- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner54 mins ago
Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is getting closer to giving up his aspirations to play professional football and start his college broadcasting career, according to a report.
According to TheBigLead.com, ESPN, CBS Sports and Fox Sports have all expressed interest in Tebow joining their broadcast team. The website also reports that ESPN already has a show set in place for him on its new SEC Network.
The Big Lead said ESPN's SEC Network, which will debut next August, wants its own version of "College Gameday," with Rece Davis as host, radio personality Paul Finebaum in the Lee Corso role and Tebow as the show's Kirk Herbstreit.
Of course, there will be a bidding war by the networks for Tebow, who can't find a NFL team to offer him a minimum-salary contract.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The Carolina Panthers are the NFC South upstarts, the team that has come out of nowhere to challenge for the division crown.
That storyline is fine, but the Panthers' revival started last year after everyone stopped paying attention to them, and was punctuated by a road win at New Orleans.
Before assuming that a Panthers' win on Sunday would be a massive upset, consider that they won in New Orleans less than a year ago. Carolina won 44-38 at the Superdome in Week 17, the Panthers' fifth win in their final six games last season. If you want to believe that the Saints were mailing it in by that point in the season, it's worth noting that New Orleans won in Week 15 and 16.
The Panthers were laying the foundation for their breakout 2013 season, and that win in the final week gave them a lot of positive momentum into the offseason.
In the finale at New Orleans, DeAngelo Williams had 210 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Mike Tolbert had three rushing touchdowns. Carolina led 41-24 early in the fourth quarter and held off a late Saints rally. That gave the Panthers a season sweep of the Saints. They beat New Orleans in Week 2 as well.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The NFL came down hard on Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Wednesday, fining him $100,000, and the worst could still be on the way.
The NFL announced the fine and added that "a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined." The NFL said that it is still considering that step involving either taking away a draft pick or moving the Steelers down in the draft order because Tomlin's actions affected a play on the field. On Thanksgiving, Tomlin strayed near the field and forced Ravens returner Jacoby Jones to alter his route on a long kickoff return.
Tomlin apologized during his press conference on Tuesday but said he didn't impede Jones' progress on purpose. The NFL didn't fully buy his apology, judging by the harsh penalty.
The NFL said in its announcement that Tomlin should have been given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He was not penalized on the play.
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Former Chiefs players Chris Martin, Kevin Porter, Joe Phillips, Louis Cooper and Leonard Griffin know all about the NFL’s $765 million concussion lawsuit settlement, but did not believe that agreement could help them.
Martin, a former linebacker, said he sustained numerous concussion throughout his 12-year NFL career. The 52-year-old says he has brain damage, headaches and post-concussion syndrome as a result of the hits he took on the football field.
However, the former players said they would only receive monitoring and medical testing because they were not injured enough. The players claim they would not receive a share of the $765 million settlement.
As a result, they are suing the Chiefs over their injuries, according to The Kansas City Star.
“I would like to have had the opportunity to know that going back on the field (after concussions) would cause me to have severe disabilities later in life — I didn’t know that,” Martin, who played for the Chiefs from 1988 to 1992, told The Kansas City Star. “That’s what the lawsuit is about, us having the opportunity to make that decision.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
This week’s Early Edition keys in on a few divisional games that could shape the playoff landscape significantly, but there are a few other intriguing games that could color our view of the teams as we steamroll toward the playoffs — plus a few teams that about are far from the playoffs as you can get, too. Here are the biggest storylines as we take an early look at Week 14’s action.
Showdown in NOLA
It’s a short, bitter week for the New Orleans Saints as they pick up the pieces from the brutal loss to the Seattle Seahawks and get prepared to face the suddenly scorching Carolina Panthers Sunday night in New Orleans.
The short week was made shorter for the Saints when their plane out of Sea-Tac was delayed because of engine failure, similar to what had played out on the field. Now they must face a Panthers defense that actually is statistically better than the one that held them to a mere seven points on Monday.
The Panthers might not be as tenacious and ferocious in the secondary as the Seahawks are, but they clearly come in brimming with confidence and possess one of the most gifted defensive lines — led by Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Star Lotulelei — in the game.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
The beloved movie character known as Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell, if you've been on a 15-year Peace Corps mission) has been on a promotions crusade for his sequel, "Anchorman 2," which is hitting theaters soon.
Ferrell has been living in full character for about a month now, and he even managed to give Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning the full Burgundy treatment on ESPN's Sportscenter in the video above. A teaser of their talking points: facial hair, horse mascots and audibles at the line. It's worth checking out.
And when you're done with that, be sure to check out another Burgundy special: Yahoo's top internet searches of 2013. You won't want to miss this one, either.
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- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
There are many ways to look at the NFL, but the easiest - and most tedious – method to figure out what is going on is by examining the numbers.
Here is a numerical look at the league heading into Week 14:
0 – Wins by Jets safety Ed Reed since winning a Super Bowl title with the Baltimore Ravens last season. Reed is 0-10 between the Texans and Jets this season.
3 – Victories by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the past four games after starting the season 0-8.
7 – Interceptions thrown by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in 2013 compared to 19 last season. The fewest amount of interceptions Romo has ever thrown in a 16-game season was nine in 2009, the last season Dallas appeared in the playoffs.
8 – Turnovers by Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the past three games (six interceptions and two fumbles). His current passer rating is 60.4.
12 – Touchdown receptions by Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, which sets a new franchise record. Graham broke the mark (11 touchdowns) that was shared by Joe Horn and Marques Colston.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill performs amazing trick shots at DICK’S Sporting Goods (with video)Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
When you think of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, his most amazing accomplishment appears to be convincing a beautiful woman, Lauren, to marry him.
Well, it appears Tannehill has plenty of other talents away from the football field.
Tannehill hooked up with the guys from Dude Perfect to make a remarkable trick shot video, which was filmed in a DICK'S Sporting Goods store. That is normally not the place to bounce a basketball off a cashier’s head into a bucket and high-five your friends. However, Tannehill and the guys turned the store into their adult playground.
One word of advice.
Do not attempt to duplicate any of these shots at your local DICK'S Sporting Goods, unless Tannehill is willing to bail you out of jail.
Yet, you will never walk into another DICK'S Sporting Goods store and not fantasize about performing one of these miracle shots while shopping.
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Mike Tomlin apologizes for ‘embarrassing blunder’ but says he didn’t intentionally impede Jacoby JonesEric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is in danger of being called two-faced, or even deceitful, with his latest explanation of what happened on Thanksgiving.
A sincere-sounding Tomlin took the podium for his regularly scheduled Tuesday press conference and issued a solemn statement about his sideline whereabouts during Jacoby Jones' kick return during Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
"As a Head Coach in this league we are held to a higher standard of conduct. Based on that, my actions were below the line" Tomlin
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 3, 2013
"My actions are a lot of things, embarrassing, inexcusable, a blunder, I acknowledge that." Tomlin — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 3, 2013
It sounded somewhat like an apology, minus one key element: There was no admission of guilt or of intention. It's along the lines of a head coach saying, I'll take the blame for this, when you know they think in their head there's nothing they should apologizing about.
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski should contemplate handing out name tags to his quarterbacks to make sure he can identify them.
The Browns signed quarterback Caleb Hanie on Tuesday, according to the team's website, and he could start against the New England Patriots. Quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden are recovering from concussions, which prompted the Browns to sign Hanie.
If Hanie is forced to play on Sunday, he would join Brian Hoyer, Campbell and Weeden as Cleveland’s starters this season. Hoyer was 3-0 in his three starts before he sustained a season-ending ACL injury.
When Chudzinski was asked if his team could start a quarterback off the street before Tuesday’s signing, he did not rule out that possibility.
“All of the possibilities are open right now,'' Chudzinski told Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.