- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Last year about this time, people were wondering if Eagles receiver Riley Cooper's career might be over because of a racial slur caught on camera. That controversy has been mostly forgotten, thanks in large part to Michael Vick's public support for Cooper, something Vick is very proud of.
Vick, now the Jets' backup quarterback, helped unite the team in the days and weeks after the fallout of Cooper being seen on camera using a racial slur at a country music concert. He stuck up for him privately with the team and publicly through the media.
"I know what type of person he is," Vick said at the time about Cooper."That's what makes it hard to understand but easy to forgive him."
Cooper ended up being a big part of Philadelphia's NFC East championship team, with an 835-yard, eight-touchdown season. He signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Eagles.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – "Dancing with the Stars" is likely not in the future of New York Jets third-string quarterback Matt Simms.
After a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in a preseason game against the Giants, Simms engaged in a brief salsa dance, mocking the touchdown celebration of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. On the replay, the official in front of Simms tried holding it together for a moment, then bowed his head as he cracked up laughing.
You don't see officials often laugh on the field. It was that bad.
“The ref just looked at me and started shaking his head, he was like 'C'mon man, really?' So, I couldn't help it, was like 'Sorry' and kept walking by,” Simms said.
Simms insisted it wasn't a dig at Cruz.
“Not at all, I was just having some fun, nothing personal. I actually worked out with Victor in the offseason this year. I know him personally,” Simms said. “I didn't take a jab at him or anything like that. I was just having some fun with something that everyone knows in the stadium.”
He told the quarterback group earlier this week that he might bust out with the dance move if he threw a touchdown.LiveNY Jets0 - 7PhiladelphiaFollow Game
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner6 days ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The cliche that the preseason doesn't matter is true, unless it's the annual exhibition game between the New York Giants and the New York Jets. There's plenty of trash talk between the two sides for what is supposedly a meaningless game.
They even have a trophy for the winner.
It should come as no surprise that these two teams don't like each other. They share the same New York market and both play at MetLife Stadium, making things too close for comfort. The Giants are the historically better team but the Jets have found confidence in recent years and now have rebuilt with a strong, young core. There is nothing but differences between these two organizations, their fans and even how they conduct business. Apparently, the players and coaching staff don't like each other much either.
The latest shot fired came on Wednesday when Jets center Nick Mangold tweeted a picture of the "Snoopy Bowl" trophy given every year to the winner of the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game last year and got the trophy. Mangold was clearly trolling Giants fans:LiveNew England0 - 3NY GiantsFollow Game
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner8 days ago
For one NFL player, the events in Ferguson, Mo. are very close to home.
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson grew up down the road from Ferguson, where protests and riots over the shooting death of Michael Brown have gripped the nation for the past week. Richardson was a standout player at Gateway High School in St. Louis then made a two-year stop at junior college before two seasons at Missouri.
Richardson knows the area well, as he told Metro New York on Tuesday, including the QuickTrip convenience store, the local McDonald's and other local spots now embroiled in the violent riots. Richardson said that his parents — who still live close to Ferguson — are safe but that he's saddened by the recent events.
“People are a little frustrated with how things have gone down. [The police] are supposed to protect and serve and people are lashing out,” Richardson said. “I don’t fully understand what’s going on but I understand where they are coming from. Back in the day, I remember those type of guys.”
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner10 days ago
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted that he strongly considered drafting Johnny Manziel this spring. We just didn't know how strong.
Strong enough that son Stephen Jones, the Cowboys' vice president, had to take the draft card with Manziel's name writted out of it out of his cold hands. That's according to author Jim Dent in his new book, "Manziel Mania," an excerpt of which was printed in the Dallas Morning-News:
"Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones had snatched the Manziel card straight out of his dad's hand. Otherwise, Jerry would have drafted him and JFF would have sat for at least three years behind Tony Romo."
