- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 mins ago
Thursday has become "Throwback Thursday" on social media, where everyone shares pictures of themselves from back in the day and we all have a good laugh about how much things have changed ... or haven't.
Of course, there hasn't been a throw in the last three years that Richard Sherman hasn't tried to claim as his own, and Throwback Thursday is no different. He offered up the above childhood photo of himselfas a wee lad, already featuring his trademark intense stare.
Lil' Richard seems like he's ready to commandeer that camera and tell the poor hourly-rate photographer to take that weak Olan Mills junk out of here, pronto. Some things never ever change.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner47 mins ago
We have no idea how newly acquired receiver Percy Harvin will fit into the New York Jets, except to say that 1. there will be a story and 2. there will be chaos. Good chaos? Bad chaos? Who knows? We're through the looking glass at this point with New York, and here's the proof: Michael Vick is vouching for Harvin's behavior.
“He won’t be a monster here,” Vick said of Harvin, according to the New York Post. “He won’t be a monster here. I can assure all the fans of that.”
Now, the easy joke is, of course, that if Michael Vick is your character witness, you've got real problems. Truth is that Vick has done everything he could to distance himself from his, shall we say, troubles of the mid-2000s. He stood up for Riley Cooper during Cooper's post-racist outburst days in Philadelphia, and he's been a loyal soldier both there and in New York. (Perhaps not the most prepared soldier, but loyal nonetheless.)Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTBuffalo at NY JetsPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Look, the New York Jets are circling the drain. No one disputes this. The team is 1-6, and even in its best moments, it seems to somehow fall short and torpedo its own feet. But say this for head coach Rex Ryan: the dude still finds ways to remember that this is a freaking game , and games are, in theory, supposed to be fun.
Jets beat reporters were on a conference call with Buffalo Bills rookie Sammy Watkins on Wednesday at the Jets' practice facility when Ryan, also in the building for his own news conference, walked by. Hearing who was on the call, and hearing Watkins talk about the Jets defense, Ryan decided to have a little fun with the rook.
Ryan's son Seth played at Clemson last year with Watkins, and Ryan, without introducing himself, played the role of reporter:
"Sammy, I've got a question," Ryan said. "How did you help Seth Ryan out? How did he do out there? And if you could really help him, you wouldn't play this game." (Watkins is the Bills' leading receiver, so his absence would naturally help the Jets to some degree.)
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is appealing his indefinite suspension at the hands of the NFL. Now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodellwill have to testify at the appeal hearing in November.
Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbitrator with whom both sides agreed, announced Wednesday that Goodell would have to testify, according to an AP source. Still undetermined is whether Goodell's testimony will be confidential.
NFL attorneys sought to protect Goodell from testifying, instead offering up Jeff Pash, the league's general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the league's vice president for labor policy.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner19 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
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:Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTChicago at New EnglandPreview Game
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.'"Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTSt. Louis at Kansas CityPreview Game
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.
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.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTBaltimore at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 days 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 ...