- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner20 mins ago
The Seattle Seahawks' "12th Man" gives an enormous home-field advantage to the defending Super Bowl champs, binding team and fans together. But as this short Yahoo Sports video notes, Seattle shares the "12th Man" moniker with Texas A&M University.
How did each "12th Man" come to be? What must the Seahawks do to use the trademarked "12th Man"? And which team's fans believe they're the REAL 12th Man? What do Seahawks players who played at A&M think? All that and more right here.
So far, the 12th Man has traveled well from Seattle to Phoenix, showing up at all public events and making itself known. Seattle's home-field advantage is nearly insurmountable because of the 12th Man; how much of that will carry over to Sunday's game?
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
While New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been popping garlic like PEZ to get over his cold, the best remedy is a good night's sleep, and someone has been trying to prevent that the past few nights.
For the second time in three nights, the hotel where the Patriots are staying for the Super Bowl in Phoenix experienced a false fire alarm, according to a Twitter post from the NFL Network's Kimberly Jones.
However, Brady said Wednesday night's alarm didn't disrupt his dreams, since the false alarm apparently occurred in a different portion of the hotel than where the players are staying. Our own Eric Edholm is live on the scene to give us the latest on the QB's all-important cold remedies and sleeping patterns.
Brady sounds nasally but said 4:40 am fire alarm didn't wake him up. He slept well last night.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
If you are an NFL player, if you have ever been an NFL player, if you've ever watched an NFL player, or if you can spell "NFL," chances are somebody's going to ask you about deflate-gate. On Wednesday night, it was Drew Brees' turn, as he took questions from Conan O'Brien about the half-filled "scandal" that's consumed the New England Patriots.
Brees, while expressing relief that for once his team wasn't in the NFL's crosshairs this time, also tried to throw a fully inflated football to some fans and, well ... it didn't go so well. Check it out.
And keep up with Jay over on Facebook, too.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Super Bowl is a legendary event, but it hasn't always been a legendary game. For every last-second heroic, there are seven total blowouts. We've had some astounding Super Bowl teams, but more often than not, those teams haven't produced exceptional games.
Oh, but when everything falls into place, when you've got leads changing hands multiple times in the fourth quarter, when you've got plays that you'll be telling your grandkids about ... that's a truly great Super Bowl. Here, we pick our best, and we invite you to do the same.
Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk (@kevinkaduk) and Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) kick around the best-and-worst Super Bowls topic right here, and you can join in. This is the latest of our many Super Bowl Arguments videos, and you're invited to the party. Offer up your thoughts in the comments below and on Twitter at #SBarguments. Your words might end up on a future episode. Get to arguing!
Check out our previous Super Bowl week arguments here:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
PHOENIX – " Well, I wouldn’t put on women’s pants, like skinny pants. But, you know, whatever you feel comfortable in. That’s my thing."
For fellow media members who are screaming that Marshawn Lynch is a jerk for his one-line answers to questions during Super Bowl week, now we can see what we're missing. Like the quote above. That's from Maxim's exclusive interview with Lynch in which the Seattle Seahawks running back discusses hard-hitting topics like skinny pants, that he bought a Lamborghini and the origins of his famous "Beast Mode" nickname.
We could have been getting valuable insight like ...
Do you do anything specific to get in the Beast Mode headspace? Nah. It’s just who I am. It’s not like I got to do nothing different besides be myself.
Can we just go back to "You know why I'm here"?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
PHOENIX — They won't cover each other, much less be on the field at the same time.
In the same vein of quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning not having a true rivalry because they don't truly go head to head, the same can be said of two of the best cornerbacks in the NFL — Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis — who will be featured in Sunday's Super Bowl.
Still, it's hard not to wonder, and it's fun to debate, just who the best cornerback in the NFL is.
But asking Sherman and Revis to be part of the discussion proves difficult. It's clear from listening to them speak this week, they each feel they're the best at what they do. Two years ago, when Sherman was rising to fame with the Seattle Seahawks and Revis was an established star with the New York Jets, the two had at it on Twitter over who was best.
The two have been a bit mild-mannered on the topic this week, dancing carefully between giving mutual respect without overdoing it, but there's also a healthy level of respect from the coaches and other players of the Seahawks and New England Patriots over how good the two are.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
PHOENIX – It must be a little strange for Dan Quinn, having two important jobs on his mind this week.
The Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator is going to be the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons part isn’t official, because he can’t be hired until his team is eliminated, but everyone assumes he is their coach-in-waiting. The Atlanta media has followed Quinn around at all his media availability periods this week.
If it is a struggle, Quinn doesn’t let it show. He’s coaching in a Super Bowl, after all.
“I am having an absolute blast with these guys,” Quinn said. “If I didn’t enjoy the moment of this experience, that would be crazy. I am absolutely having a blast.
“This is such a cool experience that where else would you rather be?”
It’s Quinn’s enthusiasm, and the great defenses he has guided the past two years, that presumably sold the Falcons on settling on him as their next head coach.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
PHOENIX — Forget a moment about Marshawn Lynch talking or not talking.
What about him walking?
The very real possibility exists that Sunday could be Lynch's final game with the Seattle Seahawks if the team opts not to bring him back.
There are two halves to this equation: One, the Seahawks might be in a financial bind, having handed out several contract extensions this season and still needing to save up for paying Russell Wilson and Byron Maxwell (whom the team has deemed to be a priority in re-signing). Can they also keep Lynch, who is currently set to hit on the salary cap for $7.5 million next season.
The other half is Lynch. Does he want to be back? The way his Seahawks teammates gush about him as a friend and locker-room figure, you'd think the answer would be yes. But there have been reports over the course of the past year that he remains unhappy with his contract situation, even after receiving a $1 million bump following an eight-day holdout in training camp last year. The Seahawks also appear to be in decent shape to replace him with young running backs Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, who come much cheaper.
But can the Seahawks even picture life after Lynch?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
CHANDLER, Ariz. – First, a numbers comparison.
Tight end A: 76 catches, 1,078 yards, 13 TDs, 14.2 yards per catch Tight end B: 78 catches, 896 yards, 7 TDs, 11.4 yards per catch
The first set of numbers are Rob Gronkowski’s season averages, prorated to account for missed time due to injuries.
The second tight end is Tony Gonzalez, widely considered the best tight end in NFL history, and his prorated 16-game averages.
Maybe it’s time to start looking at Gronkowski in this way: Gonzalez had the greatest career for a NFL tight end (or perhaps Shannon Sharpe if you weigh Super Bowl rings in the conversation, and John Mackey is on the short list too), but Gronkowski is the best tight end ever at the peak of his ability. Consider another stat: Gronkowski has played at least 10 games in four seasons, and has four seasons with double-digit touchdowns. Sharpe and Gonzalez combined for five double-digit touchdown seasons in their 31 years in the NFL.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
PHOENIX — Marshawn Lynch switched it up on Wednesday.
Lynch repeated his media stiff-arm routine from Tuesday's Media Day on Wednesday, but with a twist.
On Tuesday, Lynch repeated the phrase "I'm just here so I don't get fined" as a boycott to speaking to the media prior to Super Bowl XLIX.
On Wednesday, Lynch arrived at the podium and coined a new saying: "You know why I am here."
There was a buzz at the Seattle Seahawks' hotel, the Arizona Grand, when, just a few minutes prior to the media access portion, a public-relations official moved Lynch's placard from a small side table to one of the larger podiums. TV cameras and media members scrambled to move to the new location, perhaps thinking that Lynch had a second thought about chatting with the media.
He had not.