Jay Busbee

  • Matt Leinart on Steve Sarkisian: 'Inappropriate and unacceptable' (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

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    Quarterbacking USC is a job, like being President of the United States or lead singer of Van Halen, that not a lot of people have held, and even fewer have done well. Matt Leinart served at USC with distinction, winning both a national championship and a Heisman Trophy, and he joins us today on Yahoo Sports' Grandstanding podcast to talk college football.

    We begin with the story of USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, who made some unfortunate comments on Saturday night while under the influence of what he says was a combination of alcohol and medication. Leinart, who worked with Sark while at USC, nonetheless didn't hold back:

    From there, we speak of more on-the-field college football matters:

    • Is USC's Cody Kessler a legit Heisman candidate? What's it like coming into a season so highly heralded?

    • Can anybody beat Ohio State?

  • Mercedes-Benz will sponsor Falcons' new stadium for 27 years

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday that Mercedes-Benz will hold the naming rights to the team's new stadium, scheduled to open in the 2017 season.

    The luxury automaker has moved its headquarters from New Jersey to suburban Atlanta. Coincidentally, the company also holds the naming rights to the dome of the Falcons' NFC South rivals, the New Orleans Saints.

    Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the deal will last for 27 years.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that the largest stadium naming deals in the NFL, the Jets'/Giants' arrangement with Metlife and the Cowboys' deal with AT&T, approach the $20 million per year range.

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    The $1.4 billion stadium will also host a new soccer team, Atlanta United FC, and boasts an innovative iris design to allow for the opening of the dome on fair-weather days.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul jokes that he made a typo because of his missing finger

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

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    Jason Pierre-Paul infamously blew off one of his fingers during a Fourth of July accident. But at least he hasn't blown off his sense of humor, right, folks?

    To wit: Pierre-Paul, who is rehabbing in advance of rejoining the Giants, offered up an inspirational message on Twitter on Sunday:

    What happened to me was not a set back. God has greater plans for me. No man can judge me accepted God himself.

    First mistake: trying to be inspirational on Twitter, which is a cesspool of venom and pettiness that we still love nonetheless. Second mistake: using "accepted" instead of "except." It's an easy enough mistake, particularly if Pierre-Paul was using Siri. But after the usual mindless criticism from readers, Pierre-Paul offered up a reasonable excuse:

    My bad except lost a finger LOL.

    What, you're going to call him out on that?

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  • Usain Bolt defeats Justin Gatlin by one-hundredth of a second

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

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    There's no event in sports that carries a speed-to-drama ratio quite like the 100-meter dash. Years of hopes, dreams, ambitions validated or dashed in less time than it's taken you to read this paragraph.

    On Sunday at the world championships in Beijing, the United States' Justin Gatlin and Jamaica's Usain Bolt faced off for the first time since 2013. Gatlin, heavily favored, was riding a streak of 28 straight unbeaten 100m races, but lost to Bolt by one-one hundredth of a second.

    Gatlin had come into the race the favorite, carrying a season best of 9.74 seconds. Bolt's time of 9.79 seconds would not have beaten Gatlin's earlier semifinal time of 9.77 seconds. Gatlin appeared to have control of the race early, starting even with Bolt and gaining an edge on the Jamaican. But Gatlin seemed to start his lean an instant too early, and Bolt was able to power across the finish line in an edge too narrow for the naked eye.

  • Bears legend Jim McMahon calls Bill Belichick 'a liar'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    With the eyes of the known world on the Patriots and Bill Belichick, there are opinions aplenty. So it's always valuable to get the point of view from people who have actually dealt with the people in question. That number includes the legendary Punky QB, Jim McMahon. Once a thorn in the NFL's side for his outspoken ways as a member of the Chicago Bears, McMahon still doesn't bother holding back. And he's got a personal grudge against Belichick.

    "Anything that has to do with Bill Belichick, I can care less," McMahon told Dan Patrick. "I was with Bill in Cleveland in 1995. He lied to my face."

    Per McMahon, Belichick told him during the 1995 preseason that he would be waived and picked up shortly afterward, and would be paid for the time he wasn't with the team. McMahon agreed, but then wasn't paid. He eventually signed with Green Bay, playing a single game in 1995. 

    "I wouldn't have moved to Cleveland just to move to Cleveland," he said. "I just don't trust any of those guys."

    Patrick then asked McMahon point-blank if he thought Belichick was a cheater.

     

  • Are you a bad person for watching the NFL? (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

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    Are you a bad person for watching the NFL?

    It's not as simple a question as you might think. Sure, the NFL is amazing and thrilling and a cultural touchstone and all that, but in the wake of Erik Kramer's attempted suicide and Chris Borland's powerful decision to step away from the game, maybe the NFL isn't quite so great after all. We discuss that and much more on today's Friday edition of the Grandstanding podcast.

    Other topics:

    That ought to hold you for the weekend.

  • On J.J. Watt, RG3, Steelers, Patriots, more: Yahoo's Charles Robinson

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

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  • Richard Sherman defends Tom Brady against deflate-gate punishment

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Enemies on the field, allies off it. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, last seen offering a hand in congratulations to Tom Brady at the end of the Super Bowl, is now taking up Brady's cause in the ongoing deflate-gate saga.

    Speaking to USA Today, Sherman took direct aim at the NFL and its differential between punishment for players and punishment for owners.

    “You’re fining players more than you’re fining organizations?” Sherman said, referring to the potential $2 million Brady could lose if he's suspended four games.

    Sherman also noted that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay received a punishment for DUI that didn't quite seem to measure up to what Brady would face.

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  • Tony Dungy: Peyton Manning thought Patriots may have bugged locker room

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

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    The great thing about deflate-gate is that it allows us to indulge in the most ridiculous, outlandish theories about the New England Patriots ... and we might well be right!

    Bill Belichick keeps an army of Tom Brady clones available for every new series? I believe it!

    Microwaves on the opposition's bench slowly cook teams from the inside? Sure, why not?

    The Patriots harvest the organs of veterans before cutting them? Hey, I believe it!

    Now, we can add another theory to the conspiracy bonfire: Peyton Manning believed the Patriots may have bugged the visitors' locker room at Gillette Stadium. This isn't necessarily new; Manning expressed concerns many years ago, according to Peter King.

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  • Oscar Pistorius will not be released from prison on Friday

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 8 days ago

    Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian convicted of killing his girlfriend, had been slated for release from prison this Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence. However, South Africa's justice minister has asked for a review of that decision.

    Pistorius was convicted last year of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He had contended that her death was an accident, and that he had believed a burglar was in his house when he fired through a closed door. Pistorius was acquitted of the charge of murder, but nonetheless convicted of culpable homicide.

    Steenkamp's family protested the release, as did a local women's group. Pistorius' decision is under appeal, and in November a judge will consider whether to reinstate murder charges against him.

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

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