- Fourth-Place Medal4 hrs ago
Here we go again.
Remember those heady early days of Sochi, when pretty much everything in the hotels was breaking down and athletes were getting trapped in their bathrooms and nearly tumbling down elevator shafts? Well, the Paralympics are gearing up in Sochi, and guess what: they're having early-days problems too!
Check out Steve Cash, goalie for the U.S.'s sled hockey team, who found himself locked in a bathroom:
Teammate Taylor Lipsett and others snapped into action ... and snapped a few photos in the process:
- Fourth-Place Medal2 days ago
The Great Post-Sochi Wave continues, as ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will participate in Season 18 of "Dancing With The Stars."
White and Davis opted for the show over a defense of their World Championship, scheduled for Saitama, Japan later this month. "Dancing With The Stars" premieres March 17, and the skating duo will be part of a "Stars on Ice" figure skating tour beginning in April.
This now marks 14 of 18 seasons of "DWTS" that feature Olympians, three of whom - Apolo Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson - have actually won the entire show. However, Davis and White will come in with a definitive advantage, as they've trained with one of the show's dancers in the past.
Other members of the cast include paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, former NHL player Sean Avery, and Diana Nyad, who swam from Cuba to Florida last summer.
- Shutdown Corner2 days ago
The extra point in the NFL is a given, a virtual statistical certainty. As such, the NFL is considering methods to liven up the point attempt, and one method could involve moving the spot of the attemptall the way back to the 25-yard line.
In January, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell began hinting that the days of the extra point as we know it are numbered, in large part because the conversion rate is a staggering 99.6 percent. "Are there any plays in the game that really are not consequential?" Goodell said at the time. "You want to add excitement with every play."
The proposal floated then would have eliminated the extra point entirely and allowed for an attempt to go for an eighth point, with the condition that a failure of that attempt meant a team dropped back from seven to six points. If you find that confusing and annoying, you're not alone.
- The Turnstile3 days ago
Let's face it: the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a thrill for a lot of readers, but it's the Holy Grail indeed for younger ones. Now, by "younger" we'd usually mean "males age 12-15 sneaking a look at their dad's issue before he got home from work." But Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter has found a considerably younger lad with a similar reaction:
It's reminiscent of this other baby from a few weeks back, who was absolutely blown away by the flight of Superman:
Man! These kids have so much to look forward to. Or maybe not ... maybe they've already peaked before they've gotten out of diapers.
- Shutdown Corner3 days ago
Tampa Bay has introduced its new uniforms, and they're, well ... they're something, all right. Or, to quote the Buccaneers' news release: "The uniform is a completely integrated system of dress with a new design that honors the Buccaneers' rich tradition while boldly bringing the team into the future through a modern industrial design aesthetic."
Designed over the course of two years in connection with Nike, Tampa Bay's uniforms combine pewter, "Buccaneer Red" and "Bay Orange." Most dramatically, the numbers are outlined in chrome. Yes, chrome. In press-speak: "Tampa Bay also becomes the first NFL franchise to incorporate a revolutionary reflective chrome border around the numbers on the front, back and shoulders. The chrome border incorporates a technologically advanced reflective coating that adds a new dimension, increased readability and a unique glow to the numbers."
- Shutdown Corner3 days ago
The NFL isconsidering a proposal that would make the use of the n-word a 15-yard penalty if uttered on the field of play. And Richard Sherman, who's no stranger to matters of speech in the NFL, has called the idea "atrocious."
The NFL's competition committee meets later this week to discuss the idea of penalizing players for speech. SI's Peter King is reporting that any sort of penalty is "unlikely," though he notes that there could be a phased-in approach: players would be warned this year and penalized in later years.
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, who forced his way into the national consciousness with his definitive statement of pride at the end of the NFC championship game, is equally demonstrative, if at somewhat lower volume, when it comes to the idea of regulating the use of the word.
- Shutdown Corner6 days ago
Guess who's back? After a short Sochi-related hiatus, your favorite NFL bloggers who have a podcast related to Yahoo's Shutdown Corner are here to get you started on the long, long offseason. Today, after dispensing with some Winter Olympics-related nonsense, it's on to Combine discussion.
Frank was at the Combine, and he breaks down the Big Three: Michael Sam, Johnny Manziel, and Jadeveon Clowney. We assess each one's strengths and weaknesses, both on and off the field, and start to project where each might end up. There's also talk of free agency and salary cap, but no Oscar chatter. We'll save that for another time. You're welcome.
- Fourth-Place Medal7 days ago
If you're in Russia, and you're a medalist at the Sochi Games, life is pretty good for you right now, with cash and a new car waiting for you.
Russiagave all of its gold medalists in the Sochi Games $120,000, plus a brand-new Mercedes GL SUV. This led to a bit of logistical leapfrogging with athletes like Julia Lipnitskaya, who is only 15 and not yet of legal driving age in Russia. (She got a personal driver to go along with the car.) Silver medalists got $76,000 and a Mercedes ML, and bronze medalists got $52,000 and a Mercedes GLK.
A total of 45 cars were distributed to gold medalists. Russia won a Sochi-leading total of 33 medals, including 13 golds. The cars were provided by the Russian Olympians Foundation, a consortium established by Russian businessmen in 2005. Russian athletes who won medals in the 2012 London Games received new Audis with personal drivers.
- Shutdown Corner7 days ago
The career path for an NFL player generally doesn't go SEC school -> first-round draft pick -> shoe store within the course of 18 months. But Matt Elam, last year's first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, is thinking beyond just football.
Elam is now working at a Finish Line sporting goods store in Gainesville, Fla. Wait, what? Does he need the money? Probably not. No, Elam has always wanted to own a sporting goods store of his own, and so he's taking this gig to get some experience serving others, not tackling them.
“I just need to get retail knowledge,” Elam said. “That’s basically what I’m doing. I’m getting that knowledge for when it’s time ... it’s not about the money. It’s just me building.”
- From The Marbles7 days ago
You may remember the Jeff Gordon "test drive" ad from about a year ago, when Gordon, in disguise, appeared to take a hapless used-car salesman on the ride of his life. Well, as it turned out, most of that ad was staged; Gordon himself wasn't even behind the wheel for much of the ad.
But never let it be said Gordon doesn't have a long memory ... or a desire for revenge. Gordon and the folks at Pepsi zeroed in on Travis Okulski, a writer for Jalopnik who wrote a scathing takedown of the commercial. With a little help from Okulski's bosses, they got Okulski into a cab in North Carolina, and, well ... magic happens. This one's a bit long but worth it.
Nice work there by Gordon in playing a reasonably convincing ex-con who ain't gonna go back to prison. The lesson is clear: don't mess with Gordon.