- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile52 mins ago
The Houston Astrodome, once dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, has sat vacant for years, a victim of changing times and a lust for skyboxes. Like many other 60s-era municipal stadiums, the Astrodome is a venue without a purpose, and also like those other stadiums, its days could end in nostalgia-shattering demolition. Voters last November shot down a proposal to convert the Astrodome to a convention center, leaving no clear future for the facility.
There are moves afoot to preserve the Astrodome's legacy, however, The Texas Historical Commission is currently discussing whether to designate the forlorn, empty dome a "state antiquities landmark." Doing so would make demolition of the facility much more difficult, but would not answer the question of what exactly to do with the structure.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Hate Cowboys fans? Hate Steelers fans? (Come on. You've got to hate at least one of them.) Well, now you've got yet another reason to hate them: they're better than your team,judging by some new social and analytical metrics.
The Sports Marketing Analytics project at Emory University tracks a variety of statistical measures to track fan loyalty. The project, the product of professors Mike Lewis and Manish Tripathi, has determined that the fan bases of Dallas and Pittsburgh rank at the top of two important statistical categories.
Dallas leads the way in "Fan Equity," a metric designed to track just how much a fanbase supports its team financially. The ranking is an average of the last three years, but even so, Dallas has led in this category for five years. Rounding out the top five are the fan bases of the Patriots, Jets, Giants, and Colts.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile19 hrs ago
If you're like us, ping-pong was something you played in a buddy's house after school, and it took about five points for the game to devolve into firing-squad target practice, where the goal was to hit your opponent, not the table.
But this is the Commonwealth Games, and these two table tennis competitors could hit the ball, the table, their opponent, and probably even a postage stamp from the other side of the arena. Behold the most ridiculously precise and athletic 40 seconds you're likely to see all day.
In the Games, currently taking place in Glasgow, Nigeria's Segun Toriola (in the green) waited out Singapore's Ning Gao in the 41-shot rally. Gao threw everything he could at Toriola, from hammer-slams to drop shots, and Toriola hung in there. And Gao didn't throw his paddle at Toriola, which is probably what we would have done.
Unfortunately for Toriola, Gao would go on to win the match. But at least Toriola's rally will live forever on YouTube.
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf19 hrs ago
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball Golf editor Shane Bacon and writer Jay Busbee take a topic from the world of golf and shank it off the tee. Today: The new Big Three. You know Arnie, Jack and Gary. You know Tiger and Phil. Is there a third member of the latest Big Three, or are the contenders merely pretenders?
Bacon: Last weekend saw Jim Furyk, now 44, miss out on another shot at a PGA Tour title at the Canadian Open. Furyk, one of the stalwarts on the PGA Tour over the last two decades, hasn't won on tour since 2010, and while his slump continues, I simply ask, of this fading generation, where does Furyk rank in terms of the best players of that group? Tiger Woods is one, Phil Mickelson is two, and while Ernie Els has a great case as the third, is Furyk right behind those huge names?
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
(Update: Sanchez may have actually said something a little different than what was initially implied. His clarification is below.)
As gaffes go, Mark Sanchez has a high bar to clear to get past the Butt Fumble. But the former Jet and new Eagle gave it the ol' college try on Monday, offering up a quote that we're sure will follow him around.
In discussing his new digs with Philadelphia, Sanchez offered up a direct assessment: "The fans are a lot nicer here." In addition to being the first time that the Philadelphia fans have been classified as nicer than anyone , this also seems a bit of misplaced frustration on Sanchez's part.
Sure, he lost his job to injury and Geno Smith. And sure, he was unfairly reduced to a bit player in the let-Tim-Tebow-play debacle. But to rip the people who actually choose to root for the Jets? That's like kicking a puppy.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago
Torrin Lawrence, a competitor for the United States and a former track star at the University of Georgia, died early Monday morningin an accident on a Georgia highway.
Lawrence had a tire blow out and his car was stopped in the center of three-lane Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga. He had called 911, but before local police could arrive, a semi truck crashed into his car. Crisp County (Ga.) police said Lawrence was "caught up in the accident," but were uncertain of where he had been in relation to the car.
Most recently, Lawrence finished ninth in the 400m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in late June. He had been part of the United States' gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau in May.
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
In the instant after he putted out to win the 2014 Open Championship, Rory McIlroy reached into the hole, palmed the ball, and sailed it into the crowd. The thought of every single person watching that telecast was the same — somebody's gonna sell that ball for big cash — and now,that expectation has come to pass.
Green Jacket Auctions, which has achieved some notoriety in the golf world for auctioning a very specific item (hint: see the company's name), offered $10,000 on Twitter for the ball right afterward:
Who caught that ball Rory McIlroy threw after holing out on 18? We'll pay $10,000 for it
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
It almost happened, everybody: the perfect marriage of unhinged player and untethered town, the match of talent and spotlight and hedonism that the NFL hasn't seen since Joe Namath in the early '70s. Johnny Manziel was almost a Cowboy.
You remember draft night from earlier this year, yes? Manziel's fate was one of the draft's biggest stories, and as he fell further down the draft board, the realization dawned: he might be available for Dallas! How amazing would that be?
On paper (or, you know, iPhone) it all seemed perfect: Texas kid joins the Texas royal family, learns the ropes from the aging gunslinger, takes over in 2018, stacks up trophies of both the Lombardi and wife varieties, becomes governor in 2045.
It wasn't to be. With Manziel in the green room and the Cowboys on the clock,
“I want you to know that almost as I was handing in the card, it was that close to putting that Manziel card in. It was that close," Jones told the NFL Network on Sunday. The Cowboys ended up going with Notre Dame guard Zack Martin.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
Beast Mode is on hold. For now, Marshawn Lynch is in Holdout Mode.
Lynch's former teammate, Michael Robinson, broke the news on the NFL Network's "Inside Training Camp Live."
"Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked," Robinson said. "He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks."
The Seahawks recently gave large new deals to Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, and clearly, Lynch believes he's deserving of a similar upgrade.
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- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile5 days ago
Jayde Taylor is a member of the Australian field hockey team that's traveled to England to participate in the latest Commonwealth Games. She took plenty of photos, as the young folk do these days, and hey presto, look who showed up in the background of one:
Yep, that's Queen Elizabeth her royal self, photobombing the unwitting hockey players. Her Majesty was in attendance as Australia defeated Malaysia 4-0.