- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A review of San Francisco's tech-heavy new stadium • A breakdown of RGIII's performance and prospects • Some chattin' about Johnny Manziel's bird-flipping • An AFC South breakdown. Can the Titans, Texans, or Jaguars even touch the Colts? 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.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
The NFL doesn't pay musical acts to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, and it's not hard to see why: with a worldwide audience numbering in the nine figures, halftime acts enjoy an almost immediate bump in sales and touring revenue.
Now, at last, the NFL is apparently going in the complete opposite direction, asking musical acts to pay for the privilege of playing the halftime show.
Per a new Wall Street Journal report, the NFL has apparently narrowed the list of potential halftime performers to three: Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna. From there, negotiations are getting a little sticky, according to the WSJ: "While notifying the artists' camps of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig."
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf14 hrs ago
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On Monday night, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy visited Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show." Or, perhaps, that should read "Rory McIlroy visited Jimmy Fallon, and brought along Tiger Woods as a special guest." Whichever, all three had a fine time, but it was clear McIlroy is the man of the moment.
The appearance was part of a Nike product launch, touting the new "Vapor" iron series, and included a pre-show media event at the Statue of Liberty. There and at the show, Fallon and McIlroy traded golf swings. Woods, still recovering from back surgery, indicated he won't be swinging a club for at least another month.
Still, Woods was effusive in his praise of McIlroy, who in turn was gracious about Woods' approval.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
You'd think by this point that Johnny Manziel would know that every minute of every day he's in public that he's going to be on camera, but somehow he was still apparently surprised that the bird he flipped to the Redskins was caught on camera.
Here's videoof Rob McBurnett, Cleveland's communications coordinator, telling Manziel something shortly after The Bird Took Flight. See if you think it's the same thing we do:
Consensus opinion seems to be that Manziel just learned his little offhand gesture had gone national and set off a thousand hot-take JOHNNY FOOTBALL IS A PUNK columns and comments.
So what fired up Manziel?
"I can tell you what the statement was that set him off," Redskins safety Ryan Clarktold "Mike & Mike" Tuesday morning. "'This isn't college any more and these people are faster than you are.'
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
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During Monday night's pregame introductions, several Washington Redskins players ran onto the field with their hands raised, a gesture of support for the town of Ferguson, Missouri.
Ferguson is currently engulfed in turmoilas the result of a police shooting on Aug. 9. On that date, Michael Brown was killed by police even after witnesses said he raised his arms and told police he was unarmed. As a result, arms raised in surrender have become a symbol of solidarity and protest in connection with the Ferguson story.
Several players entered Monday's game with the Cleveland Browns with arms raised, and according to WNEW-FM, the idea originated with Washington safety Brandon Meriweather and cornerback DeAngelo Hall.Mon, Aug 18Cleveland23 - 24WashingtonGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
Sure, you can say you're a big NFL fan, but until you can do what Sean MacDonald has done, you've got a long way to go.
MacDonald, author of "The Ultimate Football Road Trip," is a member of "Club 122." In other words, he's traveled to the stadiums of all 122 professional sports teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball. (In cities where franchises share a venue, Club 122 members must visit the venue for each team.) Not only that, in 2013 Sean saw a game in every single NFL stadium . That's right: 32 teams, 16 weeks, one heck of a road trip. And he's here to tell you his secrets.
Sean joined us for a chat on our twice-weekly Shutdown Corner podcast, and you can hear that right here:
Some more statistics from his fascinating four-month odyssey across the NFL landscape:
• He started with the season opener in Denver and ended on Dec. 29 in Seattle, then caught playoff games in Philadelphia, New England, and Denver before concluding the season at the Super Bowl. Not a bad run, huh?
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
On Wednesday, Tiger Woods announced that he was withdrawing his name from Ryder Cup consideration, and would be forgoing any professional events for the next few months while he rehabilitates after back surgery.
Considering Woods' recent performances in tournaments — two missed cuts, one withdrawal, and a 69th-place finish — it's not surprising that Woods would take the rest of the year to get his game back together. But considering how much money he's leaving on the table, you can understand why he'd have a hard time walking away.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
Hard Knocks is on HBO. We're talking about it. We might be the only people talking about it.
• Look, I'm not going to try to snow you here. I've been a Falcons fan since the team used to play before dozens in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. (Fun geometry fact about putting a football field in a circular stadium: the seats on the 50-yard-line are actually the farthest possible from the field. Whoops.) I do all I can to keep my biases out of stories I write on the Falcons. But when I see what's going on with "Hard Knocks," I just want to bang my head on the desk. Why? Because nobody seems to care ... and that will only lead to trouble going forward.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 days ago
The connection between quarterback and center is the most personal in sports this side of the two-man luge, and Tom Brady took a moment on Wednesday toilluminate that connection for the rest of us.
Brady has a keen interest in the camp competition between centers Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell.
"I love both Dan and Wendy," he said. "I love those guys. They work so hard. The center-quarterback relationship is a pretty special one. I've got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so it's a pretty unique trust and relationship you have."
Connolly had the job last year, but Wendell has played right guard for some time for New England as well. As such, Brady was careful not to express preference for either man, or either butt.
The glory of the NFL, people.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 days ago
Heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge yet? It's a dare making its way through the sports world, the idea being that you dump a bucket of ice water over your head to raise awareness of the neurodegenerative disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. If you're challenged, you have 24 hours to film yourself getting doused, or you have to give $100 to the ALS Association. You've also got to challenge three more people to the tender mercies of the ice. (Predictably,there's a backlash against all this, arguing that "awareness" is no substitute for hard cash.)
Former Saint Steve Gleason, who suffers from ALS, accepted the challenge and ramped it up a notch: naked. "Everything's better naked," Gleason says. "Well, maybe not everything."
You want an idea of the heartbreaking ravages of ALS? Gleason can't even move when a bucket of ice water is dumped on him.