Jay Busbee

  • The most expensive Super Bowl souvenirs will set you back plenty

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    SAN FRANCISCO—The NFL Shop at the Super Bowl is the size of an airplane hangar, large enough to host every kind of souvenir imaginable. The NFL has slapped a Super Bowl 50 logo on pretty much every kind of consumer product that's not actively on fire. Now, you could grab some $35 t-shirts or $3 bumper stickers, but for the serious (and overly monied) Super Bowl fan, items with a two-digit price tag just won't do.

    Tucked into one corner of the NFL Shop is the NFL VIP Lounge, a shopping nook so exclusive you can't even get in unless you spend $300 on NFL goods. (Or, uh, have a media pass.) Let's look behind the velvet rope at the Super Bowl's priciest souvenirs. And no, a ticket isn't the costliest item. Not even close.

    Put your hand on your wallet, and let's enter the domain of disposable mortgage payments ...

    Super Bowl Wine

    A delicious blend of leather and turf. It'll knock you out! But not in a concussion-generating sense. Definitely not. Price: $150 per bottle.

    Super Bowl Patch Jacket

    Want to look like you got down on the ground and rolled around in Super Bowl logos? Of course you do! Be the envy of grandmothers' couches everywhere! Price: $250.

  • Von Miller, Josh Norman challenge video games with Conan O'Brien

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    The premise of Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" segment is simple and brilliant: play the most hyper-violent video games with a cast of notable stars, in this case Carolina's Josh Norman and Denver's Von Miller. It's great stuff, and make sure to stick around for the arrival of a very special guest. It's good, clean fun, except with chainsaws and disembowelment.

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    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

  • NFL looks to crack down on flow of counterfeit Super Bowl goods

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    SAN FRANCISCO—If you got that new Peyton Manning jersey for $9.99 or that Super Bowl ticket for fifty bucks, you can probably assume it's a fake. Alternately, you could take a close look at the team name and see you've just shelled out for a "Brongos" jersey.

    Some almost-convincing illegal merch out there. Go Brongos! pic.twitter.com/PFFPk36ZhQ

    The NFL is on a mission to crack down on anyone selling its goods and services without a proper license, and on Thursday morning announced some of the results of its ongoing counterfeit-busting operations. Surrounded by an array of counterfeit merchandise, members of both the NFL and federal law enforcement agencies touted their efforts, and warned fans not to get sucked in by fake merch.

    As part of the NFL's "Operation: Team Player," law enforcement agencies have seized 440,000 items in the period from last year's Super Bowl to now. In the last week, agencies have recorded 49 seizures of 12,000 items wtih a market price of $470,000.

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  • Tony Stewart will miss Daytona 500, sidelined indefinitely

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    The ripple effect from Tony Stewart's ATV wreck earlier this week will cost him what could be his final chance at his long-desired Daytona 500 victory, and possibly much more.

    Stewart, 44, who wrecked his ATV on Sunday while vacationing on the West Coast, sustained a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in his back. He was able to move all extremities, according to initial reports. A Thursday afternoon update provided greater detail into the specifics of Stewart's condition as well as his immediate future.

    According to a Stewart-Haas Racing statement, he was flown to North Carolina on Tuesday and underwent surgery on Wednesday. "The subsequent recovery period means Stewart will miss the beginning of the Sprint Cup season," the statement read. "A timetable for Stewart's return has not been determined, but he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2016." The team did not announce a replacement driver.

    Here is the full statement:

    Clint Bowyer is slated to take over as driver of the No. 14 in 2017.

  • Cam Newton helps family fulfill late son's bucket list

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    SAN FRANCISCO — Cam Newton's been a busy man this week, his time divided into tiny chunks by team and media obligations. But he still found a few minutes for a family whose son was one of Newton's biggest fans.

    Via WBTV, a touching story: Scot Sieczko followed Newton from the time Cam was winning a Heisman Trophy and a national championship at Auburn — a rarity for the area, considering Scot lived in San Francisco. He sported a Newton jersey and spoke often of wanting to meet Newton.

