- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Lawrence Phillips, once one of the biggest stars in college football and a top-10 NFL draft pick, has been charged with first-degree murder.
In April, Phillips was investigated in the death of his cellmate, 37-year-old Damion Soward, who was strangled to death at Kern Valley State Prison in California. Now Phillips has been charged with murder, according to The Associated Press. The prosecuting attorney told USA Today she will not seek the death penalty in the case.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
To the best of my knowledge, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley is not in "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," but based on a recent report about his decision to cut popular veteran Fred Jackson, he could've at least been an extra. And the way Jackson tells it, Whaley might've made a great villain.
On Monday, the Bills released running back Jackson, whose 5,646 rushing yards trail only Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson in franchise history, and the news wasn't just a surprise to fans. It also came as a shock to Jackson himself and perhaps even some members of the Bills organization. According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, Whaley "went rogue" in releasing one of the city's most beloved players.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
It's been almost eight months since the AFC Championship Game, and deflate-gate is still raging on, but in the meantime the NFL has instituted rule changes in hopes of preventing another PSI-related controversy.
According to rule changes recently announced by the league, officials will now record PSI levels of all 24 footballs submitted by each team prior to the game and will usher the balls to the field for kickoff. Much of the deflate-gate drama has centered on referee Walt Anderson's recollection of pressure gauge readings prior to the January playoff game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts as well as Patriots employee Jim McNally's pregame pit stop in a Gillette Stadium bathroom with the game balls.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The NFL is the dark overlord of the universe, or at least that's how the league is portrayed by Hollywood.
Even Sony Pictures Entertainment, one of few film companies with no major strings attached to the NFL, feared what the league's lawyers might have done had they pulled no punches in a movie about the nation's most popular sport, according to hacked emails scoured by The New York Times.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Oh, Washington Redskins fans, have we got a treat for you. New Washington Post columnist Jerry Brewer joins us on the podcast, and man, does he bring the heat ... a nice, tight spiral right on its target, which is a lot more than you can say for any Redskins quarterback of the last few years. Brewer brings us details on:
• How Robert Griffin III sowed the seeds of his own failure, and why he might not have an easier time anywhere else;
• How head coach Jay Gruden is now on the hook for no matter what happens next in D.C.;
• How new QB Kirk Cousins might be the only guy to come out of this whole mess looking halfway decent;
• How owner Dan Snyder resembles a "snake in the grass," and continues to cause problems for his own team; and
• How this team might, might , just have a bit of hope in the years ahead.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers invested in a virtual reality system to help train their players including rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, it made a lot of sense.
This generation was raised on interactive games. They learned in a different way than just sitting around and reading a textbook, then reciting it. Then they went home and played "Madden." So virtual reality is the logical next step in the teaching methods for NFL quarterbacks.
Besides, it looks pretty cool. EON Sports VR showed the SIDEKIQ simulation software to Yahoo Sports, and you can see the benefits it can have for players. The software allows players to see the Xs and Os of the play drawn out, then the play is simulated for them as they'd see it. The Dallas Cowboys have also embraced virtual reality training.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Using a nice bit of revisionist history, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair blamed the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady for escalating deflate-gate by not cooperating.
McNair was asked questions by hosts from Sports Radio 610 in Houston at the Texans team luncheon, and Mike Meltser tweeted the main quotes from McNair about deflate-gate as we wait for Judge Richard Berman to rule on Brady's appeal of a four-game suspension. His quotes were collected by WEEI in Boston. (Steph Stradley had the full transcript on her blog.)
McNair said the Patriots and Brady “were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn’t.” That is what, in his opinion, raised the stakes in the controversy.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Quarterback Johnny Manziel was having a good preseason, then his right elbow shut down any chance he had at earning a starting job.
After two preseason games it seemed like a quarterback controversy might start brewing with the Cleveland Browns. Manziel played pretty well and showed progress. But Manziel has dealt with right elbow tendinitis since then. He said it is something he has dealt with since his freshman year at Texas A&M.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
At long last, the NFL has altered a longstanding tradition to properly recognize the true heroes of professional football:
Ahahaha! Kidding! For those of you who aren't already rushing to the comments below, here's the deal: the NFL is moving its Super Bowl Media Day, home of "wacky" costumed "media" and "outrageous" questions, from its traditional Tuesday slot to Monday night.
At "Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled By Gatorade," the teams will gather at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. to speak for an hour apiece starting at 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. And by "speak," we mean "stand in front of hordes (see picture) and answer a. routine questions about how excited they are to be here or b. pointless morning-zoo attempts at gotcha humor. Fans will pay "less than $30" to get in, and will get a gift bag that includes a radio to listen in to all the festivities.
Excited? Don't answer yet, because you could either see Marshawn Lynch not talk:
Or you could see Rob Gronkowski try to sing:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Marshawn Lynch loves his Skittles, and somehow ended up doing a five-minute segment on cable TV's Evine Live to sell them.
Yep, at a little after 11 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Lynch was on the air hawking candy like this was some normal occurrence for one of the NFL's biggest stars. He did a five-minute segment on Evine Live, a shopping show, with host Allison Waggoner to sell the candy he has a well-documented affinity for.