Jay Busbee

  • Danny Manning on one-and-dones: 'We may as well have them on our team'

    Jay Busbee at The Dagger 2 hrs ago

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  • Rex Ryan: Rob could get a head coaching gig if he gets a haircut

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Rex Ryan has hit the ground in Buffalo running, bringing attitude and (deep breath) SWAG to a team in desperate need of both.

    At the owners' meetings this week, Ryan has been in typical form, which is to say outspoken and not particularly caring whether you agree with him. He announced his intention to "come after" New England, which is what you'd expect him to say. (What, he's supposed to concede the division in March?)

    Ryan also had some brotherly advice for his twin Rob, the defensive mastermind for the New Orleans Saints. Rob is head coaching material, Rex believes, except for one tiny issue: his appearance.

    Ryan also touted his brand-new all-Bills truck:

    Rex Ryans new truck love it GO BUFFALO @buffalobills #BILLSMAFIA pic.twitter.com/9JEwF5d88k

  • Pete Carroll photobombs John Clayton, seeking the elusive ponytail

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    When last we saw Pete Carroll, he was slinking off the field after Super Bowl XLIX, having made perhapsthe most boneheaded decision in football history. Well, it's seven weeks later, and guess who's back, photobombing ESPN's John Clayton during a Sportscenter hit:

    Was he lost or deliberately skulking? With Carroll, you're never quite sure, but afterward, he noted his motive:

    Just competing behind the scenes looking for a scoop!! RT @ESPNNFL: PETE CARROLL PHOTOBOMB! pic.twitter.com/MM6kmtFFhS

    The reference, of course, is to whether or not Clayton actually has a hidden ponytail, an urban legend best given life by a classic Sportscenter commercial:

    The offseason is just the best, ain't it?

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

  • NFL going all-gold for Super Bowl 50

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    This season will mark the run-up to the 50th Super Bowl, and since 50 is a golden anniversary, the NFL is going all-gold, all season long. Trust us, over the next 10 months you're gonna see more gold than that dragon in The Hobbit.

    Start with the name. For the first time, the NFL is abandoning the Roman numerals. That's not exactly a surprise: the Roman numeral for 50 is "L," and "SUPER BOWLL" makes even less sense than "Super Bowl XXX" a couple decades back.

    From there, the NFL is going absolutely all-in on the gold, starting with the upcoming NFL Draft. Players who cross the stage will get a team hat with a gold NFL shield on the back. Logos for Kickoff Weekend and the playoffs will be gold as well.

    Out on the field, every 50 yard line will be tinted gold, and starting in Week 7, every team's logo will be rimmed with gold as well. Pro Bowl uniforms will be black, white, and gold. And the winner of Super Bowl 50 will get a gargantuan "50" in addition to the Lombardi trophy; the numerals will weigh 33 pounds apiece.

  • Jon Gruden breaks down film on Andre the Giant, WWE wrestlers

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Wrestlemania XXI approaches, and ESPN is breaking out its stars to hype up the extravaganza. Bill Simmons appeared on WWE Raw on Monday night, and here, Jon Gruden breaks down some tape on some of the key players in this year's extravaganza.

    He starts with some old footage of Andre the Giant, projecting him as an offensive lineman. (We'd love to see what Andre would have done as a short-yardage fullback. Possibly crushed a guy or two.) From there, it's on to individual assessments of Titus O'Neil, who once sacked Peyton Manning; Curtis Axel; Ryback; and The Bunny.

    Gruden seems to be giving it his all, even if he sounds more than a little mystified by all this flingin' and floppin'. Hey, a man's gotta keep busy during the 15 minutes a year the NFL isn't making news.

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  • Villanova's 'crying piccolo player' sits in with Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show band

    Jay Busbee at The Dagger 2 days ago

    Well, at least someone from Villanova is having a decent March.

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    You know Roxanne Chalifoux, the Villanova band piccolo player last seen crying in the moments after the Wildcats' stunning Saturday night defeatat the hands of NC State. The entire world, or at least the part interested in the NCAA tournament, saw the video of tears in Chalifoux's eyes, playing on despite heartbreak. She showed a lot more energy and school spirit than at least some people we could name

    Jimmy Fallon spotted Chalifoux and invited her onto his show to sit in with the Roots. While she was there, Fallon presented her with a big ol' gift basket and two tickets to see Taylor Swift. Sure, it's not a Final Four berth, but it's not a bad consolation prize, either.

  • What are the greatest Cinderellas in NCAA history?

    Jay Busbee at The Dagger 2 days ago

    One of the greatest elements of the NCAA tournament is the way little teams from colleges you've never heard of can leap up and knock off a big dog. We call them Cinderellas, yes, even though they don't tend to stay around till the end of the ball. (This year, for instance, Cinderella didn't even make it out of the opening weekend.) Here, we take a look at the greatest Cinderellas in tourney history, along with a quick rundown of the five most entertaining coaches to watch. Check it out and see if you agree with us.

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  • Threat to Obama's niece prompts increased security at Princeton game

    Jay Busbee at The Dagger 2 days ago

    A phone call threatening President Obama's niece, a player on the Princeton women's basketball team, prompted increased security at Monday night's Maryland-Princeton NCAA women's tournament game.

    The University of Maryland's athletic department received an eight-minute call on voicemail in which a female caller indicated that a man was driving onto the Maryland campus with a gun in his possession. The caller noted that the man's presence was linked to the appearance of Leslie Robinson, Obama's niece, at the game.

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    Security presence, both visible and undercover, was increased at the game, which also featured in attendance Supreme Court justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

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  • What were the most memorable games of the tournament's opening weekend?

    Jay Busbee at The Dagger 3 days ago

    There have been 52 games played so far in this year's NCAA tournament, and each one is like a snowflake, special in its own way, particularly if your team was on the winning end. Even so, there are five games that rise above the others, five that we'll be talking about even after Kentucky or not-Kentucky cuts down the nets in Indianapolis in a couple weeks.

    You can probably guess most of them, sure, but we run them down in this video. Thrilling upsets, heartbreaking losses, exuberant coaches, devastated fans ... we've got it all right here. Enjoy. Thursday can't get here soon enough!

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  • Who's that screaming when Michigan State opponents shoot free throws?

    Jay Busbee at The Dagger 4 days ago

    We're all for trying to distract opposing players when they're shooting free throws: shouts, streamers, Thundersticks, giant heads, what-have-you. But Michigan State has a particularly potent weapon. Take a listen:

     Dear heavens, what is that shrieking? An animal with its leg caught in a trap? A freelancing soprano? A valkyrie from Valhalla?

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    Nope, turns out it's Julie Trice, mother of Michigan State senior Travis Trice. Julie Trice has been making these noises whenever Travis' opponents go to the line ever since high school, and if you think that yelping is bad in a cavernous arena, imagine them in a high school gym. Lord have mercy. There's no documented proof that Julie's having any effect, but there's no proof she isn't, either.

    (Fun fact: it's not the volume that causes most distraction, it's a sudden change. You can block out a solid wall of sound. If fans really wanted to mess with a shooter, they'd scream their heads off, then go tomb-silent right as he was about to shoot.