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  • How would the Broncos and Panthers escape from Alcatraz?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago

    SAN FRANCISCO—A mile and a half into San Francisco Bay from the teeming souvenir-seeking hordes of Super Bowl City sits Alcatraz, the legendary now-shuttered prison. More fearsome than a Denver secondary, more confining than the gridlocked traffic around San Francisco, about as enjoyable as an open-letter writer complaining about Cam Newton, Alcatraz’s very name conjures up images of somber, terrifying imprisonment.

    Over the course of its 30 years as a federal prison, from 1933 to 1963, thousands of prisoners passed through its somber halls. Only 36 tried to escape, and only two—maybe—pulled it off. You’ve got to be tough to get sent to Alcatraz, and you’ve got to be even tougher to try escaping. So we figured, why not check with some of the toughest guys in the NFL and see how they’d escape from one of the world’s most notorious prisons.

    “I’d probably have to do some rewatching of The Rock , see how that went down,” said Owen Daniels, Denver tight end, one of many players to reference a prison-break movie. “I know I’m not swimming through those waters. Maybe I need a little submersible.”

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  • Cam Newton, Todd Gurley, Eric Berry among NFL major award winners

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago

    SAN FRANCISCO — Quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers hope they're as fortunate on Sunday as they were on Saturday night, when the NFL handed out its major awards. 

    On Saturday night the NFL's elite gathered at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to hand out its major awards, and toannounce the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. The Panthers cleaned up, as expected. Newton won his first MVP award and the league's offensive player of the year award. Ron Rivera was named coach of the year. The Panthers couldn't attend the awards ceremony because they're preparing to play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, but they still dominated the night.

    Here are the major award winners from the 2015 season:

    MVP and OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton

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