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First call: Ben Roethlisberger not deemed a top-10 quarterback

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The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger warms up during the first day of ota practice Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

In “First Call” today, someone thinks Big Ben is not a top 10 quarterback. A bull gets a concussion. A big chance for some Pitt and RMU products.


Big Ben not top 10?!

We mentioned how Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown made the NFL Network Top 10 list. Ben Roethlisberger was No. 18 overall. But he didn’t even make David Carr’s top 10 … of quarterbacks alone.

That’s right. The NFL Network analyst and former Texans QB said there are 10 quarterbacks better than Big Ben in the league right now .

Guys he has in front of Roethlisberger include Cam Newton, Phil Rivers, and Jimmy Garoppolo. Here is Carr’s explanation.

“Why is Ben Roethlisberger off my list? Yes, he’s a future Hall of Famer, and there’s no doubt he can still help the Steelers. But, he has the most talented skill players in the league on his unit, and that pair ­— Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell — makes him look great 14 seasons in. I don’t think Big Ben could win a ton of games without them at this stage in his career.”

There you have it. Big Ben is being carried by his teammates. Maybe Carr took a few too many sacks during his career in Houston.


You be the Judge

Normally, when a fan is throwing something at an opposing player in Philadelphia, that’s bad news. But in this case, it was quite endearing.

That’s New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge playing catch with a young fan. The kid has a good arm and accuracy. Credit Judge for some organic fan involvement. And credit the fans around him for not jumping in the way and letting that youngster have his moment.

After all, it’s Philly. Given the Philly fan reputation, I would’ve expected the other fans to throw him over the wall to get to the ball first.

A genuine nice moment between a New York Yankee and Philadelphia sports fans. Did I really just witness that? Wow. So what’s the next sign of the apocalypse?


That’s some bull!

Normally when you see a highlight regarding the “Running of the Bulls,” it ends badly for one of the people trying to escape.

That’s not the case here.

Hey wait a minute! Shouldn’t that bull go to the quiet room? That strikes me as a potential violation of the concussion protocol. Where is PETA on this? Or at the very least the independent medical evaluator? That bull looked a little groggy.

Someone get the Gus Frerotte video ready.

Brad is back

When is the last time you thought of the name Brad Wanamaker? The Pitt guard is now 28 years old. He left Oakland in 2011. He went on to a very successful European career. In fact, he was second team All-Euro this year playing with a team in Turkey.

Now he’s coming back to the United States. ESPN says the former Panther is going to sign with Boston in the NBA.

It’s believed Wanamaker could help the Celtics if they don’t retain Marcus Smart.


Speaking of the Celtics …

Let’s face it. At some point in our lives, all of us have wanted to give Charles Barkley “the finger” while he’s been spewing some nonsense on television.

But when you are Bill Russell, you get to give it to him while YOU are on national television.

That was during the NBA Awards Show last night. I’m not sure why he did that. I’m just glad he did.


Colonial Calls

The Penguins host their development camp this week. Other NHL teams are doing the same thing. Some Robert Morris players are getting a look.

Colonial all-time leading scorer Brady Ferguson , who is an AHL player with the Toronto Marlies, will go to the Maple Leafs camp. He was at Penguins camp last year.

Colonial goalie Francis Marotte will visit Washington’s. The junior-to-be attended Vancouver’s before his sophomore season.

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