- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The NFL received some good press when it hired Sarah Thomas as its first female game official back in April, but there were some people worried about the extra attention, both good and bad, she might receive.
Not Amy Trask — in fact, she hopes Thomas hears a chorus of boos. You know, just like any other ref.
Trask, the former Oakland Raiders CEO, wrote a piece for The MMQB in which she hopes for — and expects — Thomas to be treated no differently than anyone else wearing the stripes. And that it would be a good thing if that happened.
I also hope that Sarah Thomas is booed.
When Sarah Thomas throws a flag she shouldn’t have thrown — which she will, as all officials do — she should be booed. When Sarah Thomas fails to throw a flag she should have — which she will, as all officials do — she should be booed. Sarah Thomas should be booed as loudly and as resoundingly as her male colleagues are booed.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Remember the Dunkin' Donuts music video starring New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz that was released a few months ago?
Well now the two are back with a sequel to “Sippin’.” This one is called “Turn it Up.”
This song is of the more upbeat variety compared to "Sippin'" and features Gronk as the lead MC and Big Papi as the DJ.
This video features a whole lot of Gronk dance moves and, of course, a lot of love for iced coffee.
The two Boston stars even performed the song at the Hard Rock Café Boston on Monday night.
Gronk was a natural on stage while Ortiz took more of a background role. The crowd looked, um, confused.
Gronkowski said he’s enjoyed the “collaboration” with Ortiz.Tue, Jul 77:10 PM EDTMiami at BostonPreview Game
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Longtime NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested for DUI on June 28 in Gilbert, Ariz.,according to Deadspin.
McNabb rear-ended another car at a stoplight shortly before midnight, the Gilbert Police Department said in a statement.
Via Deadspin, here’s the Gilbert PD’s entire statement:
On 06/28/2015 at approximately 2335 hours, officers responded to a non-injury collision involving two vehicles which occurred just west of the intersection at E Chandler Heights Rd and S Higley Rd in Gilbert, AZ. Subsequent investigation revealed Donovan McNabb (11/25/76) was impaired by alcohol and collided in a rear-end fashion with another vehicle which was stopped at a red traffic signal. Donovan was arrested for DUI at 2358 hours and transported to the Gilbert/Chandler Unified Holding Facility for processing, after which, he was cited and released.
McNabb addressed the situation on his afternoon show on NBC Sports Radio, but didn't say much.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Fresh off receiving a new $103 million contract in June, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is spending some off time in Australia before training camp begins later this month.
On Tuesday, Newton got a taste of Australian Rules Football with the Richmond Tigers and liked what he saw, though he admitted he knew nothing about the game prior to his trip.
“It’s a very cool sport,” Newton said, per the Herald Sun. “I knew nothing about ‘footy,’ as you guys call it. But no matter what sport you’re playing, no matter where you’re from, there’s so many similarities in sports as a whole.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Let it be known that Demaryius Thomas is a fine wide receiver, one of the 10 best in the NFL and maybe one of the top five at his position.
You're starting a team today ... would you take Thomas or Odell Beckham Jr.? Thomas or Julio Jones? Antonio Brown? You get the idea: You might be able to name 4-5 receivers you'd rank higher, but any more than eight or nine would be tough.
The Denver Broncos placed the franchise tag on Thomas because they believe he's a special talent, and one they want to keep for as long as possible. But the report from the Denver Post that Thomas is seeking Calvin Johnson money — that's more than $16 million per year, with more than $48 million guaranteed — opens your eyes to the divide in the negotiations right now.
Thomas is unsigned, and there are a mere eight days left until he and the team can come to a long-term deal until next year. It feels unlikely right now. It's a better bet that Thomas will sign his franchise tender and play one year for a fully guaranteed $12.82 millon and readdress the situation next offseason.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
A few days after Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested for discharging a firearm in public, the team has reportedly made a decision about his status moving forward.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Packers have “no plans to release” Quarless, who is entering his sixth season with the franchise.
Quarless was arrested in the early morning hours of July 4 for allegedly firing two shots in the air outside a parking garage in Miami Beach, Fla., during an argument with two women, resulting in the misdemeanor charge.
After firing the shots, police say Quarless and another man fled the scene, but were soon located a few blocks away from the scene outside of a restaurant. According to the arrest affidavit, Quarless tried to hide the firearm “in a nearby plant,” but an officer was able to locate it.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
When it comes to athletes and sex, fans are naturally curious — especially when they date other very public figures.
In Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop singer Ciara you have the perfect mashup to get the Internet buzzing about what they're up to. But Wilson dropped a mini-bomb on Sunday in an appearance at The Rock Church in San Diego when he said, about midway through a lengthy interview, that he and his celebrity girlfriend are remaining abstinent.
Here's how Wilson came upon the story to host and pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player:
“I remember she was on tour, she was traveling. I was looking at her in the mirror. She was in the dressing room getting ready to go before she went on stage, and she was sitting there, and God spoke to me and said, ‘I need you to lead her.’
"And I was like, ‘Really?’ And he was like, ‘No, I want you to lead her.’ So I told her, ‘What would you do if we took all of that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus’ way?’ And she was relieved.'"
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the scene last year with an incredible one-handed touchdown catch on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys.
Beckham went on to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and is putting in the work this offseason to build off his huge first season as a pro. Miami Dolphins wideout Jarvis Landry, Beckham’s teammate at LSU, posted a video on Instagram Monday that shows Beckham is in midseason form even in July.
Check out these awesome catches:
Beckham hauled in 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, breaking a number of NFL and Giants rookie records in the process.
The Giants certainly hope he can match (or even surpass) those numbers in 2015.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Earlier we brought you the news of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and his July 4 firework accident that injured his hand and later spun it forward to speculate if the team could pull his franchise-tag designation in light of this non-football injury.
Now there's more news: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants have removed what had been a standing offer for a long-term contract — a $60 million extension — as the two sides had been negotiating a new deal with JPP shackled under the franchise tag.
What does it mean?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
We're still gathering details from the July 4 fireworks-related hand injury to New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but several reports Monday suggest that his short-term health and long-term prognosis both appear to be OK, even with the possibility of nerve damage in his hand.
The Giants placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, their best pass rusher, this offseason, but the two sides have not come to an accord on a long-term deal. There have been a few tense moments over whether it will be done. And now the Giants could opt to rescind the franchise tender.
That's right: The CBA states that teams are allowed to pull a franchise-tag designation when a player fails to “establish or maintain his excellent physical condition,” which might include not allowing pyrotechnics to go off in a player's hand.