Jay Busbee

  • Odell Beckham Jr. injures self while celebrating, Giants win anyway

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    In a game that was uglier than a school lunch from every angle, you've got to do something special to stand out. Odell Beckham Jr. did exactly that, injuring himself while — this is true — celebrating a touchdown. Ah, the NFL.

    The New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-27 in a game that exhibited both teams' best and worst attributes ... and it turns out that San Francisco's worst was just a bit nastier than New York's.

    Let's start with the positive: San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick had his best game of the season, converting drives of 80, 80 and 88 yards into touchdowns. Kaepernick's second half, in particular, gives hope for 49er fans who have grown accustomed to erratic, powerful-but-wildly-inaccurate throws from their franchise QB. Kaepernick didn't look in masterful control of the game, and he benefitted from some key drive-perpetuating pass-interference calls, but he nonetheless threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers.

    "Eli gave me that eye and I knew what that meant," Donnell said after the game, "so he put it up there and I had to go get it."

  • Man hospitalized after shooting outside Cowboys' stadium

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    A fight outside AT&T Stadium following Sunday's Cowboys-Patriots game has resulted in a shooting that has left one man hospitalized, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    The fight broke out shortly after the end of the game, and one man is in the hospital in serious condition. The suspect in the shooting was injured going over a retaining wall at the stadium. Police had the area locked down for several hours afterward.

    The area around AT&T Stadium is particularly busy because of the American League Division Series game between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays, which started about the same time as the end of the football game, being played nearby.

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  • Earth's rotation helped Bengals win, says Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Cincinnati Bengals won on an overtime field goal by Mike Nugent that banked off the left upright and, unlike most bank shots, went through anyway. It was dramatic all on its own, but what if we told you it was the result of SCIENCE?

    Cue America's most famous purveyor of scientific truth, one Neil deGrasse Tyson:

    Today's @Bengals winning OT field goal was likely enabled by a 1/3-in deflection to the right, caused by Earth’s Rotation.

     Earth's rotation? Tell us more! (Just don't quiz us afterward.)

    In the N. Hemisphere, Earth’s Coriolis force deflects airborne north-south projectiles to the right. About 1/2-in per 50 yds.

     You realize you've just given Jay Cutler an unimpeachable excuse.

    The @Bengals stadium isn’t oriented exactly North-South. And the field goal was 42-yds. Yielding a 1/3-in deflection, not 1/2

    Hmm. We'd ask you to show your work, but we wouldn't understand it, so we'll go with it.

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  • Rex Ryan tries to keep Bills calm with wristbands, snaps his on first play

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    In the Rex Ryan Regime, it's do as he says, not as he does.

    The Buffalo Bills head coach, concerned about the high number of penalties his team had been committing and the vocal manner in which they were griping about said penalties, bought his whole team wristbands that read YES SIR — the only words he wanted his team to say to officials when they were penalized.

    Then Ryan went out andsnapped his in frustration on the very first play, a Bills penalty.

    To be fair, it was an incredibly frustrating penalty: The Bills recovered a kickoff fumble within yards of the Tennessee Titans' end zone, only to see the recovery nullified by an offsides call. “I’ve got to get a different one,” Ryan conceded after the game.

    The Bills were tagged for 17 accepted penalties last week against the Giants, and Ryan instituted a new methodology that included forcing the entire team to do pushups whenever a player committed a penalty. It worked; Buffalo was only penalized seven times in its 14-13 victory over Tennessee.

  • Cowboys running back Christine Michael gets pulled over, poses for pic

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Dallas loves its Cowboys, perhaps to an unhealthy degree. On Sunday, Cowboys running back Christine Michael was en route to AT&T Stadium for the afternoon game against the New England Patriots when he was pulled over and, per his Instagram account, posed for a photo with a member of local law enforcement.

    Now, if you believe the comments on the Instagram post, this police officer pulled over Michael for the express purpose of getting a photo. It's also possible that this officer is a regular security guard for the Cowboys. We don't know, and we're not going to judge, but this seems like something that might get this particular officer a little discussion with the higher-ups.

