Kristian Dyer

  • Draft prospect Justin Hardy emulated Jerry Rice, including catching bricks

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 16 days ago

    Growing up, East Carolina wide receiver and NFL draft prospect Justin Hardy had Jerry Rice as his football icon. He loved everything about Rice and the way he played. But for Hardy, looking up to Rice meant more than just having a San Francisco 49ers No. 80 jersey or buying his football cards or playing with him on video games. 

    It meant emulating Rice in every way, and for Hardy this meant spending his downtime catching bricks.

    One day in elementary school, Hardy read how when Rice was growing up he would work with his father, a brick mason, and got strong hands by catching bricks tossed to him from his father. So Hardy went out and found a brick of his own so he could begin down a path he hoped would take him to the NFL. Since his father wasn't a brick mason Hardy would have a friend stand a few feet away and underhand toss him a brick.

    He'd try to catch it dead on with a full grip, just like Rice would. Then he'd toss it back and repeat.

    Over and over and over again.

    β€œ After school, weekends, whenever I could,” Hardy said. β€œIn the summer when you're looking for things to do we'd do that.”

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  • What are the odds Michael Sam ever plays in the NFL?

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 24 days ago

    Michael Sam's immediate future may be on the dance floor, as the aspiring NFL player will appear in the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." But according to one sports book, Michael Sam has a better chance at being in the league again than becoming the next Fred Astaire.

    According to gaming website Bovada.lv, Sam is currently at 9-to-1 odds to win the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars," which includes the likes of Nastia Liukin (a 3-to-1 favorite), Suzanne Somers and Patti LaBelle. But Shutdown Corner was curious if Sam's chance at a foxtrot title might be as good as any chance he might have of doing a sack dance in the NFL.

    The answer, according to the good people at Bovada, is that the NFL's first openly gay player has a better chance of playing in the league and being on a 53-man roster than winning the reality show. That is reflected in Bovada's 6-to-1 line that he will be on an NFL roster for the season opener.

    Sam has yet to play a snap in a regular-season game.

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  • Fan surprised to find out picture with Nick Mangold wasn't him at all

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    New York Jets center Nick Mangold crushes defensive linemen during the NFL season and now, apparently, he also crushes the dreams of NFL fans as well during the offseason.

    A couple days ago, a fan by the name of Jackie Nolan thought she had taken a photo with the Pro Bowl center, posing next to a smiling bearded man who holds a slight resemblance to Mangold. It seemed like the ultimate fan moment and one that had Nolan showing off her pearly whites:

    S/o to @nickmangold for being one of the nicest NY Jets player and taking a picture with me tonight. 🏈 pic.twitter.com/jWPw0Es7J9

    But then Nolan had that moment rudely awakened when she tweeted the photo and tagged Mangold in it. Mangold, who can be quite the comedian on Twitter, wasn't joking when he responded back, putting a pancake block to what she thought was her recent celebrity sighting.

    @JackieNolann thank you but thats not me

    (h/t to Erik Manassy of JetsTwit.com)

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  • Fan wearing Vince Wilfork's jersey doesn't recognize Vince Wilfork (Video)

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

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    Kristian R. Dyer writes for Metro New York and is a contributor to Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KristianRDyer

  • A lot of people tweeted during Super Bowl XLIX, but about what?

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

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    Kristian R. Dyer writes for Metro New York and is a contributor to Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KristianRDyer

     

  • Simulator runs Super Bowl matchup 50,000 times, and winner is ...

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    The Super Bowl has a point spread that is very close in Las Vegas, but a computer simulator has figured out who will win.

    Using an astounding array of analytics, the Predictalator on PredictionMachine.com ran 50,000 simulations of Super Bowl XLIX. And 57.5 percent of the time in its simulations, the Seattle Seahawks beat the New England Patriots.

    And from these tens of thousands of simulations, the site has the Seahawks most likely winning by a 24-20 score.

    According to the folks who run the Predictalator, the Seahawks are β€œsimply, the team more capable of dominating.”

