Kristian Dyer

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

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs 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 4 days 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 10 days 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 12 days 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 17 days 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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  • Former Jet Bart Scott thinks Rex Ryan is great fit for Falcons

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 19 days ago

    In the eyes of former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott, the pairing of head coach Rex Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons is a dream scenario for his former head coach.

    Scott, who played under Ryan when he was the defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens and then followed him to the Jets in 2009, knows that the defensive mastermind can turn around a Falcons defense that ranked No. 18 last year. Ryan interviewed in Atlanta on Tuesday and Scott thinks this could be a dream pairing.

    The Achilles' heel of Ryan's six years as head coach of the Jets was quarterback play, where Mark Sanchez then Geno Smith provided him lackluster performances. But with the Falcons, the former Jets head coach would be paired with Matt Ryan, one of the best at his position.

    There has been a lot of talk that Rex Ryan, if in the right scenario, could win a Super Bowl before the team that just fired him.

    “It is dangerous to give that man a lead. Last time I played in that system when we had a lead, we put up 60 sacks and teams were afraid to play us. Down right afraid of us.”

    Scott was referring to the Ravens' franchise record for sacks set in 2006 with Ryan as defensive coordinator.

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  • Looking at what went wrong with the New York Jets

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 27 days ago

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Monday brought the end of the "Odd Couple," a New York Jets power relationship that was doomed from the start.

    With the firing of general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan on Monday, the Jets are clearly going in a different direction. And for once, it might be the right direction.

    It has now been four straight seasons without a Jets playoff berth. A 26-38 record over those four years made the firing of the affable and gregarious Ryan no surprise. But the parting of ways with Idzik, this after just two years on the job, is perhaps the biggest sign of discontent from the upper echelons of management.

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    “ I made my final decision after the season – today. It became apparent during the season as we progressed, the team was not getting better and you kind of are what, as Bill Parcells said, you are what your record says you are,” owner Woody Johnson said during a Monday press conference. “ It was kind of obvious that we had to make the change. It was obvious to me, anyway.”

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  • Did Jets owner Woody Johnson accidentally tamper with Darrelle Revis?

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 27 days ago

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – On a day in which he fired his general manager as well as his long-time head coach, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson's "Black Monday" might be getting darker. Johnson may have inadvertently engaged in tampering during a news conference after the firings were announced.

    Johnson answered 36 questions on Monday morning, but none perhaps more damaging than his response to a question about Darrelle Revis. Traded by the Jets two years ago, Revis found himself on the free-agent market this past offseason and reports indicated he wanted to return to the Jets. But no contract was ever offered by his old team and he ended up signing with the New England Patriots.

    Asked about Revis, who could have surely helped one of the league's worst secondary units, Johnson didn't just praise the All-Pro cornerback. He flat-out courted "Revis Island."

    “ Darrelle is a great player and if I had thought I could have gotten Darrelle for that, I probably would have taken him back. It was our best judgment to do what we did. But Darrelle's a great player,” Johnson said.

    “ I'd love Darrelle to come back.”

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

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth 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 1 mth 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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