- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Whether you believe it influenced his behavior or not, Carolina Panthers' QB Cam Newton clearly overheard Denver Broncos' CB Chris Harris Jr. in the postgame interview area on Sunday as Harris boasted of his team's successful defensive plan to stop Newton in Super Bowl 50.
Those interview "rooms" are cramped, in the bowels of the stadium, and often a large storage-type area that's been cleared out for the purpose. While there are separate areas for each team, each with a dozen or so small, elevated podium areas, each with speakers attached, those areas usually aren't separated by much more than some curtains, which certainly aren't soundproof.
Is it a perfect setup? No, but for media often scrambling to get quotes out to the masses, having the teams as close together as possible is appreciated.Sun, Feb 7Carolina10 - 24DenverGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Cam Newton doesn't care if you think he was moody and sullen after the Super Bowl. And if you were expecting him to apologize for his actions, think again.
Speaking for the first time since Sunday, Newton didn't apologize, didn't clarify, didn't backtrack on his brief, pouting media conference. Instead, he doubled down on his belief in himself. Here's a roundup of writeups from reporters at the Panthers' exit interviews at Bank of America Stadium:
Cam Newton making no apologies for postgame press conference. "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser."
Cam Newton: "If I offended anyone, that's cool." But said he would not conform for anyone.
Cam: I don't have no more tears to cry
Cam: "I don't have to conform to what anybody wants. I am my own person."
Cam: I'm on record as being a sore loser. I hate losing. You show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The Carolina Panthers returned to Charlotte without a Lombardi Trophy, but plenty of fans were there to welcome the team regardless. An estimated 1,000 fans met the team's plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and hundreds more met the team at Bank of America Stadium.
It was a nice gesture, and well deserved for a brilliant Carolina Panthers team. Here's the issue: remember that as of Sunday afternoon, people were legitimately talking of Carolina as being one of the greatest NFL teams of all time. All they needed to do was beat up on a presumably fragile Denver team and they'd punch their ticket alongside the legendary Bears, 49ers, Cowboys, Steelers, and Patriots teams of the past.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Eli Manning probably should have known better.
Manning should have known that the television cameras would be peeping into the Manning family box at Super Bowl 50, and that any and every reaction he had as brother Peyton Manning was playing for the Denver Broncos would be dissected.
Was he excited enough? Was that blank facial expression proof that he's jealous of his brother? This is all kind of dumb when you think about it, but it's no surprise the clip, after Denver's game-clinching touchdown, went viral. The Eli Manning reaction Vine passed 60 million views on Tuesday morning. Because, obviously, we can all tell from a quick glance what Eli Manning is thinking and feeling.
TMZ Sports ambushedEli Manning at the airport to explain his reaction that went viral — with the line that Eli was " finally breaking his silence " ... welcome to 2016, everyone — and he gave a pretty understandable answer.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Cam Newton didn't make any new friends with his sullen press conference after his Super Bowl loss, but Peyton Manning indicated that the Newton onstage bore little resemblance to the Newton he met at midfield just after the end of the game.
"Cam couldn't have been nicer to me," Manning said on the Today Show. "He was extremely humble. He congratulated me, wished me the best. I told him just congratulations on his outstanding season and just what a great future he has ahead of him."
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
There were lots of Americans tuned in to Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers on Sunday night, though not as many as watched last year's thrilling game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.
Variety reports Nielsen's overnight estimated audience averaged 111.9 million viewers on CBS, peaking at 115.5 million viewers during the halftime block, from 8:30-9 p.m. Eastern.
That's about a 2.2 percent drop in viewership from Super Bowl XLIX, which was aired on NBC and averaged 114.4 million viewers. It was the most-watched television program in U.S. history. Sunday night's game is still the third-most watched show in history.
Super Bowl XLVIII, between the Broncos and Seahawks, was the second-most watched, with 112.2 million viewers.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The vultures swarmed the moment Cam Newton departed his post-Super Bowl 50 media session after roughly three minutes.
No, it was not a good look for Newton who, as Yahoo's Eric Adelson so eloquently wrote, went from Superman to the "Incredible Sulk" with his postgame ghosting.
But might there have been an extenuating circumstance to it?
Consider: The Super Bowl postgame setup is often a circus. Podiums are placed wherever there's enough room in the cavity of whatever stadium the game is being played in, and they often are (a) positioned very close together, and (b) set up in the noisy, open bowels, separated by a thin sheet or riser.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
No matter what Peyton Manning decides to do — retire or keep playing — he's already reached a certain level of respect from his peers — and that happened well before his second Super Bowl title.
In fact, for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the first seeds of that respect for Manning started when he was in 10th grade at Manning's passing camp in Louisiana. That's where Wilson, he wrote in a letter to Manning at The Players Tribune, first learned to respect football and felt the burning desire to be great.
If this is it, there’s one moment I won’t forget.
10th grade. Louisiana. At your quarterback camp.
You inspired the kid in the green shirt.
You inspired me to work hard. To be disciplined. To be respectful. To take notes.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
According to two reports out of Philadelphia, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and former NFL back Curtis Brinkley are being investigated after an incident with off-duty police officers.
CSNPhiily.com, which got a look at the police report, says McCoy and Brinkley were at Recess Lounge at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday when they got into an altercation with three off-duty officers that began "over the purchase of champagne." Brinkley grabbed the bottle, setting things off between the men.
A law enforcement official told CSNPhilly.com that two of the officers suffered broken ribs; television station WPVI reported those men had to be hospitalized for their injuries.
Neither McCoy nor Brinkley were arrested, but both men are being investigated.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Denver Broncos defensive coordaintor Wade Phillips' Twitter feed has seen him take a few good-natured jabs this season, mostly at opponents; hey, if you went from unemployed to coach of one of the most dominant defenses in recent NFL history, you might be inclined to a little gloating too.
On Monday morning, after Phillips and the Broncos' defense battered Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50, the coach had one last jab, this one intended for Newton:
A little Dab with do you but too much Dab will undo you!
Phillips has a little error in the tweet - it should read "a little Dab will do you", a nod to the classic Brylcreem hair cream slogan from the 1950s - but he certainly made his point.
Denver coach Gary Kubiak, appearing at the day-after press conference on Monday morning, was asked about Phillips' tweet. Smiling, Kubiak said, "Wade gets carried away with that Twitter sometimes."
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