- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner55 mins ago
The Vikings' new stadium will be an architectural marvel, soaring into the skies above Minneapolis and featuring 200,000 square feet of exposed glass. It'll be an impressive testament to the team ... and,if the Audubon Society is to be believed, a gargantuan deathtrap for birds.
The problem with the stadium, according to the Audubon Society, is that birds will fly straight into its windows, assuming that the reflection of the parkland around the stadium is just more open space. Nothing goes with a football game like some bird mortality, right?
The Audubon Society has worked with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to try to reach some kind of accommodation. The authority has agreed to dim the stadium's lights at night, but did not agree to additional glazing on the glass to cut down on reflectivity.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
It's tough being a San Francisco fan right about now. Not only are you in hands-down the toughest division in football, your hated rival is both beating you into the turf and winning Super Bowls. That, friends, is pain.
We're not quite sure of the provenance of this clip, but we still love it: Seattle's mascot challenging a 49ers fan to defend him on an out route. And the fan fails, and falls, badly. Oh my. Let's watch it again and again and again:
Offseason's only a few more days, folks. Hang on. Almost there.
- Jay Busbee at From The Marbles1 day ago
Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher remains in a Swiss clinic, still in critical condition from a ski injury that left him in a coma for six months. But his family has released updated information on his condition, as well as the letters sent to him by his fellow drivers.
Schumacher has sustained blood clots on the brain, and was placed in an induced coma. But he has reportedly been able to respond to voices and communicate via blinking, according to his family. The improvements raise hope that Schumacher might continue to improve. Currently he remains bedridden.
In the wake of his accident, several drivers reached out via handwritten note, and Schumacher's wife Corinna has released those notes, along with a letter of her own thanking fans for being so supportive of their family.
- Jay Busbee at From The Marbles1 day ago
Look, we get it: sponsorship money is tough to come by these days in NASCAR. Sponsors hold all the cards, and teams and drivers have to hop to, behave, and generally boil themselves down into dull vanilla automatons in order to keep that sweet, sweet cash rolling in.
But this ... this is too much. Kyle Larson, who's good enough to drive at the Sprint Cup level but not old enough to have any kind of weight to throw around, has consented to this Cottonelle "Don't neglect your bum" campaign. What's it mean? Cottonelle makes both wet and dry toilet paper. "Bum" is a chippy British slang for, uh, tailpipe. And now we know more about Kyle Larson's bathroom habits than we ever needed to know about anyone's, including our own.
Only way this can be redeemed? If a subsequent ad reveals that there's an actual bum sleeping out back of Kyle's house that he's been neglecting. Short of that, we can declare this The Worst NASCAR Ad Ever. But, hey, anything for publicity, right? Poor Kyle.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile1 day ago
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It's been a rough week for hecklers at sporting events. (Aww, poor babies.) At the British Open on Sunday, Rory McIlroygot a mouthy gallery member booted with just three holes to go. And at the Tour de France, Thomas Voeckler of France decided he'd had quite enough of one sideline tough guy and actually stopped his bike to let him have it.
"Have you ever ridden a bike before?" Voeckler barked. The heckler, as hecklers generally do, backed down in a hurry, saying "sorry, sorry" over and over again. Satisfied, Voeckler went on his way.
Voeckler is currently 52nd in the Tour, one hour and 41 minutes behind the leaders. But we wouldn't make fun of him for that if we were you.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Philadelphia has a Rocky statue. Pittsburgh has an Immaculate Reception statue. Detroit's getting a Robocop statue. Now Seattle wants in on the act.
Two Seahawks fans are trying to raise money to build a statue commemorating "The Tip," Richard Sherman's famous redirection of a pass to Michael Crabtree in January's NFC championship game. Sherman tipped the ball to Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith, killing San Francisco's last chance at a comeback in a 23-17 game.
The Tip sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl and vaulted Sherman into the American consciousness thanks to his immensely entertaining postgame interview. It might be the finest moment in Seattle sports history, and Seahawks fans Joe Michaels and Chris Bauer want it honored in bronze.
“That was a moment that was so perfect and so important to this city," Michaels told local radio station KJR. “We thought, if that moment meant so much to so many people, it’s worth celebrating in a big way like never before.”
- Jay Busbee at From The Marbles2 days ago
Whatever Tony Stewart's made of, it's way different from you and me.
Almost a year to the day after a sprint car wreck crunched his right leg like a stomped pencil, Stewart climbed back into one of those open-wheeled crashes-waiting-to-happen and raced.
Naturally, he won. And the legend of Tony Stewart grows ever larger.
The wreck last year, which ended Stewart's season and hopes for a fourth NASCAR championship, was a defining moment in Stewart's career. On one hand, you had the sensible you're-a-businessman-and-this-is-a-business-man types lecturing Stewart on the fact that he now had responsibilities to others beyond himself: sponsors, investors, employees, etc. On the other, you had the hell-yeah-git-em-Smoke crew, backing any and every ridiculous chance Smoke took, and to hell with the pencilneck geeks who doubted him. You can guess where Stewart himself fell.
Rory McIlroy is now one of golf's giants. We can't believe it either, but here we are. This 25-year-old kid, who arrived in this world right about the same time as the third Indiana Jones movie, is officially, certifiably, indisputably a legend.
McIlroy won the Open Championship on Sunday with only the briefest of hiccups. He was paired with Rickie Fowler, playing one pairing behind Sergio Garcia, and both of them veered within two strokes of McIlroy at two points in the afternoon. But McIlroy responded to the challenge with smooth drives straight enough to fire through a keyhole.
When he's playing well, as he did on Saturday afternoon, McIlroy struts. It's more king-of-the-playground than king-of-the-world, really, because of everything that Rory can do on a golf course, scaring you isn't one of them. He's not a Tiger Woods circa 2000, chasing you down, running you over, and then reversing gears a couple times to make sure those tire tracks are embedded. No, McIlroy's game has only two settings: inconsistency and perfection.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a guy who's had more of a good news-bad news career in the last quarter-century than Sergio Garcia. Still without a major win, he's been the "Best Never To Win A Major" for so long nobody really feels all that bad for him any more.
Garcia always plays well at the Open Championship, but this year might just be the best, and thus the cruelest, of all. He's got the bad fortune to be playing some of his best golf of his life on a weekend where Rory McIlroy is otherworldly.
Still, the golf gods gave Garcia a gift ... maybe only to torture him more, but still. He flew his approach shot at 12 into the grandstand, where it rebounded with an audible bang and ended up right on the fringe of the green. Garcia would go on to par the hole and remain, at that point, just two strokes behind McIlroy.
It wouldn't last. On 15, Garcia found himself in a greenside bunker. Not a terrible problem, but he had no margin for error. Certainly, no margin to do this:
Garcia would go on to bogey the hole and drop three behind McIlroy. So, so close.
It's a major Sunday and Tiger Woods is wearing red and black, and if you squint a bit — and don't look at the clock or the scoreboard — you could almost think it's 2000 or 2002 or 2006 again.
But, no, it's 2014, and here's Woods, spending more time looking for balls in the gorse than driving them onto the fairway. He staggered home on Sunday at the Open Championship with a get-me-the-hell-out-of-here 75 to conclude a six-over tournament.
Yes, he finished five strokes behind 64-year-old Tom Watson; yes, he concluded his round almost two hours before the leaders even teed off. Yes, at the moment his comeback from back surgery is looking as misguided as a new Van Halen album, good memories obscuring the painful reality of today. But you know what? Let's not pile on any more. Let's see if we can take some actual positives from Woods' week. Really, it won't be hard.