Jay Busbee

  • Jets fans fly 'Cheaters look up' banner over Patriots camp

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    Jets fans fly “Cheaters” banner over @Patriots training camp: http://t.co/0qSPzVepGx pic.twitter.com/wuqnp2aMcY

    Like there wasn't enough going on already at Patriots camp ... a group of Jets fans flew a banner over the first day of New England's camp reading "CHEATERS LOOK UP."

    The stunt was the product of @JetsFanMedia, a crew that previously started a "FireJohnIdzik.com" campaign to oust the Jets' beleaguered general manager. Idzik was bounced right after the end of the 2014 season. The reference, obviously, is to the ongoing deflate-gate/phone-gate saga involving Tom Brady and the Patriots.

    Robert Kraft signed a "Free Brady" posted today. Photo from the Herald's @photowilcox. pic.twitter.com/2RqdBRR5GC

  • William 'Refrigerator' Perry auctioning off Super Bowl XX ring

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    William "Refrigerator" Perry, one of the most famous NFL players of the 1980s, is auctioning off the Super Bowl ring he won after the 1985 season with the Chicago Bears.

    Heritage Auctions is overseeing the auction at this week's National Sports Collectors' Convention at Dallas, and bidding is available online. The starting bid is $16,000, and the auction site has indicated that the ring could fetch as much as $1 million. The ring is estimated at a size 25, the largest Super Bowl ring ever produced by Jostens.

    The Bears decimated the Patriots 46-10 in that Super Bowl, a game in which Perry scored a touchdown. Perry played 10 seasons in the NFL, the vast majority of those with the Bears. He has fallen on harder times of late. In 2008, he was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré Syndrome, a disorder involving inflammation of the nerves. He has suffered financial difficulties as well as health problems.

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

  • Tom Brady should've just flushed the darn phone (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed

    The NFL has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension, largely because Brady refused to turn over his cell phone, and all hell's breaking loose. We spend a good 20 minutes chewing over this from every angle, including the "Patriots are cheaters" and "Tom Brady should've just turned over his phone!" angles.

    We also consider who wins and who loses in this whole scenario, and whether Jimmy Garoppolo is ready for his close-up. Finally, we look at the options available for both Brady and the NFL going forward. This story is by no means over.

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  • Twitter reacts to Tom Brady's upheld four-game suspension

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The NFL has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in the whole deflate-gate fiasco, and Twitter has responded with characteristic tact, restraint, and solemn respect.

    My assistant Jack Daniels and I actually destroy a cell phone every four months or so. Usually just the screen but I get it.

    no respect for cheaters and only 4 smh

     

    So, let me get this straight. If Tom Brady had destroyed his cell phone in an elevator then we'd be talking about 2 games not 4, yes?

    This further supports the theory that deflating footballs is a gateway drug. He's graduated to destroying cellphones. #monster #jailforbrady

    Well you can't say cheaters never win

    Everybody made fun of Andrew Luck's flip phone, but he knows what's up.

    There are reports Brady destroyed his phone. So, this whole thing cost him four games, plus the $300 restocking fee.

    Peyton Manning's phone is just full of text messages to his offensive coordinator, a slacks shop, and Papa John

    Tom Brady be like pic.twitter.com/Xa5MlIKzj5

  • J.J. Watt tries to dance the Nae Nae with kids, doesn't quite succeed

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Well, we've found something J.J. Watt isn't good at.

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    The Offseason of Watt continued this week with a visit to a Houston YMCA, where he ran kids through drills and the kids in turn tried to teach him how to dance. One went well, the other ... not so much.

    "I've got the greatest job in the world, man," Watt said at the event. "I get to come out here and play a game every day and I get to do stuff like this. I mean, I realize how fortunate I am to be in the situation I'm in and I realize that someday, it's all going to end. I don't know why, but this year, I realized it more than ever, the fact that someday, this is all going to be over and someday, I'm not going to have all these great opportunities that I have, so I'm just trying to take advantage of everything I can and enjoy every moment I can."

  • Boston out of running for 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

    The city of Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

    Boston had been the United States' selection in the ongoing bidding process for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but on Monday, Boston's mayor threw the brakes on the city's bid plans. Soon afterward, the United States Olympic Committee announced it is ending its bid to bring the Games to the city.

    Boston mayor Marty Walsh had said he cannot automatically commit to signing the host city bid should Boston win the right to host the Games. Walsh expressed concern about a provision which requires the host city to cover any cost overruns, a requirement which could prove financially burdensome to Boston.

    "I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk," Walsh said in a Monday morning press conference. While Boston's Olympic organizing group had pledged an insurance policy would cover cost overruns, Walsh said his office has been unable to conclude whether such a policy would be feasible and would sufficiently protect the city.

  • Joe Namath offers $100,000 in search for two lost Florida teens

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Joe Namath has joined in the search for two missing Florida boys, offering $100,000 for information that aids in their rescue.

    Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos of Tequesta, Fla., both 14 years old, were last seen on Friday afternoon buying fuel for their 19-foot boat. The boys did not return as scheduled on Friday.

    Namath, a neighbor of one of the boys, participated in a Sunday news conference. He noted that both boys were experienced boaters.

    "Just keep on praying, man," he said. "It's hard, it's so hard. We've got to believe in their wherewithal, and we have some confidence in that area, no doubt. The good Lord's got to help us out."

    The boys' boat was found late Sunday, capsized 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet. Neither boy was with the boat. Coast Guard crews have searched more than 14,000 square miles of the Florida coastline.

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

  • The NFL needs a kill-the-man-with-the-ball competition (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 6 days ago

    Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes & Leave A Review

    Welcome to the latest episode of Grandstanding! After a brief siesta while we covered the British Open and baseball's All-Star Game, we're back, baby, and here to take you through the dog days of summer with more witty banter and incisive commentary. Or something like that. Anyway, it's another Friday Five, where we hit each other with questions across a range of subjects. Today's topics: • Is there another skills competition like the Home Run Derby that you'd really love to see? • Speaking of home runs, has the home run lost its prominence in American sports? • What's the most racist line you can recall someone uttering on a sports broadcast? • Which sport gets you fired up the most as it approaches on the schedule? • What are your top three Marvel movies? That ought to hold you for the weekend. Enjoy!

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  • WWE terminates contract with Hulk Hogan

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 6 days ago

    World Wrestling Entertainment has terminated its contract with legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan. The organization released a statement on Friday morning: "WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide."

    Late Thursday night, WWE removed virtually all references to Hogan from its website. The WWE has not yet given an official reason for the removal, although widespread speculation has centered on comments that Hogan may have made.

    Hogan has been one of professional wrestling's marquee attractions since the 1980s, and recently reunited with the WWE following a six-year absence. Until the removal, his landing page (www.wwe.com/superstars/hulkhogan) looked like this:

    Hogan himself offered up a cryptic tweet as the news was breaking across Twitter:

    In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH

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  • Charles Haley told 49ers rookies to 'act like the white guys'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Say this for Charles Haley: the man doesn't hold back in conversation any more than he did on the football field.

    The five-time Super Bowl winner and impending Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee recently spoke to the rookies at 49ers training camp, and delivered some blunt advice. "I know they probably got mad," he said, according to the San Jose Mercury-News, "but I said, ‘Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper getting high or hitting people. Why don’t you act like that?’ They all looked at me crazy.”

    Haley acknowledged that he made the statement "for the shock value," regardless of whether it was actually rooted in truth. (As the Mercury-News noted, fullback Bruce Miller, who is white, had just been charged with misdemeanor vandalism in connection with an argument with his then-fiancee. Miller later pleaded no contest.)

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