Jay Busbee

  • Heckler shows up Rory McIlroy at Ryder Cup

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 9 hrs ago

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    The Ryder Cup is one of the greatest events in sports, and moments like Thursday are the reason why. Unlike at many golf tournaments where fans are expected to remain as immobile as foliage, the Ryder Cup crowds are loud, brash, loud, arrogant, loud, jingoistic, and loud.

    Europe’s Rory McIlroy, who’s been through a few of these Ryders before, was struggling on one of the Hazeltine greens, missing a putt six straight times. A fan in the crowd shouted that he could make the putt, and so McIlroy’s teammate Henrik Stenson upped the ante, pulling the fan from the gallery. Justin Rose laid down a crisp $100 bill next to the ball, which lay about 12 feet from the cup.

    The fan, a guy by the name of Dave Johnson from North Dakota, settled into his stance, looked over the putt, let it roll, and … USA USA USA USA!

    The Ryder Cup begins Friday. This is going to be fun.

  • Welcome the Saints to the ranks of the NFL's Sorry Six

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 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:

    Cleveland Browns Result: Lost to Miami, 30-24 Miami may have lost LeBron to Cleveland, but on Sunday they reached in and grabbed the city’s heart and pulled it out. Cody Parkey, who may well have been hanging out watching this very Facebook livecast last week, since he didn’t have a job, batted .500 as a field goal kicker. That’s not great, and it’s especially not great when you’ve got six total kicks, including one for the game-winner. It’s a shame, because Cleveland put together a halfway decent game, including a pick-six and the introduction of Terrelle Pryor as a superhero utility man. But in the end, their essential Clevelandness won out. Next week: at Washington

    Also receiving votes: Houston, Tennessee, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Pittsburgh D (letting a rookie hang 34 points on you?), Ryan Fitzpatrick (6 INTs, statistically Pro Football Focus the worst QB performance since 1989)

  • How Arnold Palmer the man created 'Arnold Palmer,' the drink

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 3 days ago

    Arnold Palmer passed away Sunday, a pivotal and crushing moment for sports and several generations of golf fans. But for many more, Arnold Palmer’s name will live on as the perfect summertime drink: half lemonade, half iced tea.

    The blend has been an “Arnold Palmer” for longer than most Americans have been alive. Its exact origins aren’t clear; apparently Palmer himself drank the concoction as a young man and throughout his reign atop the world of golf in the 1960s. Later in that decade, he was at a club in Palm Springs, Calif., working on a golf course design when he ordered the drink; a nearby patron overheard him, ordered “that Arnold Palmer drink,” and a legend was born.

    This was in an era when Arnold Palmer could show up in public wearing a paper bag for a swimsuit and an entire nation would follow his lead. So “Arnold Palmers” instantly became a national phenomenon, and remain popular to this day. Palmer himself, always a savvy businessman, partnered with AriZona Beverage Company in 2001 to begin marketing the drink nationwide, and you’ll now find it on shelves everywhere.

  • On the green, on the TV, in the air, Arnold Palmer had no equal

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days 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.

  • Arnold Palmer, golf legend, dies at 87

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days 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.

    [RELATED: A visit to Palmer’s home office in Pennsylvania]

    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.

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick was an interception-slinging machine Sunday

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days 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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  • What the heck is Cam Newton wearing this week?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days 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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  • Packers returner pulls off brilliant, bizarre play

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days 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

  • Report: Protesters planning to block entrances at Panthers stadium

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days 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:

  • The PGA Tour has a serious football problem

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 5 days 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.