- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner38 mins ago
Louis CK is one of the most brilliant minds of our time, and when he turns his attention to the New England Patriots, you can be sure he'll hit you with white-hot truth. "They want to win real bad," CK said on David Letterman's show, speaking of his Patriots, "and sometimes you do stuff that's not fair, so you can win."
The conspiratorial spin CK and Letterman put on deflate-gate is utterly ridiculous, and also utterly believable. "Pretty boy" Tom Brady mouths off to the Ravens, so the Ravens get their revenge. It's perfectly understandable, and to Louis CK, all part of the game. This is just football, after all. Who cares?
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The Super Bowl ad march has begun. Catch 'em now so they won't surprise you during the Big Game.
Ad: "Kim's Data Stash," T-Mobile
Concept: A fake public service ad in the style of "feed the children," but for unused mobile data. T-Mobile promises to help you take care of your data so that you can use it for important things, like keeping up with Kim Kardashian West.
Execution: A contemplative piano score, a heartfelt message, Kim not saying more than five words in any single shot ... yep, this was put together with skill. More to the point, you might actually remember what this ad is pitching 15 minutes after you've seen it. Although if you're the type of parent still trying to figure out how to tell your kids about deflate-gate, you probably ought to have an explanation ready for why that nice lady is on the TV without much clothes on.
Verdict: We're still not entirely sure Kim knows this is a joke. That said, it's a reasonable enough facsimile of a late-night plea for charity. This'll get a chuckle or two at the ol' Super Bowl party ... followed by a "You know what I heard ... " bit of lurid gossip.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles. But Lynch hates talking to the media.
Somehow, the candy folks found a way to bridge that gap with a funny fake "press conference," taking questions about football and the sugary delight.
First, he trolls the media hard by starting off his Q&A session by saying, "I'm thankful for the opportunity to have Skittles asking me questions today" — an obvious nod to his series of "thanks for asking that" responses in a press conference this past season.
It's pure farce, and it's fairly odd but mostly funny.
He's asked if he'd like to hang out with a talking rainbow, to which Lynch responded, "I wouldn't want to hang out with nobody who talks at all."
You get what he's saying, right?
And he's led through a series of ridiculous questions about watching cat videoes online, 200-yard football fields and playing football on the moon. Ah yes, all right in time for Media Day!
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
We'realready on record as being big fans of pretty much everything J.J. Watt does, mainly because we don't want him treating us like a third-string QB. But now the rest of the country (read: the non-football types) is starting to get a look at his awesomeness, like these clips from Monday night's Kimmel show.
Above, he goes for a latte and does what everyone in New York City would love to do, totally blowing up a street performer. Below, he demonstrates his ungodly leaping ability:
Bow down before your J.J. Watt overlord.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Ah, Super Bowl halftime shows. Sometimes they're genius. More often, they're godawful, because the whole planet is watching and they're trying to appeal to every single one of them. Pretty much every major artist of the last 30 years has appeared at halftime, but who was the worst? Bonus: we list the very best!
Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk (@kevinkaduk) and Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) kick around the topic right here, and you can join in. This is the first of our many Super Bowl Arguments videos, and you're invited to the party. Offer up your thoughts in the comments below and on Twitter at #SBarguments. Your words might end up on a future episode. Get to arguing!
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
CHANDLER, Ariz. – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft criticized the NFL, the way deflate-gate has been handled and reported on, said he wanted an apology from the league if its investigation doesn't turn up anything, and basically dropped the mic on the conversation of the entire matter for the rest of the week.
It was surreal. It was an unscheduled statement by Kraft before coach Bill Belichick's first news conference in Arizona for the Super Bowl. He was angry and frustrated and stood completely behind Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and their claims that they didn't do anything to cause the Patriots' game footballs to be under-inflated in the AFC championship game.
And if the NFL investigation by Ted Wells doesn't provide proof, he wants an apology from the league.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
PHOENIX — By nature, the Seattle Seahawks are who they are defensively. They don't change; they're good enough to do what they do, some man defense but a lot of cover-3, to make you change what you do offensively.
But there might be an exception to that rule. His name is Rob Gronkowski.
Yes, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane wasn't too impressed with Gronk, and perhaps other Seahawks players feel the same way. But Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the team has met to discuss just how they'll handle the New England Patriots tight end.
"I was looking real close again to find some approach that we can slow him down," Carroll said. "We're going to work at it. It's something that's very important to us because he's such a key factor on the football team. He's naturally such a good player. Coaches know it and Tom knows it and they use it well.
One option is to stick Chancellor, the Seahawks' 6-3, 232-pound superfreak safety, on Gronk. If that's the case, and the two are singled up together, expect it to be high impact. After all, Gronkowski goes 6-6 and 265.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
PHOENIX – Since late in the 2012 season, it’s unlikely any NFL team has had more kind words written and said about them as the Seattle Seahawks.
I’d defy anyone to find anything that truly disrespected them. They were a deserving Super Bowl champion last season and have a possible dynasty forming. Everyone knows that. But if anything has been said as a slight to the Seahawks, it’s probably a good bet they’ve heard it and remembered it.
Receiver Doug Baldwin’s rant outside the locker room after the NFC championship game gives a partial window into what motivates the Seahawks. Baldwin talked (passionately) about how he, the receivers and the team had been written off, especially when the team was 6-4 and in danger of missing the playoffs. He talked about how everyone wrote the Seahawks off when they were trailing the Packers 16-0 at halftime, and how could he even know such a thing?
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Never before has PSI been talked about this much.
The now overly scrutinized deflate-gate controversy isn't just an issue of the integrity of the game, it is a matter of physics as well. Dr. John Eric Goff, a renowned sports physicist who is a professor at Lynchburg College, wants to set the record straight about some of the recent calculations going around about the New England Patriots and how the under-inflated footballs got that way in last Sunday's AFC championship game.
Goff said there is a very real possibility that a ball can deflate during the course of a game, something that anyone who has played a sport on a schoolyard knows all too well. But other factors come into play, including how much the temperature drops, that can make the pounds per square inch (PSI) drop.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
The NFL might not be talking to Tom Brady until after the Super Bowl, but it apparently has focused in on a New England Patriots locker room attendant who might have illegally tampered with footballs, per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.
The full text of Glazer's report indicates that the league's investigation into the deflate-gate incident has focused on the attendant who allegedly took footballs from the officials' locker room to another area on the way to the field. It's not clear if this was an isolated incident for the AFC title game, or if this was behavior that occured habitually for all games.
Glazer writes that the NFL has interviewed the attendant and, per Glazer's sources, possess video of the attendant's actions. The league is still trying to determine if there was any wrongdoing that happened, but the attendant is considered to be a "strong person of interest" in the investigation.