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First call: Antonio Brown asks fans where he should play next

Tim Benz
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Steelers receiver Antonio Brown sits on the bench during the second half against the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

In “First Call” Thursday, Antonio Brown wants to make business boom elsewhere. The Broncos almost went in a different direction before acquiring Joe Flacco. And the NHL’s Eastern Conference is a jumbled mess.


Open for business

Antonio Brown wants business to boom in a city near you!

Unless you live in Pittsburgh. And most of you reading this probably do.

So I guess he isn’t talking to you.

A.B. declared himself “Open For Business” yesterday on his social media accounts. He then asked fans to “caption” where he should go next once he leaves Pittsburgh.

AB Instagram

One problem, A.B. You don’t get to choose unless you get released!

As I mentioned yesterday here at “Breakfast With Benz,” this is a concept Brown doesn’t seem to grasp very well.


What coulda been

Broncos fans who didn’t want Joe Flacco may be particularly upset when they read this.

According to 9News’ Mike Klis, it’s possible they could’ve had Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles tweet

Klis also reports that current Broncos quarterback Case Keenum was informed of the Flacco trade before the deal was executed.

He will now likely be released or traded, too. He could possibly stick around as the backup in Denver if he takes a pay cut.


Who has the clicker?

The Penguins are off Thursday and Friday after Wednesday’s win over the Oilers.

The team will have plenty to watch on TV if they want to keep an eye on the standings this evening before back-to-back afternoon games at home this weekend.

The Flames are in town Saturday at 1 p.m. on and the Rangers on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday night, there are quite a few games that impact the Eastern Conference standings in front of the Penguins.

The Islanders are at Columbus and Washington is in San Jose. Meanwhile, Montreal visits Nashville.

The Penguins have 67 points. That’s tied with Columbus for the last automatic spot in the Metropolitan Division. It’s also good for the eighth and final Eastern Conference wild card slot, three points in front of Carolina.

Montreal sits two points in front of Mike Sullivan’s crew for the first wild card. Pittsburgh is also two behind the Caps for second in the Metro. Both of those teams have 69 points.

As for the Islanders, they lead the Metro with 72.

Got that? If not, here are the standings. And here is the schedule.


How is his glove hand?

You may have seen how Predators defenseman P.K. Subban welcomed home his skiing-legend girlfriend Lindsey Vonn from her final competition before retirement.

With a G.O.A.T. cake!

Vonn tweet

Cute story, right? USA Today decided to pick it up.

One problem. They may be confusing P.K. with his brother, Malcolm.

Subban tweet

Yes, P.K. is a defenseman. Malcolm is the goalie in the family. Perhaps Pekka Rinne is unaware of the brewing goalie controversy in the Nashville locker room.

Anyway, it doesn’t appear that Subban is losing any sleep of over it.


Subban sleep


First vs. worst

The Robert Morris basketball team is in action Thursday night. The Colonials are at Mount St. Mary’s.

RMU is 8-4 in the NEC. That’s tied for first place. The Mountaineers are struggling. They are in last place with a 3-9 record.

Tip off in Maryland is at 7:00 pm.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter @TimBenzPGH. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.