- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf5 hrs ago
Tom Watson has announced his three captain's picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup: Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, and Webb Simpson.
The three will join Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, and Bubba Watson.
Watson's moves come on the heels of European captain Paul McGinley's picks: Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter. They join Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn, and Graeme McDowell.
The Ryder Cup takes place Sept. 26-28 in Gleneagles, Scotland. Europe has won seven of the last nine meetings, and is a favorite again this year.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
You know that recent football slogan "If you want the NFL, go to the NFL"? As fans in attendance-starved markets know, it's not just a catchphrase, it's an order. The NFL's blackout rules mandate that non-sellouts must result in blackouts in local markets.
Teams can ask for 24-hour extensions to sell more tickets and avoid blackouts. However, nine teams have had blackouts since 2009. In 2013, the Chargers and Bills saw home games blacked out because of lack of attendance.
The NFL and the Players' Association believe that blackouts help preserve the integrity of the NFL product and encourage local fandom; critics contend that the blackouts are an unnecessary burden to place on fans who can't always get to games. The blackouts also a unifying issue for both the NFL and the NFL Players' Association.
HAMPTON, Ga. - Rest easy, mature ladies of NASCAR. Your boy made the Chase.
If this race were a romance novel, which fits the boyish good looks of race winner Kasey Kahne, it'd be titled "Kahne's Konundrum," or "Racin' Kasey," and it'd have dashing heroes (Kahne, of course) and scheming suitors (Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick) and even a villain (Kyle Busch) who almost vanquished our hero's chances of winning the heart of his beloved Chase Bertha. (All right, we'll work on the name.)
Alas, this was only a race, albeit a crucial one for the points standings, and the only romance taking place in the Atlanta Motor Speedway infield probably isn't the kind we can discuss in any detail on a family website. Regardless, Kahne captured his spot in the Chase, bringing a satisfying end to a long and frustrating regular season for the Hendrick Motorsports driver.
HAMPTON, Ga. - After three weeks of pain, sorrow, and horribly misinformed speculation, the Tony Stewart story returned to where it belonged: the race track. But for Stewart, the night ended early, and perhaps that's for the best.
This marked Stewart's first race since the accident in upstate New York that resulted in the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. Stewart has remained in seclusion since the incident, not speaking publicly and missing three races. His return to race in Atlanta brought with it many questions, questions that Stewart himself was not willing or able to answer.
Certainly, Stewart didn't race to lose, or to leave the track more than 150 laps early. But this weekend almost surely wasn't about victory, or qualifying for the Chase, or satisfying sponsors, or anything else other than just allowing Stewart to spend some time in the one place where he's still in control.
HAMPTON, Ga. - Strange things happen when NASCAR goes under the lights. Sunday night at Atlanta, something, either a cat or a squirrel or a mixture of both, darted across the track right in front of race leader Kevin Harvick.
Here you go, decide for yourself:
Was that a cat? A squirrel? Or some kind of nefarious combination of both? Harvick thought it was a cat, but NASCAR.com offered this photograph:
NASCAR has a history of animals making their way onto the track, though it's mostly in Pocono; there, everything from deer to bears to chickens have wandered onto the concrete.
Shortly after seeing the squirrel/cat, Harvick surrendered what had been a dominant lead, and began having problems under the hood. Coincidence? We think not.
- Jay Busbee at From The Marbles4 days ago
HAMPTON, Ga. – Tony Stewart has suffered through thousands of press conferences in his career. Sometimes he’s forthcoming, sometimes he’s confrontational. But until Friday, he was always in control of the room and all in it.
Three weeks ago, Kevin Ward Jr. died in a violent accident involving Stewart’s sprint car at a small upstate New York track. Stewart vanished from the public eye, taking the next three races off. On Thursday, he made the decision to race once again, starting this weekend in Atlanta, and on Friday, he faced the cameras.
He entered the rest of his public life with eyes downcast and shoulders slumped, the whine of sprint car engines outside Atlanta Motor Speedway’s media center an ironic counterpoint. Stewart has never been the picture of health, but even on his scale he looked beaten, skin pale and eyes sunken. When he spoke, his voice cracked on his very first words.
“This has been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with both professionally and personally,” he began. “This is something that will definitely affect my life forever. This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in their life.”
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile4 days ago
Legendary wrestler Jake "The Snake" Roberts has been admitted to a Las Vegas hospital in intensive care with double pneumonia, according to reports.
Roberts was en route to Las Vegas for a promotion on Wednesday and lapsed into unconsciousness, according to WrestlingInc.com. Roberts was in a coma for 24 hours but has regained consciousness.
Fellow wrestler Sinn Bodhi had invited Roberts to the event, and has posted updates on his Twitter feed:
With @JakeSnakeDDT at hospital, he's more worried about disappointing fans then getting better! We told him 2 shut up &beat this phnemonia!
- Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie4 days ago
As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History.
Today, Jay Busbee takes us back to a day when a short man broke through basketball's height-prejudiced ceiling ... and kept on rising.
Here's a story that ought to be a fairy tale, or maybe a children's book: The Little Dunker That Could. Or, from another perspective, The Sure Thing That Wasn't.
Growing up in Atlanta in the mid-1980s, you didn't exactly have a banquet of exquisite sports options. There were the Braves, still years away from the start of their everything-but-rings dynasty. The Falcons featured the planet's most eligible bachelor in quarterback Steve Bartkowski ... and little else. The Hawks, though -- the Hawks had some promise. Though, as always seems to be the case with Atlanta, the Hawks' finest moments came when someone else was just a little bit better.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A discussion of what the heck's going on with a possible new Redskins stadium • A breakdown of whether Tom Brady and Bill Belichick get enough credit (really) • Analysis of the NFC East's prospects. Who's going to win: Eagles, Giants, Redskins or Cowboys?
• Analysis of the AFC East. After New England, do Buffalo, New York and Miami need to show up? All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
Well, we've got our first big Johnny Manziel ad campaign, and it looks like Mr. Football isn't exactly treating his image with stern, untouchable respect.
In this Snickers spot, "Johnny JamBoogie" is leading an aerobics class full of ladies of a certain age. A "teammate" shows up to offer him a Snickers, and all is put right with the world. Well, except that Johnny JamBoogie is no more, leaving an entire room full of heartbroken aerobics ladies. They need your love too, Johnny!
Laugh to keep from crying, Browns fans. Laugh to keep from crying.