Jay Busbee

  • Titans coach knows fans want team to lose, possibly get No. 1 pick

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    There comes a point for every NFL team that's pretty bad when they have to make a choice: just how bad do we want to be? Granted, the NFL isn't like the NBA, where tanking can get you a franchise-changing player, but when you've got the opportunity to hold the first pick in a stocked draft, how much are you willing to do to get it?

    The Tennessee Titans face such a choice, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt understands that his fans' desires and his team's desires may not run in the same direction. The Titans want a victory, the fans want the opportunity to pick up a player who could get them many more victories down the road.

    "From a fan's perspective, I understand that, but you want to win. That's what you're geared in to do," he said. "That's why we're in this business. We're trying to do that. I don't worry as much about that until the season's over, but I certainly respect their feelings on that."

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  • Giants punter visits NYPD precinct, laughs about Christmas Eve drug test

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    It's been a lively couple of days for Giants punter Steve Weatherford. First, he spent a solemn hour before practice Tuesday visiting a precinct of the New York Police Department to offer support in the wake of last week's tragic shooting of two officers.

    “What they do for us on a daily basis, I know it doesn’t get enough credit,” Weatherford said, according to the New York Daily News. “People don’t say ‘Thank you’ enough for the times that they don’t need the police because everything is under control and everybody is safe. It’s a very thankless job, and I just wanted to go there and really just tell them ‘Thank you for doing what you do for us, for putting your life in danger on a daily basis to afford us the safety and security so we can sleep peacefully at night,’ and ‘I appreciate everything that you do.’”

    It was an honor to spend the morning with the #NYPD 18th precinct. Thank you for all you do. pic.twitter.com/PO4F2T0Z3x

  • Seahawks fan overcome with emotion thanks to Christmas gift from team

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    So this is Alex, and he's a hardcore Seahawks fan. He's also the fortunate recipient of a pretty sweet gift from the team: a signed helmet. Alex is overcome with emotion, exactly the way the rest of you ungrateful types ought to be when you get gifts.

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    The home video is VERY long and VERY home-video-ey; the good stuff starts at about the 2:30 mark, but we've excerpted it right here for you:

    Congrats to Alex, and nice work, Seahawks. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone.

    (Helmet tip: SB Nation)

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  • The Shutdown Corner Podcast 2014 Awards for NFL Excellence, Awfulness

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Here we are almost at the end of the line for 2014! It's been a tough year for the NFL, yet there are still high moments to recognize. Today, we run through the best of the best, including: • Man of the Year • Team of the Year • Story of the year • Ridiculous story of the year

    • Play of the year

    • Disappointment of the year

    • Surprise of the year

    • Biggest story heading into 2015

    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. The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!

  • LeBron, Ronda Rousey, Ray Rice lead Yahoo Sports' most popular posts

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 day ago

    Millions of you visited Yahoo Sports this year, and we thank you for that. LeBron James, Ronda Rousey and Ray Rice were among the most notable athletes in 2014, but the overriding lesson might be: careful what you do at baseball games. Here are the most popular stories on the Yahoo Sports Blogs for 2014:

    1. LeBron James violates royal protocol, puts arm around Kate Middleton during a photo (Dec. 9) Weeks before "The Interview" kicked off an international crisis, LeBron James nearly started one of his own when he (gasp!) put his arm around the British royal family's beloved Kate.

    3. Fan who fell asleep during Yankees-Red Sox game suing for $10 million (July 7) Look, we get it: midsummer baseball can be boring. But if you do happen to drift off, don't blame the team or the networks for showing you catching some Zs.

    And here are the next 10:

     

  • Congrats, Tyler Thigpen, you get to be a Cleveland Browns QB

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    A Cleveland Browns season which began with glimmerings of hope that sparked into a bonfire has now dwindled to embers, and the man tasked with poking at the the last of the dying glow could be ... Tyler Thigpen.

