Shutdown Corner

  • How 'Cam Newton Drive' didn't quite catch on in Atlanta

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago

    UNINCORPORATED SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga.—Driving through the intersection of Scarborough and Welcome All roads just south of Atlanta, it is literally impossible not to think of Cam Newton.

    Signs from every angle honor Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner, national champion, probable NFL MVP and potential Super Bowl champion. He grew up not far from here, attended Westlake High School right down the road, and one local politician wants to make sure everyone knows it. To that end, there are 25 signs honoring Newton dotted all over the area. Bill Edwards, a now-former Fulton County commissioner, spearheaded the placement of the signs, but only after an attempt to get the stretch of road named after Newton himself failed.

    “He’s a hero,” Bill Edwards said. “He’s a role model for young athletes. He’s the son everyone wants, the brother everyone wants. He’s helped put south Fulton County on the map.”

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  • Super Bowl 50 smack talk round-up

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago

    Oftentimes, when you put a microphone - or Twitter keyboard - in front of someone, you're not quite sure what's going to be said. (Unless, of course, that person is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in which case you'll get words like integrity and London but little else of substance.) Such was the case this week in the San Francisco area, with current and former athletes descending on Super Bowl 50.

    Here are a few of the beefs that cropped up this week:

    Panthers CB Josh Norman and Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders

    This one actually had some back-and-forth to it. On Wednesday, Sanders told reporters that Norman had "talked himself into the media," the inference being that the All-Pro and defensive player of the year candidate was not as good as player as he actually is.

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  • The most expensive Super Bowl souvenirs will set you back plenty

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago

    SAN FRANCISCO—The NFL Shop at the Super Bowl is the size of an airplane hangar, large enough to host every kind of souvenir imaginable. The NFL has slapped a Super Bowl 50 logo on pretty much every kind of consumer product that's not actively on fire. Now, you could grab some $35 t-shirts or $3 bumper stickers, but for the serious (and overly monied) Super Bowl fan, items with a two-digit price tag just won't do.

    Tucked into one corner of the NFL Shop is the NFL VIP Lounge, a shopping nook so exclusive you can't even get in unless you spend $300 on NFL goods. (Or, uh, have a media pass.) Let's look behind the velvet rope at the Super Bowl's priciest souvenirs. And no, a ticket isn't the costliest item. Not even close.

    Put your hand on your wallet, and let's enter the domain of disposable mortgage payments ...

    Super Bowl Wine

    A delicious blend of leather and turf. It'll knock you out! But not in a concussion-generating sense. Definitely not. Price: $150 per bottle.

    Super Bowl Patch Jacket

    Want to look like you got down on the ground and rolled around in Super Bowl logos? Of course you do! Be the envy of grandmothers' couches everywhere! Price: $250.

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  • Roger Goodell doesn't give great explanation for lack of PSI data

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago

    SAN FRANCISCO — It still doesn't make much sense why the NFL, which spent all last offseason acting like psi levels in a football was a pillar to the integrity of the game, didn't seem to care much about it this past season.

    Goodell was asked about the league's startling admission that it didn't keep any data on football inflation at his annual media conference on the Friday before the Super Bowl. The league announced new policies and procedures to make sure footballs were legally inflated, after the long and overblown deflate-gate controversy with the New England Patriots.

    Goodell danced around giving a reason for the incredible discrepancy between the NFL's actions last offseason over psi and its general malaise over the issue during this season. Goodell reiterated that the NFL made limited spot checks and found no violations.

    "The intent of what we were doing was not a research project," Goodell said. "It was to make sure our policies were followed."

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