Jay Busbee

  • Johnny Manziel appears in court on domestic violence charge

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Johnny Manziel has appeared in court for the first time on a domestic violence charge stemming from a January incident involving his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. Manziel was booked and released on $1,500 bond on Wednesday, and on Thursday appeared in Dallas County Criminal Court.

    The hearing was a brief one, with Judge Roberto Cañas ordering Manziel to have no contact with Crowley, and barring him from the possession of firearms.

    Manziel's arrival in court was the definition of a circus:

    Johnny #manziel arrives at court. @JManziel2 no comment from him. #abc13 #nfl #football pic.twitter.com/yTofJd3nWS

  • Luke Kuechly caddies for Greg Olsen at celebrity pro-am

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    No disrespect to Rory McIlroy or the many other world-famous golfers on the course at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but the big draw of Wednesday's pro-am in advance of the Wells Fargo Championship was a pairing of Panthers.

    Tight end Greg Olsen and linebacker Luke Kuechly formed the most Carolina-friendly grouping in the bunch, pairing with local product and PGA Tour pro Johnson Wagner. Kuechly, still recovering from a shoulder injury, caddied while Olsen reportedly managed to break 100.

    Greg Olsen and Luke Kuechly were as big a draw -- if not bigger -- than Rory McElroy on the range. #WellsFargoChamp pic.twitter.com/XlHO3evdg2

    Local reports indicated that teammates Ryan Kalil and Mike Remmers and head coach Ron Rivera were in the gallery to watch the duo bang their way around the course. Not bad for an off-day's work.

  • Johnny Manziel turns himself in, posts bond

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has posted bond in Dallas County, Tex., on domestic violence charges, according to KXAS-TV. He is expected to appear in court on Thursday to answer charges of misdemeanor assault, and his attorney indicates that he will plead not guilty.

    Manziel was booked and released on $1,500 bond. The charges stem from an incident in January during which he allegedly assaulted his then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. A Dallas County grand jury indicted Manziel last month.

    Crowley contends that a Jan. 29 argument between her and Manziel turned physical, and alleges that he hit her when she tried to get out of his car. Manziel was prohibited from being within 500 feet of Crowley for two years, and has been ordered to pay $12,000 in legal costs. If convicted, he faces a maximum of a year in prison and a $4,000 fine.

  • Panthers kicker, NASCAR driver get a taste of the other's jobs

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The NFC champion Carolina Panthers are the toast of Charlotte. NASCAR is based in Charlotte. So it stands to reason that the two Queen City entities would cross paths every now and then. On Wednesday, Panthers kicker Graham Gano and driver Austin Dillon met at Charlotte Motor Speedway to give each other an idea of how to do a very different job.

    First, Dillon tried to kick a field goal ... and did pretty well, all things considered:

    .@austindillon3 hits the 10 Days of @NASCAR Thunder with @GrahamGano as holder. @MarcusSMI what's his prize? pic.twitter.com/xWaaIhYf5t

    Now throw in a full rush and a crowd full of screaming fans and see how well he does. (For non-NASCAR fans: Dillon is the guy who took over driving the legendary #3 of Dale Earnhardt, so Dillon knows a thing or two about pressure.) Gano offered up a bit of his own expertise:

    After that, Dillon took Gano for a spin around the track:

  • Ryan Leaf says prison helped him turn his life around

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The NFL draft class of 1998, much like the class of 2016, featured two marquee-level quarterbacks at the top of the pyramid. Both were projected as can't-miss, with bright futures ahead. And, if you average their careers out, that's exactly what happened: one became the greatest quarterback of all time, and one was out of the league within four years.

    The first, of course, was Peyton Manning, who just capped one of the finest careers in sports history. The second was Ryan Leaf, who has been in and out of prison and is now attempting to atone for the damage he did to himself by seeking to help others.

    Leaf appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to provide a remarkable look at the way that addiction, the NFL, and celebrity combined for a wicked, devastating blast that leveled him and destroyed his life. "The power, the prestige, and the money," Leaf said, naming his demons. He even conceded that prison helped him get his life in order and put those demons aside once and for all.

  • Indiana honors former student-athlete killed in ISIS attack

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 day 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.

  • Rio will feature first-ever mother-son duo at Olympic Games

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 2 days 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.

  • Agent says Peyton Manning wanted to play in 2016, teams wanted him

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days 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.

  • Jaguars fan cracks conspiracy that's kept team down for 20 years

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days 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:

    Local Jaguars fan speaks out about the Jaguars draft picks. Do you think the Jaguars will #StealTheShow this year? 🏈 pic.twitter.com/dCtVdyJeww

    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.

  • Drivers wrestle with entertainment value of wrecks at Talladega

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 4 days ago

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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: