Shutdown Corner

  • Peyton Manning wishes he could have played for Pat Summitt

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago

    Back in 2012, when Peyton Manning’s career was hanging in the balance following four neck surgeries and his release from the Indianapolis Colts, he placed a call to an old friend from his college days.

    We don’t know if it was for advice or reassurance, or just two friends chatting. But it also was a flashpoint in Pat Summit’s life, too. She had just finished her final season in a legendary career as Tennessee woman’s basketball coach after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2011.

    Summitt, 64, died early Tuesday.

    Her impact on women’s basketball — and sports in general — can’t be overstated. So much so that Manning, who befriended Summitt when he was an underclassman at Tennessee in the 1990s, believes she could have succeeded as a coach in any sport.

    Yes, even football.

    “I called and I told her I always wished that I could have played for her,” Manning said in the video from 2012. “Obviously, it’s a different sport. But people always said Pat Summit could have coached a men’s basketball team. I think she could have coached a football team, I really do. She’s just a coach.”

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  • Tim Tebow comes to aid of family in distress on flight

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago

    So here’s possibly the most Tim Tebow story we’ve ever heard: on Sunday afternoon, a man named Richard Gotti posted to his Facebook page the story of what happened on his flight from Atlanta to Phoenix.

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  • Jaguars' Dan Skuta recently arrested for battery on woman (Updated)

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago

    Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was recently arrested in Orlando, charged with battery after he allegedly got violent with a woman who rebuffed his advances.

    First reported by Jacksonville TV station CBS 47, Skuta was arrested in the early-morning hours of June 19 on misdemeanor battery charges.

    According to the police report, a friend of the victim approached an officer and said her friend had been hit by a man, and identified the “tall male subject.” The officer detained the man, identified as Skuta.

    The victim alleges that she and her friend were on the sidewalk when approached by Skuta, and Skuta began chatting and flirting with the victim. When Skuta asked for her phone number, she said no, and, the police report says, a verbal altercation ensued.

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  • Johnny Manziel lawyer withdraws after text mixup; no guilty plea

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    After mistakenly texting the Associated Press confidential information about Johnny Manziel, one of Manziel's attorneys has withdrawn from representing him, according to Manziel's spokeswoman.

    Bob Hinton had sent the AP a long text message on Friday —  which he said later was meant for another attorney — that appeared to be a precursor to a plea bargain in Manziel's domestic violence assault case in Texas. Hinton expressed concern about Manziel's ability to stay clean in the text.

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    Now Hinton, who was  an associate counsel in the Manziel case , is no longer repping the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, who was released this offseason after a slew of off-field incidents.

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