- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
There was at least one memorable moment from the Texans-Jaguars game on Thursday night.
Before the fourth quarter, a Marine was shown on the video board at EverBank Field, and he dropped to one knee to propose to his girlfriend. His girlfriend was obviously surprised and put her hands over her mouth with a shocked look on her face. The Marine gave the crowd the thumbs up after she said yes.
The moment was shared by tens of thousands of people at the stadium, and then many more on television as the NFL Network showed it.
There aren't any details yet on the backstory of the engagement or the identity of the man or woman. Whoever they are, best of luck to them.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
Teddy Bridgewater was playing at Cincinnati on Thursday night as the Texans and Jaguars battled. But Bridgewater should have at least been getting some updates on the bench, since the NFL result might determine his professional future.
Bridgewater, the Louisville quarterback and No. 1 pick in most mock drafts, should probably start pricing houses in Houston.
Houston dropped a 27-20 game to Jacksonville, virtually assuring that the Jaguars, once 0-8 and seemingly a lock for the NFL's worst record, will not get the first pick. The Jaguars have won four games after that 0-8 start, and are two games better than Houston. Shockingly, the Jaguars are not mathematically eliminated for a playoff spot with three games to go.
The loss for the Texans, however, keeps them in the lead for the first pick of the draft. They're 2-11 now with three difficult games remaining.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
The Case Keenum experiment for the Houston Texans might have ended, for all practical purposes, on Thursday night.
For the second time in Houston's last four games, Keenum was pulled for veteran Matt Schaub. The move came with 4:10 left in the third quarter and Houston trailing Jacksonville 24-10. Keenum was 16-of-29 for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Schaub went 6-of-7 for 76 yards and threw a touchdown on his first drive against the Jaguars, and played well for most of the second half. He completed 17-of-29 passes for 198 yards. But, with a little more than two minutes left, Schaub threw an interception that sealed a 27-20 loss.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Nelson Mandela, the great former South African president and anti-apartheid leader who died at age 95, was a sports fan.
He loved boxing. His support of the Springboks national rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup was immortalized in the movie "Invictus." He was instrumental in getting soccer's 2010 World Cup to come to South Africa.
Mandela even took in an American football game, attending a Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game in 1999. He sat with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in Jones' suite at old Texas Stadium.
Jones recalled to the Dallas Morning News that on the morning of Oct. 24, 1999 he got a call from his friend Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005, who told him he wanted to bring a friend to the game.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Adrian Peterson is an institution for the Minnesota Vikings, quickly becoming arguably the most recognizable figure in the history of the franchise.
Yet, in a moment of honesty, Peterson said he has thought about the possibility of finishing his career in his home state of Texas, with the Dallas Cowboys.
"You know, I'd be a liar if I said it's something that hasn't crossed my mind before," Peterson said on ESPN Radio, via Fox Sports Southwest. "But I've also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I've always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston."
Minnesota fans probably don't love hearing that one.
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Richie Incognito’s alleged mistreatment of his Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin is back on the forefront.
Ted Wells, the NFL’s lead investigator, will meet with Martin on Thursday in Los Angeles for a second round of questioning, according to ESPN.com’s James Walker, The report also said Wells will present his findings from previous interviews of Dolphins players, coaches and front-office executives to Martin. Prior to Thursday, Martin and Walker met on Nov. 15 in New York to discuss the allegations.
In addition, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Wells will meet with Dolphins players again.
Ted Wells interviewing Jonathan Martin today in LA, as @jameswalkernfl reports. Wells will meet next week with Dolphins players a 2nd time.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2013
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Daniel Adongo is an accomplished football player set to make his NFL debut against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Considering Adongo knew little about America’s version of football just five months ago, his first appearance in a pro game will be remarkable.
Adongo, 24, played rugby professionally in South Africa before the Indianapolis Colts signed him in July. He had never visited the United States before his NFL opportunity, and spent the past 13 weeks on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Adongo was promoted to the active roster on Tuesday and is expected to contribute on Sunday.
"I think back to his very first workout, when we first brought him in after a 17-hour flight to Atlanta and a connection up here ... to try out, [and] from what we saw to right now, it's night and day," Colts coach Chuck Pagano told ESPN.com. "The guy is a smart guy, we know from a physical standpoint he's very, very athletic. He can run, he's big, he's strong and he's a tireless worker."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Houston Texans fans are having a tough year.
The Texans' season began with high hopes but that washed away in a 10-game losing streak. They let their displeasure known a few weeks ago when they booed the home team so loudly that the offense had to go to a silent count.
The 2-10 Texans play an unpalatable game on Thursday night against the 3-9 Jaguars. It will be broadcast on KTRK-TV in Houston on Thursday night, pushing the popular ABC show "Scandal" back to 12:45 a.m. That's a problem to a few folks in Houston who would much rather watch the TV drama than see the Texans try for their 11th straight loss, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as the head of a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C. The Texans and KTRK might need their own crisis management specialists.
scandal > houston texans. good thing i’m not in htown
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Almost every fan has some sort of superstition on game day.
Where they sit for the game, what they eat before or during the game, in-depth things like which lights are turned on or something simple like wearing a lucky shirt (or a lucky hat as Wisconsin hoops gets a big road win against Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge), it's all part of being a fan.
It's fun to know that players are superstitious too. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a lot to deal with during games, but he still takes time to employ his system for changing out his gum, depending on if that piece of gum has been working.
“I just depend on Wrigley’s Winterfresh chewing gum to get me through the adverse times in the game,” he said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “.... And in a given game, the superstition comes. You made a big play? Even if the gum is rock solid, you can’t take it out. You got to keep fighting through it. You may put another piece of gum in, but that’s that playmaking gum. But if you’re sucking, of course, you’ve got to toss that gum.”
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The media has taken plenty of shots at New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan over the years but for a moment, it seemed literally like someone was taking a shot at him during a press conference.
Towards the end of Ryan's time at the podium, during which he defended quarterback Geno Smith and cornerback Dee Milliner, both high-profile rookies, Ryan began to answer a question about his team starting five players from this past April's NFL Draft. He started by saying that “I understand that we lost a lot of players or whatever,” but he couldn't finish as a hanging speaker used to amplify the microphone in the press conference room suddenly began to crackle. The loud noise sounded like machine gun fire for a brief moment (the video comes from SportsNet New York/SNY).
Ryan jokingly then ducked for cover and several members of the media in the front row also ducked down, uncertain what the sharp noise was or what exactly was happening.
From a ducked position, Ryan grinned then spoke about the machine-gun noises.
“We're on a three-game losing streak, so I understand,” Ryan said with a laugh.