- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Here is the entire transcript of Tom Brady's testimony in his appeal to the NFL regarding his deflate-gate suspension:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The transcript of Tom Brady's lengthy appeal has been made public and obviously there are some interesting takeaways. (You can read the entire testimony here, or scroll down below.)
Brady hasn't said much at all since the Wells report on deflate-gate was released in May, but the New England Patriots quarterback spoke for a long time at his appeal hearing over his four-game suspension in June. It didn't take him long into the testimony to maintain complete innocence over how some Patriots' game balls were measured at less than the legal limit of 12.5 psi at halftime of the AFC championship game.
Q. Mr. Brady, did the issue of inflation level ever come up as a factor when you are choosing your balls or deciding upon the balls; is that something you think about at that time?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the eight new Hall of Famers, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.
Tim Brown Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 1988-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2004 Wide receiver
That was Brown's best indivudal season. His best team achievement came in the 2001 season when the Raiders reached Super Bowl XXXVII. Brown's Raiders made the postseason five times previously, and he was denied a chance to play on the biggest stage — including the brutal disappointment of the Tuck Rule game loss to the New England Patriots the season prior. But Brown had a nine-catch performance in the AFC title game that helped the Raiders advance to the Super Bowl, even though the Buccaneers and former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden blew them out. Still, Brown had waited 15 seasons to reach the game, and he finally got there.
Impact on the game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
I'm going to analyze a play that looks like it's simply a quarterback throwing to a wide-open receiver for a 24-yard gain.
But it's much, much more than that, and you would never know it unless you study film and know the subtle nuances that made it happen. This came in the second quarter of the Green Bay Packers' game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16 last year.
Let's startbefore the snap. Here's a classic case where you have safeties in a two-deep shell as Aaron Rodgers starts to look at the defense; it could almost be quarters coverage, or maybe man. The Buccaneers try to change the defense late, right before the snap, and it becomes "Cover 3" zone.
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
David Morgan, father of Houston Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime after allegedly firing shots outside a South Carolina strip club early Tuesday morning.
The alleged incident took place at the Crazy Horse Showclub in Rock Hill, S.C. and is the latest trouble for Clowney's father. Morgan has had several past convictions and is prohibited from owning a gun.
It is unclear at this time what sparked the incident. Morgan could face 30 years in prison for attempted murder and five years for the weapons charge.
The victim told police he saw Morgan standing by a wall near the back of the property around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday and then Morgan fired several shots at him, according to the report.
The employee told police he returned fire in retaliation after Morgan shot at him.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
We now know the first big storyline of "Hard Knocks," the Houston Texans edition, should be.
Texans running back Arian Foster appears to have injured his groin (first reported by ESPN's Tania Ganguli), which might require surgery according to Jayson Braddock of ESPN 97.5 in Houston.
Arian Foster's groin injury is serious in nature. Source said it should require surgery & may be candidate for IR w/ designation for return.
Head coach Bill O'Brien gave no indication Monday night after Foster was given the day off practice that there was any serious worry.
“We’ve got to monitor Arian, like I told you guys that in the offseason and I think that’s what that’s all about today,” O’Brien said.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Convicted murder and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had a “sexually explicit relationship” with an anonymous tipster who claimed one of the jurors who convicted Hernandez was biased, according to the Bristol County Sheriff.
Thomas M. Hodgson, who oversaw Hernandez while he was at the House of Correction in Massachusetts, denied that the murder case was tainted, according to the Boston Herald, but said that Hernandez appears to have engaged in a non-physical relationship with a woman who claimed that a juror was biased.
“It sounds like letters, not contact. We don’t have contact visits here,” Hodgson said. “He was in special management, too. He was in a cell by himself, so it sounds like sexually explicit letters.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
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You want ordinary? Robert Griffin III can give you ordinary.
“They are not asking me to be Superman,” Griffin said.
Griffin was a swashbuckling, hair-raising playmaker in college, able to make something out of nothing with his arm, his legs and his imagination. And that's the same player Griffin became with the Redskins in 2012 (pre-knee injury) in the offense run by Mike and Kyle Shanahan.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.
NO. 5: PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Let's get it out of the way right now: The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't going to be able to cover anybody.
Their secondary is a lot of question marks and no names, even with the addition of cornerback Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month. Cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu retired together this offseason. Not much was done to replace them. The argument against the Steelers is that their defense was mediocre at best last season, and it won't improve.
I get all of that. But I'm buying into these Steelers. They were much better at the end of last season than anyone remembers, their front seven is going to be just fine and, man oh man, that offense.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
(UPDATE: As of about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Chris Mortensen deleted his original tweet on deflate-gate. The flock might be out, but the barn door has been shut on this one, folks.)
Did we learn anything from Chris Mortensen's appearance on ESPN's "The Dan Le Batard Show"?
Mortensen, you surely know by now, was the author of the (just recently deleted) original tweet (and later a news story on ESPN.com to follow) that set match and kindling to the deflate-gate gas can. Prior to that report — which proved to be horribly inaccurate, per the ensuring Ted Wells report — the story was in a slow simmer. But after it came out, much of the football-watching world assumed full guilt by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots as blatant rule breakers who were deserving of Iron Maiden treatment.