Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 6 hrs ago
Arnold Palmer once invited me to his hometown, and when you get that kind of invitation, you clear your schedule.
On this dark day, here’s my personal Arnold Palmer recollection.
Three years ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Palmer in Latrobe, a small town tucked in the hills of western Pennsylvania. Palmer’s Latrobe office is an inconspicuous white-paneled ranch home at the end of a cul-de-sac, across the street from Latrobe Country Club; the only sign that this home is different from those around it is the multicolored umbrella logo above the front door. Well, that, and the fact that you get here via a street named for the man within.
You open the screen door — much of the year around here, it’s pleasant enough to leave the front door open to the air — and there’s a receptionist’s desk and a small refrigerator full of — what else? — chilled, canned Arnold Palmers. And then you’re escorted back to his office, and … whoa .
The last time I saw Arnold swing a club was, to the best of my knowledge, the last time he ever hit a shot in public.
Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 9 hrs ago
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The right man at the right time, Arnold Palmer transformed an entire sport and, along the way, became an American legend. Palmer, one of the most famous athletes on the planet and a friend to presidents, kings, and movie stars, died Sunday at the age of 87.
Palmer, the son of a Pennsylvania country club greenskeeper, learned the sport of golf as a youth and perfected his game while at Wake Forest. He turned pro in 1955, winning a tournament in his first year as a professional, and three years later won the Masters.
Six of Palmer’s seven major wins came in a short period, from 1960 to 1964, but that happened to be the exact moment when televised sports first became a national obsession. Palmer’s good looks, humble origins, cheerful demeanor and on-course success combined to make him an early favorite of viewing audiences, and “Arnie’s Army” turned out in force wherever he played.
Palmer was one of the first sports figures to create a vibrant off-course empire. In addition to the products he endorsed – everything from tractors to the famous “Arnold Palmer” drink – Palmer oversaw a thriving course design business and helped found The Golf Channel.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago
Playing quarterback in the NFL is like dancing on the blade of a knife. It’s always going to be tricky, but if it goes wrong, it can go very, very wrong. For Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sunday went very, very wrong.
Fitzpatrick’s New York Jets came into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs looking competent, effective, balanced. They left a shattered wreck, on the wrong end of a 24-3 stomping, limping away from one of those losses that’s so ugly it should count as more than one.
Fitzpatrick’s line: 20-of-44, 188 yards, zero touchdowns (obviously), and six – SIX! – interceptions. Derrick Johnson returned one for a 55-yard pick-six; Marcus Peters snagged two; and Eric Berry, Daniel Sorensen, and D.J. White each got souvenirs as well. Two of the interceptions came in the end zone, and another came in a desperation drive inside the final two minutes, but no matter: six interceptions will kill you even if they all come in the opening 10 minutes.
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago
Look, Cam Newton plays football at a level the rest of us mere mortals can’t even understand. And maybe his fashion game is the same way, too, because the only other alternative is that his fashion sense is that of a caffeine-hyped toddler cut loose in a thrift store.
After Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, Newton appeared to the press wearing a Monopoly man hat and Harry Potter specs, because of course he did. This runs right in line with his attire of the entire season, from last week’s barbershop quartet:
…to Week 1’s restrained-by-comparison cool college professor:
This looks like it’ll be a recurring feature, so we’ll update all season. This ought to be fun.
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago
The NFL rulebook is full of perfectly legal loopholes, if you know how to exploit them. Green Bay Packers return man Ty Montgomery did exactly that early in Sunday’s game against Detroit, and snagged his team a handy 37 yards in the process.
The Lions were kicking off to Green Bay after a field goal, and the ball drifted toward the left sideline. Montgomery stepped out of bounds, leaned back in, and touched the ball with his feet still out of bounds.
When a loose kick collides with an object out of bounds, the ball is placed on the 40. And although most of Montgomery was in bounds, his toes weren’t, and that’s enough to legally consider him “an object out of bounds.” Heads-up play to give the Packers as many as 37 yards, and they scored a touchdown just four plays later.
