- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Anyone who has followed along here for a while knows I respect Peyton Manning. He's a great player. He's not a bad interview either. He's a pretty sharp, funny guy. He's also one of the league's good guys, as far as charity work goes.
All that said, would I pay him $105,000 to speak for an hour? ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS? Oh my goodness, no. Nobody would.
Wait, Oklahoma State University really did pay Manning that much? Sigh. Never mind.
Manning, the Broncos quarterback and reigning MVP, spoke to about 4,250 Oklahoma State students at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday night. He spoke for 30 minutes and had a 30-minute Q&A session afterward. According to the Tulsa World,Manning told the students things like, "This is your world. Own it" and "Enjoy the journey, not the destination,"
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The Baltimore Ravens are giving Rolando McClain another shot. We think.
Interesting: Ravens reinstate Rolando McClain from reserved/retired.
McClain had retired from football and yet stated his intentions to come back this season, and the Ravens gave him a workout on Tuesday. But it didn't go well, per an NFL.com report, and all indications were that his career might be over when he showed up late, couldn't finish his conditioning test and didn't do everything that was asked of him.
Rolando McClain got his workout w the Ravens and I'm hearing it was NOT a roaring success. Didn't finish conditioning test, didn't do drills
So why did the Ravens change his status? It could be a procedural affair, and the Ravens plan to waive him at some point. But right now, he's on their roster.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Chad Johnson is back in football.
It's not exactly what the one-time star receiver envisioned, probably, but it'll do. Johnson, who is mostly known for his time with the Bengals, signed with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, the league announced on Thursday.
- Anwar S. Richardson at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
It is hard being single and searching for the perfect companion. Your so-called friends try to set you up on dates with people who are only attractive to those with their eyes closed. Speed dating is the easiest way to condense a year of letdowns into an hour-long session. Online dating allows romantics to sort through incompatible prospects from the comfort of their home.
Imagine if someone invented a dating website based on the most important criteria – being a Packers fan. Then singles could find someone to wear a cheesehead with on Sunday.
Packers fans, it is time to take a selfie in the bathroom mirror.
GreenBayPackersLovers.com is a new dating website geared toward connecting Packers fan. Yes, everyone knows true love begins and ends with a dinner discussion around the pros and cons of Aaron Rodgers’ mustache.
Here is a description of the website:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Two of the NFL’s top free agents signed contracts this offseason that would allow them, if they so chose, to put their money in a simple savings account and in theory be set for their lives.
And yet DeMarcus Ware and Zane Beadles, who signed deals that will combine to earn them more than $32 million guaranteed with their new teams, want more.
Not more money, necessarily. But more knowledge of how best to put it to use.
We all know that the NFL deals in funny money. To wit: A five-year, $50 million deal isn’t worth 50 mil proper — how much of that is guaranteed? And also, there’s the painful truth that the majority of the players in the league will have blown most of whatever they have earned, or perhaps all of it.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is likely the best defensive player in the NFL, and he also seems to be one of the league's better guys off the field.
Watt seems to spend his offseason looking for ways to do nice things, particularly with kids. He had a pretty good one this week.
Apparently a boy named Trey struck up a friendship with Watt, the former NFL defensive player of the year. Would you believe that story? The kids at his school apparently didn't either. So Watt posted a video to his Instagram account where he appears with Trey, introduces himself and Trey as friends, then has Trey throw him a touchdown.
"All those of you who don't believe Trey is my friend, believe this touchdown," Watt says in the video.
Nicely played, J.J. And nice throw, Trey.
- Anwar S. Richardson at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Michael Sam is not expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. He may not be selected in the middle rounds. In fact, there is a chance Sam is not drafted at all.
However, there are plenty of NFL teams very interested in him.
The Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are the teams most interested in Sam, according to The Baltimore Sun. Sam met with several teams, including Baltimore, at the NFL scouting combine.
Sam is poised to become the first openly gay NFL player.
However, Sam has struggled during the NFL evaluation process.
Sam turned in an unimpressive performance at the scouting combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds (tied for 18th); bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times (tied for 47th/second to last); had a vertical jump of 25.5 inches (tied for 39th) and his broad jump was 114 inches (tied for 14th).
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
There are few men on earth who can understand what it's like to be Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Fewer still understand what Romo is going through from an injury perspective, and one of those is a bit concerned.
Troy Aikman, a Cowboys legend, retired after 12 years in the league in large part because of back difficulties. Speaking to the Cowboys' website, Aikman was frank about his perspective on Romo's prospects: "Two back surgeries in less than a year at his age, I would be a bit concerned."
Make no mistake, Aikman is firmly in Romo's corner. But he's taking a pragmatic view of Romo's injury recovery. “I’m hopeful that he’s able to come back," Aikman said. "Everybody is. This team won’t be the same if he’s not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, ‘Hey, he’s ahead of schedule and everything’s going fine,’ I’m not sure how you can really measure that here in April.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Sidney Rice weighed his options, including a visit with the New York Jets, and decided it was best to come back to Seattle.
Rice, who missed out on the Seahawks' Super Bowl run because he tore his ACL during the season, announced after his visit with the Jets was done that he was going back to Seattle.
Multiple media reports said Rice and the Seahawks agreed to a one-year deal.
The reunion makes sense. Rice is comfortable in the offense after three seasons. He had seven touchdowns for the Seahawks in 2012. And Seattle still needs difference makers at receiver. Most of their receivers are young, they lost Golden Tate during the offseason, and top option Percy Harvin can't be trusted to stay healthy for a full season.
- Anwar S. Richardson at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Future NFL wide receiver Brandin Cooks is known for his speed. He recently made a name for himself with his mouth for comparing his skills to DeSean Jackson's. Now Cooks is showing he has an incredible heart.
Cooks, a former Oregon State standout, will likely make a lot of money in the NFL. He is expected to be selected in the early rounds of this year’s draft. After running the fastest time at the NFL scouting combine (4.33 seconds), Cooks received a check for $100,000 from Adidas for clocking the quickest 40-yard dash time.
Instead of making a lavish purchase for himself, Cooks decided to reward his mom, Andrea Cooks, with a new Mercedes-Benz GLK 350.
Brandin was 6 years old when his father died of a heart attack. Andrea Cooks held the family, including two other sons, together after her husband’s death, and Brandin took care of his mom when he had the chance.
Here is the emotional video Cooks posted on YouTube:
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