- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner27 mins ago
Mock drafts are fun this time of year — please keep that in mind.
They also are fluid as all get out.
We don’t know who will be coaching 6-10 of these teams, for instance. There also is a lot of movement yet to happen that will impact the draft order, such as the results of the final two weeks of the NFL season, for instance, as well as the college bowl games.
Yet it's a point of fact that if you put together a mock draft this time of year, an angry reader will threaten castration. Must keep churning ... It's a part of the job description.
And we must also try to provide some quality speculation for everyone’s favorite offseason pastime. It’s an entertaining process, but also a difficult and (at this point) quite incomplete one.
So here’s our second full look at how we think the top 37 picks — the first round, plus five bonus second-round picks — could go as things stand now.Sun, Dec 2210:00 AM PSTDenver at HoustonPreview Game
Relive Candlestick Park’s top 10 NFL moments as historic stadium prepares to host its last game (Video)Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Candlestick Park isn't much to look at.
It hosted baseball and football and therefore couldn't do either too comfortably. It was cold and damp for many games. The field was often chewed up. The San Francisco 49ers' home didn't have the amenities many of the modern NFL palaces do. Levi's Stadium should take care of all the problems Candlestick had.
But when it comes to history, few venues can match Candlestick Park.
The 49ers dynasty under Bill Walsh created so many great players and moments, and that team kept rolling into the 1990s after Walsh retired. The franchise has had a revival under Jim Harbaugh the past few years, creating a new set of memorable moments.
So as we approach Monday night's game between the 49ers and Falcons, the final NFL game at Candlestick barring an amazing turn of events in the playoffs, here are the 10 greatest NFL moments in the stadium's storied history:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Dwight Clark had a fine NFL career, with 561 catches, all for the San Francisco 49ers.
He'll always be remembered for just one of those catches. It's "The Catch." Of course that's the one.
In the NFC championship game on Jan. 10, 1982, the 49ers had a third down on the Cowboys' 6-yard line with less than a minute to go. They called "Sprint Right Option." Intended receiver Freddie Solomon was covered. Clark was running along the back line of the end zone as Joe Montana was flushed out of the pocket. Montana threw a high pass – some think he was throwing it away, although he says otherwise – and Clark jumped impossibly high to grab it. He scored, the 49ers beat the Cowboys, they moved on and won the Super Bowl, and one of the great NFL dynasties was born.
"In many different ways it comes up, at least once a day," Clark said on a conference call with 49ers media. "It comes up either on TV or somebody saying something, or a letter, or a fan. That’s fine with me ... I love talking about it."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Among the frightened people at Candlestick Park when a devastating earthquake famously hit before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series were a couple of frightened parents with a newborn son.
At that moment, Joe Montana really was just a regular Joe.
On a conference call to discuss the final scheduled game at Candlestick Park on Monday, Montana said that he was at that Giants-A's baseball game when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. He was with his wife, Jennifer, and their two-week-old son Nate, who many years later would play college football.
Before the game the Montanas went to see 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo and then went down to their seats. It turns out that one of the most famous men in Candlestick Park's history was there for the most famous moment in the stadium's history, even though that wasn't common knowledge until he told the story this week.
"We were in our seats and we felt the earthquake, and the lights went out," Montana said. "My wife is going, 'We have to go, lets get out of here.' And I'm going, 'No, we have to stay, we have to watch the game.'"
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Super Bowl Sunday could easily become Super Bowl Saturday, Super Bowl Monday, or Super Bowl Tuesday if a snowstorm threatens to take over at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2.
Super Bowl XLVIII marks the first time this event will be played in an outdoor, cold weather site. The NFL traditionally has chosen venues where weather is not a factor, like warm states or domes, but rewarded the New York/New Jersey area for opening a new stadium in 2010. That has led to a lot of speculation about what might occur if a snowstorm hits the Tri-state area around the Super Bowl.
One of the contingency plans is to move the Super Bowl to Saturday, back a few days, or even postponing it one week.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
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Every week, there's a new officiating controversy in the NFL.
The latest comes from Detroit. On Monday night against the Ravens, Lions receiver Kris Durham had his arm held on a pass to the end zone, and the officials missed the pass interference call. Instead of having the ball on the 1-yard line, the Lions settled for a field goal. They lost 18-16 on a Ravens field goal in the final minute. The difference between winning and losing, which might have flipped had the officials not missed the pass interference call, might be the difference between the Lions hosting a playoff game as division champions or Detroit missing the playoffs.
NBC Sports Network's Shaun King argued that NFL officiating is at its all-time low.
"This has been by far the worst officiated National Football League season in the history of the National Football League," King said on NBC Sports Network's "SportsDash" show. "I really think the replacement refs were doing a better job some time."
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Every week, we try to project what the playoff bracket will look like in January. To sift through who is for real and will make a postseason push, and who will fade out of the playoff picture down the stretch. It's important to note this is our ever-changing prediction of how we think things will play out and not necessarily a current plugging-in of teams with the corresponding records.
Think of it as "bracketology" for the pigskin set.
Still New Orleans to win the South? So you think they win at Carolina on Sunday? Yes, but for full disclosure, I picked New Orleans to win the Super Bowl prior to this season, so pride is definitely kicking in. Carolina’s rise from the ashes has been incredible, but this is similar to a playoff game for the Panthers. This team has not been forced to win meaningful games late in the season since 2009. Carolina’s last playoff appearance occurred during the 2008 season. I am sticking with the Saints – for now.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Terence Garvin is a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His salary is the rookie minimum of $405,000 a year, a little less than $24,000 per week over the 17-week regular season.
Garvin was fined $25,000, more than one of his game checks, for his block on Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber, which broke his jaw and cracked a vertabrae.
Garvin thought he was just blocking a player looking to make a tackle on a long punt return – which the Steelers scored on by the way. But punters and kickers are ruled defenseless through a play, even if they're trying to make a tackle. Garvin used his helmet to hit Huber above the shoulders, and that's illegal on a defenseless player.
And is he ever going to pay for it.
Steelers Depot points out that the collective-bargaining agreement allows a player to appeal if the fine is excessive compared to the player's earnings. A fine may be reduced if it is at least 25 percent of a player's weekly salary for a first offense and 50 percent for a second offense. Garvin should win that appeal and should get the fine reduced.
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The NFL has made it impossible for local fans to watch their football team unless that game is sold out. For years this system has penalized cities, such as Tampa Bay and San Diego, for not selling out games. There is also little regard for local fans who want to watch their team at home, but cannot afford a ticket.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing eliminating sports blackout rules, which prohibits distributors from showing live sporting events that are not available on local television. If the FCC is successful, it would be a huge blow to leagues, like the NFL, that punish fans for the lack of ticket sales.
Here isthe FCC’s explanation:
- Travelle Gaines at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Travelle Gaines runs his own performance facility, Athletic Gaines, in Los Angeles. Athletic Gaines is one of the top NFL combine training programs in the country, and one of the most notable NFL offseason training programs as well. Gaines has worked with hundreds of athletes and celebrities including Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, rapper Sean Combs and TV star Kendra Wilkinson.
In this video, the elite trainer brings in Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston to show you how to work your full body with just a kettlebell.
This is a simple exercise that can be done at home and requires minimal equipment. All you need is a kettlebell.
This exercise works your hamstrings, core and your entire upper body. This is an amazing workout to do when you have limited time at home.
Make sure you follow the correct form: stand with your feet shoulder width apart, toes straight, knees straight, and swing the kettlebell back and forth, squatting and exploding up. Do 10-20 reps for five sets with a 3-15 kilo kettlebell.