Jay Busbee

  • Opening statements begin in Aaron Hernandez trial

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    Even as his former team prepares for the Super Bowl, Aaron Hernandez is now on trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Opening statements in the trial began Thursday.

    Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder in the June 2013 death of Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player and an acquaintance of the former New England Patriot. At the time of his death, Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

    Lloyd's body was discovered in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. Hernandez's associate Ernest Wallace Jr. is also charged with the murder. Another associate, Carlos Ortiz, was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

    The case is unfolding in Bristol County Superior Court under the eye of Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh. Eighteen jurors were seated, of which 12 will decide Hernandez's fate and six will serve as alternates.

    Hernandez has also been charged in the June 2012 deaths of two men in Boston following an incident in a nightclub. However, Garsh has ruled that jurors will not be permitted to hear the details of the Boston case in this particular trial.

    Opening Statement: Prosecution

  • Could Richard Sherman miss the Super Bowl for his son's birth?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    So this is a new wrinkle for the Super Bowl: Richard Sherman might, just might, miss it because of the impending birth of his son.

    The Seattle Seahawks cornerback has decreed it unlikely he'll miss the game against the New England Patriots, but his girlfriend Ashley Moss is expected to deliver their first child, a son, in the next week. As a precautionary measure, she's in Arizona, and if she were to go into labor, she'd deliver the boy at a local hospital.

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    As for whether the boy would show up on Super Bowl Sunday, Sherman had this to say on Thursday: "He's not supposed to come Sunday. I think he's going to be a disciplined young man."

    Earlier, Sherman had noted that impending fatherhood had changed his perspective on this particular game, and allowed that it could give him extra motivation on Sunday.

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  • The origin of the Seattle Seahawks' '12th Man'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

     

    The Seattle Seahawks' "12th Man" gives an enormous home-field advantage to the defending Super Bowl champs, binding team and fans together. But as this short Yahoo Sports video notes, Seattle shares the "12th Man" moniker with Texas A&M University.

    How did each "12th Man" come to be? What must the Seahawks do to use the trademarked "12th Man"? And which team's fans believe they're the REAL 12th Man? What do Seahawks players who played at A&M think? All that and more right here.

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    So far, the 12th Man has traveled well from Seattle to Phoenix, showing up at all public events and making itself known. Seattle's home-field advantage is nearly insurmountable because of the 12th Man; how much of that will carry over to Sunday's game?

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

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  • Drew Brees identifies underinflated football, nails a studio light

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    If you are an NFL player, if you have ever been an NFL player, if you've ever watched an NFL player, or if you can spell "NFL," chances are somebody's going to ask you about deflate-gate. On Wednesday night, it was Drew Brees' turn, as he took questions from Conan O'Brien about the half-filled "scandal" that's consumed the New England Patriots.

    Brees, while expressing relief that for once his team wasn't in the NFL's crosshairs this time, also tried to throw a fully inflated football to some fans and, well ... it didn't go so well. Check it out.

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  • Greatest (and worst) Super Bowl ever? Have your say right here

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    The Super Bowl is a legendary event, but it hasn't always been a legendary game. For every last-second heroic, there are seven total blowouts. We've had some astounding Super Bowl teams, but more often than not, those teams haven't produced exceptional games.

    Oh, but when everything falls into place, when you've got leads changing hands multiple times in the fourth quarter, when you've got plays that you'll be telling your grandkids about ... that's a truly great Super Bowl. Here, we pick our best, and we invite you to do the same.

    Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk (@kevinkaduk) and Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) kick around the best-and-worst Super Bowls 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!

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  • Who would pay to see Super Bowl Media Day? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's trying-not-to-get-fined Super Bowl week episode, we have:

    • Rob Gronkowski sings! (1:00 mark)

    • A look at Marshawn Lynch's Media Day performance. Does it matter that he didn't say a word? (3:54 mark)

    • The ridiculousness of Media Day. Why does it exist? Why do people dress up in costumes? Why would anyone pay to watch this? (11:30 mark)

    All this and more as part of the special Shutdown Corner Podcast's Super Bowl week episodes. Listen up, and while you're listening ...

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  • Mystery shoveler clears off Boston Marathon finish line

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 day ago

    Love that Dirty Frozen Water #Boston #bostonblizzard #BostonStrong pic.twitter.com/BDaI2m1z0C

    A blizzard dusted the Northeast early in the week, but at least one mysterious shovel-carrier decided to take a stand against snow. Someone cleared off the famed finish line of the Boston Marathon, making for a nice contrast to Mother Nature's white-out.

    While calling the mystery shoveler a "hero" might be a bit much, the finish line made for a nice visual metaphor of the city's resilience and willingness to rebound from adversity. There's a move underfoot to find the shoveler, using the hashtag #whoshoveledthefinishline on Twitter. And while there will probably be half a dozen "shovelers" who come forth, the real shoveler knows what he or she did. Nice work, sir or ma'am.

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  • Kurt Warner still wonders whether Patriots bent rules in Super Bowl against Rams

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It's been 13 years since the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI. Even today, the stunning-at-the-time upset continues to rankle members of the heavily favored Rams. On Tuesday, former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner allowed that, yeah, maybe the whole deflate-gate business has provided fresh fuel to some long-held suspicions.

    "I don't want to believe that there was anything outside of his team beat our team," Warner said, per the New York Daily News. "That's what I want to believe. Yeah, there's a sliver of a doubt … Was there any advantage they gained in any game? Not just our Super Bowl game, but maybe a game before that to get to the Super Bowl. All those things enter your mind. It's not because I'm bitter. It's not because I say they cheated, because I have no idea."

    Warner noted that quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are clearly all-time talents, but that this latest scandal continues to taint their legacy.

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

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day 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!

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  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft, unleashed! (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days 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 ...