavor.