Jay Busbee

  • Obama administration blocking any Redskins move to D.C. over name, per report

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    The Washington Redskins are considering a move from their current home of FedEx Field in Maryland. But the Obama administration will not make it an easy process to return to the District of Columbia.

    FedEx Field is only 18 years old. Even so, Snyder is looking to get out of the stadium before the team's lease expires in 2026. D.C. owns RFK Stadium, the Redskins' former home and the site of one proposed new stadium. However, the federal government owns the land on which RFK stands, and a report in the Washington Post indicates the name is a significant impediment in allowing the team to return to the District.

    Jewell has long been a critic of the team's name. “Personally, I think we would never consider naming a team the ‘Blackskins’ or the ‘Brownskins’ or the ‘Whiteskins,’" she said in an ABC interview last fall. "So, personally, I find it surprising that in this day and age, the name is not different."

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  • What are the most American moments in sports?

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 5 days ago

    We're coming up on the Fourth of July, and that means it's time to discuss the most American moments in sports. Is it watching the World Series? Gathering around the TV to watch the Super Bowl ads? Or something even more patriotic? We discuss, and we follow that up with the most patriotic moments in American sports history. Get ready to stand and salute, friends.

    This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series, in which we 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 via the hashtag #grandstanding. Thanks for checking it out!

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  • Is competitive eating a sport?

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 5 days ago

    It's time for the Fourth of July, and that means it's time for all of us to gather around the grill and devour unsafe quantities of grilled meats. Some of us will even get paid for it! Those lucky souls are the competitors in the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest, and each will try to choke down dozens of dogs in the couse of 10 minutes.

    It's amazing, it's delicious, it's even a bit terrifying, but is it a sport? That's our topic of debate today. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

    This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series, in which we 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 via the hashtag #grandstanding. Thanks for checking it out!

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

  • Marshawn Lynch leaps into a tank full of Skittles on Conan's show

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles. He loves diving into the end zone and grabbing himself while doing so. Leave it to Conan O'Brien, then, to combine these two great loves into 15 seconds of genius.

    So much to love about this video:

    • Lynch does his, uh, equipment adjustment grab while he's in the air.

    • Conan is somehow able to get more out of Marshawn Lynch than the entire NFL media. (Remember when they played Mortal Kombat together?)

    • How long did it take interns to open all the Skittles packs, and what did they do with them when the sketch was done?

    • If Pete Carroll had written this sketch, he'd have called for Conan to pass.

    The offseason, baby!

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  • NBA Draft preview: Sam Dekker, Isaiah Austin talk draft hopes and dreams (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 11 days ago

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    It's NBA Draft time, the finest pro sports draft of them all (sorry, NFL). It's a time for wheeling and dealing, a time when teams' hopes and futures can be secured or crumble based on one pick.

    This time around, we've got two NBA Draft-related guests for you. First up, from the University of Wisconsin, Sam Dekker! Fresh off his NCAA Championship play, Dekker declared for the draft and has been prepping with everyone up to and including LeBron James. What are Dekker's strengths and weaknesses? How does he see himself fitting in with an NBA team? What's he going to do in the green room? He gives us the answers right here.

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  • Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr. both opposed Confederate flag

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 13 days ago

    Dale Earnhardt wasn't a defender of the Confederate flag, and neither is his son.

    For decades, the Confederate flag has flown above NASCAR infields, a symbol of the rebellious spirit of NASCAR's most ardent fan base. But the flag's racial overtones are impossible to ignore, leading to increasing calls for the removal of the flag from state flags and state grounds.

    It's a shift in the national mood that's even reached slow-to-change NASCAR. But the fans who fly the flag, wear it on their clothes, or sport it as a tattoo might be shocked to learn that two of the sport's biggest icons, Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr., have taken issue with the flag in the past.

    Dale Earnhardt is the embodiment of the Southern ideal, a man who worked his way from a tiny garage in Kannapolis, N.C., to a nationwide empire through speed and force of will. “I always said he looked like the last Confederate soldier,” former Charlotte Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler once said. “He looked like one of those guys in the old silver photos from Gettysburg or Manassas.”

