- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
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).
Kaepernick wildin pic.twitter.com/HXoDzS38bW
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 Corner12 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 Corner15 hrs 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 Corner16 hrs 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.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
All of our favorite franchises have their down stretches. Sometimes they last a few games, sometimes they last a few seasons, and sometimes they're down so long that they can't even remember what "up" felt like. Which of sports' franchises fit this category? You can probably guess without even watching the video, but we humbly request that you do.
The Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns represent everything inept about the NFL, from on-field play to coaching strategy to front-office management to fan relations. They win our "award" as the worst franchises in sports, but they are most definitely not alone. As a bonus, we've added the five worst contracts in sports history. See if your team is struggling under the weight of one of these!
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Both quarterback Russell Wilson and newly acquired tight end Jimmy Graham were absent from the first day of the Seattle Seahawks’ organized team activities on Tuesday, but it wasn’t for the usual contract-related reasons players often miss OTAs.
R.I.P. Tammy We all love u more than life it self! We know u are looking down on us Today Tomorrow & Forever!
Meyerson passed away on Friday at the age of 45. Graham was named in her obituary along with her three children as “the number one priority in her life.”
“Tammy loved and mentored Jimmy as a son,” her obituary read.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
The time an NFL player has to establish himself in the league seems to be getting shorter and shorter.
Take Dee Milliner. He has gone from a top-10 pick by the New York Jets to an unquestioned starter at cornerback to on the roster bubble in two calendar years.
"When you look at Dee coming in, you see a guy still kind of working off of an injury, trying to get himself to 100 percent," Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini. "But as we looked at him, we expect Dee to compete for a position on the roster like everyone else. This was a top-10 pick, and we think he has a lot of ability and we expect him to compete."
It's not good when a defensive coordinator has to pump up optimism about a player competing for a spot on the 53-man roster.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
You can make an argument that Jameis Winston is a similar player to Matt Ryan.
That's theoretical, of course, because Winston hasn't played in the NFL yet. But physically and stylistically there are similarities, especially to Ryan when he was coming out of Boston College.
And that's good, because we can get a better idea how Winston will transition to the pros seeing as how he'll be with the same offensive coordinator Ryan had the past three years.
This offseason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Dirk Koetter to be their offensive coordinator. I like that fit between him and Winston, because I think Koetter is a very good offensive coach.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Chicago Bears could have said that they were signing Ray McDonald because he was a good defensive end and they didn't care at all about his past. That would have been the truth, right? Instead they tried to spin it, and that looks pretty dumb after McDonald was arrested again on Monday.
CSN Bay Area confirmedthat McDonald was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Areafirst broke the news, and he said McDonald was arrested for domestic violence and possible child endangerment. The Santa Clara Police Department, in a news release, said McDonald was accused of physically assaulting a female while she was holding a baby.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
The Tennessee Titans' draft was fascinating.
They had a conviction in quarterback Marcus Mariota and took him with the second overall pick in the NFL draft. I won't knock them for that, and for the most part I like Mariota. But the rest of their draft showed they want to play a certain way that you don't necessarily think of when you think of Mariota.
Mariota comes from a spread shotgun offense at Oregon. There has been a lot of talk of how coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff will incorporate some spread concepts for Mariota, and they likely will, but they don't appear to be trying to build a spread-based offense over the long haul. Two of the Titans' picks tell us that.