- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Longtime NFL quarterback Brett Favre is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated for its “Where Are They Now?” issue.
Favre is now 45 and hasn’t played since 2010, when his two-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings came to an end.
Favre, who donned a Green Bay Packers uniform (one he hadn't worn since 2008) on the cover, says he thinks he could still play. But don’t worry; he’s not planning to come out of retirement this time.
“I think I could,” Favre said. “Of course, we’re not trying to start some he’s-coming-out-of-retirement deal. I say all that because it’s a good thing. Do I think I could play and lead a team? No. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before. I just couldn’t throw it near as far. That never matters anyway.”
Favre volunteers as a coach for a local high school team, and he says he can still throw the ball 50 yards with no problem, but he can’t launch the ball 80 yards downfield like he used to.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell is coming off knee and Achilles surgeries, but he’s confident about his ability to produce in a big way in 2015.
How confident is Bell? He guaranteed a career year in an interview with Mlive.com.
“I’m going to rush for over 1,200 yards,” Bell said. “That’s the minimum. If I do less than that, I’ll be surprised. I’ll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.”
A Lions running back hasn’t reached that total since Barry Sanders put up 1,491 yards in 1998. The 28-year-old Bell is coming off a career-high of 860 yards last season, but that was when he was paired up with Reggie Bush. With Bush now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Bell has a big opportunity ahead of him to assume every-down duties.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
As actress Olivia Munn prepares for her role in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, is doing all he can to help her – sort of.
Munn posted a video on Instagram that showcases her ability with a sword. Meanwhile, in the background, Rodgers showed that he’s not quite on her level.
</ iframe> Munn is playing the role of Psylocke, a Marvel superhero who can apparently “manifest a telekinetic katana blade composed of raw psi-energy at will.” It looks like Munn has that skill locked down.
And Rodgers should probably just stick with football. He seems to be pretty good at it.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles. He loves diving into the end zone and grabbing himself while doing so. Leave it to Conan O'Brien, then, to combine these two great loves into 15 seconds of genius.
So much to love about this video:
• Lynch does his, uh, equipment adjustment grab while he's in the air.
• Conan is somehow able to get more out of Marshawn Lynch than the entire NFL media. (Remember when they played Mortal Kombat together?)
• How long did it take interns to open all the Skittles packs, and what did they do with them when the sketch was done?
• If Pete Carroll had written this sketch, he'd have called for Conan to pass.
The offseason, baby!
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It's nearly impossible to watch J.J. Watt blast a guy who got up on stage at a Zac Brown Band concert and not assume it's staged.
However, it was still pretty funny.
Watt sacked a supposed stage rusher who danced around for a few seconds like a fool while Watt got into position to tackle him. It almost seems like some WWE stuff, but could really use some Jim Ross commentary and a steel chair:
The only question is, what guy would agree to being the prop in a gag that ends with a 290-pound guy who happens to be the best defensive player in the NFL blasting you on stage? That takes some convincing.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
One NFL player criticizing another team's quarterbacks is usually something worth noting ... unless the player saying those things is a punter.
New York Giants Steve Weatherford is legit, he's probably in better shape than a lot of NFL players, but he's still a punter. So it certainly seemed odd when comments came to light that were critical of Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
"I'm gonna give you a Ferrari [Bradford] that maybe won't be running all the time, or I'm giving you a nice Cadillac sedan [Sanchez]," Weatherford said on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton Show," via ESPN. "It's not the fastest but you know what you're going to get out of it. Bradford can go from zero to 60 in three seconds, but you don't know if he's gonna start up some days."
Oh, don't worry, he discussed Tebow too.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
Until it happens, I'll continue to believe that every move the NFL makes in Los Angeles, in terms of bringing a team there, is a bluff.
The NFL hasn't had a team in Los Angeles since 1994, and it's not because it doesn't have the money to make it happen. It decided somewhere along the line that not having a team in L.A. was better for business than having a team there. But let's humor the league for a moment, and look at the latest report of the NFL issuing proposal requests for temporary venues while a stadium in the Los Angeles area is built. There have been proposals for stadiums in Carson, perhaps for the Raiders or Chargers, or a stadium in Inglewood for the Rams.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
OK, OK, so it's not like St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott was exactly fooled by J.J. Watt's slap shot or anything. When the Houston Texans defensive end wound up at the Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic, Elliott jumped out of the way and let Watt score.
But, to be fair, if you saw Watt on skates bearing down on you, winding up for a slap shot, you might jump out of the way too.
Some former Badgers athletes had a lot of fun at the charity event, which benefits the UW Health Burn Center, but the highlight that went viral was Watt's goal. Watt probably isn't going to pull a Russell Wilson and flirt with a second pro career or anything, but the fact that a guy that big can move around on skates as well as he can is absolutely amazing. Or frightening.
Here's Watt's shot from a few angles:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
Most professional sports teams avoid making any commentary on controversial topics outside of sports, but the NFL's San Francisco 49ers had something to say on Friday.
The United States Supreme Court's ruling on Friday legalized gay marriage nationwide. Many people on Twitter celebrated the ruling, including the 49ers' official Twitter feed.
That's a simple yet powerful image and statement. Is it the 49ers' place to comment on such societal topics? Some commented on the post that they didn't think the team should be commenting on political issues. Others likely disagree. San Francisco has the highest rate of LGBT residents among American metropolitan areas.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
Warren Sapp is not having a good year.
Sapp, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders defensive tackle who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was reportedly arrested for the second time this year, and this time he was charged with three counts of battery constituting domestic violence. He is accused of biting his girlfriend's finger and stepping on her head, among other things. TMZ Sports broke that story on Thursday. A search of the Clark County court records showed that Warren Sapp was charged with three counts of domestic battery on Thursday.