- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner38 mins ago
The NFL has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in the whole deflate-gate fiasco, and Twitter has responded with characteristic tact, restraint, and solemn respect.
My assistant Jack Daniels and I actually destroy a cell phone every four months or so. Usually just the screen but I get it.
no respect for cheaters and only 4 smh
So, let me get this straight. If Tom Brady had destroyed his cell phone in an elevator then we'd be talking about 2 games not 4, yes?
Well you can't say cheaters never win
Everybody made fun of Andrew Luck's flip phone, but he knows what's up.
There are reports Brady destroyed his phone. So, this whole thing cost him four games, plus the $300 restocking fee.
Peyton Manning's phone is just full of text messages to his offensive coordinator, a slacks shop, and Papa John
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Your move, Tom Brady.
The NFL didn't budge on Tuesday. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, five weeks after hearing Brady's appeal over the deflate-gate issue, kept his suspension at four games. That's the same suspension for Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy in his domestic violence case. The NFLPA, via reports, has been planning to take the NFL to federal court if Brady's suspension wasn't completely overturned.
Brady destroying his cell phone before he met with investigator Ted Wells was the crux of Goodell's ruling. Here's the NFL's statement in the ruling:
"In the opinion informing Brady that his appeal had been denied, Commissioner Goodell emphasized important new information disclosed by Brady and his representatives in connection with the hearing.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The 1994 NFL season, celebrated as the 75th season for the league, was awesome for a few reasons, and one of them was that every team wore a throwback uniform for selected games.
One of the best throwback uniforms from that year belonged to the Green Bay Packers. They were the 1937-49 uniforms of the Don Hutson days, with yellow shoulders and the rest was blue. The Packers preferred the Acme Packers style throwback as their third uniform the past few years, with the yellow circle and blue numbers within it, but the Packers are changing it up. The 1940s look is back. They'll wear those uniforms Oct. 18 against San Diego.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.
NO. 12: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I think most people are aware of how great Jamaal Charles is, but it's still fun to examine how incredible he has been.
Charles, who ranked 12th on the NFL Network's top 100 list for this year, is the main reason the Kansas City Chiefs have been a playoff contender and are this high on the countdown. He doesn't get the buzz of Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch, or maybe even Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy or DeMarco Murray, but he's absolutely dominant.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
This is a highly subjective list. Using my sophisticated OPI (Own Personal Intrigue) method, I carefully have ranked the teams in order of interest and intrigue prior to the 2015 NFL season.
Please note: These are not power rankings. This is not how I think the 2016 NFL draft order will look. Nothing like that.
Intrigue can be both bad and good. My top-ranked team here missed the postseason a year ago; my 32nd-ranked team made it. Hopefully, you get the idea. I’m just speculating which teams will be the most buzzworthy and boast the most fascinating storylines heading into the season. The Washington Redskins, for instance, have mastered the art of bad-team intrigue.
And some might argue that for years, the New England Patriots — even as remarkable as their run has been — are the most boring good team out there. Of course, not this year. Not with deflate-gate and Tom Brady's suspension threatening to rule the first month of the season.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Well, we've found something J.J. Watt isn't good at.
The Offseason of Watt continued this week with a visit to a Houston YMCA, where he ran kids through drills and the kids in turn tried to teach him how to dance. One went well, the other ... not so much.
"I've got the greatest job in the world, man," Watt said at the event. "I get to come out here and play a game every day and I get to do stuff like this. I mean, I realize how fortunate I am to be in the situation I'm in and I realize that someday, it's all going to end. I don't know why, but this year, I realized it more than ever, the fact that someday, this is all going to be over and someday, I'm not going to have all these great opportunities that I have, so I'm just trying to take advantage of everything I can and enjoy every moment I can."
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
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The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter, who is believed to be the first woman to hold an NFL coaching position of any kind, as a training camp/preseason intern working with the team's inside linebackers.
Head coach Bruce Arians was asked at the owners meetings in March about the possibility of female coaches in the NFL, and his response foretold this move:
“The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” Arians said.
Soon after that, he heard from a coach with the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League who told him about Welter, the former collegiate rugby player who played 14 seasons of pro football, mostly in the Women’s Football Alliance, and who was with the Revolution.
Arians was more than happy to give her a chance.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is not allowing the family of deceased linebacker Junior Seau speak on his behalf at the induction ceremony on August 8 in Canton, Ohio, and — despite an earlier report to the contrary — the family is not happy about it.
Seau's wish was that his daughter, Sydney, would speak for him upon his induction. But the Hall is falling back on a process they instituted back in 2010, shortening the ceremony by not allowing a formal speaker for deceased inductees.
Steve Strauss, legal counsel to the Seau family and partner at Cooley LLP, issued a statement on the family's behalf — and it's clear they are not thrilled with how things stand:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
It's almost impossible to quantify what Russell Wilson's monetary worth is, vis a vis the Seattle Seahawks' salary cap. And that has stopped absolutely nobody from debating it.
With every figure that is tossed out there's a debate. People enjoy discussing it nearly as much as they like arguing about deflated footballs. The latest number is about $21 million per year, which Pro Football Talk said Wilson was offered and didn't accept. That leads to more parsing of the figures with arbitrary numbers: I think he's just worth $18 million, $19 million is a little high and I'd never go to $21 million! It turns into a game show.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The alleged victim in the bizarre Miami Dolphins hazing scandal from a few years ago has decided to retire. But it has nothing to do with that.
Jonathan Martin, who was claimed by the Carolina Panthers this offseason after a one-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers, is walking away from football according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Back injuries are no laughing matter, so Martin's decision is understandable. He never found his form in the league as the 42nd overall pick (second round) by the Dolphins in 2012. Martin, 25, started 16 games as a rookie and seven more in 2013 for the Dolphins before finding himself embroiled in a scandal that centered around former teammate Richie Incognito.