- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
It's not as ridiculous as then-Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina saying she'd root against her alma mater in the Rose Bowl in hopes for a couple more votes in Iowa, but Jeb Bush's sports loyalty was purchased fairly cheap.
Bush, a current Republican presidential candidate, told a crowd during a campaign stop in Mount Pleasant, S.C. that he was rooting against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. At least give the former Florida governor points for being honest. The reason? Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a contributor.
“I know that y’all probably maybe had some leanings toward Carolina,” Bush said, according to the News & Observer. “I was for Denver, not because of the Broncos, but because Peyton Manning wrote me a check.”
The News & Observer reported that according to campaign finance records, Manning gave Bush a $2,700 contribution last August.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is about to start the final year of his rookie contract. And team owner Jim Irsay is going to throw some huge numbers at Luck to keep him in Colts blue.
Luck will be playing 2016 under a $16.1 million one-year extension of his original rookie deal. Once that ends, the check-writing begins.
"It's going to be a big number," Colts owner Jim Irsay told WISH-TV. "It's going to be a shocking number, nine figures and probably a $20 million starting point per year, but again we will find the right number to get to."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
If you ever wondered who the NFL's most powerful owner is, ESPN.com's behind-the-scenes story about the league's relocation to Los Angeles is a good place to start.
The answer, if you didn't know it already, is that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likely finishes first in the owner power rankings. The ESPN report makes it clear that he was the most influential of the league's owners in making sure Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plan to move to Inglewood was the winner, even though that was up in the air until the last minute.
The entire story, written by Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta, is worth your time if you care about what happens among the power brokers in the NFL. It's a complex story of alliances, double-crosses, hurt feelings and suspicions of league favoritism. It paints Kroenke as the aggressor in the L.A. story, and San Diego Chargers CEO Dean Spanos as the league loyalist who got the short end of the stick.
And Jones, it appears, had a huge say in steering the league toward the Inglewood plan that Kroenke had.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Success! Andy Dalton's luggage was found and returned to him and his wife:
Here's to story of what happened to them:
Twitter can be used for many things. Mostly, these days, it's used to gin up faux rage over something for a few hours until someone's life is ruined and the mob moves onto something else.
On Wednesday, however, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton found a whole new use for the social media outlet: trying to find his luggage that fell out of his truck in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
Even NFL quarterbacks can have really bad days like that.
If anybody in DFW traveling from 75-635 towards the airport finds 2 black suitcases on the road please contact me. Fell out bed of our truck
Rough start to the morning...
Thanks for those spreading the word. If you happen to have them, send a pic. And trust me...I know this is a long shot. #bagsearch2016
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Two all-time American sports greats met at last on the field of battle on Tuesday night. Their weapon of choice: eggs.
Peyton Manning, on his Super Bowl victory tour, stopped by "The Tonight Show," and Jimmy Fallon coaxed him into a game of Egg Russian Roulette against none other than Magic Johnson. The rules: smash an egg on your head. Said egg may be raw, or may be hard-boiled. First to get two raw eggs loses ... and has to clean up. How did it go? Let's just say Magic hasn't lost his talent for pinpoint passing, and Peyton had a strong completion percentage.
Elsewhere in the show, Peyton explainedbrother Eli's stoic face during the Super Bowl, and offered up some surprising explanations as to how he's seen that face before:
The Peyton Manning coronation continues.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
It's telling that one of the most significant moments in Sunday's Super Bowl was Peyton Manning's repeated postgame declaration that he planned to "drink a lot of Budweiser," a line that raised a few eyebrows.
The Brewers Association out of Colorado would rather Manning raise a few glasses of anything other than Budweiser, and told him so in a letter that NFL Network's Ian Rapoport posted on Twitter:
"We wanted to share some craft beers from the over 4,000 small and independent craft brewers in Colorado and beyond," wrote Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director of the Brewers' Association. "We've included a variety of choices which may satisfy the celebratory occasion more than a light American lager." Oh! Shots fired! The letter invites Peyton to visit his "local craft brewery," which sounds a heck of a lot more exciting than Disneyland.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Things aren't getting better for LeSean McCoy.
Citing sources, ABC-6 Philadelphia is reporting that the district attorney has recommended criminal charges be brought against the Buffalo Bills running back, and warrants are expected to be issued Wednesday or Thursday.
The charges are expected to include aggravated assault.
They stem from an incident early Sunday morning at a Philadelphia nightclub, Recess.
According to the police report, McCoy, former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley and two other men were at the club and argued with two off-duty police officers over the purchase of a bottle of Champagne. The first complainant was punched and kicked to the ground; while on the ground, he was punched, kicked and stomped on his body and head by all four suspects. He brought himself to the hospital and was treated for a cut to his right eye, broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Somehow, J.J. Watt inspires endless devotion in his fans, mainly because he does things likedress up as Batman andblow up stage-jumpers at Zac Brown shows and playing hockey and so much more. Fans have shown their devotion by creatingeverything from J.J. Watt cakesto, well, wooden statues:
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Von Miller, of course, played very well in Super Bowl 50.
The Denver Broncos’ defensive line, and in particular Malik Jackson, was dominant.
Denver’s cornerbacks were strong, as usual.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had a complex, effective game plan that had Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton off his game.
And that was how the Broncos won a Super Bowl championship.
The Panthers’ offense was never in a rhythm in Super Bowl 50, thanks to a special performance by the Broncos. The Panthers' multiple run game was stopped. On read option plays, the Broncos forced Newton to hand the ball off, and relied on their run defense up front to control the point of attack. They did that. Jackson was a star in that area.
In the passing game, the Broncos showed a number of different coverages from the first quarter on, with many three-, four- and five-man rush concepts. With the Broncos doing such a good job mixing things up, Newton did not get a clear picture of the coverage on a number of snaps. The Broncos constantly changing with multiple coverage looks gave Newton problems, as did a constant pass rush.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Long before Super Bowl 50, there were complaints and concerns about the turf at Levi's Stadium, which has been re-sodded multiple times since it opened in 2014.
Super Bowl organizers gave assurances that the grass wouldn't be a problem for the big game, but it was. Before teh first half was even over, CBS reported that several players had changed shoes, switching to longer cleats so they could get better traction.
Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher may have been one of those who changed.
From Charlotte Observer beat writer Jonathan Jones comes this Vine, which Jones believes happened late in the first quarter. As one Twitter commenter noted, Michael Oher looks a lot like Boston Bruins legend and hockey hall of famer Bobby Orr on this snap: