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First Call: Cameron Heyward already jabbing Steelers QB Kenny Pickett; Lamar Jackson unhappy with Ravens trade

Friday’s “First Call” options Cameron Heyward beginning early with some on-line rookie mockery of recent Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is sad with the business of an offensive weapon. The Capitals stay shedding which (theoretically) is helping the Penguins. A Pittsburgh space hockey prospect is a part of a daunting on-ice mishap.

And the Pirates are about to stand a red-hot ex-teammate, after some other acquainted face simply scorched them at PNC Park.


Getting began early

Steelers defensive captain Cameron Heyward is already beginning with the method of ribbing the Steelers’ new rookie quarterback.

Pitt product Kenny Pickett was once knocked via many draft scouts for having undersized fingers. However the Steelers selected him anyway. That resulted in this tweet from Heyward.

If you’ll be able to’t take into account the old-school Burger King advertisements Heyward is referencing, right here’s a reminder.

Let’s see what Heyward has able for his brother, Connor, if he will get drafted. The more youthful Heyward is a fullback/tight finish hybrid participant out of Michigan State. The Steelers confirmed an hobby in him on the Senior Bowl.


Unsatisfied camper

Lamar Jackson didn’t cover his frustration with the inside track that the Baltimore Ravens had been buying and selling away broad receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

Brown had 91 catches for 1,008 yards and 6 touchdowns final yr.

Jackson despatched out a couple of extra tweets that weren’t precisely within the “safe for work” class that you’re loose to learn on his feed.

However that business of Brown to the Arizona Cardinals did lend a hand place the Ravens to make a choice Notre Dame protection Kyle Hamilton and Iowa heart Tyler Linderbaum. Each males had been looked as if it would be the straight forward perfect gamers at their respective positions within the draft.


Washington worries

The Penguins are nonetheless in 3rd position (101 issues) within the Metropolitan Department. That’s since the Washington Capitals misplaced for a 3rd instantly time Thursday night time.

This time they fell 5-1 to the New York Islanders. Capitals big name Alexander Ovechkin couldn’t play for a moment instantly sport after being injured Sunday towards the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ex-Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov stoned his former workforce, preventing 26 of 27 photographs. Brock Nelson was once the primary of 5 Islanders to attain.

That suggests Washington nonetheless has 100 issues and is in fourth position within the Metro with a season finale at Madison Sq. Lawn towards the New York Rangers. If the Penguins keep away from a legislation loss towards the Blue Jackets Friday, that can guarantee that they end in 3rd position and can face the second-place Rangers in Spherical 1 of the playoffs.

The Caps would then face the Panthers. If Washington wins and the Pens lose in legislation, the groups will flip-flop.

If the groups every end with the similar collection of issues, the Penguins have the primary two tiebreakers by way of legislation wins (36-35) in addition to legislation and additional time wins (42-39).


Frightening scenario

West Mifflin hockey prodigy Logan Cooley was once fascinated about a daunting on-ice twist of fate Thursday.

The Pens Elite product was once a part of Group USA’s 13-3 win over Latvia on the IIHF’s U18 Global Hockey Championships.

All the way through the sport, regardless that, Cooley — ranked as considered one of North The us’s perfect skaters — collided with respectable Lukas Kohlmueller. As Kohlmueller fell, Cooley’s skate got here up and slashed his wrist.

Within the video, you’ll be able to see blood pouring out of the minimize and leaving a path at the ice. In keeping with markerzone.com, gamers had been despatched again to their dressing rooms as Kohlmueller won clinical consideration.

The web site says the remainder of the sport was once performed with a backup referee who was once on standby, whilst Kohlmueller was once having surgical treatment to near the wound.


Musgrove as opposed to Mitch

Former Pirate Andrew McCutchen without a doubt did some harm towards his former workforce Thursday. He homered and singled for the Brewers, riding in all 3 Milwaukee runs en path to a 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

That supposed a three-game sweep for Cutch and corporate.

Up subsequent for the Pirates, it’s the San Diego Padres. The spotlight of that collection can be Sunday afternoon when some other ex-Bucco, Joe Musgrove, faces Mitch Keller. Musgrove is 3-0 at the yr with a 2.16 ERA. His strikeout-to-walks ratio is 25:2. Keller is 0-3 with an ERA of 6.62.

See the place I’m going with this?

Perhaps Keller’s fingers are too small.

Sorry. I couldn’t withstand. Be ready for me to put up such a each time Pickett fumbles over the following 5 years.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Assessment personnel creator. You’ll touch Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or by way of Twitter. All tweets may well be reposted. All emails are matter to e-newsletter except specified another way.

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