Jay Busbee

  • The Patriots once invited President Kennedy to join the team

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    It's an NFL truism that Tom Brady could turn anybody, even you and your pals, into a Super Bowl-contending receiving corps. But what about a former touch football star with a bad back?

    On Twitter, historian Michael Beschloss shared the following 1961 letterfrom the "Boston Patriots Football Club" inviting President John Kennedy to join the team:

    "We are desperately in need of fine receivers," then-coach Lou Saban wrote, "and wondered if you would desire to fill the bill." Patriots needing receivers? Man, the more things change ...

    Anyway, the letter from Saban (no relation to Alabama's head coach Nick) was merely a bit of politicking, inviting JFK to attend a game and supporting Kennedy in his "battle for democracy and freedom." And there's the difference between the Patriots' 1961 coach and its 2015 one: Bill Belichick has probably sent the White House detailed playbooks for defeating every enemy, sooner or later.

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  • Dolphins' Tannehill calls Jets' Pryor 'classless'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    One man's celebration is another's gloating, and where you stand probably depends on whether you're on the high side of the score.

    Miami's Ryan Tannehill had a rough day on Sunday, losing to the Jets 38-20, and that surely colored his perceptions of an unflagged hit that took out a teammate. On the Dolphins' third play of the game, Tannehill lofted a pass to Rishard Matthews, who got laid out, and knocked out of the game, by Jets safety Calvin Pryor. After the hit, Pryor celebrated, and that didn't sit so well with Tannehill.

    "That's kind of a classless move to celebrate when a guy is injured," the Dolphins' QB said after the game. "Obviously, it was a good hit, a clean hit. But to celebrate when a guy is down is a classless move."

    Watch here at the 2:50 mark:

    Pryor, naturally, didn't think much of Tannehill's comments, responding on Twitter thusly:

    I was definitely celebrating the great play I made. I would never celebrate someone getting injured during the game. C'mon now

  • Eli Manning is 'Penguin Boy,' now and forevermore

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 23 hrs ago

    Sometimes, closed captioning is simply perfect. Earlier this year, a closed-caption text dubbedthe NBA's Nik Stauskas "Sauce Castillo," and now, we have an even better nickname: Eli Manning, "Penguin Boy."

    Alas, Penguin Boy was not able to rally the Giants over the Redskins, falling 20-14 in a key divisional matchup despite another Hall of Fame-level catch by Odell Beckham Jr.

    Yes, Eli Manning has two Super Bowls. Yes, he is legitimately a very good, occasionally great quarterback. But, now and forevermore, he is Penguin Boy. So let it be written, so let it be done.

    [Via Deadspin]

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  • Check out Odell Beckham Jr.'s outstanding Charlie Brown cleats

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Odell Beckham Jr. knows style, and he knows what looks great on a Thanksgiving weekend: Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Check out the cleats Beckham wore before the Giants' game against Washington on Sunday:

    Odell Beckham Jr. avec des crampons "Snoopy & Charlie Brown"pic.twitter.com/fEkHkH3rpY

    Not bad, not bad. Let's zoom in for a closer look.

    Il y a même une boucle du Père Noël sur les crampons ! 🎅pic.twitter.com/k8uVafpACu

    Sweet. Can't go wrong with good ol' Charlie Brown. And if anyone would be able to keep Lucy from pulling away that football, it'd be Beckham.

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  • Tom Brady wrangles Broncos in new Facebook pic

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Give it to Tom Brady — the man knows how to get under the skin of his opponents.

    Brady posted the bit of high-level Photoshoppery at right on his Facebook page on Sunday morning, a clear shot at Denver in advance of Sunday night's marquee game.

    Of course, we have questions:

    • The Bronco appears to be smiling. Does it know something Brady doesn't?

    • How is Brady able to stay on the Bronco? That's some serious knee-and-thigh strength there.

    • Would carrying the quarterback on your back count as a penalty? If not, the Denver defense may have a new trick to play.

    • Why is Brady still trying to throw the ball? Shouldn't he tuck it away? What is he, Cam Newton?

    • That Bronco looks a bit like an angry Peyton Manning, doesn't it?

    Anyway, this is the latest in Brady's ongoing Facebook routine, in which he (or a gifted social media intern) takes delight in making the everyday seem extraordinary because it's TOM BRADY DOING IT. Control the conversation, baby.

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  • Alabama outlasts Auburn in strange, kick-heavy Iron Bowl

    Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    AUBURN, Ala.—The famed Toomer’s Corners oaks have been gone for more than two years now. The Auburn icons, poisoned by a way-too-enthusiastic Alabama fan in 2011, are now souvenir shards; in their place stand newer, tinier oaks protected by fences. “This is tradition,” reads a small sign on the fence. “This is worth the wait. This is Auburn.”

