Kristian Dyer

  • Nick Mangold on NYPD hat: 'Those families deserve the support'

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – E ven though New York Jets center Nick Mangold wore a walking boot on his left foot following an injury and yet another tough loss for his team, he walked out of MetLife Stadium a winner.

    Mangold, who suffered an ankle injury in a 17-16 loss to the New England Patriots, decided to pay tribute to the two New York City Police Department officers who were killed on Saturday afternoon in an execution-style shooting.

    During the walk into the stadium as part of the Jets' pregame rituals (the players get dropped off on buses and then walk through the crowd into the stadium), Mangold wore an "NYPD" baseball cap. His support for the police department set off a flood of positive messages on social media.

    It was a simple gesture that got rolling on Saturday night when, after he read the story about the two officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, he reached out to a friend with law enforcement ties to get a hat. He got it on Sunday morning and wore it to the game. There was also a moment of silence for the officers before kickoff.

    Mangold said he is contemplating putting the hat up for auction to raise money for the families of the two officers.

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  • Rex Ryan on if he regrets Bill Belichick comments: 'Oh hell no'

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – What started off with a bang six years ago, with promises Super Bowl trips, might soon come to an end with a whimper for New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

    With a 3-11 team that could cost him his job, Ryan is left to play out the string of a sad season.

    But before Ryan faces his likely departure from his first job as an NFL head coach, he must face off against nemesis Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Ryan, who got the second win of his Jets career in 2009 against the Patriots, had some memorable moments squaring off against the divisional rivals. He has also had some famous words for Belichick, the coach who has bested him more times than anyone else over the past six years.

    In the summer of 2009 just months after he was hired, Ryan famously declared on New York sports radio station WFAN that  "I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick's, you know, rings. I came to win – let's just put it that way. So we'll see what happens; I'm certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else.”

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  • Odell Beckham, fantasy star, doesn't care about your fantasy team

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 8 days ago

    New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't have time to live in fantasy land. 

    Beckham has electrified the NFL this season with his playmaking ability and has shown crossover appeal by catching the attention of athletes in other sports, most notably scoring a dinner with NBA superstar LeBron James last month. He is the favorite to be named the NFL's offensive rookie of the year thanks to his 71 catches, 972 yards and nine touchdowns, and he has also become wildly popular among fantasy football owners. If you own Beckham, there's a good chance he helped you reach this week's championship round in your league.

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    He admits that he gets asked about his fantasy football impact “all the time” by fans. And while most of those people are probably grateful at this point, he doesn't really care about fantasy stats.

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  • Jets fan makes depressing Christmas card about team's GM

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 11 days ago

    In recent weeks, second-year general manager John Idzik has come under intense scrutiny from Jets fans, tired of the step backwards from their 3-11 team. There is a website, FireJohnIdzik.com, whose domain name leaves nothing to the imagination. There are billboards asking for his firing by owner Woody Johnson, and a planned protest for this weekend's home finale against the New England Patriots.

    And now, the "Season of Giving" has Jets fans wanting to give him a new job. Nagle, a Jets fan in north Jersey, has included the "Fire Idzik" movement into his seasonal spirit, turning the family's Christmas card into another call to fire the team's GM.

    “ It was actually my wife's idea,” Nagle told Yahoo! Sports. “I think she must have been sick of hearing me complain about the bad season and poor management and thought it would be a fitting way to express it while letting friends and family know the state of affairs in the Nagle household.”

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  • President Barack Obama weighs in on NFL, Roger Goodell

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 16 days ago

     

    It was a clear penalty flag from the President of the United States, who on Friday whistled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his handling of the Ray Rice situation.

    Rice was o riginally suspended for two games after a video surfaced in mid-February of the former Baltimore Ravens running back dragging his unconscious fiancee from an elevator in a New Jersey casino, then he was indefinitely suspended in September w hen a second video from inside the elevator surfaced that showed Rice hitting the woman who is now his wife. G oodell was roundly criticized for what was seen as a weak original suspension, and his follow-up efforts showed inconsistency and mismanagement. Rice had his suspension overturned by an arbitrator in late November, but Rice hasn't signed with a team. 

    Goodell and the NFL have been under intense scrutiny by everyone, and even President Barack Obama took notice. Obama said that he hoped the Rice situation at least brought attention to a problem that may have been overlooked.