Dent, who covered the Cowboys for more than a decade and even wrote a book about Jerry Jones, explains exactly what he was told went down on that fateful Draft Day.LiveDenver0 - 0DallasFollow Game
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner10 days ago
When David Wilson found out two weeks ago that his once-promising NFL career was cut short, there was no hysteria, no anger from the 23-year old. Instead, the New York Giants running back sat there calmly and took the news.
Deep down, he knew the possibilities as he waited in an office at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He had recently suffered a “burner” injury in his neck and the doctors told him that if he continued to play football there could be serious consequences. This despite offseason surgery that was supposed to correct the problem.
The potential was there as he was set for his third year in the league. Although he had yet to play a full NFL season, Giants fans saw glimpses of his potential in 2012 and a rare flash the following season, despite the injuries. He was a former first-round pick who was supposed to be a game-changer out of the backfield. This upcoming season was going to be the year where he would carry a bigger role and finally begin to look like that first-rounder.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner14 days ago
If you watched last season's Super Bowl, you'd have a hard time believing the Denver Broncos could beat the Seattle Seahawks. Well, PredictionMachine.com apparently didn't watch that game.
PredictionMachine.com has simulated the NFL season 50,000 times to determine who the "Predictalator" says will lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy at season's end. Despite the Seahawks' 43-8 win in last year's Super Bowl, PredictionMachine.com has Denver beating the defending champions this time around ... something most football fans will find puzzling. According to the simulations, the Denver Broncos win this season's Super Bowl 52.9 percent of the time, this time avenging the Seahawks by a 24-23 score.
In the simulations, the Broncos beat the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game and in an intriguing twist, the "Predictalator" has the New Orleans Saints as the top seed in the NFC, although they fall to the Seahawks a game before the Super Bowl.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner14 days ago
The super fan formerly known as "Fireman Ed" left a void when he stopped leading the "J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!" chant two years ago, but he's more than fine with someone replacing him in leading New York Jets fans in the chorus.
In fact, he told the team that the chant needed a new leader, which has led to a contest run by the Jets to find someone to do it.
Ed Anzalone still remains a diehard fan and goes to every Jets home game but is no longer the face of the franchise's fans. After threats against his well being from fans who associated Anzalone as an extension of the Jets (he is steadfast in his resolve that the team has never given him anything, not even season tickets), Anzalone retired two years ago from the role of leading the "J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!" chant that made him so iconic around the league.
- Kristian Dyer at Dirty Tackle21 days ago
There are plenty of ways for a star professional athlete to address his contract situation and why he didn't sign with a team. There's his official Twitter account or Facebook page or the slightly outdated but always classy press release via a publicist.
Then there's United States national team midfielder Mix Diskerud, a member of the 2014 World Cup squad, who instead addressed the issue of his possible move to MLS side Columbus Crew on an internet message board. Spelling errors and all, Diskerud let it all out.
Diskerud made post No. 478 on BigSoccer.com on Thursday morning, where he (or a very dedicated Mix Diskerud impersonator) has been a frequent poster since 2009. In the post, he talked about his possible move from Norwegian club Rosenborg to the Crew, a move that would have been massive for MLS. Most American fans had no idea that Diskerud even posted on the message board.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner24 days ago
There aren't many places in Green Bay where Packers cornerback Casey Hayward can go and not be recognized. Such is life in an NFL-crazy town. But not too far from Lambeau Field on Tuesday mornings, Hayward walks into a place to get away from it all.
It's not a secret society or some tucked away, exclusive club. Instead, it is the last spot one imagines a hard-hitting NFL cornerback might go on his day off – it's where Hayward gets his biweekly manicure and pedicure. Yes, that's right, one of the league's top rising cornerbacks gets pampered twice a month and it has nothing to do with vanity. It's all about the product on the field.
“I get both, I get a pedicure and a manicure. You have to take care of your feet, I get a foot massage and calves and all that stuff,” Hayward told Yahoo Sports. “You're trying to make sure your foundation is good and healthy.”
In a sport that is as physical and tough as the NFL, it would seem counter to locker room culture that a player would do something like a manicure or a pedicure, but this is a growing trend among players.