Jay Busbee

  • Devin Hester not happy with NFL's new touchback rules

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    Say, did you remember that the NFL is moving kickoff touchbacks to the 25-yard-line this year?Devin Hester did, and he's none too pleased.

    "It’s like taking away a job from people," the Falcons return man told ESPN, and by "people" he means himself.

    Hester is one of the most notable return men in NFL history, boasting five kickoff returns for touchdowns and a dramatic TD return to start Super Bowl XLI.

    The kickoff is one of the most dangerous routine plays in the NFL, with two teams running full-tilt toward one another from a distance of many yards. The NFL has sought to cut down on the possibility of injury with a number of rules changes, including banning running starts by the kicking team and moving the kickoff line up to the 35 in 2011.

    Hester dismisses the idea that kickoffs are unduly unsafe.

    You know how Hester's going to lean.

     

  • Is the Indy 500 still a major event?

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    The Indy 500 draws ever closer, and while it's always a cause for week-long celebration in Indiana, does the rest of the country care? Is it a major stop on the sports calendar, or is it one of many sporting events doomed to a slow slide into irrelevancy?

    On the latest episode of Grandstanding, Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee break down the pros and cons of Indy-as-big-time-event. Agree? Disagree? Have your say on Twitter using the hashtag #grandstanding.

    This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series, in which Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk kick around every topic in sports. Check outthe Grandstanding podcast, where we dive deeper into the day's big stories, and find us on Twitter (@kevinkaduk and@jaybusbee) Facebook (Kaduk here, Busbee here) or via the hashtag #grandstanding. Thanks for checking it out!

  • Mike Tyson on pro boxers in the Olympics: 'ridiculous, foolish'

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 1 day ago

    The whole idea of amateurs in the Olympics is a quaint little idea that bears no connection to present-day reality, when pro basketball, tennis, golf, and hockey players play under their country's flag. But there's at least one sport that ought to stay amateur-only for the good of all involved: boxing.

    So says Mike Tyson, a man who knows a thing or two about the damage that can result when punching unqualified people in the head. There's a proposal afoot to allow professional boxers in the Rio Games, and Tyson thinks it's a terrible idea ... but not necessarily for the reasons you'd think.

    "It's ridiculous, it's foolish and some of the pro fighters are going to get beat by the amateurs," Tyson said at an appearance in China to promote boxing. "It's just going to happen. Some of them are going to get beat I think. I really believe that."

  • When will YOUR city host the Super Bowl?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The NFL has just completed its latest rounds as Super Bowl Santa, dispensing game dates to Atlanta, South Florida and Los Angeles while leaving NFL-branded coal in the stockings of Tampa and New Orleans. It's surely just a coincidence that Atlanta, Los Angeles, and 2018 host Minnesota will have brand-spankin'-new stadiums and South Florida is spending hundreds of millions on renovations. Just a coincidence. Anyway, all this talk about Super Bowls surely has you thinking, "hey, great for them, but what about ME? When do we get a Super Bowl in our fair city, huh?"

    Glad you asked. Let's take a look at every NFL city and see when you can expect the NFLstravaganza to show up near you.

    Arizona (Last hosted in 2015): Warm weather, a modern stadium, all appropriate amenities nearby, and pesky politics settled make Phoenix a safe and sanitized choice, the comfort food of Super Bowl sites. Should get one by 2026.

  • Doctors: BMX legend Dave Mirra suffered from CTE

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 2 days ago

    BMX icon Dave Mirra died in February, and postmortem investigations have found that Mirra suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. It's the same traumatic brain injury that has afflicted many NFL players, prompting a greater emphasis on safety and education among NFL ranks. CTE's effects can include mood swings, depression, and other neurological maladies.

    Mirra, who died on Feb. 4 of a self-inflicted gunshot, is the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with CTE. He suffered a fractured skull in a car accident at age 19, boxed briefly after retiring from BMX, and suffered multiple concussions while riding.

    Mirra's family asked that his brain be studied, and a University of Toronto neuropathologist confirmed CTE and verified it with other doctors.

