Jay Busbee

  • NFL names Katy Perry next Super Bowl halftime show act

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    The NFL has announced the halftime show act for this year's Super Bowl, and it's none other than the widely-rumored Katy Perry.

    Perry is the third female artist in the last four years to headline the show, following  Madonna in 2012 and Beyonce in 2013. (Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers ran the show last year.) It's a reasonable choice, as Perry can work a 110-million-person room with the best of them.

    The reason the NFL would ask for a donation? Halftime performers get an estimated $100 million in publicity for their performance, a captive audience like no other. Per ESPN's Darren Rovell, however:

    Katy Perry on College Gameday: "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."

    Anyway, now you know what you'll be either watching with your non-football friends or skipping to go reload your plate with nachos. And that's always useful information.

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

  • Odell Beckham Jr. makes the greatest NFL catch ever

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    Look, we know this is the Internet and we get a lot of grief about declaring something "GREATEST" or "BEST EVER" or "LEGENDARY" or whatever. Usually the criticism is justified. But we're going to roll with this anyway, and we dare you to defy us: Odell Beckham Jr. just made the greatest catch in NFL history .

    Not the most meaningful. Not the most important. But the flat-out best, most athletic catch ever.

    Beckham leaps, catches the ball with one hand, twists himself sideways, stays in bounds, and lands in the end zone. Simply flawless. But don't just take our word for it, listen to this Cowboys fan from Cleveland:

    Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!

    You're going to see that one forever. And it's going to be just as amazing every single time.

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

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  • Lion charges Pats' knees on last play

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    Detroit didn't have much fun in New England, getting their manes handed to them 34-9. So you can understand why the Lions might be a little chippy. Add to that the fact that the Patriots poured on what could be construed as an unnecessary touchdown with under two minutes to play, and you get this:

    That's Lions center Dominic Raiola, diving at the knees of a Patriots defensive lineman (Zach Moore) on the final play of the game. The teams were in victory formation — or, in this case, surrender formation, since Detroit was down by 25 — and thus the Patriots weren't exactly prepared for the hit.

    Raiola didn't even try to disguise his intentions. "I cut him," Raiola said after the game. "We took a knee, so I cut the nose [tackle]. ... They went for a touchdown at 2 minutes. They could have took three knees and the game could have been over. It's football. He wants to keep playing football, let's play football. Not a big deal. It's football."

    Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was even more direct.

  • Could you kick a game-winning FG?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    ATLANTA - Cleveland's Billy Cundiff drilled a game-winning 37-yard field goal against Atlanta on Sunday afternoon, and if you were just watching the game on TV or checking your fantasy scores, you probably thought, "eh, no big, 37-yarder, pretty much a gimme, right?" For most NFL kickers, right.

    For you, though? No way on earth. Those 37 yards may as well be a mile, as far as most of the rest of us are concerned. Your intrepid Yahoo Sports reporter visited the field of play after the game was over, stepped over the bits of broken Falcon dreams, and walked out to where Cundiff set up to make his field goal. Here's what it looks like from that perspective:

    Yeah, no way you're making that. Here's a little live-action video just for further perspective:

    That's a flat-out terrifying prospect, and that doesn't even include the elements of 70,000 screaming fans, 11 opposing players looking to remove your leg from your torso, and the very real possibility that if you miss this field goal you'll be cut from the team and never make this much money again.

    Still think you can do it? Lace up. There's always room in the NFL for more kickers.

  • Cleveland QBs: controversy or no?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    ATLANTA -The winning field goal had passed through the uprights 60 seconds before, sending the Cleveland Browns into fits of ecstasy and the numb Georgia Dome fans out into the rain. But here was Brian Hoyer, walking slowly off the field, eyes down on the turf in front of him, shaking his head in frustration.

    He'd just guided the Browns down the field with a perfectly-executed 44-second, four-completion game-winning drive. Cleveland is now 7-4, and if the team forfeited every one of its remaining games it'd still be the Browns' best year since 2007. The Browns just welcomed back Josh Gordon, 2013's leading receiver. Hoyer has thrown for 300-plus yards the last two games, the first Brown to do so since Brian Sipe way back in 1980.

    "I'm really disappointed in myself," he said after the game. "I know I have to do a better job. ... I can't even believe we still won."

    "Smile, Brian," somebody said as Hoyer left the postgame podium. He gave it a good attempt, at least.

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

  • Josh Gordon returns to bolster Browns

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    ATLANTA – Josh Gordon returned to the Cleveland Browns' lineup on Sunday after serving a 10-game suspension, and the results were every bit as thrilling, and maddening, as Cleveland fans could have expected.

    Throughout the week, talk spread that Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine would use his new weapon on only 20 to 30 snaps. Nobody believed that, and Pettine himself dismissed it after the game. Bringing 2013's leading receiver into the game at a slow pace is like backing the Ferrari down the driveway just to get the mail. Cleveland won the game 26-24, and while Gordon didn't score, he could claim credit for keeping the Falcons secondary off-balance.

    Gordon ended up catching eight passes for 120 yards, running in every conceivable direction. He even attempted a pass, such as it was, a botched play that didn't hurt anyone.

    Cleveland has lots of questions remaining in its unlikely playoff charge, but as long as Gordon is focused — both on and off the field — he's going to tilt the game in the Browns' direction.

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  • Eagles-Titans scuffle ends in NASCAR joke

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    There was a time when comparing a football game to a NASCAR race meant you were impressed by the speed of the wide receivers or perhaps the ability of a running back to trade a little paint with defenders. No more. In these days of NASCAR-as-Ultimate-Fighting, a far different reference is at play, as we saw on Sunday in the Titans-Eagles game:

    The reference, of course, is to NASCAR's just-completed season, which saw several postrace fisticuffs, including this:

    And also this:

    The fighting's all fine and good, but we want to see an NFL player do a smoking burnout on turf after scoring a touchdown. That'd be impressive.

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  • Check this amazing Browns pregame catch

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    ATLANTA – Prior to their game against the Atlanta Falcons, several Cleveland Browns players were loosening up with athletic feats that would have the rest of us bedridden for a week. Johnny Manziel stood in one end zone firing sidearm fastballs 20 yards downfield, and then there was this:

    Sweet mercy. That's apparently cornerback Joe Haden, who said earlier this week that he wouldn't be surprised if newly returned teammate Josh Gordon dropped 250 yards on the Falcons. That may not happen, but Gordon will have to be spectacular to top that pregame effort.

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  • Scalpers selling free Jets-Bills tickets

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    Well, you knew this was going to happen. The NFL moved the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game to Detroit on Monday night because of heavy snowfall in the Buffalo area, then wisely decided to give away tickets to the game for free. The gambit paid off; the tickets sold out online in a matter of hours.

    And then came the scalpers. The tickets are on sale on ebay in the range of $50-$75 per ticket, though at least one sold for $100. (Why would one person buy a hundred-dollar ticket? The mind boggles.)

    This is proof positive that the NFL could print money if it wanted to, and we'd use it to replace our own currency. Let's hope it never gets the idea.

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

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  • The Raiders are back! (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A brief appreciation of the Oakland Raiders, who finally managed to win a game • A look at the dwindling chances of the Kansas City Chiefs • The locks and upsets of the week • Which franchises have made their fans the most miserable? All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen above and download below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.