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First call: Bud Light keeps locks on ‘victory fridges’ after Browns tie Steelers

Tim Benz
A Cleveland Browns fan cheers during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

In today’s “First Call,” James Conner’s hair got as much attention as his legs, the Cleveland beer fridges stay locked and Le’Veon Bell insists he wasn’t dissing the Steelers after their Cleveland tie.

Nice try

As the Steelers game was drawing to a close in Cleveland, and a tie seemed inevitable, Browns fans began asking the most pertinent question.

Do they get free beer for that or not?

As you may remember, Bud Light set up “Victory Fridges” in FirstEnergy stadium and across various spots in Cleveland. The refrigerators full of beer simultaneously unlock whenever the Browns finally win their first game since December 2016.

Fans were asking for a ruling on Twitter as the teams moved towards overtime, and the beer company said, definitively, no, this is not a “tie fridge.” It is a “Victory Fridge.”

So the beer remains locked away.

Almost perfect

Almost everything went right for James Conner on Sunday. He had 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

But then the second year running back fumbled, and the Steelers ended up tying the rotten Browns.

Also, people noticed his haircut. And that wasn’t good.

Let’s just say the reviews weren’t flattering.

Hopefully, Conner didn’t search his name and the word: “hair.”

Also, let’s hope he didn’t check the Pitt box score after the Penn State game.

What do we make of this?

As the Steelers were tying the lowly Cleveland Browns, Le’Veon Bell sent out this tweet.

Pretty open-ended right? That strikes me as throwing a little shade. Likely a subtle-emoji way of saying, “Hmm. Wonder how that happened? Could it be because I’m not there and you didn’t pay me what I wanted?”

That’s how I interpreted it, as did many others on his feed. But Bell insists he was just quizzical because he had never seen a tie before.

OK. Tell me another one. For Bell’s yellow buddy with the monocle, the folks at Benstonium looked a little closer.

Good response. Also, a good idea to not zoom in on the fumble column as well.

Peterman problems

Aside from Conner’s success, it was a rough weekend for Pitt football, given the Penn State loss. Some notable Panther players in the NFL struggled too. The Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald and Bills’ LeSean McCoy did little of consequence in their games.

And Bills quarterback Nate Peterman was a disaster in his opening start against the Ravens. In fact, his QB rating was 0.0 in a 47-3 loss to Baltimore. When the score was 40-0, he got pulled. Peterman was 5 for 18 with two interceptions and three sacks. It was a disaster from the get go, and he was mocked online for his performance.

That’s too bad. Peterman is one of the nicer guys you’ll meet. But Baltimore’s defense ate him up and spat him out. We’ll see if he gets another chance to start against the Chargers next week or if Buffalo turns to first-round draft choice Josh Allen, Who didn’t shine either in his debut. Coach Sean McDermott was non-committal after the game.


The Ravens were dominant against Buffalo on Sunday. Baltimore thumped the Bills, 47-3.

But there is one area where Buffalo is still better than Baltimore: table diving. The “Bills Mafia” has the technique down. Baltimore folks don’t seem quite as refined.

It’s OK, Ravens fans. It’s a long season. And we know you are totally capable of making fools of yourselves as well as anyone else. You’ll get the hang of it.

Mistaken identity

Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams keeps getting tweets intended for Chargers defensive back Trevor Williams.

The NFL player doesn’t have a twitter account. So the MLB version — who is very active on social media — is answering all of his namesake’s tweets on his internet friend’s behalf.

As a sign of gratitude, Los Angeles’ Trevor showed up at Sunday’s game against the Chiefs in Pittsburgh Trevor’s jersey.

That was a nice gesture after the pitcher failed to live up to NFL standards in powder blue earlier in the week.

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