- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A discussion of what the heck's going on with a possible new Redskins stadium • A breakdown of whether Tom Brady and Bill Belichick get enough credit (really) • Analysis of the NFC East's prospects. Who's going to win: Eagles, Giants, Redskins or Cowboys?
• Analysis of the AFC East. After New England, do Buffalo, New York and Miami need to show up? All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Well, we've got our first big Johnny Manziel ad campaign, and it looks like Mr. Football isn't exactly treating his image with stern, untouchable respect.
In this Snickers spot, "Johnny JamBoogie" is leading an aerobics class full of ladies of a certain age. A "teammate" shows up to offer him a Snickers, and all is put right with the world. Well, except that Johnny JamBoogie is no more, leaving an entire room full of heartbroken aerobics ladies. They need your love too, Johnny!
Laugh to keep from crying, Browns fans. Laugh to keep from crying.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Atlanta Falcons are the subject of this year's "Hard Knocks" on HBO. No team has ever gone undefeated after appearing on "Hard Knocks." Will Atlanta be the first? Tune in to find out! Meantime, here's what happened in Episode 4.
• Admit it. You wonder if, physical shortcomings aside, you'd have what it takes to make it in the NFL. Could you handle training camp, the pressure of fighting for a roster spot, the unrelenting scorn of your coaches? This year's audience stand-in is Ra'Shede Hageman, a rookie defensive lineman who's getting thrown around by both the opposition and the coaching staff.
Houston had little trouble with Hageman in last week's preseason game, and that's where coach Bryan Cox steps in. In a visual equivalent of rubbing a dog's nose in his own filth, Cox forces Hageman to watch just how poorly he has played.
"I want you to see how [freaking] pitiful you look," Cox says as tape runs. "They make you their jailhouse [girlfriend]." Accurate, if blunt.Thu, Aug 28Atlanta24 - 14JacksonvilleGame Recap
ESPN has issued an apology for the way it handled a controversial Tuesday report on Michael Sam's shower habits. The report included nearly a minute-long segment about several Rams teammates' opinions on Sam's shower procedure. That angle, playing to the worst stereotypes of gay men in the locker room, drew immediate criticism on social media. ESPN offered a clarification on Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday morning, went a step further:
"ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports."
Here's the original report:
That report also prompted Sam's teammate Chris Long to take his side, tweeting that "Everyone but [ESPN] is over it" — "it" being, of course, the "story" of a gay man in the NFL.
Sam survived the latest round of cuts, and is currently listed on the Rams' 75- man roster.
Before Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, ever set foot on an NFL football field, doubters had claimed that he would be a distraction to his team and shunned by his teammates. However, in the first media flare-up regarding Sam's orientation, he has received the definitive support of one of the strongest voices in his locker room.
The precipitating incident was an ESPN report on how Sam, no sure thing to make the Rams' roster, was adjusting to life with his new teammates. And after some initial cliches, the report took a sharp turn, focusing for almost a full minute on Sam's showering habits:
The report drew immediate criticism on social media, both for its selectiveness (how many other rookies' shower habits are a story?) and its gaze too deep into the locker room.
But there's a larger issue here. For years, people who claim to know NFL culture have said that the locker room wouldn't accept a gay man. But within hours after the report aired, Rams teammate Chris Long shattered that myth with one eight-word tweet:
Dear ESPN,Everyone but you is over it.
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • Discussion of the absurdly long preseason and bitter preseason injuries like Sam Bradford's • Questions about the Browns' ability to move the football • Concerns about Andy Dalton's big-game mettle • Thoughts on whether the Ravens will be better, worse, or the same this year
• Predictions of good tidings for the Steelers
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
In what seems like the greatest Saturday Night Live sketch never written, Sarah Palin has leaped to the support of Mike Ditka in a battle against the forces of darkness threatening to strip the Washington Redskins of their team name.
Now, you're probably sick of hearing about the Redskins name battle, and we get that. So we'll give you two choices regarding this article. The "Too Long; Didn't Read" version is this: Sarah Palin and Mike Ditka like the Redskins name the way it is. There you go. You can bail out right now if you want, no hard feelings.Thu, Aug 28Washington24 - 10Tampa BayGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
All NFL destinations are not created equal, and according to players, Oakland is less equal than anywhere else.
An ESPN/NFL Nation Confidential poll surveyed 100-plus players to find the least desirable location to play in the NFL. The question was this: "The only way I'd play for [team name] is if they doubled my salary."
The "winner"? Oakland, with 23 percent of the 82 respondents. Following Oakland were:
• Buffalo Bills (19 percent) • Cleveland Browns (16 percent) • Jacksonville Jaguars (9 percent) • Green Bay Packers (6 percent).
Good news, Jets and Redskins fans! You're not the worst!
You can probably extrapolate why these teams are on this list: incompetent ownership, poor winning tradition, cold weather, harsh fans. Still, Raiders players both past and present were not exactly thrilled with the poll's results.Thu, Aug 28Detroit23 - 0BuffaloGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
As if things weren't already upended enough around the Washington Redskins franchise — controversial name, new head coach, same old owner — we can now add "budding quarterback controversy" to the mix.
The Redskins played local rival Baltimore in a Saturday night preseason game, and one Washington quarterback was markedly better than the other. Granted, Robert Griffin III played against the Ravens' first-team defense and backup Kirk Cousins was in against the junior varsity, but even so, Cousins' performance was enough to prompt Washington legend Joe Theismann to wander out onto a treacherous, possibly treasonous limb.
“Let’s stop beating around the bush,” Theismann said while announcing the game, per the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg. “Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 days ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have Yahoo Sports fantasy expert Andy Behrens discussing all you could possibly want to know about fantasy football. Well, maybe not ALL, but today's topics include:
• What to do if you don't have one of the top four picks
• How to zig as others in your league zag
• What to do about bye weeks
• How to properly value every player in your stable, week to week
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...