    "It validates what we have been thinking about brain injuries in boxers and football players," Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati said. "The key is brain injury. Regardless of how you get it, through BMX or hockey, you are at risk for this."

  • Derby winner Nyquist withdraws from Belmont Stakes

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 2 days ago

    Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not be running in the Belmont Stakes as a result of illness, trainer Doug O'Neill has announced. Nyquist had an elevated white blood cell count and a high fever, enough to cause its owners concern and prevent another race in the short term.

    The horse's withdrawal from the Belmont means there will be no decisive showdown for the horses which dueled in the Triple Crown's first two races. Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby, defeating Exaggerator by 1¼ lengths, but was unable to hold off Exaggerator's charge in the Preakness. That race marked Nyquist's first defeat.

    “It is a bummer,” O’Neill told Daily Racing Form. “It’s like a family member being sick. We’re going to focus on getting him better and we look forward to a summer campaign.” There was no immediate word on when Nyquist would return, though later this summer is a possibility.

  • The greatest Game 7 in all of sports history is ...

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 2 days ago

    For all the hype and glory surrounding the NFL, there's one thing it'll never give us: a Game 7 moment. Two teams have locked in battle for six games, each taking the full measure of the other, each knowing that their entire legacy rests on what happens in the next few innings, or quarters, or periods. As the NHL and NBA playoffs grow ever closer to climactic Game 7s, we take a moment to consider the greatest clinchers in sports history. Agree with us? Disagree? Find us on Twitter using the hashtag #grandstanding and let us know your Game 7 picks. There. Is. No. Tomorrow.

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

  • Athlete threatens lawsuit if Russia is banned from Olympics

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

    When politics and policy start dictating the Olympic Games, it's all too often athletes who suffer far more than nations.

    Yelena Isinbayeva, a two-time Olympic pole vaulting champion, has threatened a lawsuit if Russia's track and field team, currently under worldwide suspension from competition because of doping allegations, is not permitted to compete in Rio.

    "It's a direct violation of human rights, discrimination," Isinbayeva said, adding that she would "personally go to an international court regarding human rights. And I'm confident I'll win."

    Isinbayeva, whose appeals to human rights may or may not be applicable in this case, has brandished pages of documentation demonstrating her clean status. "I'm angry because of this helplessness," she said. "All I can do is train." She noted that several athletes whose careers peak in a relatively short timeframe could miss out on opportunity because of events out of their control.

  • Report: NFL sought to influence government head-trauma study

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    A new congressional report has found that the NFL sought to improperly influence a major government study on connections between football and brain disease, according to documents obtained by ESPN's "Outside The Lines." (Update: the NFL has rejected the conclusions of the report.)

    The congressional research report indicates the NFL had given the National Institutes of Health a $30 million unrestricted gift in 2012, but later sought to pull $16 million in funding from that gift away from one researcher and reroute it to researchers working on the league's own brain injury committee. When the NIH declined to redirect the funding, the NFL balked at paying for the study, despite having signed documents it would do so. Taxpayers were thus on the hook to pay for the study.

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  • Comparing JJ Watt's new logo to other players' designs

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Add J.J. Watt to the long, long, LONG list of players wanting to be the Jumpman.

    Watt has unveiled his new logo, to be used in Reebok branding efforts, and it's supposed to be a combination of "JJ," "W," and "99," if you look at it the right way:

     ESPN.com says the logo is meant to evoke the idea of a building constructed "from the bottom up," much like Watt's career. (It's apparently a contrast to skyscrapers which start construction 400 feet up in the air and build downward, or something.) Anyway, you'll see it on shirts and shoes and whatnot soon enough, even though it's not one percent as iconic as the Michael Jordan silhouette.

    Here's the real question, though: how does Watt's logo measure up to other recent NFL player logos? Let's consider, starting with Tom Brady:

    Here's Cam Newton:

    The recently-retired Calvin Johnson:

    And, uh, Robert Griffin III:

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