Jay Busbee

  • Beijing 2022 anthem sounds rather similar to 'Let It Go' from 'Frozen'

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 9 hrs ago

    Beijing has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, even though it's a city not known for its winter chill. Even so, Beijing organizers have created a wonderland of multimedia productions designed to put everyone in mind of snow and ice ... in one case, by evoking the most famous depiction of cold in popular culture since Hoth.

    "The Snow and Ice Dance," a song off a new collection of Beijing anthems, begins slowly, with a single voice over a gentle piano theme before building to a crescendo. If you've read the headline, you know where we're going with this one, but play this for a friend andsee if this song reminds them of anything:

    Sound familiar? If you're not singing along, any nearby kids sure are. The Chinese song is awfully close to "Let it Go," the omnipresent anthem from "Frozen" that's the bane of karaoke and carpools everywhere:

    So, your thoughts. Does the Chinese song rip off "Frozen," or is it just a case of two very similar songs with identical themes? Your call.

  • WWE's Titus O'Neil treats homeless to fine meals in San Diego

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 day ago

    Everyone ought to have a good meal now and then, and everyone ought to have a friend in their corner like the WWE's Titus O'Neil.

    The wrestler decided to treat a couple homeless people to a good meal in San Diego on Friday, but said that he received a "distant" reception from the manager at the Yardhouse restaurant:

     O'Neil upped the ante on Saturday, taking even more people to dinner at the same restaurant. And the reception this time around was far warmer.

    Great gesture, and O'Neil wrote on Instagram of the meal:

    Pro wrestling has lost several of its icons in recent months. Guys like O'Neil give hope that the future of the sport is still in good hands.

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  • Bat boy dies after being struck by bat in Kansas baseball game

    Jay Busbee at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    A young bat boy has died of injuries sustained when he was struck by a bat at a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday afternoon.

    Kaiser Carlile, age 9, was a bat boy for the Liberal (Kan.) Bee Jays. He was struck in the head on a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle by a player who didn't notice him, and although he was wearing a helmet, sustained severe injuries. Carlile died from the injuries on Sunday.

    The game's home-plate umpire, Mark Goldfeder, a 25-year paramedic, treated the boy until paramedics could arrive and transport him to the hospital.

    The Liberal Bee Jays were one of many teams participating in the World Series and were in the midst of a game against a team from San Diego when the accident happened. Kaiser was rushed to a local hospital, and after a long conference in the outfield, the team decided to play on. Liberal defeated San Diego in 13 innings, 13-5, and advanced to play on Sunday.

    A grieving BeeJays player later posted his thoughts on Instagram:

  • 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 4 days ago

    Wrestling superstar "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at age 61. Multiple reports indicate that Piper died in his sleep from a heart attack.

    "Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night," Piper's agent Jay Schacter told Variety. “I am shocked and beyond devastated.”

    Upon learning of his death, WWE chairman Vince McMahon tweeted that Piper was "one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE beloved by millions of fans around the world."

    Piper, whose real name was Roddy Toombs, is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and was one of the core members of the '80s-era WWE (then known as the WWF). Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Piper competed in the very first Wrestlemania, working a faux-Scottish angle in a tag-team match (along with Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff) against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, and quickly became one of the sport's most hated villains.

    Piper's rivalries with Hogan, Jimmy Snuka and even Cyndi Lauper set the tone for the WWF, helping the wrestling organization achieve the nationwide prominence that it enjoys to this day.

    Once more, then, Piper's music:

    Reactions to his death poured in on Twitter:

  • Who are the five most hated teams in sports? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 4 days ago

    Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed

    Welcome to Friday, everyone! It's time for the Friday Five episode of Grandstanding, where we hit each other with questions from across the world of sports and pop culture. We begin with some talk about the baseball season trade deadline, and from there dive into our questions:

    • What trade from your hometown team devastated you the most as a kid, or as an adult?

    • What are the five most hated teams in sports? The Yankees? Alabama? Duke basketball? Let's decide!

    • If you had to run a franchise, like Vin Baker and a Starbucks, which franchise would it be?

