Shutdown Corner

  • Deion Sanders lights up Cam Newton: 'You can't do that'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago

    Moments after the Super Bowl ended, Cam Newton suffered through a disastrous press conference of his own making, keeping every answer short and not sticking around very long. That didn't sit very well with some NFL elders discussing the issue on NFL Network afterward.

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    "You are the face of our brand right now, you can't do that," Deion Sanders said after the game. "I understand the emotions of losing, but you can't do that. A Manning, a Brady ... all these guys who are a prototypical type of quarterback in our game, they're not going to do that ever. Would Drew Brees ever?"

    Sanders continued.

    "You're opening yourself for more criticism," he said.  Because everybody is going to say you're dabbing and smiling and smiling and styling. So this is how you go out when you lose?"

    Marshall Faulk, who knows the pain of losing a Super Bowl, tried to put Newton's sour attitude in perspective and staged a nice debate with Sanders that made for good television.

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  • Peyton Manning's Budweiser plugs were a little self-serving

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago

    Immediately after the game clock read zero and he chatted with CBS' Tracy Wolfson, and again on the stage as he held the Lombardi Trophy and chatted with Jim Nantz, Peyton Manning offered a list of three immediate goals: kissing his wife, Ashley, kissing his twins, and drinking a fair amount of Budweiser.

    Active NFL players are not allowed to endorse alcoholic beverages, so Manning wasn't exactly getting paid to talk about his beverage of choice.

    Or was he?

    Manning's investment portfolio includes part ownership of two Anheuser-Busch distributors in his native Louisiana; as you probably know, Anheuser-Busch brews Bud.

    And in case you think maybe Manning was being paid, perhaps because he very likely is about to retire from the NFL, he made a similar proclamation a couple of years ago after a postseason win (then he wanted Bud Light), and Lisa Weser, the head of marketing communications for Anheuser-Busch, tweeted the following:

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