    A year after Newton was drafted No. 1 by the Carolina Panthers, Scot was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer. He underwent treatment in San Francisco, and after 54 weeks, appeared to have cleared the cancer in November 2013. But he relapsed soon afterward, and as his condition worsened, he created a bucket list and began ticking off notches.

    Scot died in September 2014 at age 22 with only two lines left on his list: meet Cam Newton and get him to sign a jersey.

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  • John Madden recovering from surgery, will miss Super Bowl week

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    SAN FRANCISCO — John Madden, one of the NFL's iconic voices and minds, will win acclaim in absentia at this year's Super Bowl as he recovers from heart surgery. The game which bears his name, however, may have already predicted the outcome.

    "He's on his way back. He's just not there yet," said Madden's son Mike, according to local reports. "He could rally and make appearances, but he's choosing not to do so."

    Madden, who lives not far from the San Francisco-Santa Clara-San Jose Super Bowl nexus, underwent a successful procedure in December and will be watching the game either from home orhis famed Pleasanton, Calif. office. His sons will accept the Pat Summerall Award, named for his former broadcast partner, on his behalf in a Thursday night ceremony, and on Friday the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon will honor him as well.

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  • What will Super Bowl 100 look like?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    We're at Super Bowl 50, and we're so far from the grind-it-out ground game of the first Super Bowl that it's almost a completely different form of football. So what will Super Bowl 100 (in Roman numeral terms, Super Bowl C) look like? Robot referees? Two-hand touch rules? Teams in Mexico City and London? The Browns still without a championship? We have our guesses; let's hear yours in the comments below.

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  • The feds may shoot down your drone if you fly near the Super Bowl

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    SAN FRANCISCO—Super Bowl 50 will almost certainly be the most-watched television event in American history, and that’s an awfully large temptation for anyone looking to spread a message of protest, violence, or terror. As a result, the NFL and law enforcement agencies across the spectrum are reaching the culmination of a two-plus-year effort to keep Super Bowl 50 safe and secure.

    Included in their sweep of possible security threats: a no-drone zone that extends 36 miles out from Levi's Stadium in every direction, an area that encompasses most of San Francisco, San Jose and the surrounding communities. The Federal Aviation Administration is enforcing the no-drone zone from 2 p.m. local time to 11:59 p.m., and warns of fines or, in some drastic instances, "deadly force" if necessary.

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  • Eli Manning on Peyton: 'He doesn't need my advice'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    SAN FRANCISCO—Mannings have played in six of the last 10 Super Bowls, including this one, so when you're looking for advice on how to reach a Super Bowl, you ought to ring one of them up.

    But winning one? One Manning brother has a clear edge in that department. Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings in two attempts, a flawless record superior numerically to brother Peyton's one-in-three attempts (not including this year).

    But let's be honest: nobody sane thinks that Eli is a better quarterback than Peyton, not even Eli. When asked what advice he'd give Peyton as a fellow underdog heading into the Super Bowl, Eli didn't even hesitate: "I don't think Peyton needs any advice from me," he laughed. "He's played this game at a high level for a long time. But for this game, an underdog is something for the media to talk about. As players, you're preparing to win a game. Every player on both of those teams thinks he's going to go out and win that game."

    Eli returned the favor: "I watch him like a little brother, watching my big brother play," he said. "I've turned into a Broncos fan."


  • Greenest green you've ever seen: a look at the Levi's Stadium turf

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif.—You have never seen green like the green of a Super Bowl field.

    It’s beyond emerald, beyond lime, beyond shamrock. This is the color of green you imagine in your mind when you envision the perfect expanse of grass, and come Sunday, it’ll almost certainly be the most-viewed lawn in American history.

    The grass at Levi’s Stadium is the craft and creation of Ed Mangan, field manager for the Atlanta Braves and, by his reckoning, “26 or 27” of the 50 Super Bowls to date. Mangan sourced the turf from West Coast Turf in Livingston, Calif. It’s a hybrid Bermuda overseeded with rye, specially designed to handle the stress and pressure not only of a game, but of a halftime show and assorted broadcast stage setups.

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    Some turf statistics to trot out between commercials at your Super Bowl party:

    • The turf comes in pieces 42 inches wide and 40 feet long, in rolls that weigh 2,000 pounds apiece.

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