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  • Thomas Rawls makes Seahawks forget about Marshawn Lynch

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Thomas Rawls, an undrafted free agent signed earlier this year, has filled in ably for the Seahawks against Cincinnati, running for well over 100 yards. His key play: a 69-yard touchdown run that put him at 135 yards for the day. This marked Rawls' second 100-yard game of the season after a 104-yard effort in September against Chicago.

    Incredibly, that touchdown marked Seattle's first rushing touchdown of the season, and also marked the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Bengals all season. 

    It's a long season, this is a small sample size, and Lynch remains one of the best running backs in the NFL. But if Rawls continues his upward trend, Lynch may not be quite as indispensable as he was before the season.

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  • Brian Billick says kickers aren't 'football players,' punter kicks back

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Pity the poor NFL kicker. Smaller than all his teammates, looked upon as a bit of an oddity when he celebrates, mercilessly cut when he fails, it's a high-risk, low-reward profession. But hey, at least he's a member of a football team, right? Right ... ?

    Not so, according to former NFL coach and current NFL Network commentator Brian Billick. No, he declared on Sunday morning that kickers are not football players. Shock! Drama! It's a line we'd swear was created in an artisinal hot-take laboratory, designed for maximum virality, except for the fact that there are still a ton of three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust types in football who aren't all that enamored of the forward pass, to say nothing of the kicking game.

    Seahawks punter Jon Ryan decided to address the matter head-on (or foot-on, as the case may be):

    Here's @coachBillick's stats as an NFL "football player" 0 games played 0 catches for 0 yards. Oh and 0 fg attempts https://t.co/lCsyvDQmtD

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  • 'The Last American Hero' is must-watch TV for fans of racing, writing

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 5 days ago

    Fifty years ago, a wool-suited writer journeyed to North Wilkesboro to profile a local racing legend, and in so doing transformed both the sport of racing and the art of journalism.

    Esquire magazine sent Tom Wolfe to sift through the lore that surrounded bootlegger/driver Junior Johnson, and the story that Wolfe brought back, "The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson! Yes!" remains one of the most remarkable stories of the 20th century. That story, along with the culture that surrounded it and the two men at the center of it, is the centerpiece of a highly recommended new short film premiering Wednesday night on FS1's Race Hub.

    It's tough to appreciate now how revolutionary Wolfe's story —which you can read in full right here—was in both its subject matter and its form. But Wolfe's story barreled into the staid New York literary scene like a hot rod into a garden party. Here's one particularly fiery passage, about Johnson's driving style:

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  • Axalta switches from Jeff Gordon to Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 2016

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 6 days ago

    Big sponsor news, as Axalta has announced it will switch its primary sponsorship from Jeff Gordon's 24 to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 88 starting in the 2016 season. Axalta will also increase its sponsorship from 10 races to 13, and will do so through at least the 2018 season.

    "Axalta and Hendrick Motorsports have an incredible story," Junior said in a statement. "For me, it's meaningful to work with a sponsor that's been so committed to our sport and has such a rich history in NASCAR. Continuing the partnership is special for all of us, and I'm already excited about what the car will look like. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity."

    Axalta has been with Gordon for the last 23 years. Gordon, of course, is retiring at the end of this season. Chase Elliott will be taking over his car, and NAPA will be a primary sponsor for most of the season.

    Both Gordon and Earnhardt remain alive in this year's Chase; Earnhardt advanced to the next round on a tiebreaker with Jamie McMurray, while Gordon was slightly ahead of his teammate.

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  • Frank Thomas previews the baseball playoffs (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Big League Stew 6 days ago

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    The Big Hurt comes to Grandstanding! We welcome in Frank Thomas, Hall of Famer and one of the greatest hitters of all time. The former White Sox slugger is now an analyst for Fox Sports, and he joins us to talk about this postseason and his own remarkable career. Which players and teams does he see as the difference-makers this season? How did he deal with the pressure of carrying teams and the disappointment of falling short in the postseason? What does he think needs to be done to increase the participation of African-American youngsters in baseball?

    This was a fun interview, and we think you'll enjoy it. Catch Frank and the rest of the Fox Sports team covering the postseason starting Oct. 8 and running right through the World Series.

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