    β€œ For the second straight year in a row, we like Seattle when the vast majority of the public – over 70 percent based on available betting information – believes the AFC is going to win. Much of that perception is likely based off of what happened during conference championship weekend,” Paul Bessire, general manager of PredictionMachine.com told Shutdown Corner.

    The site uses a variety of inputs to generate strengths and weaknesses for each team, and then lets it simulate 50,000 games. Each game simulates each play, making for a maddening amount of data to cull.

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  • Sports physicist says temperature could have caused football deflation

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    Never before has PSI been talked about this much.

    The now overly scrutinized deflate-gate controversy isn't just an issue of the integrity of the game, it is a matter of physics as well. Dr. John Eric Goff, a renowned sports physicist who is a professor at Lynchburg College, wants to set the record straight about some of the recent calculations going around about the New England Patriots and how the under-inflated footballs got that way in last Sunday's AFC championship game.

    Goff said there is a very real possibility that a ball can deflate during the course of a game, something that anyone who has played a sport on a schoolyard knows all too well. But other factors come into play, including how much the temperature drops, that can make the pounds per square inch (PSI) drop.

    This would continue and if the temperature dropped another 10 degrees to 41 degrees Fahrenheit as the game went on, the pressure of the ball would be about 11 PSI.

    Or, this could explain Tom Brady's deflated footballs.

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  • No need to worry about any football deflating issue at the Super Bowl

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    The Super Bowl means special footballs for both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, and that means a repeat of deflate-gate is unlikely to occur. 

    Unlike the regular season and playoffs when teams provide their own balls for their offense during the game, the NFL provides all of the practice and game balls throughout Super Bowl week for both teams. There is a longstanding league policy in which an equipment manager from a team not involved – in this Super Bowl it is Tony Medlin of the Chicago Bears β€“ is in charge of the game balls. The attendants for this game are picked well before either the Patriots or the Seahawks got to this point.

    The Patriots have been answering questions all week about how 11 of their 12 game balls during the AFC championship game were under-inflated well below the league's rules for air pressure. Teams are in control of the game balls in the regular season and playoffs until the officials inspect then two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff.

    All the balls are authenticated and will be tested by gameday officials prior to the game. The balls are authenticated so that afterward they can be auctioned off to raise money for charity.

  • The wackiest and wildest Super Bowl prop bets

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    Forget simply doing a square pool for the Super Bowl or worrying about the point spread or an over/under. We're all just a Marshawn Lynch crotch grab or an  Idina Menzel slip-up in the national anthem from being able to retire in Hawaii.

    While some fans will be happy to bet on the tried and true wagers for the Super Bowl, betting on the NFL's championship game can be far more exotic than your normal contest. And Bovada, one of the largest gaming websites in the world, has plenty of proposition bets to make your head spin.

    Consider a post-touchdown celebration, which could pay off very handsomely if you're inclined to bet against human dignity.

    Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks running back who grabbed his crotch this past Sunday after scoring a touchdown in the NFC championship game (and did the same thing in the regular season against the Arizona Cardinals), is being given 6-to-1 odds to repeat that same act in the Super Bowl. There's even a line on what type of hoodie New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will wear in the game. Sleeves cut returns just 5-to-7. That's borderline automatic, no? Put us down for a cool $20 on that one.

    Over/Under: 1½

  • What's your prediction for NFL championship games, weathermen? Rain

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    This weekend's NFL championship games might be on opposite coasts, but they could each have wet conditions that might affect how the games are played.

    Seattle's CenturyLink Field and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. are 3,000 miles away but according to The Weather Channel meteorologist Paul Goodloe, similar conditions are expected in both games. And as the meteorologist noted (you'll see that he's pretty football savvy), the rainy weather predicted in both cities on Sunday afternoon will impact how both games are approached.

    Both Century Link Field and Gillette Stadium are outdoor fields and both play on an artificial surface.

    β€œ Rain will definitely impact play during both championship games this Sunday, ” Goodloe said . "Weather conditions won't be ideal for AFC championship game in Foxboro. The timing and intensity of the rain moving into New England could be a deciding factor in the game. The later in the game the rain moves in the better off the Colts will be because the Pats are undefeated in the rain the last two seasons. The Colts are winless in the rain in the same time frame.

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