Jay Busbee

  • Triple Crown talk with American Pharoah's jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 31 mins ago

    Triple Crown time, baby! For the third time in the last four years, we've got a horse rolling into the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win one of sports' most coveted achievements. Can American Pharoah achieve the Triple Crown? Well, since the horse itself isn't talking to media, we went with the next best thing: jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert. Topics included:

    • Whether the rainy conditions were the worst Espinoza's ever raced in,

    • What it's like to be atop a horse with a hundred thousand fans screaming all around you,

    • How one prepares a horse, and oneself, for the three-week grind between the Preakness and the Belmont,

    • How Bob Baffert will celebrate should he win the Triple Crown at long last.

    Get yourself ready for June 6 with this fine podcasting product.

    [Music by Chris Salmon and Tobin Summerfield]

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  • Los Angeles NFL team update: St. Louis officials sue over stadium, San Diego negotiates with Chargers

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    Conventional wisdom holds that three teams -- the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, and the St. Louis Rams -- are in the mix to move to Los Angeles. How true, or likely, that scenario is depends on whom you ask, but what's indisputable is that the threat of moving to L.A. is spurring action in each city ... which, of course, is what the NFL has wanted all along.

    Start in San Diego, where the possibility of losing the Chargers has, at long last, galvanized the city into action. The Chargers are meeting with city and San Diego County officials in the coming weeks to discuss a replacement for Qualcomm Stadium, which opened in 1967.

    "I want nothing more than for the Rams to stay," said state Rep. Rob Vescovo (R), one of the suit's plaintiffs. "But I don't think the governor has the authority to bury us under the additional debt without proper vetting."

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  • 'Entourage' creator: Eli Manning stiffed us on a cameo, Tom Brady subbed in

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago

    That smell of body spray and tanning lotion can only mean one thing: "Entourage" is back. For those not in the know, "Entourage" was an HBO series, now a movie, about a Hollywood star and his best pals trundling through a five-star life.

    As the movie nears its debut, series creator Doug Ellin sat down with Graham Bensinger to discuss many aspects of "Entourage"'s creation, including all the athlete cameos. What burns Ellin, though, is one that didn't come to pass: Eli Manning, who said he wanted to be on the show and then stood everyone up. Not cool, Eli. Not cool. But in this instance, Tom Brady would get the best of Eli, subbing in at the last second.

    You can see the clip of Brady's appearance right here (language warning for the tender-eared). And according to Ellin, Brady almost aced the hole:

    "Entourage" opens June 3. And if Eli wants to see it, he'll have to buy his own ticket.

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

  • How will FIFA scandal affect U.S. bid, future sites, Qatar human rights? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 21 hrs ago

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    "The world is corrupt, and FIFA represents the world."

    That's Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel writing on the surprising Wednesday morning arrests of multiple high-level FIFA officials, and he's here on the podcast to talk in more detail. Wetzel has covered two World Cups, and he answers multiple pressing questions about the ongoing corruption scandal, including:

    • How worried should FIFA be, and why wasn't FIFA president Sepp Blatter charged?

    • Will FIFA move the 2018 and 2022 World Cups from Russia and Qatar?

    • How might this affect the United States' 2026 World Cup bid?

    • What's the difference in levels (and style!) of corruption between the Olympics and the World Cup?

    • Will the human rights violations in Qatar spur any kind of action prior to 2022?

    Get up to speed with the entire FIFA scandal right here.

  • Browns vs. Raiders: Who's the NFL's most inept franchise?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    All of our favorite franchises have their down stretches. Sometimes they last a few games, sometimes they last a few seasons, and sometimes they're down so long that they can't even remember what "up" felt like. Which of sports' franchises fit this category? You can probably guess without even watching the video, but we humbly request that you do.

    The Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns represent everything inept about the NFL, from on-field play to coaching strategy to front-office management to fan relations. They win our "award" as the worst franchises in sports, but they are most definitely not alone. As a bonus, we've added the five worst contracts in sports history. See if your team is struggling under the weight of one of these!

