Last Fourth of July, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul made a life-altering decision to try to throw a lit firework. The explosion blew apart his right hand, putting his career and, for a brief time, even his life in doubt. He’s since returned to the field, but the damage the explosion did to his hand reverberated around the NFL.
Now, Pierre-Paul is taking the anniversary of his accident to remind people to play it safe around fireworks, and is doing so in the most striking way possible: by showing the damage the explosion did to his hand. Pierre-Paul lost most of two fingers and his thumb, as well as the opportunity for a generational-wealth contract, and now plays with a large mitt covering his right hand.
The video is a bit tough to watch, but a good reminder of what can happen with one wrong decision on the Fourth of July.
San Diego’s hurdle to site a new stadium just got a little higher.
The California Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling allowing proposed tax increases like the one planned to pay for San Diego’s stadium to pass via a simple majority. That means that the measure to raise taxes to pay for the stadium must now pass by a two-thirds majority, not a simple one.
The Chargers’ ballot initiative seeks to raise the hotel tax to 16.5 percent from 12.5 percent to help pay for the city’s share of the $1.8 billion stadium project. The Chargers have committed $650 million, with the NFL contributing $300 million and another $350 million coming from the ownership group and the sales of personal seat licenses and the like.
The state Supreme Court’s decision to review the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s ruling means that it’s highly unlikely the ballot initiative will be reduced to the simple majority in time for the November ballot. The state Supreme Court typically takes years, not weeks, to review its cases.
Reports leaked out of the camp of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump earlier this weekthat sports notables like Mike Tyson, Bobby Knight, Mike Ditka, and NASCAR CEO Brian France would speak in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
The idea of an arch-conservative like Ditka preaching the virtues of Trump wasn’t surprising. One problem: nobody from Trump’s team reached out to Ditka himself, and Ditka has declined to speak.
“No one’s ever talked to me about it,” Ditka told the Chicago Tribune. “I have no idea where it’s coming from.” Shortly afterward, Trump himself apparently reached out to Ditka, but Iron Mike gave him the same answer: “I spoke with Mr. Trump this afternoon and he invited me. But I don’t think I’m going to go.”
Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 2 days ago
Lolo Jones has scratched out of qualifying for the Rio Olympics, possibly bringing to a close one of the more fascinating and frustrating careers in recent Olympic history.
Jones will not compete in the 100 meter hurdles in the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., the only event in which she had sought to make the U.S. Olympic team. However, Jones had not competed since February.
The story of Jones, a three-time NCAA champion at LSU, is one of missed opportunities and unfortunate errors. In 2008, Jones was leading the 100 meter hurdles when she tripped on the final hurdle and finished seventh. Four years later in London, Jones finished fourth, one-tenth of a second off the medal podium. She will turn 34 this summer, and has almost surely missed out on her final opportunity to win a medal in the Summer Games.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago
(Warning. Do not watch the above video at work, in your place of worship, around children, in the presence of your parents, or anywhere else that you might get in trouble for people saying curse words and implying certain acts. You have been warned.)
Marshawn Lynch in retirement is going to be so much more fun than Marshawn Lynch on the field. (Unless you were a Seahawks fan, of course.) Lynch has already shown his ability to riff on video games with Conan O’Brien, and here, he reviews a few sweet rides with Digital Trends.
We foresee an entire cottage industry for Beast Mode. Reviewing wines. Reviewing movies. Reviewing presidential debates. Reviewing Tinder profiles. The door is wide [censored] open.
Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago
The relationship between professional players and the Olympics is a fragile, dicey one. Where “amateur” athletes see the Olympics as a pinnacle, pros often see the Olympics as another stop on the schedule at best, an unwanted obligation at worst. LeBron James, Steph Curry, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day are some of the notable pros who have decided against participating in the Rio Olympic Games, for reasons ranging from exhaustion to Zika virus fears.
Not among their number: Serena Williams, the defending Olympic singles and doubles gold medalist, and a fairly decent player in her non-Olympic life as well. Speaking at Wimbledon on Tuesday, Williams hadnothing but praise for the Olympics. “My experience has been really amazing at the Olympics. I really loved going out there and competing…standing out there and being an Olympic athlete,” Williams said. “It is really one of the best experiences that I’ve had.”
Jay Busbee at The Dagger 3 days ago
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Pat Summitt, legendary former basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, died Tuesday morning of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I basketball history, was 64.
Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type in 2011, and stepped down from her role as head coach at the University of Tennessee a year later. From 1974 to 2012, Summitt led the Lady Vols to a 1,098-208 record with eight national titles.
Her remarkable career began when she took the head coaching reins at Tennessee at just 22 years old. Two years later, as a player she was named an assistant captain for the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team, and in 1984 took over head coaching duties. Under her guidance, the American women went undefeated and won their first-ever gold medal.
In recent days, Summitt's health had taken a sharp turn for the worse. News that her family had gathered by her side brought an outpouring of sympathy from former players, rival coaches, and notable figures across the sports landscape.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago
An associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Carlos Ortiz had been facing a charge of first-degree murder. He entered his guilty plea to the accessory charge in Bristol (Mass.) Superior Court, and now faces 4 1/2 to seven years in prison.
Hernandez was convicted in 2015 of the murder of Lloyd, who was shot to death in a North Attleborough, Mass. industrial park. Ortiz and Ernest Wallace had accompanied Hernandez and Lloyd to the park.
"When we got to the spot, the only two people that got out of the car was Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd," Ortiz told Superior Court Judge Susan Marsh on Monday. He then said he heard a gunshot, and added, "The only one person that came in was Aaron Hernandez."
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago
Hello. In lieu of grim worldwide economic and political news, here's video of a guy getting hit by footballs:
Yes, that's everybody's favorite beer commercial in a man suit, Rob Gronkowski, slinging footballs at "The Late Late Show" host James Corden. Gronk matched up against Liev Schreiber (best known to NFL fans as the voice of HBO's "Hard Knocks") and Luke Wilson (best known to NFL fans as ... I dunno, the guy who gets his arm chopped off in "Anchorman").
So who "won" the game? Well, Gronk notched a 10-point strike early on, but Schreiber appeared to fire a ball through the 20-point hole with time expiring. No word on whether anyone tested the balls' air pressure.
Elsewhere in the show, Gronk held forth on the rules of his family ("No hitting in the face, no hitting in the gonads") and set up a possible cage match with the Wilson brothers:
Preseason begins soon, friends. Hang in there.
Jay Busbee at FC Yahoo 8 days ago
Soccer talk! With the Copa America and Euro 2016 well underway, we bring in Yahoo Sports' Henry Bushnell to talk all things soccer, including: • What's next for the United States' men's team after a 4-0 loss to Argentina? • Is Jurgen Klinsmann the right manager for the American team? • What could the U.S. do on a youth level to get us more competitive on a world stage? • Why does everyone hate Cristiano Ronaldo? • Who's got the edge in Euro 2016? All this and more, as we give Henry grief for being so young and ask him to defend Philadelphia sports. Enjoy!