    Then Obama brought down the hammer on Goodell, whose new and tougher conduct policy was just unanimously agreed to by NFL owners this week.

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  • Even Odell Beckham is a little starstruck by LeBron James

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 22 days ago

    Even though his NFL career isn't even a year old, New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has still managed to leave left plenty of fans speechless, especially with his recent one-handed touchdown grab.

    But earlier this week, Beckham was a bit in awe himself after a dinner with his “favorite athlete.”

    On Wednesday night, Beckham and NBA star LeBron James sat down for dinner, a move that the Giants' first-round pick said was orchestrated through the “marketing people” employed by James. And why wouldn't James want to break bread with perhaps the most explosive rookie in the NFL? After all, Beckham was recently named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November after he registered 38 catches, 593 yards and two touchdowns in five games.

    You know you're making a name for yourself when the James wants to meet you, not the other way around.

    He also wasn't necessarily starstruck. Well, at least not entirely.

    “ I don’t know. I know that he is definitely my favorite athlete,” Beckham said. “It was very surreal to be able to meet LeBron.”

     

     

     

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  • Jets' Sheldon Richardson angered by NYC police officer let off hook

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 24 days ago

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The unfolding drama in Ferguson, Mo., has inspired New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson to take an active role on social media and in the press over the past few months.

    The Missouri native speaks eloquently and reasonablyabout the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson — a crime scene that took place just minutes away from where Richardson grew up.

    But the news this week that Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold, won't be indicted has upset the outspoken Richardson. Protests have popped up across the country, and Richardson understands why.

    As for Pantaleo, there was shock on Richardson's face when asked about the grand jury's decision for no indictment. Never known for being at a loss for words, he had few words to say.

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  • The story behind the $11 million gift to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    The largest donation ever made to the Pro Football Hall of Fame took just 10 days from initial pitch to a check being written, a remarkable testament to the passion that New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has for the sport.

    The $11 million donation made by Benson went public on Monday, marking the most significant contribution ever to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. It happened very fast, something that doesn't surprise those close to the man. From the donation, $10 million will be earmarked for the renovation of Fawcett Stadium, which will now be renamed Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

    The process towards the record-setting donation began on the evening of Sept. 6 when David Baker, President/Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was in Atlanta. He was meeting old friends with the New Orleans Saints organization at their team hotel the night before the Saints opened their season at the Atlanta Falcons. During the course of the evening, he explained the new initiatives at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the fundraising work that was necessary to get the objectives off the ground.

    From the onset, Benson was responsive.

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  • Bills receiver Chris Hogan walked to stadium through five feet of snow

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    By Friday morning, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan had only some Greek yogurt remaining in his refrigerator and some protein in the cupboard. Like all of Buffalo, he'd been snowed in for a few days.

    "I was not prepared for this," Hogan told Yahoo Sports.

    And on Friday, he had to get to Ralph Wilson Stadium to get on a bus to catch a team flight. He had few options, so he decided to walk. 

    This wasn't any normal walk. It was through five feet of snow.

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    “My neighborhood was completely snowed in. There were no cars getting in or out. The only way to get to the stadium was to walk the roads,” Hogan said. “There were some tracks from four-wheelers and snowmobiles that I had to follow. So I went through that.”

    He's one of the closest players to the facility, as it's normally a two-minute drive to the stadium, which also serves as the team's practice facility. But on Friday morning, Hogan walked 25 minutes with a packed gym bag on his back through the snow just to get to the stadium.

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  • Jaiquawn Jarrett credits mother, officer at Rikers Island, for success

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Jaiquawn Jarrett is the latest big name on the New York Jets defense. In Week 10, the New York Jets safety had two interceptions, a sack and a recovered fumble and was named AFC defensive player of the week. But while Jarrett is the latest hero of Jets fans, he says he is anything but a hero.

    That title, he says, goes to his mother.

    Jarrett is one of four children from a single mother, a correctional officer at infamous Rikers Island who raised her family in the Bed-Stuy part of Brooklyn. It is a career that is one of the most dangerous jobs in New York City and perhaps the country; the type of job that puts her life on the line on a daily basis. For safety and security reasons, her name will not be listed for this story.

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    “ It is tough for me but as in any occupation, you always trust your training. But of course I worry about my mom – that is my heart. I can't help but worry about her,” Jaiquawn Jarrett told Yahoo Sports.

    A star, he says, that is modeled after his mother.

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