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First call: Antonio Brown defends Ben Roethlisberger as top QB

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The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger celebrates a touchdown with Antonio Brown in the first half during the wild-card against the Dolphins on Jan. 8, 2017.

In “First Call” today, Antonio Brown defends his quarterback, bone-headed plays from soccer and college baseball and a different take on Jack Johnson.


AB has Big Ben’s back

Like me, I guess Antonio Brown didn’t like David Carr’s rankings of NFL quarterbacks either.

Carr said Ben Roethlisberger was not a top 10 quarterback. Brown begs to differ.

Just wait until AB finds out that our buddy Matt Williamson thinks Le’Veon Bell is only the NFL’s fifth-best running back.


Everyone has their own opinion

OK. I suppose not everyone shares my view on the pending Jack Johnson signing for the Penguins.

ProHockeyTalk.com makes it sound like the Penguins either brought back Joe Melichar or just gave the Zamboni driver a five-year deal.

One thing I do agree with in that post: Jim Rutherford needs a bounce-back season. If this signing doesn’t work out, it’ll extend what’s become a slump when it comes to player acquisitions for the general manager.

Now that Matt Hunwick got traded, that means he’s 3 for 3 in having pushed out his offseason moves from the summer of 2017.

Ryan Reaves and Antti Niemi didn’t even make it through the year, and the Derick Brassard trade hasn’t worked out well either so far.


No more Nash?

Some have wondered if the Penguins may take a run at acquiring Rick Nash. They might. Unless, of course, he retires. Which has apparently become a possibility.

It sounds as if Nash is starting to get concerned about the amount of concussions he has had. Nash had 21 goals in 71 regular-season games last year between the Bruins and Rangers.

Nash is 34 and just eclipsed the 800-point mark in his career.


Belgian boo-boo

I don’t understand the World Cup. Like, for instance, I don’t get why it was better for England to lose to Belgium than it was to beat them.

I guess it has something to do with getting an easier draw in the knockout round.

Or so I’m told.

Here’s what I do get. This is funny:

That was Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi. And that was magnificent.


Speaking of bone-headed plays

If one of these three Arkansas Razorbacks had managed to catch this pop up, then the College World Series would’ve been over.

Instead, it dropped and Oregon State came back to win the game in the ninth inning.

Not only did the Beavers win that one, they won the decisive game last night, 5-0.

So Arkansas now has its own Bill Buckner moment.

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