Jay Busbee

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

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 22 mins 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 1 hr ago

    Jim Harbaugh's departure from the 49ers has been such a rumored fait accompli for so many weeks that it's tough to remember that, in fact, it hasn't already happened and that Harbaugh is still the coach of the San Francisco 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 next 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 Championships and one Super Bowl. But the team has fallen apart this year, going 7-8 through 15 games and flailing at every aspect of the game.

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  • Giants, Rams engage in large yet meaningless fighting

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    Of all the games on Sunday, only one had absolutely no playoff ramifications whatsoever: the New York Giants versus the St. Louis Rams. The very definition of a play-out-the-sched game, this one naturally descended into madness.

    There was plenty of chippiness from both teams throughout the game; even the Giants kicker got in on the act with an unnecessary roughness penalty. But what tore the roof off the joint was a late tackle: St. Louis' Alec Ogletree threw New York's Odell Beckham Jr. out of bounds in a way that Beckham didn't much care for.

    That set off a melee that wouldn't have looked out of place at a NASCAR race. In the end, three players, New York's Damontre Moore and Preston Parker, and St. Louis' William Hayes, got an early exit. The Giants would go on to run away with the ultimately meaningless game. So maybe that's the best excuse of all for letting off some steam. Not like these guys are going to knock themselves out of the playoffs or anything.

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  • Seven taken to hospital after lightning strikes after Tampa game

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    Seven fans in the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium following the Buccaneers-Packers game were injured after lightning struck in a parking lot. Officials with Tampa Fire & Rescue said that seven people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

    The storm rolled in just as the game ended, and clearly many fans were caught without shelter. However, it now appears that the hits were indirect:

    #BREAKING: We're working to confirm local reports of up to 9 ppl hit by #lightning at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. pic.twitter.com/cvSwcvDK3i

    Electrical storms and large crowds are always a potent, threatening mix. Two years ago, one fan was killed and nine more were injured when lightning struck the crowd just after a NASCAR race in Pocono, Pa.

    Yahoo Sports is investigating the story and will update when more details are available.

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  • Giants kicker penalized for kicking ... to the face

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    Look, being a kicker has to be a tough gig. The risk-reward ratio is more of a chasm for kickers than any other player. And yet they're still disrespected by pretty much everyone, from coaches to teammates to media to fans. So you can understand why a kicker might want to prove that, hey, he can be just as tough as anybody out there on the field.

    Giants kicker Josh Brown decided to get in on a scrum, and being a kicker, he wasn't having a whole lot of impact on the pile. But the Rams' Cody Davis violated every rule of the stable by approaching a kickin' type from the back, and Brown made him pay with a kick to the face. The result? A 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, which might just be the first time a kicker has earned that particular flag.

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  • Lions' Dominic Raiola stomps on opponent's ankle

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    No way around it: This was a dirty play.

    Lions center Dominic Raiola finished up a play in Sunday's Bears-Lions game by stomping on the outstretched ankle of Chicago defensive tackle Ego Ferguson. No doubt about it. He saw the ankle and stomped down hard.

    Raiola told reporters after the game that the stomp wasn't intentional and that he apologized to Ferguson after the game.

    "It was totally unintentional," Raiola said via ESPN. "I remember I was stumbling out. I didn't see the end of it. I apologized at the end of the game, told him it was unintentional and we shook hands and that was it."

    Ferguson saw things differently and would not elaborate on what Raiola said to him. 

    "None of that matters," Ferguson said. "We all saw the play. You can't take back what happened with that play. That's the end of that."

    Sizable fine coming for Dominic Raiola

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  • Raiders player donates game check to 4-year-old heart patient

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    You know, there are people involved in the NFL who use their vast powers and resources for good. Here's one of those stories. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer connected the Oakland Raiders with the family of 4-year-old Ava Urerra of Las Vegas. Ava has a heart condition that Glazer says is like having "half a heart." The result was magnificent.

    The Raiders offered young Ava, who has undergone 14 different procedures on her heart, the opportunity to "captain" the team, and gave her signed gear and toys throughout a visit with the team. Offensive lineman Menelik Watson, so touched by Ava's condition, donated his entire game check, $18,000, to help with the expenses of Ava's family.

    "Sir, I would like to make sure Ava has the greatest holiday," Watson told Ava's father, according to Glazer. "Here is my game check."

    It's not a small gesture, particularly from a second-year player who's in a profession whose careers can be measured in just a handful of years. NFL players are paid in 17 installments over the course of the year, not 52, so Watson just donated almost 6 percent of his entire salary. Great gestures all the way around.

  • Jets' Nick Mangold wears NYPD hat

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    This has been the season of protest in the NFL, with playersexpressing support for the protesters in Ferguson, Mo.; frustration with the death by asphyxiation of Eric Garner in New York; and acall for justice in the deaths of two Ohio individuals at the hands of police. On the morning aftertwo police officers were gunned down while in their police car in Brooklyn, Nick Mangold of the New York Jets offered his own support, wearing an NYPD hat.

  • Anyone want to buy a slightly used Jay Cutler? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • Discussion of Chicago's new quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, who once posed like this: (1:35 mark):

    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!

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  • Jacksonville's Sen'Derrick Marks earned $600,000 on one play

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It was one tackle in a game that was, otherwise, the definition of unmemorable. A tackle to bring a merciful end to a slapfight between two 2-12 teams, a sack of the Tennessee Titans' Charlie Whitehurst through an indifferent O-line. But for Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, it wasthe most profitable tackle of his entire career.

    The sack triggered a $600,000 bonus in Marks' contract; he had to achieve at least eight sacks this season, and he now has 8 1/2. The sack preserved Jacksonville's 21-13 win against Tennessee, giving the Jaguars the tiniest measure of hope for a better year and giving Titans fans more reason to hope for Marcus Mariota in Tennessee blues.

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    In the end, Marks is getting the check, but his teammates are apparently going to help him use it. "Oh, we're going to spend some of that money," DE Red Bryant said.