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  • Cam Newton visits families of Charleston victims; Panthers oppose Confederate flag

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 14 days ago

    The Carolina Panthers have responded to last week's Charleston shooting with words, funds and now deeds.

    Cam Newton visited several families of victims on Monday, bringing a bit of much-needed cheer to their lives:

    .@CameronNewton was in Charleston today. with Felicia Sanders the mother of 26-year old Tywanza @deray @owillis pic.twitter.com/HdBkugIMDy

    Newton's appearance showed up on social media rather than official news channels. He visited the family of Tywanza Sanders, who died trying to protect his aunt, and the family of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, who also died in the attack.

    Panthers owner Jerry Richardson over the weekend donated $100,000 to the families of the victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting. The money was to be divided evenly among the nine victims' families, with the remainder going to a memorial fund for the church.

  • What were the worst NBA Draft picks of all time?

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 14 days ago

    The NBA draft is approaching, and with it the opportunity for teams to make spectacularly bad decisions. A good draft pick can fortify a team for a decade; a bad one can land a team right back in the lottery next year. But the worst picks are the missed opportunities, the selections a team made when a much better option was right there for the taking.

    We all know about the Portland Trailblazers picking Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan. Let's look past that and consider some of the other, most ridiculous misfires of the NBA Draft. Pistons and Bucks fans, you might want to avert your eyes. Everybody else ... this could be you .

    This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series. Check outthe Grandstanding podcast, where we dive deeper into the day's big stories, and find us on Twitter via the hashtag #grandstanding. Thanks for checking it out!

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

  • Jordan Spieth wins U.S. Open as Dustin Johnson chokes on final green

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 15 days ago

    The Jordan Spieth train keeps a-rolling ... and this time, it ran over Dustin Johnson.

    The Masters champion wasn't quite as steady at Chambers Bay as he'd been at Augusta, but he was good enough to outlast the field and win the 2015 U.S. Open. Spieth, all of 21 years old, has now won two majors – the first two of 2015 – and has already cemented himself as one of his generation's finest golfers. And he did so in the most clutch fashion imaginable ... and for Dustin Johnson, the most heartbreaking.

    Johnson found himself on the 18th green with a putt to win the U.S. Open, two putts to tie and force a playoff. He ran the first putt long, and the three-foot comebacker slid just left:

    It was a painful end to one of the most fascinating three-hole finishes in recent major history.

    Spieth took an outright three-stroke lead with a birdie on 16, and the tournament looked to be over. But then he surrendered it just one hole later when his double-bogey ran hard into Louis Oosthuizen's birdie barrage.

    At that point, Spieth was tied with Oosthuizen, who shot 29 on the back nine, and just a stroke ahead of Johnson, who was lining up a short birdie putt on 17. He made it.

  • Billy Horschel performs 'these greens are terrible' interpretive dance

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 15 days ago

    Billy Horschel is not at all pleased with the greens at Chambers Bay. After missing some short putts on the final day of the U.S. Open, he decided to let the greens know how he felt:

    Then there was this little maneuver:

    Whatever, it's working. Horschel, +7 coming into Sunday, was -5 through 12.

    After the round, Horschel talked to Fox Sports' Holly Sonders, and didn't hold back: "These greens aren't very good," he said. "I'm not going to hold my tongue on this. It's very disappointing to hold a championship tournament on greens like this. We're not looking for perfection, but they're surely not very good ... It's the way it is. I lost a little respect for the USGA this week."

    Earlier, Horschel had taken to Twitter to vent his frustration:

    @elkpga... Worst rolling greens I've ever putted on. Nothing comes anything close to this week. My only complaint about the course

    @elkpga.... Umm wrong! If he was Pinocchio, his noes would be a mile long after some of the comments he's made this week. Haha

    Hey, who said golfers were boring?