Shutdown Corner

  • Clueless 'Peyton Manning' (Kristen Wiig) visits The Tonight Show

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago

    Peyton Manning already sat down with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week to discuss his brother Eli's stoic face and smash eggs on his head with Magic Johnson. But on Thursday, "he" "returned," or at least Kristen Wiig did dressed as Manning. Wiig's cluelessness about even the most basic aspects of Manning's life and game (the final score, his father, what you even do at a football game) were pretty great; she still sounds more cogent than some NFL announcers we could name. And as for her throwing skills? Hey, the Broncos have won a Super Bowl with worse.

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  • Oakland Raiders return to O.co Coliseum for at least 2016

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    Remember all the emotion at the final home games for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers last season? Get ready to do it all again in 2016.

    The Chargers announced they're staying in San Diego for the 2016 season, and the Raiders came to an agreement on Thursday to play at least one more year at O.co Coliseum, the team announced. The Raiders said there are also two years of team options at O.co Coliseum. 

    That the Raiders are staying in Oakland at least one more season is not a huge surprise. After the Raiders were the odd team out in the Los Angeles sweepstakes, they needed some place to play. Oakland's stadium is probably the worst in the NFL, but it'll do for another year while the Raiders figure things out.

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  • L.A. relocation story reminder of Jerry Jones' power among owners

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    If you ever wondered who the NFL's most powerful owner is, ESPN.com's behind-the-scenes story about the league's relocation to Los Angeles is a good place to start.

    The answer, if you didn't know it already, is that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likely finishes first in the owner power rankings. The ESPN report makes it clear that he was the most influential of the league's owners in making sure Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plan to move to Inglewood was the winner, even though that was up in the air until the last minute.

    The entire story, written by Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta, is worth your time if you care about what happens among the power brokers in the NFL. It's a complex story of alliances, double-crosses, hurt feelings and suspicions of league favoritism. It paints Kroenke as the aggressor in the L.A. story, and San Diego Chargers CEO Dean Spanos as the league loyalist who got the short end of the stick.

    And Jones, it appears, had a huge say in steering the league toward the Inglewood plan that Kroenke had.

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