- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner39 mins ago
How does a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh sound to you?
The Pittsburgh Steelers officially submitted an application in May to host Super Bowl LVII at Heinz Field in 2023, the team announced. Additionally, Steelers officials met with community leaders Wednesday to discuss the possibility.
“We met this morning with local community leaders to provide an update on formally submitting our application to the NFL to bid for Super Bowl LVII in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania,” said team president Art Rooney in a statement. “The application is an early step in the bidding process, and we will continue to meet with representatives of the Mayor’s Office, County Executive’s Office, VisitPittsburgh, Allegheny Conference as well as other community leaders to review the requirements with the hopes of submitting our bid to host Super Bowl LVII in 2023.”
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
As evidenced by the two-year, $2.75 million extension James Harrison signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, the 37-year-old linebacker is still a valuable contributor to an NFL defense.
A video Harrison posted on his Instagram account Tuesday gives you a glimpse into how he can still play at a high level after 11 seasons as a pro.
That’s two reps of 505 pounds that Harrison is bench pressing. Harrison couldn’t even fit all of those plates onto the bar, so two additional weights were dangling below.
That’s some impressive strength.
Harrison spent the first 10 years of his career in Pittsburgh, earning two Super Bowl rings, a Defensive Player of the Year award, five Pro Bowl nods and two first-team All-Pro selections, before a one-year stint with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
It appears that DeSean Jackson still hasn’t gotten over his unceremonious departure from the Philadelphia Eagles.
On the first episode of Jackson’s BET reality show, “DeSean Jackson Home Team,” the Washington Redskins wideout was loud and clear about his former team, which released him last March following his best statistical season as a pro.
"I was at the top of the top. And then I got released. … It was a smear campaign,” Jackson said in the beginning of the show, per ESPN.com. “Things media said about me, I bet you could say that about the majority of people in the NFL. I got a second chance to play in the NFL and I'm proving I'm one of the best receivers in the game."
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Odell Beckham Jr. is a man of many talents.
The reigning rookie of the year was a highly regarded soccer prospect as a teen before starring as a wide receiver at LSU and now for the New York Giants. And on Friday, he showed that his athleticism also translates to a baseball diamond.
In fact, his performance at a celebrity softball game at Provident Bank Park in Pomona, N.Y., resulted in a rookie contract offer from the Rockland Boulders, a team in the independent Can-Am League.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Longtime NFL quarterback Brett Favre is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated for its “Where Are They Now?” issue.
Favre is now 45 and hasn’t played since 2010, when his two-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings came to an end.
Favre, who donned a Green Bay Packers uniform (one he hadn't worn since 2008) on the cover, says he thinks he could still play. But don’t worry; he’s not planning to come out of retirement this time.
“I think I could,” Favre said. “Of course, we’re not trying to start some he’s-coming-out-of-retirement deal. I say all that because it’s a good thing. Do I think I could play and lead a team? No. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before. I just couldn’t throw it near as far. That never matters anyway.”
Favre volunteers as a coach for a local high school team, and he says he can still throw the ball 50 yards with no problem, but he can’t launch the ball 80 yards downfield like he used to.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell is coming off knee and Achilles surgeries, but he’s confident about his ability to produce in a big way in 2015.
How confident is Bell? He guaranteed a career year in an interview with Mlive.com.
“I’m going to rush for over 1,200 yards,” Bell said. “That’s the minimum. If I do less than that, I’ll be surprised. I’ll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.”
A Lions running back hasn’t reached that total since Barry Sanders put up 1,491 yards in 1998. The 28-year-old Bell is coming off a career-high of 860 yards last season, but that was when he was paired up with Reggie Bush. With Bush now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Bell has a big opportunity ahead of him to assume every-down duties.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
As actress Olivia Munn prepares for her role in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, is doing all he can to help her – sort of.
Munn posted a video on Instagram that showcases her ability with a sword. Meanwhile, in the background, Rodgers showed that he’s not quite on her level.
</ iframe> Munn is playing the role of Psylocke, a Marvel superhero who can apparently “manifest a telekinetic katana blade composed of raw psi-energy at will.” It looks like Munn has that skill locked down.
And Rodgers should probably just stick with football. He seems to be pretty good at it.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles. He loves diving into the end zone and grabbing himself while doing so. Leave it to Conan O'Brien, then, to combine these two great loves into 15 seconds of genius.
So much to love about this video:
• Lynch does his, uh, equipment adjustment grab while he's in the air.
• Conan is somehow able to get more out of Marshawn Lynch than the entire NFL media. (Remember when they played Mortal Kombat together?)
• How long did it take interns to open all the Skittles packs, and what did they do with them when the sketch was done?
• If Pete Carroll had written this sketch, he'd have called for Conan to pass.
The offseason, baby!
- Celia Balf at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Marko Beslach thought he was giving his favorite team, the Detroit Lions, an advantage by shining a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players during a game at Ford Field last October. Little did Beslach know that the laser pointer would be targeting him months later.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Beslach, an 18-year old from West Blooomfield, Mich., pleaded guilty, but was banned from Ford Field, given 80 hours of community service and a $235 fine.
Beslach paid his fine, but according to a Lions spokesperson the community service couldn’t have possibly been completed. According to the Free Press, the court records initially said Beslach could complete his community service through the Lions’ charities, however the organization apparently doesn’t accept outside volunteers.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
It's nearly impossible to watch J.J. Watt blast a guy who got up on stage at a Zac Brown Band concert and not assume it's staged.
However, it was still pretty funny.
Watt sacked a supposed stage rusher who danced around for a few seconds like a fool while Watt got into position to tackle him. It almost seems like some WWE stuff, but could really use some Jim Ross commentary and a steel chair:
The only question is, what guy would agree to being the prop in a gag that ends with a 290-pound guy who happens to be the best defensive player in the NFL blasting you on stage? That takes some convincing.