- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Cheerleaders across the NFL have begun filing suits against their teams and in some cases the NFL, charging an array of offenses including improper working conditions and below-minimum wage payment. Now the NFL has responded to a suit filed by two Oakland Raiderettes cheerleaders, and is declining responsibility for any claims.
The NFL's reasoning follows provisions that prohibit players from bringing antitrust provisions against their teams. The NFL, its attorneys argued in an Alameda County Superior Court filing, is "immune from all state Labor Code provisions," and this is a matter between the team and the Raiderettes alone.
"The NFL is not a party to, and has no authority to enforce the Raiderette Agreement," the NFL's attorneys wrote. "The NFL simply does not belong in this case."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Jim Kelly's battle with cancer has been difficult but uplifting, with the Hall of Fame quarterback staying strong in his fight with support from former teammates, family, friends and fans at every step.
Wednesday brought a great bit of news: A follow-up exam on Tuesday showed no signs of sinus cancer, which Kelly had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments for. According to the Associated Press, Dr. Peter Costantino said in a statement that treatments have "completely eliminated" any pain Kelly was experiencing and Kelly's level of function has "essentially returned to normal." Kelly had surgery to remove cancer from his jaw in June of 2013, but the cancer had spread to his sinus.
Jill Kelly, Jim's wife, said on Instagram that it's positive news but further tests are being done to make sure no more treatments are necessary.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Fans aren't the only ones itching for the NFL season to get started. NFL players are starting to buck up, and it's high time to get them pointed at opposing teams. Otherwise, you have what happened Wednesday at Bills practice.
Bills center Eric Wood and undrafted rookie DE Bryan Johnsoncame to blows during a goal-line drillon Wednesday morning. And this was no ordinary melee; this one included pretty much the entire team, and ended with Wood threatening to kill a rookie. All in a day's work.
Here's the account of the incidentfrom the Buffalo News:
Running back Fred Jackson had slithered into the end zone. The play was over, but the battle was not.
Before the fight could be broken up, tight end Scott Chandler had taken Johnson to the ground. Chandler's helmet also was torn off. An incensed Wood marched toward Johnson and yelled, "I'll f------ kill you!"
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
The past two decades have been tough on the Cowboys — the last three years perhaps the toughest, each ending in defeat with a playoff berth on the line — and that suffering has led to the plight of their Midwest fans.
It's not easy being a Cowboys fan, especially in Bears territory, so transplanted Dallasites in Chicago have gathered in a Lincoln Square bar for the past three NFL seasons. Call it group therapy. But the family-friendly Brownstone Tavern banned Dallas Cowboys Fans in Chicago from gathering this season due in part to a rowdy patron uttering in the presence of children, "(Expletive) you, Romo," according to DNAinfo Chicago.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Want to buy an NFL franchise? Better liquidate grandma's AT&T stock.
Forbes has come out with its annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises, and there are some familiar names at the top. The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots top the list, coming in well above the exorbitant $2 billion that the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers were recently sold for.
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The Cowboys, which Forbes estimates will generate a combined $8.6 million in revenue for the team over the next five years with its massive JerryWorld stadium and fans the world over, are tops at a whopping $3.2 billion. The Patriots check in at a still-impressive $2.6 billion — not bad for a franchise Robert Kraft bought back in 1994 for a measley $172 million.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Former NFL referee Mike Carey was ahead of this Redskins controversy way before it really became a huge story a few years ago.
After the 2005 NFL season, Carey asked the NFL to not make him work Washington games anymore. According to the Washington Post, Carey found the Redskins' nickname "disrespectful" and requested to someone in the league office who makes the officiating assignments that he not be assigned to their games because of the team name. He asked that the matter be kept private. The league complied, because the last time he worked a Washington game was the season opener in 2006.
“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” Carey told the Washington Post.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
It's always a good idea as a television analyst to take a strong stance on a topic, and Tony Gonzalez is definitely doing that.
Gonzalez, who retired this offseason and took a job as a CBS studio analyst, said the Denver Broncos are going to go 19-0. That has never happened in NFL history, but Gonzalez told New York Newsday that Denver will go 16-0 in the regular season and unlike the 2007 Patriots, the only other team to go undefeated in a 16-game regular season, the Broncos will win the Super Bowl.
"Right now, Denver has a team built just like the New England Patriots back when they went undefeated [in the 2007 regular season],'' Gonzalez told Newsday. "In looking at Denver in the preseason and Peyton Manning's command of that offense, he'll pick up right where he left off last year. And defensively, they went out like good organizations do and addressed their weaknesses.''
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Brian Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback but make no mistake, that announcement had little to do with Hoyer.
We know what Hoyer is, and he has reaffirmed it this preseason. He's probably a reasonably good backup. He is 8-of-20 for 108 yards this preseason. He had 16 passing yards and led one first down in four drives on Monday night against Washington. He's just not an average or better starting quarterback (and please, please stop with the "he was 3-0 last season!" stuff; quarterback wins is the stinkiest of all garbage stats and he completed two passes before getting hurt in one of the three games).
The Browns didn't make this move because of Hoyer. The decision came down to what's best for Johnny Manziel.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Even after only one NFL season, Chip Kelly has been hailed as one of the true innovators in the game. Not just as a football coach, either, it appears.
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Surely you've been inundated with videos for the Ice Bucket Challenge to support ALS research — a very worthy cause for sure — but Kelly's interpretation might take the cake. Instead of sitting back and waiting for a bucket of water to the head, Kelly decided to take matters into his own hands.
Chip Kelly, diving into a pool of ice water. http://t.co/cidxSy2tla
This is brilliant. And so Chip. Want evidence? Look at the expression of the three Eagles players, who look over at their rock-star coach doing a swan dive and hardly break stride.
What a gem.
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- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
For one NFL player, the events in Ferguson, Mo. are very close to home.
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson grew up down the road from Ferguson, where protests and riots over the shooting death of Michael Brown have gripped the nation for the past week. Richardson was a standout player at Gateway High School in St. Louis then made a two-year stop at junior college before two seasons at Missouri.
Richardson knows the area well, as he told Metro New York on Tuesday, including the QuickTrip convenience store, the local McDonald's and other local spots now embroiled in the violent riots. Richardson said that his parents — who still live close to Ferguson — are safe but that he's saddened by the recent events.
“People are a little frustrated with how things have gone down. [The police] are supposed to protect and serve and people are lashing out,” Richardson said. “I don’t fully understand what’s going on but I understand where they are coming from. Back in the day, I remember those type of guys.”