    • Tom Cruise's new movie opens today. You pro or con on Mr. Cruise?

    • Finally, a reader question: What's the weirdest thing your boss would find on your phone?

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  • Beijing will host 2022 Winter Olympics

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

    Beijing, China has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in a vote over Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, and becomes the first city to host both Summer and Winter Games. China's representative city defeated Kazakhstan's by a 44-40 vote.

    “Just as with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic family has put its faith in Beijing again to deliver the athlete-centred, sustainable and economical Games we have promised,” Beijing Olympic officials said in a statement. “This will be a memorable event at the foot of the Great Wall for the whole Olympic family, the athletes and the spectators that will further enhance the tremendous potential to grow winter sports in our country, in Asia and around the world.”

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  • Jets fans fly 'Cheaters look up' banner over Patriots camp

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Jets fans fly “Cheaters” banner over @Patriots training camp: http://t.co/0qSPzVepGx pic.twitter.com/wuqnp2aMcY

    Like there wasn't enough going on already at Patriots camp ... a group of Jets fans flew a banner over the first day of New England's camp reading "CHEATERS LOOK UP."

    The stunt was the product of @JetsFanMedia, a crew that previously started a "FireJohnIdzik.com" campaign to oust the Jets' beleaguered general manager. Idzik was bounced right after the end of the 2014 season. The reference, obviously, is to the ongoing deflate-gate/phone-gate saga involving Tom Brady and the Patriots.

    Robert Kraft signed a "Free Brady" posted today. Photo from the Herald's @photowilcox. pic.twitter.com/2RqdBRR5GC

  • William 'Refrigerator' Perry auctioning off Super Bowl XX ring

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    William "Refrigerator" Perry, one of the most famous NFL players of the 1980s, is auctioning off the Super Bowl ring he won after the 1985 season with the Chicago Bears.

    Heritage Auctions is overseeing the auction at this week's National Sports Collectors' Convention in Ilinois, and bidding is available online. The starting bid is $16,000, and the auction site has indicated that the ring could fetch as much as $1 million. The ring is estimated at a size 25, the largest Super Bowl ring ever produced by Jostens. [UPDATE: The ring was sold for more than $203,000.]

    The Bears decimated the Patriots 46-10 in that Super Bowl, a game in which Perry scored a touchdown. Perry played 10 seasons in the NFL, the vast majority of those with the Bears. He has fallen on harder times of late. In 2008, he was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré Syndrome, a disorder involving inflammation of the nerves. He has suffered financial difficulties as well as health problems.

  • Tom Brady should've just flushed the darn phone (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed

    The NFL has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension, largely because Brady refused to turn over his cell phone, and all hell's breaking loose. We spend a good 20 minutes chewing over this from every angle, including the "Patriots are cheaters" and "Tom Brady should've just turned over his phone!" angles.

    We also consider who wins and who loses in this whole scenario, and whether Jimmy Garoppolo is ready for his close-up. Finally, we look at the options available for both Brady and the NFL going forward. This story is by no means over.

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  • Twitter reacts to Tom Brady's upheld four-game suspension

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    The NFL has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in the whole deflate-gate fiasco, and Twitter has responded with characteristic tact, restraint, and solemn respect.

    My assistant Jack Daniels and I actually destroy a cell phone every four months or so. Usually just the screen but I get it.

    no respect for cheaters and only 4 smh


    So, let me get this straight. If Tom Brady had destroyed his cell phone in an elevator then we'd be talking about 2 games not 4, yes?

    This further supports the theory that deflating footballs is a gateway drug. He's graduated to destroying cellphones. #monster #jailforbrady

    Well you can't say cheaters never win

    Everybody made fun of Andrew Luck's flip phone, but he knows what's up.

    There are reports Brady destroyed his phone. So, this whole thing cost him four games, plus the $300 restocking fee.

    Peyton Manning's phone is just full of text messages to his offensive coordinator, a slacks shop, and Papa John

    Tom Brady be like pic.twitter.com/Xa5MlIKzj5