- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
It's telling that one of the most significant moments in Sunday's Super Bowl was Peyton Manning's repeated postgame declaration that he planned to "drink a lot of Budweiser," a line that raised a few eyebrows.
The Brewers Association out of Colorado would rather Manning raise a few glasses of anything other than Budweiser, and told him so in a letter that NFL Network's Ian Rapoport posted on Twitter:
"We wanted to share some craft beers from the over 4,000 small and independent craft brewers in Colorado and beyond," wrote Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director of the Brewers' Association. "We've included a variety of choices which may satisfy the celebratory occasion more than a light American lager." Oh! Shots fired! The letter invites Peyton to visit his "local craft brewery," which sounds a heck of a lot more exciting than Disneyland.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Things aren't getting better for LeSean McCoy.
Citing sources, ABC-6 Philadelphia is reporting that the district attorney has recommended criminal charges be brought against the Buffalo Bills running back, and warrants are expected to be issued Wednesday or Thursday.
The charges are expected to include aggravated assault.
They stem from an incident early Sunday morning at a Philadelphia nightclub, Recess.
According to the police report, McCoy, former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley and two other men were at the club and argued with two off-duty police officers over the purchase of a bottle of Champagne. The first complainant was punched and kicked to the ground; while on the ground, he was punched, kicked and stomped on his body and head by all four suspects. He brought himself to the hospital and was treated for a cut to his right eye, broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Somehow, J.J. Watt inspires endless devotion in his fans, mainly because he does things likedress up as Batman andblow up stage-jumpers at Zac Brown shows and playing hockey and so much more. Fans have shown their devotion by creatingeverything from J.J. Watt cakesto, well, wooden statues:
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Von Miller, of course, played very well in Super Bowl 50.
The Denver Broncos’ defensive line, and in particular Malik Jackson, was dominant.
Denver’s cornerbacks were strong, as usual.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had a complex, effective game plan that had Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton off his game.
And that was how the Broncos won a Super Bowl championship.
The Panthers’ offense was never in a rhythm in Super Bowl 50, thanks to a special performance by the Broncos. The Panthers' multiple run game was stopped. On read option plays, the Broncos forced Newton to hand the ball off, and relied on their run defense up front to control the point of attack. They did that. Jackson was a star in that area.
In the passing game, the Broncos showed a number of different coverages from the first quarter on, with many three-, four- and five-man rush concepts. With the Broncos doing such a good job mixing things up, Newton did not get a clear picture of the coverage on a number of snaps. The Broncos constantly changing with multiple coverage looks gave Newton problems, as did a constant pass rush.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Twitter can be used for many things. Mostly, these days, it's used to gin up faux rage over something for a few hours until someone's life is ruined and the mob moves onto something else.
On Wednesday, however, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton found a whole new use for the social media outlet: trying to find his luggage that fell out of his truck in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
Even NFL quarterbacks can have really bad days like that.
If anybody in DFW traveling from 75-635 towards the airport finds 2 black suitcases on the road please contact me. Fell out bed of our truck
Rough start to the morning...
Thanks for those spreading the word. If you happen to have them, send a pic. And trust me...I know this is a long shot. #bagsearch2016
The funny thing about this is that Dalton might have held out a sliver of hope that more than 157,000 followers and the others who heard about his plight through retweets would take the matter seriously. On the bright side, some folks had some chuckle-worthy replies:
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Long before Super Bowl 50, there were complaints and concerns about the turf at Levi's Stadium, which has been re-sodded multiple times since it opened in 2014.
Super Bowl organizers gave assurances that the grass wouldn't be a problem for the big game, but it was. Before teh first half was even over, CBS reported that several players had changed shoes, switching to longer cleats so they could get better traction.
Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher may have been one of those who changed.
From Charlotte Observer beat writer Jonathan Jones comes this Vine, which Jones believes happened late in the first quarter. As one Twitter commenter noted, Michael Oher looks a lot like Boston Bruins legend and hockey hall of famer Bobby Orr on this snap:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
President Obama called to congratulatie the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, talking with head coach Gary Kubiak and linebacker Demarcus Ware. Obama had either been briefed thoroughly or had watched the game (possibly in the Champagne Room!) because he called out Peyton Manning, Von Miller, and, of all people, Wade Phillips. Surely a nice moment for the Broncos, and we fully expect Peyton to bring Budweiser and Papa Johns to the White House.
And, as we always say whenever we show a president doing anything other than governing and someone pipes up with "he should be governing the country rather than calling football players" ... couldn't you be working right now?
Podcast: Super Bowl recap: Denver's lethal defense, Cam's bad day:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
If in fact Calvin Johnson carries through on his decision to retire, most observers think the next uniform he'll don will be the gold jacket of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Most observers. Not all.
“I would think that it would be difficult for Calvin Johnson at this point to be considered a Hall of Famer,” former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann told the Detroit News. “Calvin Johnson has an extreme amount of talent and ability, but when you start to look at his team, the success of his team and did he lift that team; he made them a little bit better, but at the end of the day, I’m not quite sure.”
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank revealed on Tuesday that he is being treated for prostate cancer.
“In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer,” Blank said in a statement. “Over the last several weeks [fiancee] Angie [Macuga] and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me.
“I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good. I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It's probably not fair to say the Denver Broncos' championship window was going to close, win or lose, after Super Bowl 50. But let's say that it was probably a good idea to beat the Carolina Panthers, just in case.
This will be a tricky offseason for Broncos general manager John Elway. He was very aggressive in trying to win a title before Peyton Manning retired. Mission accomplished. But making another run next season will be a challenge. The Broncos have a ton of questions to answer this offseason. Las Vegas oddsmakers don't have a ton of faith in the Broncos repeating. There were 11 teams with better odds to win Super Bowl LI than Denver (20-to-1) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as of Monday.