Jay Busbee

  • Andrew Luck, Tom Brady call it a day after one half of work

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    There's a reason most fantasy football leagues end before Week 17: because sometimes the best players play themselves into an early vacation.

    Tom Brady and Andrew Luck, quarterbacks of two playoff-bound AFC teams, put in 30 minutes of work and clocked out on Sunday, having done enough for the regular season.

    Luck went 10-for-16 for 160 yards and two touchdowns in one half, and racked up the accolades. He set the Colts' franchise passing record (a franchise, remember, that once had a guy named Manning throwing for it). His two touchdowns gave him 86 in the first three years of his career, more than any other player in NFL history except Dan Marino, who had 98. And Luck, who threw his 39th and 40th touchdowns of the year, is the eighth player in NFL history to throw 40 or more touchdowns in a season. He left the game leading the Tennessee Titans 17-7.

    Brady's sallow performance will certainly spur questions about momentum, but as he showed earlier this year, Brady has little trouble rebounding from even terrible performances.

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  • Ragnar the Viking joins cheerleaders

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    These are tense times in the NFL. Playoff bids on the line, coaches coming and going, players seeing the end of their season and, in many cases, their careers.

    There are many games in Week 17 with significant postseason ramifications. Vikings-Bears is not one of them, which is why we bring you this highlight of Ragnar the Viking trying out for the cheerleader squad. Let a little sunshine in, everybody:

    You're gonna miss this kind of stuff when it's April and football is many months away, we guarantee it.

    [Via SB Nation]

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  • Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Black Monday has come early to New York.

    According to NJ Advance Media, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office at the team's headquarters. The Jets will be playing in Miami on Sunday, and it appears Ryan doesn't anticipate his tenure with the team will last much longer than the final horn.

    Jets owner Woody Johnson has reportedly solicited the assistance of Charley Casserly in seeking out new candidates to replace Ryan and general manager John Idzik, and Casserly has apparently begun that search in earnest. When word got back to Ryan, he began packing up, according to NJ.com.

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    There will be much more to discuss about Ryan once his apparent firing becomes official. For now, this should make Sunday's game against Miami interesting from both an emotional and an effort perspective.

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  • Titans coach knows fans want team to lose, possibly get No. 1 pick

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    There comes a point for every NFL team that's pretty bad when they have to make a choice: just how bad do we want to be? Granted, the NFL isn't like the NBA, where tanking can get you a franchise-changing player, but when you've got the opportunity to hold the first pick in a stocked draft, how much are you willing to do to get it?

    The Tennessee Titans face such a choice, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt understands that his fans' desires and his team's desires may not run in the same direction. The Titans want a victory, the fans want the opportunity to pick up a player who could get them many more victories down the road.

    "From a fan's perspective, I understand that, but you want to win. That's what you're geared in to do," he said. "That's why we're in this business. We're trying to do that. I don't worry as much about that until the season's over, but I certainly respect their feelings on that."

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  • Giants punter visits NYPD precinct, laughs about Christmas Eve drug test

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    It's been a lively couple of days for Giants punter Steve Weatherford. First, he spent a solemn hour before practice Tuesday visiting a precinct of the New York Police Department to offer support in the wake of last week's tragic shooting of two officers.

    “What they do for us on a daily basis, I know it doesn’t get enough credit,” Weatherford said, according to the New York Daily News. “People don’t say ‘Thank you’ enough for the times that they don’t need the police because everything is under control and everybody is safe. It’s a very thankless job, and I just wanted to go there and really just tell them ‘Thank you for doing what you do for us, for putting your life in danger on a daily basis to afford us the safety and security so we can sleep peacefully at night,’ and ‘I appreciate everything that you do.’”

    It was an honor to spend the morning with the #NYPD 18th precinct. Thank you for all you do. pic.twitter.com/PO4F2T0Z3x

  • Seahawks fan overcome with emotion thanks to Christmas gift from team

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    So this is Alex, and he's a hardcore Seahawks fan. He's also the fortunate recipient of a pretty sweet gift from the team: a signed helmet. Alex is overcome with emotion, exactly the way the rest of you ungrateful types ought to be when you get gifts.

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    The home video is VERY long and VERY home-video-ey; the good stuff starts at about the 2:30 mark, but we've excerpted it right here for you:

    Congrats to Alex, and nice work, Seahawks. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone.

    (Helmet tip: SB Nation)

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  • The Shutdown Corner Podcast 2014 Awards for NFL Excellence, Awfulness

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Here we are almost at the end of the line for 2014! It's been a tough year for the NFL, yet there are still high moments to recognize. Today, we run through the best of the best, including: • Man of the Year • Team of the Year • Story of the year • Ridiculous story of the year

    • Play of the year

    • Disappointment of the year

    • Surprise of the year

    • Biggest story heading into 2015

    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. The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!

  • LeBron, Ronda Rousey, Ray Rice lead Yahoo Sports' most popular posts

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 5 days ago

    Millions of you visited Yahoo Sports this year, and we thank you for that. LeBron James, Ronda Rousey and Ray Rice were among the most notable athletes in 2014, but the overriding lesson might be: careful what you do at baseball games. Here are the most popular stories on the Yahoo Sports Blogs for 2014:

    1. LeBron James violates royal protocol, puts arm around Kate Middleton during a photo (Dec. 9) Weeks before "The Interview" kicked off an international crisis, LeBron James nearly started one of his own when he (gasp!) put his arm around the British royal family's beloved Kate.

    3. Fan who fell asleep during Yankees-Red Sox game suing for $10 million (July 7) Look, we get it: midsummer baseball can be boring. But if you do happen to drift off, don't blame the team or the networks for showing you catching some Zs.

    And here are the next 10:


  • Congrats, Tyler Thigpen, you get to be a Cleveland Browns QB

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    A Cleveland Browns season which began with glimmerings of hope that sparked into a bonfire has now dwindled to embers, and the man tasked with poking at the the last of the dying glow could be ... Tyler Thigpen.

    Yes, the end result of the Great Hoyer-Manziel Debate is that both guys are pretty much useless at the moment, and so the Browns have brought back Thigpen, a member of the team during preseason, to serve as a potential quarterback. Also in the mix: Connor Shaw, the rookie QB who has spent the entire year on the Browns' practice squad.

    Thigpen's signing comes a day after the franchise was reportedly spurned by Rex Grossman, who was with the Redskins last year along with current Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Grossman was with the Browns in training camp this year.

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  • Tony Romo has deadly, painful aim when throwing footballs

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Ever wanted to catch a pass from an NFL quarterback? Careful what you wish for.

    David Feherty is an esteemed golf commentator and a reasonably proficient athlete. But being from Northern Ireland, Feherty lacks a bit of the ingrained football knowledge that Americans have, so when he prepared to catch a pass from Tony Romo, well, it didn't go so well.

    Romo, of course, is no slouch on the golf course himself, having played in many a professional tournament and attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open. He's sticking to his day job for now, though a few passes like that to Dez Bryant could put his status in doubt.

    In any event, Hans Moleman is suitably impressed:

    Try not to cringe too much at this one, friends.

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