Jay Busbee

  • 'Tom sucks': A breakdown of text messages in the deflate-gate report

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    You know that old line about how it's not the crime that gets you, it's the cover-up? Yeah, let's expand on that for the 21st century: it's not the crime that gets you, it's the cover-up involving grown men who text like middle-schoolers.

    Sure, the Wells Report on the entire New England Patriots deflated-balls scandalis a fine banquet from end to end, but the juiciest, tenderest morsels come early, when we start to learn just what some Patriots employees think of Big Man On Campus Tom Brady. Ol' Touchdown Tom takes care of his people, yes, but he ticks 'em off, too.

    Our characters in this little drama are Jim McNally (a.k.a. The Deflator), the Patriots employee who delivered the team's balls to the referees on any given Sunday. However, McNally wasn't responsible for preparation of the balls themselves; that job fell, in theory, to Patriots equipment manager John Jastremski.

    How does the report conclude this? Well, for starters, text messages between McNally and Jastremski.

    Well, well, well.

  • Ernie Johnson gives his Sports Emmy to Stuart Scott's daughters

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 16 hrs ago

    Ernie Johnson Jr., host of TNT's "Inside the NBA," has long reigned as one of sports' classiest guys. On Tuesday night at the Sports Emmy awards, he showed why he's one of the few people in the business held in universally high regard.

    Johnson won his third career Emmy for best studio host. But he took the moment to recognize Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor who succumbed to cancer earlier this year. Scott had been honored earlier in the evening with a tribute, and Johnson added the perfect grace note to the evening.

    Johnson asked Scott's daughters, Taelor and Sydni, to come to the stage, and then handed them his trophy in their father's honor. Such a simple gesture, yet one that so few likely would have done.

    Great move all the way around. Johnson himself has battled cancer, as he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins' lymphoma in 2003 and later beat the disease.

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  • NFL draft recap: Who won? Who lost? What were the Eagles thinking?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

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    The NFL draft is now fading in the rear-view mirror, and that means we can arbitrarily assign passing and failing grades without even seeing a down of football. Here to help us do that on Grandstanding, the Yahoo Sports podcast, is the same cat who helped us preview the draft: Frank Schwab, maestro of the Yahoo Sports NFL blog Shutdown Corner.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Talladega for the first time since 2004

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    TALLADEGA, Ala. - While Daytona holds the place of highest significance in the story of the Earnhardt family, Talladega claims more than its share of spectacular Dale moments.

    Earnhardt Sr. won more races here than anywhere else. Those 10 included his spectacular 2000 victory, his final win, in which he drove from 18th place to victory lane in just a few laps. Earnhardt Jr. also claims more wins at Talladega than any other track. Bolstered early in his career by his father's expertise, Junior won four straight in the early 2000s and five of seven, capped by a 2004 victory in which he cost himself championship points by cursing in victory lane.

    Until Sunday, that was Junior's last win here, a stretch of 10 years and 20 races, a stretch in which Junior went from guarantee to threat to afterthought and back to threat again. Sunday's Geico 500 marked the final step in Junior's resurgence, the final kiss-off to the dark days of 2009 and 2010. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is fully and completely back at the top of the NASCAR world. At long last, the cheers of his tens of thousands of fans at Talladega aren't for his past, but for his present and his future.

  • Kahne, Harvick, Patrick caught up in early 15-car Talladega wreck

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    TALLADEGA, Ala. - It's always a matter of When, not If, when you're talking wrecking at Talladega. On Sunday afternoon at the Geico 500, "When" came around at lap 47.

    Trevor Bayne lost control of his No. 6 Advocare Ford and set off a wreck that involved more than a third of the cars in the field. Of the 15 drivers in the wreck, several, including David Ragan and Landon Cassill, Kyle Larson, Greg Biffle, and Bayne, weren't able to return to the track.

    The wreck happened when Bayne began to spin without contact. "It felt like the 27 (Paul Menard) was really tight on our door and sucked us around," Bayne said afterward. "The air is so sensitive here ... When you get to close to somebody it can just pull you right around, and it's as much as hitting somebody physically when you get down on their door that tight."

