Kristian Dyer

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

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 6 days 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. 🏈

    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

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

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 21 days 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 27 days 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 1 mth 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 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 “simply, the team more capable of dominating.”

    “ 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 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 1 mth 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 1 mth 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 – 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 1 mth 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 1 mth 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.

    “ 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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  • Ron Wolf goes from humble beginnings to HOF finalist

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf may be a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his career had a humble beginning.

    More than 50 years ago his start in football was in a role that was basically secretarial in nature. It was 1963 and Wolf was working for a professional football magazine that had its offices in Chicago. His boss at the magazine at the time met with late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis for an interview in San Francisco and Davis expressed that he needed someone to help him on the administrative side. He needed someone with an understanding of the game, who was young and hungry and ready to prove himself. Wolf was a bit of a prodigy, a student in real life and a student of the game of football.

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    The position with Davis was offered on a “trial basis.” He wasn't sure of the duties or how long he would be out there. All Davis told him was it was a job with the Raiders for training camp. Oh, and he need to hurry up and get out there if he wanted the gig.

    The paycheck: $65 a week.

  • 49ers OT Jonathan Martin says he subdued shoplifter in mall: 'I didn't even think'

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    For San Francisco 49ers tackle Jonathan Martin, his job requires him to protect his quarterback. Turns out he protects and serves in real life as well, even when at a mall.

    On Thursday around 4:15 p.m., Martin and a friend from college were out shopping at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles when he said he noticed a shoplifting in progress at the Versace Collection store just a few yards away.

    Martin said one person had taken three purses and was running out of the store. Martin, whose name might sound familiar since he was in the center of the Miami Dolphins' bullying controversy in 2013, saw another person in the process of snatching items and he sprung into action.

    Martin told Shutdown Corner that he ran across the corridor into the store and helped the security guard in corralling the second alleged shoplifter, who was a man larger than the security guard. Martin said he punched the person “five to eight times” until he went down. He wanted to do just enough to get the man to stop fighting so that he could be subdued by s ecurity.

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