- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner41 mins ago
That smell of body spray and tanning lotion can only mean one thing: "Entourage" is back. For those not in the know, "Entourage" was an HBO series, now a movie, about a Hollywood star and his best pals trundling through a five-star life.
As the movie nears its debut, series creator Doug Ellin sat down with Graham Bensinger to discuss many aspects of "Entourage"'s creation, including all the athlete cameos. What burns Ellin, though, is one that didn't come to pass: Eli Manning, who said he wanted to be on the show and then stood everyone up. Not cool, Eli. Not cool. But in this instance, Tom Brady would get the best of Eli, subbing in at the last second.
You can see the clip of Brady's appearance right here (language warning for the tender-eared). And according to Ellin, Brady almost aced the hole:
"Entourage" opens June 3. And if Eli wants to see it, he'll have to buy his own ticket.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
When you sign a player with off-field red flags, publicly rationalize the move with bad logic and then the player gets in trouble, you end up in a mea culpa press conference to explain what went wrong.
Will the Chicago Bears, and specifically chairman George McCaskey, learn anything from the Ray McDonald situation? Maybe. McCaskey certainly spoke like he would, two days after the Bears cut McDonald following an arrest over a domestic violence allegation.
But, many executives talk like character matters, until they need a pass rusher or red-zone threat.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Adrian Peterson saga is leading to one of two conclusions, no matter how many alternate paths are suggested.
And if there was any ambiguity about the situation, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer laid them out very simply.
"Adrian really has two choices: He can either play for us or he cannot play," Zimmer told reporters on Wednesday, via the NFL Network. "He's not going to play for anyone else, that's just the way it's going to be."
That's it. That's the list. And the "he'll retire" part of that equation seems like the emptiest of threats.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
The show gives viewers a behind the scenes look at training camp and what it takes to make an NFL roster. Beyond the usual storylines focusing on players on the edge of the final 53-man roster, the show highlights the personalities of some of the league’s high-profile players.
The Texans reportedly edged out the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins as HBO’s selection. While some may be disappointed they won’t get some new Rex Ryan soundbites, the Texans have plenty of fun storylines that will make for engaging TV.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
This offseason, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end George Johnson has been engrossed in film study. It isn't film from last season, when he had six sacks with the Detroit Lions, or even clips from other defensive ends around the NFL.
Johnson has his DVR set for something entirely different than football. He watches dog shows.
It may be the most unusual off-the-field interest for any player currently in the NFL. Johnson, who is entering his sixth NFL season and first with Tampa Bay, loves competing on the dog show circuit. He is involved in a local kennel club near his home in Florida and he spends time in the offseason watching dog shows such as the Westminster Kennel Club and other videos online to pick up some tips.
Johnson has two American bullies — like a pit bull, he says, but with more density. His girl, Pepper, has competed in and won several shows and his voice speeds up when talking about her accomplishments. Mambo is a boy and will start competing this summer. Johnson has high hopes for Mambo, and people at the kennel club have begun asking when Mambo will compete.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
DeSean Jackson was noticeably absent on the first day of the Washington Redskins’ organized team activities Tuesday. Later that day, we found out why.
Pictured above is Jackson sitting courtside at Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in Cleveland alongside Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe and NBA draft prospect Montrezl Harrell.
Jackson also posted a photo of himself with LeBron James after the Cavs clinched a spot in the NBA Finals.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
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If nothing else, Tuesday's unfortunate joke should teach San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to be a little more careful on social media, especially when it comes to a tragic event.
Kaepernick posted an unfunny and pretty regrettable joke to his Instagram account about the floods in Houston. He referenced his jersey No. 7 in the joke, saying "I warned you the #7tormsComing !!! #Houston." He deleted the post shortly after he posted it but it's not like it's possible to completely erase that from the Internet, given how many people follow Kaepernick (h/t to NBC Bay Area).
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There has been massive flooding in Houston. According to ABC News, at least five people were dead as of Tuesday evening.
First, Kaepernick tweeted out a quick apology.
No disrespect intended! Prayers up!
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Ray McDonald was just mad and going to take his TVs after a non-physical argument with the mother of his child, his lawyer said Tuesday.
McDonald was arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, released on $15,000 bail and cut by the Chicago Bearson Monday. The 911 call from McDonald's ex-fiancee's mother, which surfaced Tuesday, said McDonald broke down a door and tried to take his baby before leaving. The police report said that McDonald was accused of physically assaulting a female while she was holding a baby.
That's just a big misunderstanding, his lawyer told the San Jose Mercury News.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It’s been six months since Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer, and head coach Andy Reid said Tuesday the All-Pro is “doing well.”
“He’s going to get his big end-of-the-school [year] exam down here. He’s been through all the treatments, so now the doctor is going to sit down with him and go over exactly what the results of all that are,” Reid said at the Chiefs’ first day of organized team activities, per the Kansas City Star.
When the initial diagnosis came out last December, the team said that Berry’s diagnosis was “very treatable” and “potentially curable.”
So far, so good, according to Reid.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Last year, the Dallas Cowboys rode running back DeMarco Murray to a 12-4 record and had Dez Bryant's fourth-down catch in Green Bay held up, who knows how far they could have gone?
So the template was set. The Cowboys could run the ball, control the clock, keep their defense off the field and make sure Tony Romo wasn't asked to do too much. But with Murray being a free agent, who would their running back be?
They'd certainly re-sign Murray, the NFL offensive player of the year, right? When that didn't happen, of course they'd land Adrian Peterson or sign an established free agent. Nope. So they had to land a running back in the draft. That didn't happen either. The Cowboys did virtually nothing at running back.