Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 17 mins ago
Two all-time American sports greats met at last on the field of battle on Tuesday night. Their weapon of choice: eggs.
Peyton Manning, on his Super Bowl victory tour, stopped by "The Tonight Show," and Jimmy Fallon coaxed him into a game of Egg Russian Roulette against none other than Magic Johnson. The rules: smash an egg on your head. Said egg may be raw, or may be hard-boiled. First to get two raw eggs loses ... and has to clean up. How did it go? Let's just say Magic hasn't lost his talent for pinpoint passing, and Peyton had a strong completion percentage.
Elsewhere in the show, Peyton explainedbrother Eli's stoic face during the Super Bowl, and offered up some surprising explanations as to how he's seen that face before:
The Peyton Manning coronation continues.
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago
It's telling that one of the most significant moments in Sunday's Super Bowl was Peyton Manning's repeated postgame declaration that he planned to "drink a lot of Budweiser," a line that raised a few eyebrows.
The Brewers Association out of Colorado would rather Manning raise a few glasses of anything other than Budweiser, and told him so in a letter that NFL Network's Ian Rapoport posted on Twitter:
"We wanted to share some craft beers from the over 4,000 small and independent craft brewers in Colorado and beyond," wrote Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director of the Brewers' Association. "We've included a variety of choices which may satisfy the celebratory occasion more than a light American lager." Oh! Shots fired! The letter invites Peyton to visit his "local craft brewery," which sounds a heck of a lot more exciting than Disneyland.
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago
Somehow, J.J. Watt inspires endless devotion in his fans, mainly because he does things likedress up as Batman andblow up stage-jumpers at Zac Brown shows and playing hockey and so much more. Fans have shown their devotion by creatingeverything from J.J. Watt cakesto, well, wooden statues:
Sure enough, the sculpture attracted the interest of the real Watt:
There are some talented people in this world. That's crazy! https://t.co/Y2yVm00lqT
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago
President Obama called to congratulatie the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, talking with head coach Gary Kubiak and linebacker Demarcus Ware. Obama had either been briefed thoroughly or had watched the game (possibly in the Champagne Room!) because he called out Peyton Manning, Von Miller, and, of all people, Wade Phillips. Surely a nice moment for the Broncos, and we fully expect Peyton to bring Budweiser and Papa Johns to the White House.
And, as we always say whenever we show a president doing anything other than governing and someone pipes up with "he should be governing the country rather than calling football players" ... couldn't you be working right now?
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If in fact Calvin Johnson carries through on his decision to retire, most observers think the next uniform he'll don will be the gold jacket of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Most observers. Not all.
“I would think that it would be difficult for Calvin Johnson at this point to be considered a Hall of Famer,” former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann told the Detroit News. “Calvin Johnson has an extreme amount of talent and ability, but when you start to look at his team, the success of his team and did he lift that team; he made them a little bit better, but at the end of the day, I’m not quite sure.”
Cam Newton doesn't care if you think he was moody and sullen after the Super Bowl. And if you were expecting him to apologize for his actions, think again.
Speaking for the first time since Sunday, Newton didn't apologize, didn't clarify, didn't backtrack on his brief, pouting media conference. Instead, he doubled down on his belief in himself. Here's a roundup of writeups from reporters at the Panthers' exit interviews at Bank of America Stadium:
Cam Newton making no apologies for postgame press conference. "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser."
Cam Newton: "If I offended anyone, that's cool." But said he would not conform for anyone.
Cam: I don't have no more tears to cry
Cam: "I don't have to conform to what anybody wants. I am my own person."
Cam: I'm on record as being a sore loser. I hate losing. You show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser
The Carolina Panthers returned to Charlotte without a Lombardi Trophy, but plenty of fans were there to welcome the team regardless. An estimated 1,000 fans met the team's plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and hundreds more met the team at Bank of America Stadium.
It was a nice gesture, and well deserved for a brilliant team. Here's the issue: remember that as of Sunday afternoon, people were talking of Carolina as being one of the greatest NFL teams of all time. All it needed to do was beat up on a presumably fragile Denver and the Panthers would punch their ticket alongside the legendary Bears, 49ers, Cowboys, Steelers and Patriots teams of the past.
That's why the fans' turnout was so welcome for the team, and so necessary. Not many teams win 17 games in a season; the Panthers deserve all the respect they get.
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago
Cam Newton didn't make any new friends with his sullen news conference after his Super Bowl loss, but Peyton Manning indicated that the Newton onstage bore little resemblance to the Newton he met at midfield just after the end of the game.
"Cam couldn't have been nicer to me," Manning said on "The Today Show."
"He was extremely humble. He congratulated me, wished me the best. I told him just congratulations on his outstanding season and just what a great future he has ahead of him."
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Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago
With fewer than six months remaining until the start of the Rio Olympic Games, a new threat has emerged to the Games' stability: the Zika virus.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has told the organizing bodies of various American sports that if athletes or support staff are concerned about the Zika virus, they should consider not traveling to Rio for the August Games, according to a new Reuters report. The USOC delivered the message to various sports federations in a late-January conference call.
"One of the things that they immediately said was, especially for women that may be pregnant or even thinking of getting pregnant, that whether you are scheduled to go to Rio or no, that you shouldn't go," said Donald Anthony, an Olympian and the head of U.S. Fencing. "And no one should go if they feel at all as though that that threat could impact them."
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago
Moments after the Super Bowl ended, Cam Newton suffered through a disastrous press conference of his own making, keeping every answer short and not sticking around very long. That didn't sit very well with some NFL elders discussing the issue on NFL Network afterward.
"You are the face of our brand right now, you can't do that," Deion Sanders said after the game. "I understand the emotions of losing, but you can't do that. A Manning, a Brady ... all these guys who are a prototypical type of quarterback in our game, they're not going to do that ever. Would Drew Brees ever?"
"You're opening yourself for more criticism," he said. Because everybody is going to say you're dabbing and smiling and smiling and styling. So this is how you go out when you lose?"
Marshall Faulk, who knows the pain of losing a Super Bowl, tried to put Newton's sour attitude in perspective and staged a nice debate with Sanders that made for good television.