Rules expert Mike Pereira of Fox reveled in the heads-up play:
Ty Montgomery made a brilliant play on a kickoff.
Here's why pic.twitter.com/jhJo6zGM9K
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 25, 2016
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago
Reports out of Charlotte have indicated that protesters plan to block entrances at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium for fans and players entering for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game against the Vikings. But initial reports from the stadium indicate the players’ bus has arrived safely.
Charlotte police apparently received word Saturday night that protesters planned to meet at a park near the stadium and march to its entrances, blocking the way for fans and players.
The city of Charlotte had declared the game“an extraordinary event,” one of major significance and exposure, which in governmental terms allows the city to step up security and bring more law enforcement into play.
ESPN reported thatPanthers players arrived without incident via bus, escorted by police, with tight end Greg Olson the first one off the bus. The Vikings also arrived as normal:
Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago
EAST LAKE, Ga.—Three hundred thirty-seven miles west of Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club, give or take a five-iron, the Georgia Bulldogs spent most of Saturday afternoon getting pummeled by Ole Miss. At the same time, about 680 miles north, an unspectacular Notre Dame team prepared to kick off against an equally uninspiring Duke squad. Like the moon shaping the tide, these two games, and others like them, have had an unseen but dramatic impact on the end of the PGA Tour season.
This ought to be a time for golf to celebrate a season that featured four first-time major winners as well as a triumphant return to the Olympics. Instead, the Tour Championship, as it always is this time of year, takes a back seat—a far back seat—to the NFL and college football. The season-ending FedEx Cup, a four-tournament showdown that concludes at the Tour Championship, awards a fat $10 million check to the winner. But even that isn’t enough to vault the tournament past football and stretch-run baseball. It’s a definite problem for the Tour, but it’s one with a visible, if tricky, solution.
Just don’t ask the players when they’d want to pick up the clubs again.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago
The New England Patriots demolished the Houston Texans Thursday night behind a patchwork offense that included a rookie quarterback, and that ought to concern the heck out of the rest of the NFL. On today’s Grandstanding podcast, we discuss just who might be able to beat the Patriots, if anyone, and run through New England’s many paths to victory yet again.
We also kick around athletes who had success after age 40, and we break down our Week 3 picks, upsets, and games we’d pay to see. It’s highly enjoyable material, and we recommend it prior to your Week 3 NFL viewing. Listen and subscribe below.
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has added his voice to the growing chorus of players using their standing in the public eye to draw attention to police violence against black men. Baldwin offered cursory thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers (“We know there’s new coaches, new defense, scheme, blah blah”) and then lasered in on his point: to call for further training and education of police officers across the country.
Baldwin focused on Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy playing with a toy pistol in Cleveland when he was shot and killed by police in 2014. “This prompted a U.S. Department of Justice investigation, which discovered, and I quote, that ‘officers did not effectively deescalate situations either because they did not know how or did not have adequate understanding of the importance of deescalation of encounters before resorting to force,’” he said. “This prompted the Ohio state attorney general to eventually call for review of police training policies.”
The Seahawks play Kaepernick’s 49ers on Sunday.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago
There are plenty of ways to look bad in today’s NFL. Sure, you can lose, but you can also win without distinction, or you can stumble around in the muck with teams much worse than you. All of those will land you right here on our powerless rankings. Here they are, the NFL’s Sorry Six:
Buffalo Bills Last week: Lost to the Jets 37-31. The Bills train’s a-barrelin’ toward a cliff, and who knows if them Ryan boys can stop it? Buffalo’s offense wasn’t horrible against the Jets last week, with QB Tyrod Taylor going 18 of 30 for 297 yards and three touchdowns, but when you lose ugly, someone’s gotta go. And for now, that someone isn’t Rex Ryan or bro Rob. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman got the boot, so we’ll see if Buffalo can muster up any kind of offense against the Cardinals. Good luck with that. If the Bills lose again, I wouldn’t be buying any homes–or, hell, ordering 30-minute pizza delivery–in Buffalo if I was Rex. Next up: At home vs. Arizona.
Also receiving votes: New Orleans, Chicago, Miami