Jay Busbee

  • 'Beast Mode Sausage' is, yes, sausage with Skittles in it

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Well, this is horrifying: a butcher in Seattle is selling sausage stuffed with Skittles in honor of Seattle Seahawks running back and noted Skittles aficionado Marshawn Lynch. It makes absolutely no sense, but then that's about par for the course with anything involving Lynch.

    The creation of Blue Max Meats owners Tommy Marshall and Evan Greco, Beast Mode Sausage has brought people to the store in Puyallup, Washington every day for the past year. The owners estimate they've gone through 1,000 pounds of Skittles.

    They claim that the sweet Skittles mixes well with the spicy sausage upon cooking, but we're not entirely sure that's anything more than marketing-speak. Regardless, it's done the job, bringing notoriety to the Blue Max name and drawing big attention now that Seattle's back in the Super Bowl.

    Lynch himself hasn't yet sampled the sausage, apparently. But even if he did, we wouldn't count on him to spend a lot of time pontificating on its flavor.

  • Tony Gonzalez: Gronk is the Shaq of the NFL (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's fully-inflated episode, we have:

    • An interview with Tony Gonzalez, in which he discloses whether or not he can tell the difference between an inflated and slightly deflated ball, breaks down the Seattle defense, assesses Rob Gronkowski, and reveals whether he'll take Busbee's offer of $20 to return to the Falcons (26:18 mark)

    • A look at the madness of Deflate-Gate, including the farcical press conferences of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady (00:35 mark)

    • Did Belichick throw Brady under the bus? (16:19 mark)

    • Why on earth would the Seahawks taunt Gronkowski? (36:51 mark)

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  • Amy Purdy's drive, Muhammad Ali's quotes spur new Toyota Super Bowl ad

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Super Bowl ad march has begun. Catch 'em now so they won't surprise you during the Big Game.

    Ad: "How Great I Am," Toyota

    Concept: Amy Purdy, "Dancing with the Stars" star and Paralympian snowboarder, goes through the rigor of her day-to-day life — dancing, snowboarding, mountain biking, generally kicking butt — with the help of her trusty Toyota Camry.

    Execution: Anything with Muhammad Ali quotes is instantly 20 percent cooler. That's a fact. And the "handcuffed lightning" routine, a sequence he unfurled before the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" against George Foreman, is one of his finest. Pair that with a strenuous/glamorous training montage straight out of an '80s movie, and you've got yourself a working, virtually critic-proof combination.

    Verdict: Solid. You watch Purdy at work, you hear those lines, you feel that pounding beat ... well, you might not be inspired to buy a Camry, but you'll definitely be inspired to do something .

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

  • Prisoner sues NFL for $88 billion over Dez Bryant's overturned catch

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Were it not for Deflate-Gate, we'd probably still be talking about Dez Bryant's overturned catch, the one that helped the Packers defeat Bryant's Cowboys two weeks ago in the  NFC Divisional playoffs. But one man, at least, hasn't forgotten, and this man hopes to make the NFL pay for what he sees as a gross miscarriage of justice.

    Terry Hendrix, an inmate in a Colorado correctional facility, has filed an $88 billion— that's billion with a "B" — lawsuit against the NFL over the reversal. The total figure is $88,987,654,321.88, with both 88s presumably a reference to Bryant's uniform number.

    In his handwritten petition, Hendrix, a prisoner at Fremont Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colorado, seeks the money for reasons including but not limited to "for but not limited to: negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and also wreckless [sic] disregard."

    Terry Hendrix NFL Lawsuit

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  • Bad Lip Reading returns; Tony Romo, Cam Newton, more look plain silly

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    At this point, we have to laugh at the NFL to keep from crying. Thankfully, that's where Bad Lip Reading comes in. Just click and enjoy Tony Romo's confusion, Cam Newton's storytelling abilities, and the very creepy proclivities of several of your favorite head coaches. Great stuff.

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  • Marshawn Lynch fined $20K for crotch grab, more fines await

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The NFL fined Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for his post-touchdown crotch grab in the NFC championship game, and more fines could be forthcoming if Lynch decides to continue his tradition of not talking to reporters.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the NFL is also considering fining Lynch significantly more than the $50,000 for each of the past two seasons for not talking to the media. Lynch again declined to speak on Sunday after the NFC tiel game.

    Lynch, along with the rest of the Seahawks, is slated for media availability on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. If he goes with his usual repeat-a-single-phrase routine, the Super Bowl trip could end up being a significant hit to his wallet. NFL officials said that each session in which Lynch declined to speak would accrue an escalating fine, with the initial fine to be more than $50,000.

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  • Captain America, Star-Lord do battle over Super Bowl loyalties

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Looks like the great Avengers-Guardians of the Galaxy crossover is happening a few years earlier than expected. Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, and Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord, have engaged in a very public battle for bragging supremacy over this year's Super Bowl matchup.

    Evans is a Patriots fan, naturally, and Pratt is a Seahawks devotee, and the two fired back and forth at each other over Twitter on Wednesday:

    Well, well, well @prattprattpratt, looks like our teams are going into battle. For the next 2 weeks, you are not my friend, you are my enemy

    @ChrisEvans We both know there's only one Captain America and his name is Russell Wilson. #SuperBowlBound #LOB #Repeat

    @ChrisEvans Humiliate my Seahawks? Maybe talk to Brady about deflating your expectations. BOOM! (legion of) You're on sucka. 😊

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Patriots' Brandon Browner strikes back at deflate-gate

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Well, you knew this was going to happen. New England Patriots fans have defended their team with rabid intensity against the allegations of deflate-gate, and now actual Patriots are stepping into the fray as well. Cornerback Brandon Browner is apparently the first player to speak up in the wake of allegations of deflated footballs, and he's done so with an instant classic:

    For my 2cents Blount scored 3 rushing touchdowns. He could've carried a beach ball. Also doesn't hurt we only gave up 7 points #inflatethis

    If #inflatethis isn't on T-shirts across New England by Thursday, we're going to be disappointed in you, Boston.

    Browner is focusing on the results of the game, and he's right; the Patriots could have played with cinder blocks and still beaten Indy by three TDs. What drives Patriots opponents crazy is the intent to (allegedly) cheat ... that, and the question of what nefarious deeds the team may have gotten away with scot-free.

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

  • Victoria's Secret models play football in new ad

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    The Super Bowl ads and ad promotions are starting to trickle in, and here's one from Victoria's Secret. It features all your favorite Victoria's Secret models playing football and ... and you're not even reading this anymore, are you?

    Anyway, the actual Victoria's Secret ad airs after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, so watch for that. And yes, everyone has already made that deflated-balls joke that you're thinking of right now.

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

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  • Are the Seahawks the greatest defense in NFL history? (Video)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    With the pain and misery of the Packers' NFC Championship collapse fading in the distance, we can now turn our attention to one of the marquee elements of this year's Super Bowl: the Seattle Seahawks defense. Led by the Legion of Boom secondary, the Seahawks were the top-ranked defense in the NFL this year, but how do they stack up against great Ds of the past? Do the Seahawks even have a prayer against the '85 Bears, the Steel Curtain, or the 2000-era Ravens?

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