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First call: Browns find new ways to Browns; Steelers’ James Conner’s crazy catch

Tim Benz
| Monday, September 17, 2018 8:42 a.m.
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Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez reacts after missing a field goal kick during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sept. 16, 2018 in New Orleans.

In Monday’s “First Call,” the Browns pull off the most Cleveland loss ever, a punter trash talks Jon Gruden and remembering Super Mario.


‘The Most Cleveland thing ever,’ part 2

Last week on WDVE, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward called Cleveland’s tie against the Black and Gold “the most Cleveland thing ever” as they failed in bizarre fashion to get their first win since December 2016.

He was wrong. Yesterday’s loss in New Orleans was the “most Cleveland thing ever.”

Once again, the Browns snatched defeat from the jaws of victory via the kicking game. In Week 1, it was Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt blocking a Zane Gonzalez field goal in overtime. Sunday afternoon, Gonzalez didn’t need any help botching things.

He missed two field goals and two extra points during a 21-18 loss to the Saints. One of those extra points came as the Browns had just tied the game 18-18 with 1:47 left. The second field goal miss from 52 yards would’ve sent the game to overtime.

It was so tough to watch, even Saints kicker Will Lutz had to reach out with sympathy.


He wore it better

James Conner had this unreal effort attempting to make a one handed catch yesterday against the Chiefs.

Even though his foot came down out of bounds, the Steelers advanced the chains on the pass interference flag.

No offense to Conner, but this one from Jacksonville’s Keelan Cole has to be considered better because this one counted. Oh, and it came against the Patriots. So extra points there.

The Jaguars ended up winning the game 31-20.


I’m outta here

For as bad as things have been in Pittsburgh this NFL season, they’ve been worse in Buffalo. The Bills have been outscored 78-23 in the first two weeks.

And at least no one has announced their retirement during a game in Pittsburgh. As we told you yesterday, Bills cornerback Vontae Davis retired during halftime of the club’s loss to the Chargers.

Since then, we got reaction from his the locker room. As you can see from Lorenzo Alexander, the team was baffled.

Now Davis is giving us an explanation.

OK. That’s all well and good. Could you have at least just gone on the sideline and stood there with the team for the second half? This is like Crash Davis in “Bull Durham” hitting his last dinger and leaving the field as soon as he crossed home plate.

Only nowhere near as cool.


Punter 1, Chucky 0

Trash-talking punter Marquette King put together a video after his Broncos beat the Raiders 20-19.

It featured a Chucky doll stuffed with money in its pockets. This was an obvious swipe at Gruden — nicknamed Chucky — and his $100 million contract.

Gruden cut King shortly after he took over as head coach in Oakland.


Happy Anniversary, Mario

Saturday was the 31st anniversary of this great moment from Mario Lemieux’s career.

That was the winning goal of the decisive Game 3 of the 1987 Canada Cup. The Canadians beat Russia 6-5 to win it as a result of the connection between Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. All three games of the final series were 6-5 scores. Lemieux led the tournament with 11 goals. Gretzky led the tournament with 21 points.

Lemieux had won the previous game in overtime on his third goal of the night.

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