    Yes, the end result of the Great Hoyer-Manziel Debate is that both guys are pretty much useless at the moment, and so the Browns have brought back Thigpen, a member of the team during preseason, to serve as a potential quarterback. Also in the mix: Connor Shaw, the rookie QB who has spent the entire year on the Browns' practice squad.

    Thigpen's signing comes a day after the franchise was reportedly spurned by Rex Grossman, who was with the Redskins last year along with current Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Grossman was with the Browns in training camp this year.

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  • Tony Romo has deadly, painful aim when throwing footballs

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Ever wanted to catch a pass from an NFL quarterback? Careful what you wish for.

    David Feherty is an esteemed golf commentator and a reasonably proficient athlete. But being from Northern Ireland, Feherty lacks a bit of the ingrained football knowledge that Americans have, so when he prepared to catch a pass from Tony Romo, well, it didn't go so well.

    Romo, of course, is no slouch on the golf course himself, having played in many a professional tournament and attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open. He's sticking to his day job for now, though a few passes like that to Dez Bryant could put his status in doubt.

    In any event, Hans Moleman is suitably impressed:

    Try not to cringe too much at this one, friends.

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  • Marshawn Lynch shakes off illness, sickens Cardinals with amazing run

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Marshawn Lynch spent the first quarter of Sunday night's game vomiting into a Gatorade bucket and scarfing down Skittles, according to various reports. Whatever he did, it worked well enough to inspire him to one of the greatest runs of the NFL season.

    The game was already well in hand when Lynch ripped off this 79-yard beauty, a masterpiece that included speed, strength, stamina, will, and a good old-fashioned, flying-backward ... well, let's call it an "equipment adjustment."

    The run marked Lynch's longest run from scrimmage, and firmly sealed a 35-6 victory over Arizona that put Seattle on a Super Bowl trajectory. Lynch finished with 110 yards and two touchdowns, and whatever strife exists between him and the rest of the Seahawks seemed far, far away.

    After the game, buoyed by the victory and basking in the glow of a fine day's work, Lynch was friendly, forthcoming, and thoughtful. Ha! Just kidding.

    He was as distant as ever, and he's only a few games away from repeating reporters' questions back at them word-for-word like an 11-year-old just trying to tick you off:

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  • Ryan Lindley was awful and the Cardinals are in a lot of trouble

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Look, we're sure Ryan Lindley is a nice fellow, and his friends and family surely love him. But man oh man, was he awful on Sunday night against Seattle. And Lindley's troubles bode ill for Arizona's suddenly flimsy hopes to get out of the NFC.

    Lindley, the Cardinals' third-string quarterback, was pressed into service after injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. Facing Seattle's vicious Legion of Boom defense, Lindley came in with low expectations. Sadly, he didn't even meet those, getting pasted 35-6 and throwing a whole new load of concern onto the shoulders of Arizona fans.

    There simply was nowhere for Lindley to go, and even when he had chances, he couldn't capitalize on them. He was 18 of 44 for 216 yards, and he took one sack and threw an interception. He wasn't the sole reason Arizona lost; a wave-as-they-go-by secondary didn't help. But Lindley remains the owner of a dubious NFL record: most passes without a career touchdown, now up to 225.

    Lindley's rough game paled even more in comparison to the gem crafted by Seattle QB Russell Wilson. Late in the game, NBC ran the following graphic:

  • Harbaugh, 49ers to part ways right after season: report

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Jim Harbaugh's departure from the San Francisco 49ers has been such a rumored fait accompli for so many weeks that it's tough to remember that, in fact, it hasn't happened and that Harbaugh is still the coach of the 49ers. But according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, you can now measure Harbaugh's tenure on your fingers.

    Glazer has reported that the 49ers will cut Harbaugh loose within 24 to 48 hours after San Francisco's season ends. And since the 49ers aren't making the playoffs, that end will come Sunday at home against Arizona.

    Harbaugh had been an unqualified success his first three years at San Francisco, taking the team to three straight NFC championship games and one Super Bowl. But the team has fallen apart this year, going 7-8 and flailing at every aspect of the game.

    Wherever he ends up, apparently, he can go ahead and start packing.

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