- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner19 mins ago
It doesn’t appear that Greg Hardy spent the four weeks he was suspended by the NFL in media savvy training.
Hardy, who had a 10-game suspension reduced down to four for a domestic violence incident last year involving his ex-girlfriend in 2014, returns to the field for the first time in more than a year on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys against the New England Patriots.
He spoke with the media on Tuesday and made some poor word choices. Very poor.
Greg Hardy: "I hope I come out guns blazing. I'm full of excitement and full of juice. I'm ready to go."
Hardy, you might remember, was accused of pushing the woman onto a bed full of weapons. So yeah, poor choice of clichés right there. He signed with the Cowboys in the offseason with the full backing of owner Jerry Jones and the coaching staff, who have said Hardy will get a fresh start.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner58 mins ago
Well, St. Louis has naming rights for its football team's new stadium.
Except, the city may soon have neither a football team nor a new stadium.
National Car Rental has pledged $158 million over 20 years for the naming rights to a proposed riverfront stadium project just north of downtown St. Louis, according to Sports Business Daily and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The rental car company is owned by Enterprise Holdings, headquartered in the city.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
We don't have controversies like deflate-gate in youth sports, but that doesn't mean Tom Brady doesn't feel that we have let things run a little far with kids and athletics these days.
Brady spoke on his weekly spot on WEEI radio in Boston on Monday and had some interesting thoughts on youth athletics that maybe some adults who run such things should reconsider.
“What I remember from being in youth sports, everything was really localized," Brady said. "There was no travel teams. Well, there was a couple, but you really had to be the top, top kid to go on those teams. My parents always exposed us to different things, different sports. It was basketball when it was basketball season, it was baseball when it was baseball season. I didn’t play football ’til I was a freshman in high school. A lot of soccer. And there were just some [football] camps. But I just played in the neighborhood in our street with all the kids that we grew up with."
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
The New York Giants are taking all precautions after one of their players was found to have the staph infection MRSA.
Tight end Daniel Fells was being treated for a chronic ankle condition when MRSA was discovered; the treatment Fells will require is extensive enough that New York placed him on season-ending injured reserve.
Though there are no concerns that the infection, which is contagious and can be fatal, has spread to any other members of the team, the Giants are not taking any chances.
"We are working with infectious disease specialists, and we have defined protocols that we are following in consultation with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and local infectious disease specialists," team spokesman Pat Hanlon said. "Those protocols are being followed carefully."
That has included scrubbing the locker room, training room, and all meeting rooms as a precaution. Fells is expected to be alright once he finishes his course of treatment.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Buffalo Bills players told the Buffalo News that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. threw multiple punches after the whistle in Sunday's Giants victory.
Several Bills players called out Beckham and had some pointed words for his actions.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore intercepted an Eli Manning pass late in the fourth quarter, and on the play (pictured in the video above) you can see Beckham appearing to get up after being blocked and throwing a punch at safety Duke Williams.
“I don’t know what’s up with him," Gilmore said. "He acts like nobody’s supposed to hit him and you’re supposed to let him catch the ball. He’s weird. He gets mad when you play physical with him. He’s weird.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
The Dallas Cowboys needed to figure out ways to win without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, but they're 0-2 since Romo got hurt.
Against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, some key mistakes cost them as they lost in overtime.
Let's start on that last play. C.J. Spiller got free for an 80-yard touchdown at the beginning of overtime, and it was because a rookie got lost in his assignment.
The Saints lined up in an empty set with Spiller in the tight slot to the boundary, just inside of Brandin Cooks. The Cowboys were in a base 4-3, and were hurrying to get aligned and call the defense. The call was man free, with rookie outside linebacker Damien Wilson on Spiller. But Wilson didn't recognize Spiller was his assignment quickly enough and was beaten right at the snap by Spiller's wheel route.
Wilson played a lot of snaps at outside linebacker for a defense that was without suspended linebacker Rolando McClain and also linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a concussion in the first quarter.
A lot of focus is on the Cowboys offense because of key injuries, and there were some things to clean up there. Let's start with the passing game.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
By some unforeseen miracle, the NFL just kept the most outrageous streak in American sports alive. And, no, we're not talking about the string of ludicrous officiating calls against the Detroit Lions.
After former San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg professed on Twitter last week that September marked the first calendar month since July 2009 that an NFL player had not been arrested, everyone from the Tech Times to Time Magazine ran with the story. It was kind of a big deal.
NFL just finished a calendar month without any player arrests reported. That hadn't happened in more than 6 years.Mon, Oct 5Detroit10 - 13SeattleGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
In recent years, particularly as the Jets have had a strong defense under Rex Ryan and it appeared the Dolphins had found an above-average quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, NFL pundits have predicted that it might finally be time for another AFC East team to wrest the division title from the Patriots.
It hasn’t happened.
And once again, one of the AFC East teams is starting over, with Miami having fired head coach Joe Philbin on Monday, after his third straight loss this year and a disappointing 24-28 record in three-plus seasons.
Amazingly, Dan Campbell, the former Giants/Lions/Cowboys/Saints tight end and Miami tight ends coach who was named interim coach of the team, is the 21 st man to be installed as head coach for one of the AFC East teams not named the New England Patriots.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
We might not be lucky enough to have a Bennett-Bennett presidential ticket in 2016, but we at least can make a push to have the NFL’s most colorful and loquacious brothers to be our nation’s poets laureate.
On Monday night, Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett might have tried to top his brother, Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, for the quote of Week 4.
The Bears’ Bennett offered up a timeless gem, comparing quarterback Jay Cutler to Jesus Christ. And the Seahawks’ Bennett countered with a darker offering after the controversial13-10 victory over the Detroit Lions.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Since 1990, NFL teams that start 4-0 make the playoffs 83 percent of the time.
So the teams that have made it through the first quarter of the season without a loss are in great shape. It also means that one of every six 4-0 teams does not make the playoffs. There are six undefeated teams in the NFL right now (we'll use the 3-0 New England Patriots in the 4-0 group as well, for fun).
So if, by history, one of the six is going to miss the playoffs, which team is most likely to miss the party?
We can probably cross the Patriots and Green Bay Packers off the list quickly. Only a quarterback injury is keeping them out, and even then they might have a shot at sneaking in.
The Denver Broncos? It seems impossible that they'll go on a long losing streak with that defense. Even if their wins have all been relatively close, I don't see them losing seven games.