    The wreck resulted in an 11-minute red flag for the race, followed by four laps of caution. The wreck heavily damaged Kasey Kahne; to a lesser degree, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano, among others, also suffered damage. Kyle Larson was forced to sit by and watch as his car underwent repairs:

  • Periscope proves a new method for pirating Mayweather-Pacquiao

    Jay Busbee at Boxing 3 days ago

    Floyd Mayweather completely controlled his Saturday night fight against Manny Pacquiao for a unanimous victory.

    Against Twitter and Periscope, though, Mayweather didn't even land a glove.

    The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight cost up to $100 to purchase in-home, with exponentially higher fees for bars showing the fight. HBO and Showtime had been aggressive in chasing down sites illegally streaming the fight,filing lawsuits well before Saturday night. The prevailing belief had been that if you wanted to watch the fight illegally, you needed to create a Virtual Private Network into one of the countries showing the fight for free.

    Turns out, all you needed was a cell phone and a Twitter account.

    Periscope streams didn't just include broadcasts of the fight. Some brave soul was apparently Periscoping from the actual arena itself:

  • American Pharoah wins Kentucky Derby

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 4 days ago

    The horse-racing leg of the Greatest Day in Sports held up its end of the bargain, providing the thrilling two minutes as advertised. American Pharoah, the favorite heading into the Kentucky Derby, ended up the victor at race's end at 2:03.02.

    Dortmund and Firing Line traded the lead early, with Carpe Diem and American Pharoah right behind. Dortmund held the lead through the backstretch and through the third and fourth turns. Firing Line took the lead at the start of the frontstretch, but American Pharoah took over the lead in the final stretch. In the final 1/16th of a mile, American Pharoah stretched his lead and held on for victory.

    Jockey Victor Espinosa rode American Pharoah to victory, marking Espinosa's second consecutive Derby win and third overall. "I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth," Espinosa exulted after the race.

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    For now, American Pharoah is a Triple Crown contender, and a good one.

  • Lions' Laken Tomlinson is one of draft night's best stories

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    The first night of the 2015 NFL draft lacked for drama and high-profile trades, so it fell to a Duke medical student to provide one of the night's better moments.

    Laken Tomlinson, an offensive lineman from Duke, is now a member of the Lions after Detroit traded down from the 23rd to the 28th pick. A first-team All-American this past year, Tomlinson is expected to help shore up an offensive line that desperately needs to protect quarterback Matt Stafford.

    But Tomlinson's position isn't the best part of his story; how he got to this point is. He arrived in America from Jamaica at age 10, and grew 7 inches and 80 pounds in his first year here. He would take multiple buses and trains in Chicago to get to high school, traveling the same roads he followed on Thursday to arrive at the NFL's draft central. Once at Duke, he dove into the medical field, shadowing neurosurgeons at Duke University Hospitaleven as he practiced football.

  • 49ers unveil new alternate jerseys on draft night

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Introducing the first alternate uniform in team history. #49ersRGBhttp://t.co/LqWbZcA2Mm pic.twitter.com/sSfLHO3DFN

    For the first time in their storied history, the San Francisco 49ers will run out alternate uniforms: all-black with red numbers and gold helmets. We can quibble about the fashion merits of the uniforms (the black-as-tough trend seems about 15 years out of date, but whatever), but what's a bit peculiar is that the 49ers announced the change smack-dab in the middle of perhaps the busiest non-game day of the entire year.

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    As the opening picks of the first round of the NFL draft played out, the 49ers posted the above image and a hype video to Twitter. Were the uniforms starting to leak, or were the 49ers trying to grab a little extra juice? Whichever, the secret is out now. 

  • Jameis Winston celebrates NFL draft with crab legs

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Kidding! He posted a photo on Instagram of himself celebrating with Tampa Bay Bucs gear and, yes, crab legs. The same seafood that got him into so much trouble a few months back when he may or may not have swiped said crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix grocery store.

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    Winston may or may not be a successful pro quarterback; he's got plenty of knocks against him both on and off the field. But in the category of Trolling The Haters, Winston is already elite.

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

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