- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is having a historic season, the kind that we'll be talking about for years to come. He just set an NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard game to begin a season. But of course, he wouldn't be totaling anywhere near those numbers without a strong offensive line. (Isn't that right, Atlanta?)
Anyway, Murray clearly recognizes the importance of a good O-line, because on Wednesday, he brought them all brand-spanking-new iMacs. Estimated retail value: $1,300 apiece. Not bad.
“Pretty nice,” Zack Martin said. “We just walked in and he gave them to us, so it was pretty cool.”
Here's a photo of the Cowboys locker room with said iMacs already in waiting:
DeMarco Murray surprised his offensive lineman with brand new 21.5 inch iMacs at their locker. valued at $1300 each pic.twitter.com/STTDi3hf8z
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
If you've traveled around this great country of ours and thought, "Man, there are Cowboys and Patriots fans everywhere ," guess what: you're absolutely right.
One of the more fascinating and borderline sinister aspects of social media is the way it reduces your most heartfelt dreams, desires, and fandoms to nothing more than data for a voracious Internet. But enough of privacy concerns. Let's check out where NFL fans reside!
Twitter has created an amazing heat map that tracks where NFL fans reside. You can see the entire map, you can zero in on a single team, or you can compare two different teams head-to-head. Certain teams (Cowboys, Patriots, Steelers) boast bandwagons that stretch from coast to coast. Others are, well, not so fortunate in the breadth of their fanbases.
Digging deeper in the data, we can find some fascinating insights, like:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
On the first play of the second quarter of Sunday's victory against the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles pulled off an impressive 16-yard broken-field run for a touchdown. However, the play ended with a vicious hit from cornerback Brandon Flowers. While Flowers left the game with a concussion, Charles stayed in ... even though he might have been at real risk for a concussion.
“It definitely hurt,” Charles told ESPN Radio. “It’s like, I woke up ... I mean, like, a couple plays later I was seeing light bulbs, like, light bulbs around my eyes, and I was trying to catch them. But I was in the game so I was like, ‘Alright, let’s get the ball and run again.'"
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
As if the Washington Redskins weren't having enough problems fielding a halfway competitive team, the debate on whether the team's name is racist or not simply will not go away. The Redskins-as-racially-offensive theme has hit the American mainstream, and unsurprisingly, people who aren't hardcore NFL fans or longtime "Hail to the Redskins" fanatics aren't quite as enamored with the name.
Here's the thing, though: surveys have consistently shown that a majority — a declining majority, yes, but still a majority — of Americans support the continued use of the "Redskins" name. Team owner Daniel Snyder himself has said he will NEVER (he insists on using all-caps) change the name.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
In the wake of the outrage comes the lawyers.Pro Football Talk is reporting that former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has filed a grievance against the team for cutting him in September.
First, a refresher: In February, Rice got into an altercation with his then-fiancee (now wife) in an Atlantic City elevator, striking her and knocking her unconscious. He was suspended for two games by the NFL in July; two months later, when tape of the actual striking surfaced, Rice was suspended indefinitely by the league and cut by the Ravens.
Now, Rice is apparently protesting the Ravens' decision to cut him, on the basis that the NFL's collective bargaining agreement only permits for one punishment per infraction. This is not an insignifcant issue; while this puts the NFL Players' Association in the position of having to defend someone whose conduct was reprehensible, the larger point stands. If the NFL and teams can continue to double-dip in terms of punishment based on this precedent, the system is open to abuse.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:
• The return of our host Kevin Kaduk from new fatherhood-related absence
• A discussion of the most disappointing teams in the NFL (Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans ... heads up.)
• Why Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever, and if you don't agree, you're insane
• A lightning-fast spin through all the big stories of the week so far.
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ...
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The St. Louis Rams employed all manner of trickeration to fake out the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Apparently, they're so good at this deception that they even fool their own employees.
Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday, quarterback Austin Davis noted that he still gets asked for ID, even after quarterbacking the team through most of their games this season.
"The guy at the front desk at the facility here actually asked who I was the other day," Davis said. "It was pretty good."
When asked why he doesn't just wear his jersey around, Davis answered earnestly, "I can't do that. It's too big without my pads on."
Davis also noted that he had no idea that the infamous fake punt was coming; his back had been turned at the time and then he realized he would be heading back into the game. All part of the deception, apparently.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Brad Keselowski is exactly what NASCAR needs right now.
You will have a reaction to that statement. You will either nod in agreement or spit in disgust, and both reactions prove the same point. For every complaint about NASCAR — the drivers have no personality, the races are too boring, the rules are too confusing — Keselowski is your answer. You don't have to like him, but you have to respect him. You have to pay attention to him, and how many drivers can claim that?
Take, for instance, Sunday's race at Talladega. Fans love this race, but the guys who strap themselves into the cars absolutely loathe it. There's no rhyme nor reason to why things happen the way they do here, no one strategy that you can guarantee will even put you in position to win, to say nothing of taking the checkered flag.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Off in the distance, Brad Keselowski was performing his victory burnout on the Talladega asphalt, American flag in hand. Drivers and teams were beginning the walk -- long for some, buoyant for others -- back toward their haulers and planes. And over in a far corner of the garage, three Hendrick teams loaded up their cars in silence, readying for a long, long drive back north.
For the first time in NASCAR history, curtains are dropping on drivers no matter their regular-season success. And in this, the second round of eliminations, three members of NASCAR's reigning-champion team, saw their championship hopes end on an early, disappointing note.
Jimmie Johnson, six-time champion: eliminated. Dale Earnhardt Jr., three-time winner, including the Daytona 500: eliminated. Kasey Kahne, one of the sport's most popular drivers: eliminated.
Johnson led the most laps on Sunday afternoon. Earnhardt spent time at the front and appeared to have a car capable of returning there before a late wreck destroyed his chances. Kahne had the most heartbreaking finish, being just inches from moving on ... though it would have been at the expense of Gordon:
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Every Chase driver's nightmare became Kyle Busch's reality on Sunday. A wreck started by a non-Chase driver took out Busch and whacked what had been an incredibly promising Chase run for Busch.
On lap 102, Aric Almirola ran into JJ Yeley, and the ensuing wreck consumed Alex Bowman and Busch. “We were just all starting to shuffle around there and getting ready to pit, and I think it was the 83 (Yeley) in front of me, and I think he might have been trying to check up to get to the bottom." Almirola said. "I just barely started to push him and it hooked his car and we all wrecked.”
"We are destroyed," Busch screamed on the radio. "We are absolutely killed. I got wrecked from behind. We are done. It's everything."
Busch's Chase hopes were destroyed too. Despite his crew's valiant efforts, he ended up missing the Chase by seven points thanks to the crash. Busch entered the race third in points, the highest driver in the points standings who didn't win in the second round of the Chase and 26 points ahead of the eighth-place cutoff.