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Titletown? Not in the '70s and '80s. The Packers were a total mess (Shutdown Corner) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history. Outside of Illinois and Minnesota, there's a romanticism attached to the Green Bay Packers and the town they play in. NFL fans talk about making a one-time pilgrimage to visit Lambeau Field. You'd have a hard time finding a story ranking NFL stadiums that doesn't have Lambeau at No. 1. There's an amazement over Green Bay, a place with a population barely above 100,000 that still fills more than 81,000 seats for every home game. There's something cool about the fans owning the team and about the old-school nature of the franchise itself — the Packers were born in 1919, one year before the NFL started. The Packers should have never survived as a pro sports franchise, and that's what makes the story great. Yahoo! Fri, May 27
Aaron Rodgers thinks Randall Cobb being mic'ed up punctured lung (Shutdown Corner) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Everyone seems to love when NFL players are mic'ed up. Except perhaps NFL players themselves. Well, strike that — many players appear to love the attention it brings, but what about injury? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes that his top receiver last season, Randall Cobb, suffered a punctured lung in the playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals because of the microphone pack that's strapped to NFL players when they're mic'ed. [ Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now ] Rodgers joined former teammate A.J. Hawk's podcast and made it clear he thinks the cumbersome mic pack was the blame when Cobb fell down on top of it after making a spectacular catch — one that ultimately didn't count. Adding injury to insult and all that ... “Randall Cobb had a serious injury last year in a playoff game and I believe — as I think he would as well and the team [would] — that that was caused from him being mic’d up,” Rodgers said. “Because he fell on his mic pack and he had an injury to his insides that kept him out of the game and probably would have kept him out of the rest of the playoffs [had the Packers won]. The puncture spot, or the injury spot, was directly adjacent to his mic pack.” Pretty fascinating stuff. That technology has been a big way for the NFL to unveil players' personalities more, to metaphorically take off the helmets and shed light on the action on the field. Mic'ed up segments are incredibly popular with fans, and the league likely isn't getting rid of them anytime soon. In fact, we're more likely to see it more often. After all, injuries such as the one Cobb suffered don't appear to happen all that often. So what if everyone is forced to wear a microphone during games? “Might have to call it a career,” Rodgers said, laughing. But he clearly doesn't like it in general, and not just for the chance of a fluky injury. For Rodgers, it's making his job harder. “Yeah, I think it’s too much information,” Rodgers said. “In 2008 there used to be no headset on defense, so the defense had to signal in every play and that was part of the whole Spygate issue and filming signals and what not. But now you have mics on both guards most of the time and you pick up everything that the quarterback says when we’re at home and sometimes on the road as well. "I think that’s a competitive edge for the defense and it makes you have to work that much harder with your dummy words and your live and dead words. I mean, that’s part of the game there, but I think that the access is a little bit much." Rodgers added that it "takes away from the authenticity of the game" and that he doesn't "feel comfortable mic’d up.” Of course, our only guess is that Cobb didn't feel too comfortable either when he slammed his body down on top of a boxy chunk of plastic strapped to his body that caused him to miss a playoff game that the Packers eventually lost. [h/t PFT and Awful Announcing ] - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm Yahoo! Fri, May 27
NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters) Courtesy of
Second-round pick Kevin Dodd underwent surgery Thursday to repair a broken left foot and could miss the rest of the offseason with the Tennessee Titans. - - Running back Ameer Abdullah will not participate in Detroit's offseason workouts because of shoulder surgery in January to repair a torn labrum. According to multiple reports, the Lions expect Abdullah to return for training camp. Yahoo! Thu, May 26
Legit 'Las Vegas Raiders' obstacles that aren't gambling related (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
Despite Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft publicly supporting the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas, there will be obstacles. The main one has nothing to do with gambling. There will be the gambling issue of course because the NFL's history against Las Vegas and gambling is very consistent. And there is the stadium issue. Just because Raiders owner Mark Davis pledged $500 million , that doesn't mean it'll get built. It wouldn't be something new in Las Vegas for a big project to be hyped, only to see it never get off the ground. There's also the issue of whether the NFL is using Las Vegas as its new Los Angeles, and scaring existing cities with the threat of moving to Vegas, like it did with L.A. for 21 years. But there's a real concern, and it's simply whether Las Vegas can sustain an NFL team. Vegas is not a big market. It's 40th in television market size , less than one-third the size of the Bay Area. It's not a tiny town, but it's also a step down for the NFL, which is always worried about its bottom line. The Raiders would need to capture a market that is filled with transplants who presumably already root for a team, if they follow the NFL. In 2011 the Las Vegas Sun said Nevada had by far the most transplants living there of any U.S. state, with only 24 percent of its residents born in Nevada. Las Vegas isn't a bad sports town. UNLV basketball has a great following. UNLV football doesn't, but that's because it has a lackluster stadium well away from campus, and it's UNLV football. But Las Vegas is also a unique market and we really don't know what would happen if a pro team moves there. [ Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now ] Give Davis this: He knows that his team would need to win over a local fan base to survive.  "We're not looking to make this something where fans are going to fly in every week for the games," Davis said, according to NFL.com . "To fly down for 10 games a year might not be a thing that would happen for a lot of people. We want to have a local fan base and that's very important for us and I think that's something Las Vegas would like to have as well." Yahoo! Wed, May 25
Greg Cosell's Podcast: Aaron Rodgers tries to take back NFC North (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
Yahoo! Wed, May 25
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Brett Hundley UCLA
Aaron Rodgers California
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John Crockett North Dakota State
Eddie Lacy Alabama
Aaron Ripkowski Oklahoma
James Starks Buffalo
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Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin
Davante Adams Fresno State
Randall Cobb Kentucky
Trevor Davis
Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley
Jamel Johnson Alabama State
Ty Montgomery Stanford
Jordy Nelson Kansas State
Ed Williams Toledo
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Kennard Backman UAB
Jared Cook South Carolina
Mitchell Henry Western Kentucky
Justin Perillo Maine
Casey Pierce Kent State
Richard Rodgers California
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Mason Crosby Colorado
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Kenny Clark UCLA
Mike Daniels Iowa
Letroy Guion Florida State
Datone Jones UCLA
Dean Lowry
B.J. McBryde Connecticut
Mike Pennel Colorado State-Pueblo
Christian Ringo Louisiana-Lafayette
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Sam Barrington South Florida
Carl Bradford Arizona State
Jayrone Elliott Toledo
Kyler Fackrell Utah State
Blake Martinez
Clay Matthews USC
Lerentee McCray Florida
Julius Peppers North Carolina
Nick Perry USC
Jake Ryan Michigan
Joe Thomas South Carolina State
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Chris Banjo Southern Methodist
Morgan Burnett Georgia Tech
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama
Rob Daniel Brigham Young
Demetri Goodson Baylor
Ladarius Gunter Miami (FL)
Micah Hyde Iowa
Damarious Randall Arizona State
Quinten Rollins Miami (OH)
Sam Shields Miami (FL)
Jermaine Whitehead Auburn