- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank revealed on Tuesday that he is being treated for prostate cancer.
“In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer,” Blank said in a statement. “Over the last several weeks [fiancee] Angie [Macuga] and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me.
“I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good. I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
It's probably not fair to say the Denver Broncos' championship window was going to close, win or lose, after Super Bowl 50. But let's say that it was probably a good idea to beat the Carolina Panthers, just in case.
This will be a tricky offseason for Broncos general manager John Elway. He was very aggressive in trying to win a title before Peyton Manning retired. Mission accomplished. But making another run next season will be a challenge. The Broncos have a ton of questions to answer this offseason. Las Vegas oddsmakers don't have a ton of faith in the Broncos repeating. There were 11 teams with better odds to win Super Bowl LI than Denver (20-to-1) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as of Monday.Sun, Feb 7Carolina10 - 24DenverGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Three days after Johnny Manziel started his team's Week 16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Browns placed Manziel in concussion protocol after he showed up to the team facility complaining of concussion-like symptoms.
Manziel was declared out for the Browns' finale.
Except, he may not have been concussed at all. NFL Network, citing a discussion with a Cleveland player, is reporting that on the day the Browns placed Manziel in concussion protocol, he had reported to work drunkand the team lied to cover up for him.
After years of NFL teams denying the impact of concussions and some pushing players to practice and play through them, we now have an incident of a team fabricating one for a player.
The Browns released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, asserting that Manziel was in fact injured:
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Whether you believe it influenced his behavior or not, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton clearly overheard Denver Broncos cornerback 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.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner9 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 Corner10 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 team. Here's the issue: remember that as of Sunday afternoon, people were talking of Carolina as being one of the greatest NFL teams of all time. All it needed to do was beat up on a presumably fragile Denver and the Panthers would punch their ticket alongside the legendary Bears, 49ers, Cowboys, Steelers and Patriots teams of the past.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 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 Corner12 hrs ago
Cam Newton didn't make any new friends with his sullen news 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 Corner1 day 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 Corner1 day 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.