Shutdown Corner

  • Panthers kicker, NASCAR driver get a taste of the other's jobs

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago

    The NFC champion Carolina Panthers are the toast of Charlotte. NASCAR is based in Charlotte. So it stands to reason that the two Queen City entities would cross paths every now and then. On Wednesday, Panthers kicker Graham Gano and driver Austin Dillon met at Charlotte Motor Speedway to give each other an idea of how to do a very different job.

    First, Dillon tried to kick a field goal ... and did pretty well, all things considered:

    .@austindillon3 hits the 10 Days of @NASCAR Thunder with @GrahamGano as holder. @MarcusSMI what's his prize? pic.twitter.com/xWaaIhYf5t

    Now throw in a full rush and a crowd full of screaming fans and see how well he does. (For non-NASCAR fans: Dillon is the guy who took over driving the legendary #3 of Dale Earnhardt, so Dillon knows a thing or two about pressure.) Gano offered up a bit of his own expertise:

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  • Falcons' Devonta Freeman stops his jog, helps woman with lawnmower

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago

    Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was just getting in a nice little evening jog Monday when he saw a woman struggling in her front yard.

    Eleanor Szendel, 82, was having trouble unloading her lawnmower, and Freeman decided to veer his workout a little bit. Pretty soon he was offering to step in and mow Szendel's grass for her as she was struggling to empty the grass clippings from the mower, because it was getting dark as afternoon quickly was turning to night.

    According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Freeman's offer was respectfully rebuffed — she was pretty much finished — but he instantly endeared himself to Szendel and her daughter-in-law, Denise Szendel, who was planting rose bushes for Mother’s Day nearby.

    Although the famous Falcons and former Florida State footballer didn't initially identify himself, Szendel knew exactly who he was.

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