Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago
You know the old philosophical question about whether an irresistible force could overwhelm an immovable object. Sunday night’s NFL game offered up the opposite extreme: a highly resistible force, the Texans offense, squaring off against an easily movable object in the form of the Colts defense.
The result, which of course had to be determined in overtime: a 26-23 Houston victory that should bring Texans fans only slight comfort, and which should absolutely devastate anyone who pins their hopes on the Colts.
Indianapolis controlled the game for 53 minutes, but the Colts’ overworked defense eventually stepped on itself and allowed Houston to score twice in the span of six minutes. Only an earlier missed Texans extra point allowed Indianapolis to even elude the regulation-time loss. The Colts’ battered offensive line couldn’t protect quarterback Andrew Luck for the full game, and the result was a team that collapsed literally, figuratively, metaphorically and spiritually.
There are several NFL organizations that could be accused of putting a crappy product on the field. But there’s only one that could be accused of allowing a crappy product into its hallways.
Rain drenched Sunday’s Raiders-Chiefs game at Oakland Coliseum, and that rain flowed from the heavens to the field to, well … the bowels of the stadium:
Look at this mess in the bowels of the Coliseum. Players have to walk through this to go to and from the field. Smh. pic.twitter.com/z87Q1ObsLp
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) October 16, 2016
There’s concern that the waters might not just be rainwater. Such concerns are not without precedent;as recently as this past May, sewage systems at the stadium backed up, and the result was every bit as nasty as you’d expect.
Back to the current day. The rain soaked all the way through the stadium:
Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most explosive players in the NFL. He seems to be able to draw the attention of anyone in the NFL … anyone, that is, except for the silent, unknowable enigma that is the Giants kicking net.
BeckNet’s relationship started off on rocky ground, as Beckham attacked the net during a Week 3 game with the Washington Redskins. You just don’t do that to the ones you love, and Beckham understood that he needed to make amends. He did exactly that on Sunday night against Green Bay, showing his love for the net he’d wronged so badly two weeks before.
Let’s just give them their privacy, shall we? All of us at Yahoo Sports hope for the best for these two crazy kids.
What a difference a year makes. In 2015, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were 15-1, demolishing fools at every turn … well, right up until the Super Bowl, of course.
Roll the calendar forward a year, and Newton and the Panthers don’t just look mortal, they look mortally wounded. Staggering into New Orleans with a 1-4 record, the Panthers allowed the Saints to run up the score by as many as three touchdowns. Late in the third, having closed to within “only” two touchdowns, the Panthers drove deep into New Orleans territory and converted a fourth down thanks to a pass-interference penalty.
And then Cam Newton reminded everyone why he’s still the reigning NFL MVP. With a Saints rush swarming, with trouble at every turn, Newton somehow lofted an off-balance pass up over a dozen players to land in the hands of tight end Ed Dickson. Touchdown, Panthers, and maybe the only highlight of a wretched afternoon.
It was reminiscent of a guy Newton used to play with back in college, fella by the name of Tim Tebow:
What ever happened to that Tebow guy, anyway? He was pretty good.
The NFL, in one of the strangest social media strategies in recent memory, has decreed that its own teams face fines if they use game video in their tweets and Facebook messages. The NFL’s own teams. This rule is stupid on its very face, so two NFL teams, the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles, have taken matters into their own hands by crafting some creative workarounds.
Here’s the Eagles Twitter account’s “video” of the Malcolm Jenkins pick-six of Washington’s Kirk Cousins:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 16, 2016
And here’s the Browns’ “video” of Terrelle Pryor’s touchdown reception:
TOUCHDOWN BROWNS! pic.twitter.com/RjRt9DVlpB
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 16, 2016
Another week, another jersey misfire. Last week, it was the Minnesota Vikings’ Everson Griffen who had to take the field in a misspelled jersey. This time around, Jacksonville somehow transposed an ‘A’ in the name of Prince Amukamara in advance of Sunday’s game against Chicago. Granted, this is only his third game of the year, but still … this is one of those names that’s spelled exactly like you say it.
Michael Hoomanawanui, Levine Toilolo, and Kyle Juszczyk: check with your equipment managers prior to next Sunday.
[Screenshot via SB Nation]
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Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago
Trinity Gay, a high school sprinter and daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay,has died after shots were fired early Sunday morning at a Lexington, Kentucky restaurant.
Two cars were involved in a shootout at the Cook Out restaurant near the University of Kentucky campus. Trinity Gay, 15, who was reportedly not in either car, was hit in the neck and pronounced dead at 4:41 a.m. Sunday. Police are seeking the drivers of the cars based on descriptions.
“She didn’t make it,” Tyson Gay said. “I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”
Colin Kaepernick started Sunday’s game for San Francisco against the Buffalo Bills. He last started an NFL game on Nov. 1, 2015 against St. Louis. Since then:
•St. Louis no longer has an NFL team. • Kaepernick has gone from future-of-the-NFL-quarterback to also-ran. • The 49ers have restructured Kaepernick’s contract to turn the rest of the 2016 season into a de facto audition.
Oh, and Kaepernick just happened to kick off a protest movement that has fascinated, enraged, inspired, and consumed the entire country, from the president and Supreme Court justices right down to the mooks slamming one another through tables at Buffalo Bills pregame tailgates. Kap is getting credit for inspiring a new activism and blame for demolishing the NFL’s ratings. But finally, he’s playing some meaningful football.
Kaepernick arrived at Sunday’s game in characteristically activist fashion, wearing a Muhammad Ali T-shirt. It’s a pointed reminder to his many opponents that for all the lionization of Ali following the boxing legend after his death earlier this year, Ali sustained much of the same criticism for his political stances in the 1960s as Kaepernick has this year.
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago
Believe it or not, there was a time when Colin Kaepernick wasn’t a political flashpoint. No, there was a time when Kaepernick was hailed as the future of the NFL, a strong, mobile quarterback who piloted his team straight to the Super Bowl. Those days are long past, of course, but once again Kaepernick is getting the opportunity to start in the NFL this weekend. How will he fare? And can we ever again look at the guy without the political subtext?
That’s the lead story of today’s Grandstanding podcast. From there, we discuss whether there’s anything to be done with the Carolina Panthers, and why the defending NFC champion is having so much trouble. We also offer up our Week 6 picks, upsets, and games we’d pay to see, and dive deep on why the NFL’s in so much trouble from a ratings perspective. Check it out below, and then subscribe. Enjoy Week 6!
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago
Cam Newton’s on the sidelines, and the reigning NFC champion Carolina Panthers are in free-fall. These two facts are not unconnected.
Newton took a shot to the head two weeks ago while loping into the end zone against the Falcons, and missed last week’s game against Tampa Bay with concussion symptoms. The Panthers lost both those games, and two others, and now sit in dead freaking last in the same division they owned just a year ago. Derek Anderson is capable enough, but he, like everyone else in the league, is not the reigning MVP.
Newton took it easy earlier this week, but according to the Charlotte Observer, practiced in limited action Wednesday and full-tilt on Thursday. While he still must undergo evaluation by an independent neurologist, all signs apparently point to Newton’s return this weekend against New Orleans.
Can Cam Newton readjust in time to save the Panthers?