Jay Busbee

  • Who would pay to see Super Bowl Media Day? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's trying-not-to-get-fined Super Bowl week episode, we have:

    • Rob Gronkowski sings! (1:00 mark)

    • A look at Marshawn Lynch's Media Day performance. Does it matter that he didn't say a word? (3:54 mark)

    • The ridiculousness of Media Day. Why does it exist? Why do people dress up in costumes? Why would anyone pay to watch this? (11:30 mark)

    All this and more as part of the special Shutdown Corner Podcast's Super Bowl week episodes. Listen up, and while you're listening ...

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  • Mystery shoveler clears off Boston Marathon finish line

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 8 hrs ago

    Love that Dirty Frozen Water #Boston #bostonblizzard #BostonStrong pic.twitter.com/BDaI2m1z0C

    A blizzard dusted the Northeast early in the week, but at least one mysterious shovel-carrier decided to take a stand against snow. Someone cleared off the famed finish line of the Boston Marathon, making for a nice contrast to Mother Nature's white-out.

    While calling the mystery shoveler a "hero" might be a bit much, the finish line made for a nice visual metaphor of the city's resilience and willingness to rebound from adversity. There's a move underfoot to find the shoveler, using the hashtag #whoshoveledthefinishline on Twitter. And while there will probably be half a dozen "shovelers" who come forth, the real shoveler knows what he or she did. Nice work, sir or ma'am.

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  • Kurt Warner still wonders whether Patriots bent rules in Super Bowl against Rams

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    It's been 13 years since the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI. Even today, the stunning-at-the-time upset continues to rankle members of the heavily favored Rams. On Tuesday, former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner allowed that, yeah, maybe the whole deflate-gate business has provided fresh fuel to some long-held suspicions.

    "I don't want to believe that there was anything outside of his team beat our team," Warner said, per the New York Daily News. "That's what I want to believe. Yeah, there's a sliver of a doubt … Was there any advantage they gained in any game? Not just our Super Bowl game, but maybe a game before that to get to the Super Bowl. All those things enter your mind. It's not because I'm bitter. It's not because I say they cheated, because I have no idea."

    Warner noted that quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are clearly all-time talents, but that this latest scandal continues to taint their legacy.

  • What's the best Super Bowl host city? Join the debate!

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    This year's Super Bowl takes place in lovely Arizona, with future games slated for the San Francisco and Houston areas. All worthy destinations, yes, but are they the best places to host a Super Bowl? What makes a good Super Bowl city? The view, the amenities, the nightlife? And what about the worst Super Bowl cities? Which towns had their shot and shouldn't get another? We're laying it all out on the table, and we might not be welcome in several cities after this.

    Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk (@kevinkaduk) and Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) kick around the best-and-worst Super Bowl cities topic right here, and you can join in. This is the latest of our many Super Bowl Arguments videos, and you're invited to the party. Offer up your thoughts in the comments below and on Twitter at #SBarguments. Your words might end up on a future episode. Get to arguing!

    Check out our previous Super Bowl week arguments here:

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  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft, unleashed! (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's non-ballboy-altered episode, we have: • A breakdown of the remarkable press conference Monday by Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots (0:25 mark) • A look at the GQ article digging deep into Roger Goodell's past (9:45 mark) All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast, here every day of the week during Super Bowl week. Listen up, and while you're listening ...


  • Marshawn Lynch: 'I'm here so I won't get fined'; reportedly risked $500K fine

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Marshawn Lynch needed to come to Super Bowl Media Day. He needed to speak for four minutes and 30 seconds. He did exactly that, and nothing more.

    Lynch sat down at the podium and announced that he would be saying only "I'm here so I won't get fined," and that was all he said, for less than five minutes, answering 21 questions the exact same way. He may well have eluded a massive fine (see below), but if he did so, it wasn't by much.

    Lynch's deliberate one-note media replies have amused many and frustrated some, but only the threat of financial penalties appears to have impacted his actions even the slightest bit. Of course, Lynch has no problem talking when he's getting paid,as in this Skittles ad, but clearly, the NFL would like him to step up outside of advertisements as well.

    Lynch apparently had reason to worry. He was risking an enormous fine, according to Ed Werder of ESPN:

    Regardless, here's video of Lynch's full appearance:

  • Rob Gronkowski 'sings' Katy Perry's 'Roar'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Super Bowl Media Day is always a mess of ridiculous questions and non-answers, so credit Rob Gronkowski for being one of the few players to actually spool off more than a "happy to be here" cliché. He was asked if he could sing a few bars of Super Bowl halftime show performer Katy Perry's "Roar," and he did ... well, he tried, at least. Gronkaraoke is better than no karaoke, we guess.

    How much longer till kickoff?

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  • Louis CK on Patriots: 'Sometimes you do stuff that's not fair so you can win'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Louis CK is one of the most brilliant minds of our time, and when he turns his attention to the New England Patriots, you can be sure he'll hit you with white-hot truth. "They want to win real bad," CK said on David Letterman's show, speaking of his Patriots, "and sometimes you do stuff that's not fair, so you can win."

    The conspiratorial spin CK and Letterman put on deflate-gate is utterly ridiculous, and also utterly believable. "Pretty boy" Tom Brady mouths off to the Ravens, so the Ravens get their revenge. It's perfectly understandable, and to Louis CK, all part of the game. This is just football, after all. Who cares?

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  • Kim Kardashian mocks herself in new Super Bowl ad

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Super Bowl ad march has begun. Catch 'em now so they won't surprise you during the Big Game.

    Ad: "Kim's Data Stash," T-Mobile

    Concept: A fake public service ad in the style of "feed the children," but for unused mobile data. T-Mobile promises to help you take care of your data so that you can use it for important things, like keeping up with Kim Kardashian West.

    Execution: A contemplative piano score, a heartfelt message, Kim not saying more than five words in any single shot ... yep, this was put together with skill. More to the point, you might actually remember what this ad is pitching 15 minutes after you've seen it. Although if you're the type of parent still trying to figure out how to tell your kids about deflate-gate, you probably ought to have an explanation ready for why that nice lady is on the TV without much clothes on.

    Verdict: We're still not entirely sure Kim knows this is a joke. That said, it's a reasonable enough facsimile of a late-night plea for charity. This'll get a chuckle or two at the ol' Super Bowl party ... followed by a "You know what I heard ... " bit of lurid gossip.

  • J.J. Watt blows up Elmo, shows leaping skill on 'Kimmel'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    We'realready on record as being big fans of pretty much everything J.J. Watt does, mainly because we don't want him treating us like a third-string QB. But now the rest of the country (read: the non-football types) is starting to get a look at his awesomeness, like these clips from Monday night's Kimmel show.

    Above, he goes for a latte and does what everyone in New York City would love to do, totally blowing up a street performer. Below, he demonstrates his ungodly leaping ability:

    Bow down before your J.J. Watt overlord.

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

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