Antonio Brown floating out of Oakland in his hot air balloon over to New England has been a huge story.
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Oh, gross. Make me puke.
That element of Brown teaming up with Tom Brady and company certainly added some spice to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season-opening loss at Gillette Stadium Sunday. But since he didn’t sign with the Patriots until Saturday of last week, he was ineligible to play against the Black and Gold.
It’s tough to envision greater theater than if Brown had made his debut in Foxborough Sunday night.
Against the Steelers.
Playing for… them.
But let’s try, shall we? And it might not be hard to concoct such a scenario.
Imagine if Antonio Brown had made his debut with his new team in Week 2 at Heinz Field.
Against the Steelers.
As…. a Seahawk.
Apparently, that could’ve happened.
The Seattle Seahawks play in Pittsburgh Sunday for the Steelers 2019 home opener. According to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, Seattle may have taken a run at signing the former Steelers receiver if he didn’t engineer a deal in New England instead.
“(Head Coach) Pete Carroll said the Seahawks did indeed look into Antonio Brown once he was released by the Raiders on Saturday. The important reminder there is that Carroll and GM John Schneider always talk about looking into every potential move that comes up. Carroll offered a reminder of that, saying: ‘Not everything is always as it seems and you’ve got check into stuff and figure out what’s going on.’ So they may have merely been doing their usual due diligence as opposed to having a strong desire in adding Brown — and it may not have mattered even if they were seriously interested. Carroll gave the impression that Brown was intent on signing with the Patriots, saying: He was headed to New England. He was going.’”
That sounds like a little bit more than a passing interest to me. I’m not sure why Carroll would’ve even allowed that much if it wasn’t worth talking about.
Can you picture what that would’ve looked like on the North Shore?
I can. It’s somewhere between the final Colosseum scene in “Gladiator” and the original “The Longest Yard.”
For all the hype and hoopla associated with Brown’s arrival in New England, try to get a grasp of what this week would’ve been like for the first post-Antonio-Brown-era game at Heinz Field with A.B. wearing the other team’s uniform and standing on the other sideline.
I get it. The Seahawks don’t engender the same kind of hatred here that the Patriots do. And, yeah, that’s a big part of the explosive reaction to the way Brown wiggled out of his deal in Oakland.
However, to have that undercurrent of hate as the major storyline leading into the 2019 season opener may have set off the most emotionally frothing environment ever in that building.