- Jay Busbee at From The Marbles9 hrs ago
It's been more than a month since an accident involving Tony Stewart claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr. at a race track in Ontario County, N.Y. In that time, Stewart has returned to driving in NASCAR. A police investigation into the event has concluded, and on Tuesday came the news that Stewart's case has been referred to an Ontario County grand jury. Here are answers to the most common questions surrounding Stewart's impending grand jury hearing.
What has happened from the time of the Ontario County police's investigation until now?
In the wake of the incident, Ontario County police maintained that there was nothing in their initial investigation to indicate that Kevin Ward Jr.'s death was anything more than a tragic accident.
As Donald G. Rehkopf, Jr., a criminal defense attorney with the Rochester, N.Y. firm of Brenna, Brenna & Boyce told Yahoo Sports, there were basically two options at that point: the police could have filed the charges themselves, or they could have taken the case to the Ontario County district attorney, who would then turn the case over to the grand jury.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Over the weekend, a Photoshopped alteration of a CoverGirl ad began circulating on social media, one which placed the NFL and, by association, its sponsors in a less-than-flattering light.
CoverGirl is the "Official Beauty Sponsor of the NFL," and the presumption is that its sponsorship is more geared at the 45 percent of the NFL's fans who are women. Thus, the image of a woman with a black eye is meant to put a face on domestic violence and pressure the NFL to remove commissioner Roger Goodell.
Here's another version:
CoverGirl has a line of makeup devoted specifically to each team, and thus has much more of a stake in the NFL's perceived treatment of women than other sponsors. On Tuesday, CoverGirl released the following statement to For The Win:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
When you've lost the fans, you've lost. And by that standard, the Minnesota Vikings are in trouble.
VikingsMessageBoard.com, a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. And oh, are there plenty of people to be disgusted at. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. But the proprietors of the message board also offered the following note, via SB Nation:
Vikings Message Board has been shut down permanently. It will not return. There are two primary reasons.
1. The Vikings' cowardly decision to reinstate a child abuser and think that an apology will make this blow over. We will not stand for this arrogance and we will no longer be the home of any support of the Vikings. We stand for those who cannot defend themselves.Sun, Sep 14New England30 - 7MinnesotaGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
The NFL is in real trouble right now, and it's going to take inspiring leadership, thoughtful solutions, and calm voices to help the league through these treacherous waters. Just don't look to Tom Brady to provide any of that.
Brady, speaking in his weekly radio interview on WEEI, has made it clear that he has no interest in speaking out about the cases involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson or the NFL's new domestic abuse policy.
"I try to stay in my lane. All of those things, none of it’s really my business or my control," Brady said, according to the Providence Journal. "I’ve just been focusing on the games and what I can do better. The things that are taking place on other teams or league-wide decisions, those are a different pay grade than me."
This was the ugliest loss in the history of Levi's Stadium.
Yes, the Bears-49ers game was the first in the history of Levi's Stadium, but still ... it's going to be a long time before San Francisco fans witness a clunker this bad. San Francisco had a 17-point lead, the support of an enthralled home crowd, a chance to put the hated Seahawks a game down in the division ... and somehow, Jay Cutler beat them.
Yes, Jay Cutler, he of the surly demeanor and unreliable decisionmaking, threw for four touchdowns against a defense that wasn't supposed to let this kind of steamrolling happen. Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and surrendered a fumble, all of which contributed to a loss so stunning neither Chicago nor San Francisco fans likely believe it really happened.
Every stadium opening brings with it a horde of firsts, and Levi's was no exception. San Francisco's Michael Crabtree scored the first touchdown, and teammate Phil Dawson kicked the first field goal. But after an early rush, the statistics began to turn against San Francisco.
In a week in which several of the league's biggest names were carried off the field with injuries, a rookie left the day's most lasting image: that of a wounded player being dragged away to satisfy referees and preserve a chance at winning.
The story: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were down two to the St. Louis Rams in the closing seconds of the game, driving and trying to set up a field goal. Quarterback Josh McCown found rookie Mike Evans at the Rams' 32-yard line, and with eight seconds remaining, there appeared to be enough time to spike the ball and set up for a 49-yard field goal attempt.
But Evans, the No. 7 pick in this year's draft, suffered an injury on the play. And because Tampa Bay had no timeouts remaining, Evans had to get off the field or the game would end, because by rule 10 seconds would be run off the clock.
Problem was, Evans could barely move. So first his teammates, then his trainers tried to drag him away.
You can see it play out in this sequence:Thu, Sep 185:25 PM PDTTampa Bay at AtlantaPreview Game
Ray Rice is not going quietly into his indefinite suspension. Rice will appeal his indefinite suspension on Monday, Pro Football Talk reported.
Rice was involved in an altercation with his then-fiancee in February in an Atlantic City casino. This summer, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for two games for his actions, in which he knocked his now-wife Janay Rice unconscious with a punch. However, when video of the actual punch surfaced last week, Goodell, under extreme public criticism, increased the suspension to "indefinite." Rice's team, the Baltimore Ravens, also cut ties with him. (For a complete timeline of the Rice case, click here.)
The stories of Peyton Manning's preparation for each and every game are legendary, and so too are the expectations he has for his receivers. It's no surprise, then, that even one of the NFL's leading scorers, Julius Thomas, might find himself on the business end of a Manning critique:
Sure, the Broncos were up by 11 at the time to a team that was having trouble locating the end zone (Kansas City had just gone 10 minutes with the ball and did not score at all), but you never know in the NFL when someone's going to jump up and throw a scare into you. Better it be your quarterback than the other team, right?
It's only Week 2, but we've got ourselves a strong contender for worst play of the year. And it comes to us courtesy of — sit down, this may shock you — the Oakland Raiders.
Already getting walloped by the Texans, the Raiders appeared to have some good fortune turn their way when James Jones caught a pass with nothing but open field ahead of him. Alas, this is Oakland, where nothing is ever easy. Jones fumbled the ball not once, but twice, on the same play:
The Texans would recover the ball just outside their own end zone, and ran away for a 30-14 win over the Raiders. At least you'll always have this beauty, Oakland fans.Sun, Sep 14Houston30 - 14OaklandGame Recap
You cannot stop J.J. Watt. You cannot even hope to contain him.
Early in Houston's game against Oakland, Watt, the behemoth who stands as one of the best on the defensive side of the ball, checked in at tight end and, well, this happened:
It's just not even fair. Is it possible that Watt's $100 million deal was a bargain?
Reaction from Twitter was of course properly calm and measured:
JJ Watt: Best player in football, regardless of position.
"More JJ Watt! MORE JJ WATT!!!!" - Roger Goodell
Why are people surprised JJ Watt caught a pass? He was a walk-on tight end at CMU. Eight catches for 77 yards in 2007.
THEY LAUGHED AT ME WHEN I STARTED JJ WATT AT WIDE RECEIVER
We look for Watt to be starting at quarterback before midseason.