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  • 23 ways of looking at LeBron James

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    1. ATLANTA - LeBron James shows up for work Friday night wearing a backward baseball cap. He is quite possibly the first person to pull off the backward-cap look since its early ‘90s heyday of Ken Griffey Jr. and Axl Rose. We lead with this fashion choice because on this night, LeBron James will do many things very well. Tonight, LeBron will be better at his job than you and I ever are at ours. And yet, redeeming the backward cap may be the most impressive feat of all.

    2. This isGame 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a series pitting James’ Cleveland Cavaliers against the Atlanta Hawks, and it’s both a sad commentary and absolutely true to say that this is the most important game in Atlanta’s history. The Hawks have never advanced out of the second round, and after losing Game 1 at home, this is a must-win. This represents Atlanta’s best chance to get to the NBA Finals, and all the Hawks have to do is get past LeBron, which is like saying Everest isn’t so tough once you get past the climbing.

  • Hawks may be sporting a new logo

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The Hawks are in uncharted territory on the court, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in team history. And it looks like they're about to break new sartorial ground as well.

    SportsLogos.net is reporting that the Hawks have filed a trademark for a new logo, a basketball-with-wings-and-flames-or-maybe-they're-hands. The Hawks had reintroduced their classic "Pac-Man" logo from years past prior to the 2014-15 season following a positive fan reception during the 2014 playoffs, and it appears the new logo will be continuing the team's trend of reinvention. 

    Authority on sports uniforms @UniWatch has obtained the 2015 Christmas jerseys for every NBA team. Here are the Hawks pic.twitter.com/CCU5Sr4DQr

  • Which sport has the best playoffs?

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 6 days ago

    We're deep in the heart of the NBA and NHL playoffs, and that leads us to an overwhelming question: which of the four major pro sports hosts the best playoffs?

    • The NFL, three hours of winner-take-all struggle with the entire country watching?

    • The NBA, a best-of-seven true team effort?

    • The NHL, where Game 7 sudden-death overtime is the greatest sequence in sports?

    • Baseball, where drama rides on every single pitch?

    We've excluded the NCAA basketball championships from this discussion, since the bracket is the most perfect creation ever devised by humanity. And golf and NASCAR tend to change their playoff systems every other  year, so they're excluded as well. Other than that, though, where do your loyalties lie? We discuss in the video above, and we welcome your input as well.

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  • Aaron Hernandez sports new 'LIFETIME' tattoo, pleads not guilty to latest charge

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Aaron Hernandez is in court for a hearing on a witness intimidation charge. Big new tattoo on his neck #7news pic.twitter.com/jALBDj8weB

    Aaron Hernandez appeared in Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., on Thursday, this time featuring a large new neck tattoo that reads "LIFETIME" over a star design. The photo below on the left was taken in court on April 15, the day Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd; the photo on the right was taken Thursday:

    In superior court Thursday, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted witness intimidation. Hernandez is charged with trying to silence a witness in a double-murder case against the former New England Patriots player.

    The case will continue on June 4.

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  • Peyton Manning among celebrities in David Letterman's final Top Ten

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Hey, you may have heard that David Letterman is retiring! It's true! And unlike Brett Favre, he's probably going to stay retired! On Wednesday night, Letterman aired his final show, a well-earned farewell after decades of hilarity and absurdity. As part of the shenanigans, he invited an all-star panel of guests to offer up the final Top Ten list: "Top Ten Things I've Always Wanted To Say To Dave."

    Among that august group were Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld ... and one Peyton Manning, who stepped onto the stage sporting Broncos colors and that forehead of his. Manning's joke was solid, though it didn't compare to the drop-the-mic hammer Julia Louis-Dreyfus threw down right before him. Poor Peyton. At least it wasn't Eli stealing his thunder this time.

    Nice work, Peyton, and farewell Dave.

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