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  • Odell Beckham Jr. takes shot at refs: 'Even Stevie Wonder can see' missed calls

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. started by saying he wasn’t going to reprise his postgame complaints following the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. Then Beckham went all in again.

    “It doesn’t surprise me,” Beckham said Wednesday, via USA Today. “Everybody knows what’s going on on the field. Everybody could see it. Stevie Wonder could see it. It is what it is. You can’t do anything about it. There’s no point.”

    Wonder, you see, is blind. (Unless he’s not.) But it’s clear the point Beckham was trying to get across. For a second time.

    Earlier this week, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo backed up those sentiments by essentially saying he agreed with what Beckham was saying. Beckham said what he said on Wednesday, but then admitted that he’s damned if he does complain about missed called, and damned if he doesn’t.

    But the NFL might interfere with Beckham’s wallet after going in not once but twice against the referees, which is verboten.

  • Admiral gets standing ovation for Colin Kaepernick remark at Pearl Harbor ceremony

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    Say this about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: His national-anthem protest drew a lot of attention, from all corners.

    At a ceremony in Hawaii on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris made a remark that was clearly about the quarterback.

    “You can bet that the men and women we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said, according to the Associated Press.

    US admiral: Those honored at Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary "never took a knee" when they heard national anthem

    — AP West Region (@APWestRegion) December 7, 2016

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  • Steve Smith wore a Yoda onesie to his news conference because why not

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith came to his news conference Wednesday in a Yoda onesie. And it seems a little odd until you realize, who’s going to be the one to tell Smith to not wear a Yoda onesie to his news conference?

    Smith is getting everything he can out of his final (right?) NFL season.

    .@89SteveSmith's press conference attire for today. ????

    — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 7, 2016

    Steve Smith Sr. In Yoda costume as he addresses media.

    — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) December 7, 2016

    Smith’s explanation for his wardrobe choice doesn’t really explain why he was wearing it, but here goes anyway. He said he was at the Ravens’ Holiday Helper event to buy Christmas gifts for needy Baltimore-area kids when he saw it.

    “It’s been a few decades since I wore a onesie,” Smith joked.

    “Trying not to waste money,” Smith said.

    Sure, now it all makes sense.

  • Dak Prescott's 'America's Team' comment might help you hate the Cowboys again

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    The Dallas Cowboys, even at 11-1, don’t seem that unlikable.

    The Cowboys are always unlikable to some fans no matter their record, but this particular bunch doesn’t seem too bad. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is a great story (he even picks up his own trash!), the Cowboys are a true underdog tale since they weren’t expected to do much this season, unassuming Jason Garrett doesn’t grate on anyone’s nerves like Jimmy Johnson did, and it has been a really long time since the Cowboys were good enough to bother anyone.

    If you want to start hating the Cowboys again, to give you a good NFC villain for the playoffs (let’s assume the New England Patriots will play that familiar role in the AFC), then maybe Prescott’s comments about why the Cowboys play in prime time so often might help. Enjoy:

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  • Luke Kuechly returns to practice, but should the Panthers shut him down?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    Concussions can be unpredictable. Some players suffer a concussion and return in a few days. For others the symptoms can linger for others for a long time.

    Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was back at practice on Wednesdayafter missing two games due to a scary concussion he suffered against the New Orleans Saints, though it was unclear how much contact he had, if any. When he suffered the concussion against the Saints, Kuechly was crying as he was carted off. NBC’s Michele Tafoya said during last Sunday’s broadcast of the Panthers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks that Kuechly couldn’t explain why he was crying. Some have speculated that the brain injury caused an involuntary emotional reaction. No matter the reason, it was a startling moment.

    Kuechly is apparently getting ready to play again, but you have to wonder if it’s worth it this season, given how unpredictable and serious concussions are.

    Assuming the Panthers aren’t ready to shut him down, we’ll just hope Kuechly gets through the rest of this season healthy.

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  • Maybe Cam is lucky? Cowboys coach Jason Garrett once cut two players for dress-code violations

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    Everyone went crazy about Cam Newton being benched for the first series of Sunday’s gamebecause he didn’t wear a tie when the Carolina Panthers traveled to Seattle.

    He’s not the first player to be punished for a dress-code violation, and getting benched for a series isn’t too bad compared to some other players’ stories.

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    Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegramwent down memory lane and recalled that Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett cut two players over dress code violations.

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  • Marshawn Lynch's 'Beast Mode' run mashed up with that viral iguana escape is perfect

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    By now you’ve seen that “Planet Earth II” clip of the iguana dodging about a hundred snakes to survive. Everyone seemed to share it a few weeks ago.

    And you remember Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s famous “Beast Mode” touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs years ago.

    I bet you never thought to yourself, “What would the audio of Lynch narrating that play over the video of the iguana escape be like?” Well, someone else on the Internet did think that, and the result was glorious.

    I’m not sure where the video originated, whether it was or from “thecoachtaylor” on Reddit or somewhere else, but it’s hilarious.

    It’s also proof that you can add Lynch to just about anything and it becomes better.

    More Seahawks news from Yahoo

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  • Jason Pierre-Paul to miss rest of Giants' regular season after sports hernia surgery

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    Jason Pierre-Paul already had his fair share of bad luck when it comes to injuries. Now he’s dealing with more.

    Pierre-Paul, the New York Giants defensive end who famously suffered severe hand injuries in a fireworks accident on July 4, 2015, had sports hernia surgery and will miss the rest of the regular season according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. JPP will miss 4-6 weeks, so it’s possible he could return at some point in the playoffs if the Giants get there.

    That’s a huge blow for the Giants, who are 8-4 and lead the NFC wild-card race but have a tough schedule down the stretch. Pierre-Paul had seven sacks this season and was one of the Giants’ best playmakers on defense.

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    The reality for both sides is that Pierre-Paul isn’t returning until January, if he comes back to play at all this season. It’s a tough break for the team and the player.

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  • Hot Seat Index: New York's Todd Bowles is already on shaky ground, but should he be?

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    As Monday night games go, the game between the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets didn’t hold much appeal: the Colts have lost a lot of their luster since appearing in the AFC title game after the 2014 season, and the Jets came into the night at 3-8.

    And then the game started, and most Jets players looked like they didn’t want to be playing any more than some people wanted to be watching an uninspired matchup. They were down 14-0 after the first quarter, 24-3 at the half, 34-3 after three quarters and lost 41-10.

    Head coach Todd Bowles pulled quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second half and inserted second-year QB Bryce Petty. And after the game he announced that Petty, who made his first start three weeks ago against the Los Angeles Rams, will start the final four games of the season.

    Should Bowles be fired so quickly?

    The Jets were 10-6 last year, losing out on a playoff spot on the final day of the season when Fitzpatrick imploded against the Buffalo Bills.

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  • Dorial Green-Beckham's 'Yeezy Foundation' cleats represent made-up charity

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign in Week 13 was a rousing success and went off without a hitch. (OK, mostly without a hitch.)

    Dozens on players on the 30 teams that participated last week — the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns, on bye last week, can take part Sunday — opted to wear their specialized cleats to honor and reflect charitable and philanthropic causes that were dear to each of their hearts.

    But it appears at least one player took part outside the spirit of the program.

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    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham wore special cleats, all right. They just represented a charity we hadn’t heard of.

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