    It’s a fine sentiment, patience, one that has little place in college football. And yet that’s exactly what Auburn fans will need: patience, and truckloads of it. Auburn lost Saturday’s Iron Bowl 29-13 to relentless rival Alabama thanks to Derrick Henry's 271 yards on 46 carries, but not before a healthy serving of the strangeness that always characterizes this rivalry.


    This is how we got there. Start with a perfect college football day, 73 degrees and sunny, a light breeze keeping everyone in perfect comfort – it’s the kind of day that makes alumni wish they were still undergrads, and makes undergrads believe they’ll live forever.

    Still, this is a blood rivalry. Strange things happen when Auburn and Alabama meet. No one knows that better, or with more acute pain, than Saban himself.







    Such things happen here.

  • Packers fall to Bears as Green Bay honors Brett Favre

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago


    On this most holiest of football nights, the gods of football looked down upon Lambeau Field and decreed, LET THERE BE MUD.

    The Green Bay Packers welcomed in the Chicago Bears for the latest in their long-running rivalry, but the game, which the Bears won 17-13, was of secondary importance on this Thanksgiving night. The evening was built around the halftime ceremony honoring Packers legend Brett Favre, and the heavens provided the appropriate backdrop for the occasion: torrents of just-above-freezing rain.

    The Packers honored prodigal son Favre by retiring his number, and in a too-brief halftime ceremony, Favre greeted his teammates and thanked his family, team, and fans for their support through the years. In one of the more touching moments in recent NFL history, Favre embraced fellow Packer legend Bart Starr, the former quarterback now battling a range of health and mental ailments. Favre and Starr had tears in their eyes as they hugged. A few moments later, Favre found his rival and replacement, Aaron Rodgers, on the Green Bay sideline and had an embrace ready for him as well.

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  • Report: Tony Romo out for the rest of the season

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago


    Whatever faint hopes the Dallas Cowboys might have had for a playoff run vanished in a teal fog on Thanksgiving afternoon, as the Carolina Panthers manhandled the Cowboys 33-14. Ladling insult atop injury like gravy atop stuffing, the Cowboys lost Tony Romo on a sack that re-injured the same left clavicle that kept Romo out of seven consecutive games.

    The Cowboys took Romo for an immediate X-ray, and soon afterward, ESPN's Ed Werder reported the grim news:

    While X-rays on Tony Romo collarbone inconclusive and more tests scheduled tomorrow, a source told me the QB is "done for the season."

    This is awful for anyone who has tickets to a Cowboys home game or has a Cowboys receiver on their fantasy roster for the remainder of the year, but the truth is, this team was already toast. A pristine Romo couldn't lead this team back to the playoffs this season. Between this and the Eagles' implosion, the way is clear for an unlikely playoff run from either the New York Giants or Washington Redskins.

  • Kyle Busch's victory unites families, caps a year of pain and triumph

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 7 days ago

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. — As Kyle Busch ran the most important laps of his life, wheeling his No. 18 through turn after turn after turn, the most important people in his life gathered in his pit box, watching and waiting and praying.

    Gaye Busch, Kyle’s mother, stood alone underneath the box’s awning, earphones in her ears, listening in on Kyle’s radio channel. Joe Gibbs, Kyle’s team owner, paced a tight line next to the pit box, checking stats taped to the wall, checking the track, over and over again. Samantha Busch, Kyle’s wife, dressed more for an evening on South Beach than a night at the races, watched the laps wind down with tears in her eyes.

    Twenty laps remaining until NASCAR crowned its new champion. Kyle had opened up a several-second lead on the three other challengers for the championship. All around the pit box, cameras and onlookers had gathered. A few feet away, the throngs that had jammed the retiring Jeff Gordon’s pit stall all weekend had dissipated. Gordon’s story, as good as it was, was the past; Busch was the present and, perhaps, the future.

  • Martin Truex Jr.'s car catches fire in pit lane, he drives off in a hurry

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 7 days ago

    HOMESTEAD, Fla.—There's a reason they tell you not to smoke anywhere near pit road at a NASCAR race.

    Martin Truex Jr., one of the four drivers in the hunt for a championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, had a heart-stopping moment roughly halfway through the race. While Truex was in for a routine pit stop, a random spark ignited the race fuel being pumped into his car. Both the car and the gas can nozzle burned, and Truex drove off in a hurry. His gas can holder tilted the can upward to keep more fuel from burning, and within moments the flame was a memory.

    Once again: NASCAR drivers, and their crews, are just a bit insane.

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