Shutdown Corner

  • Minnesota Vikings reverse field, opt to sit Adrian Peterson during legal process

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner35 mins ago

    The Minnesota Vikings have responded to public and potential financial pressure on Adrian Peterson, amid charges of child abuse, and they are opting to sit him down again.

    The team released a statement early Wednesday morning saying they have changed their stance again on playing Peterson after saying Monday that he would be active this weekend against the New Orleans Saints. Now, they once more will sit him after deactivating Peterson last week against the New England Patriots.

    The Vikings, namely owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, said that their decision on Monday to allow Peterson to play was theirs and theirs alone. But now it appears the NFL intervened in the process. You wonder whether it will do the same with the Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy and the San Francisco 49ers' Ray McDonald, although the difference in the cases is that Hardy already has been convicted; McDonald is still awaiting charges, which have yet to be filed.

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  • Chip Kelly's play-calling sheet mentions food, Drew Brees and geography

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago

    We got your Spider 2 Y Banana right here!

    On Monday night's ESPN broadcast, a dispatch from sideline reporter Lisa Salters revealed a closeup of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's much-revered, dark and mysterious play-calling sheet. 

    Nor surprisingly, it's in a language that some of the world's best codebreakers might struggle to crack, unless they happened to coach alongside Kelly at some point in his itinerant career.

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    But it's fun to give a glance at some of the verbiage that Kelly uses for his up-tempo offense and what it might mean.

    On the left side of the sheet, under the "Normal - 1st/2nd - Left Hash" heading, we see a play called Load 13 Brees. As in Drew? Does the New Orleans Saints quarterback know that Kelly is using his name? Maybe it's one of the successful plays Brees ran against Kelly and the Eagles in that playoff loss back in January. Ouch.

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  • Rihanna out for CBS NFL theme song after she lashes out on Twitter

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago

    You can blame Ray Rice (sorta) and an angry tweet for CBS and singer Rihanna splitting up.

    The network made its Thursday night debut along with broadcast partner NFL Network in Week 2's Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game, and CBS chose to permanently edit a portion of her song with Jay-Z, "Run This Town," that was slated to be the theme music for the games broadcast this season.

    That decision was made initially in light of CBS' coverage on last week's broadcast of the Rice story and the NFL's problem with domestic violence.

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    Apparently, the network's decision didn't go over well with Rihanna. She decided to lash on on Twitter over it, which contained a naughty word:

    "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, [Blank] you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."

    Followed by:

    The audacity...

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