- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
MIke Ditka is known for saying exactly what he thinks, filter unnecessary. So when asked about the Washington Redskins nickname, Da Coach not shockingly did not hold back.
“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said in an interview with Mike Richman with RedskinsHistorian.com (h/t Washington Post). “It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world.
"It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is."Mon, Aug 18Cleveland23 - 24WashingtonGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A review of San Francisco's tech-heavy new stadium • A breakdown of RGIII's performance and prospects • Some chattin' about Johnny Manziel's bird-flipping • An AFC South breakdown. Can the Titans, Texans, or Jaguars even touch the Colts? All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Bovada has come out with its updated odds for NFL teams making the playoffs, and there are some familiar faces at the top of the list — and the bottom.
Their two lowest-odds favorites to make the postseason in 2014 are the two teams that met in the 2013 AFC championship game: the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Both teams have the same odds — they are minus-500 (bet $500 to win $100) on the money line and are set at 1:5 odds.
And why not? Both teams have Super Bowl-caliber quarterbacks in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, respectively, and defenses that improved their personnel in the offseason. Seems like easy money, albeit at steep odds.
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(Just so we're clear, this is Monopoly money, right? The Shutdown Corner does not endorse real betting with actual legal tender. Nope. Not at all, not one bit.)
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
The NFL doesn't pay musical acts to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, and it's not hard to see why: with a worldwide audience numbering in the nine figures, halftime acts enjoy an almost immediate bump in sales and touring revenue.
Now, at last, the NFL is apparently going in the complete opposite direction, asking musical acts to pay for the privilege of playing the halftime show.
Per a new Wall Street Journal report, the NFL has apparently narrowed the list of potential halftime performers to three: Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna. From there, negotiations are getting a little sticky, according to the WSJ: "While notifying the artists' camps of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Michael Jordan set the bar forever for athletes selling products, but Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning isn't too far behind.
Manning is starring in a new series of commercials for Gatorade, in which people come into a convenience store to buy the sports drink, only to be denied because they haven't sweat enough to earn it. In the ad above, the clerk calls in his "store manager," played by Manning, and Manning tells the customer to work up a sweat by running deep to catch the bottle, but makes him do some laps around the store. Like most of Manning's commericials, he has a great, dry delivery that makes it pretty funny.
In another, a woman isn't allowed to buy the drink because the clerk can't see any sweat on her. Manning comes in and throws the bottle to the back of the store.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Before the 2013 NFL draft, there were reports that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was infatuated with Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden. McKenzie reportedly liked Hayden so much, the rumor was that he was ready to take him with the third overall pick, which was way, way earlier than anyone figured Hayden would go. He was considered a late first-round pick.
It was quite a stand to take, and one that would go a long way in defining not only McKenzie's GM tenure but set the Raiders' course for the future.
It's still early, but at this point falling in love with Hayden looks like a huge mistake.
Hayden missed half of last season with injuries. And he might start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to start this season, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. Hayden had surgery for a stress fracture in his foot in July. If he starts the season on PUP, he'll miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
The Minnesota Vikings and Chris Kluwe reached a settlement to end the former punter's pursuit of a lawsuit against the team over the alleged systemic homophobia he believes led to his release in May 2013.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, although the Vikings released a statement announcing "continued financial support for human rights" and a pledge to raise awareness about LGBT issues in sports. The team also installed enhanced sensitivity training and a "zero tolerance policy for discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
You'd think by this point that Johnny Manziel would know that every minute of every day he's in public that he's going to be on camera, but somehow he was still apparently surprised that the bird he flipped to the Redskins was caught on camera.
Here's videoof Rob McBurnett, Cleveland's communications coordinator, telling Manziel something shortly after The Bird Took Flight. See if you think it's the same thing we do:
Consensus opinion seems to be that Manziel just learned his little offhand gesture had gone national and set off a thousand hot-take JOHNNY FOOTBALL IS A PUNK columns and comments.
So what fired up Manziel?
"I can tell you what the statement was that set him off," Redskins safety Ryan Clarktold "Mike & Mike" Tuesday morning. "'This isn't college any more and these people are faster than you are.'
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
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During Monday night's pregame introductions, several Washington Redskins players ran onto the field with their hands raised, a gesture of support for the town of Ferguson, Missouri.
Ferguson is currently engulfed in turmoilas the result of a police shooting on Aug. 9. On that date, Michael Brown was killed by police even after witnesses said he raised his arms and told police he was unarmed. As a result, arms raised in surrender have become a symbol of solidarity and protest in connection with the Ferguson story.
Several players entered Monday's game with the Cleveland Browns with arms raised, and according to WNEW-FM, the idea originated with Washington safety Brandon Meriweather and cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
A year ago, all eyes were on Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III as he came back from an ACL injury. On Monday, he was the "other" quarterback in the Redskins' preseason game.
Many folks tuned in to see Browns rookie Johnny Manziel, but got a good glimpse at Griffin as he prepares for a very important third season. Griffin's night was good, though definitely not perfect.
Griffin went 6-of-8 for 112 yards, and also rushed for 24 yards on four attempts. He moved well, which is a great sign. He also took a few huge hits, including getting bounced around by a couple Browns defenders on a run near the sideline. Taking hits has been a major concern for Griffin. He is mobile but doesn't always protect himself well, and looked really awkward on one slide Monday night. He needs to get better at avoiding the big hits or it will cut into how long his career will last.