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First call: 'God's Plan' for Le'Veon Bell, Douglas hockey players get a surprise, NBA filth

| Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6:15 a.m.
Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo talks to fans about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, prior to a game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla.
Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo talks to fans about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, prior to a game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla.
Miami Heat's Justise Winslow drives as the Phoenix Suns' Marquese Chriss tries to defend during the second half Monday, March 5, 2018, in Miami.
Miami Heat's Justise Winslow drives as the Phoenix Suns' Marquese Chriss tries to defend during the second half Monday, March 5, 2018, in Miami.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell avoids the Texans' Marcus Gilchrist on a run in the first quarter Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston.
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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell avoids the Texans' Marcus Gilchrist on a run in the first quarter Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Everyday here at "First Call," we are going to be collecting overnight sports stories from across the globe that we think you will find interesting.

Especially if you stayed up until last call and slept in.

Today we check out Le'Veon Bell's connection to "God's Plan", the state of the NFL salary cap, dirty NBA moves, and puppies driving cars.


'God's Plan'

After news broke that the Steelers would be franchising Le'Veon Bell again — and that he likely wouldn't be signing anytime soon — he sent out a tweet saying "God's Plan."

He's listening to headphones in the photo. Yeah, it could just be a Drake reference.

Steelers Wire compiled a list of Steeler fan tweets who didn't quite see it that way and connected the dots.

Maybe instead of following "God's Plan," Bell should follow mom's advice. Bell revealed in the ESPN.com story about the franchise tag yesterday that his mother advised him to sign the Steelers offer ... last year!


A move for Cam Sutton?

I saw an interesting note in Bob Labriola's Steeelers.com "Asked and Answered" Q&A.

"Interesting note" is my subtle way of saying "idea I agree with."

Labriola was asked if Brian Allen will move to safety. He responded by saying that's unlikely, but don't rule out that move for Cam Sutton.

That's a notion I've floated out in the past as well on ESPN PGH and on the Steelers pre game . It make sense, if the Steelers can't better address the safety need in free agency or the draft.


Cam Sutton (Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review)


Mt. Lebanon kid blows Prime Time's mind

Penn State's safety Troy Apke ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine. He's from Mt Lebanon by the way.

Listen to Deion Sanders' response.

I found the exchange funny. As a white male, I'm not going to pretend to be offended.

Heck, it was Mike Mayock who baited Sanders into the comment in the first place.

But there is a double standard afoot here. And it's gotten some discussion on line and sports talk radio. It was a talking point today on 93.7 FM.

Why can we laugh off a comment like that and consider it cute, but Bill Polian and others who wonder aloud about a position change for Lamar Jackson are accused of racial code speak.

Why is that OK? That's a pretty dangerous accusation.

Meanwhile Sander's openly mocked his own code speak. And we giggle.

The irony is, some team may actually take Jackson as a QB in the first or second round and quietly think about changing him to a wide receiver even if they don't admit it because his athleticism earns him benefit of the doubt points.

Yet Apke may still not get drafted because, well, "he lacks range."

See, that's code speak you CAN "say on TV."

NFL salary cap projections on point

Flashback to all those stories this past year about the NFL being in trouble.

Ratings were down. Revenue was going to drop. The salaries and costs had gotten bloated.

If so, the proof ain't in the pudding yet. Pro Football Talk reports that the salary cap is going up. The increase is meeting the higher end of optimistic projections from around Christmas.

That's good news for the Steelers if they have to keep Bell on the franchise tag .

Or it's good news for the Steelers as they try to replace Bell when he, um, retires to make hip hop history.


Best thing you'll see this week

The Florida State Hockey champions from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were given the Stanley Cup to hoist as a way to celebrate their victory .

This isn't the first time the Panthers have done something to show support for the students in the wake of the shooting at their school. Roberto Luongo gave an impassioned speech before the team's game on Feb. 22.


Does the NBA have tripping minors?

If Lance Stephenson was an NHL player, he'd be Scott Hartnell in his Sideshow Bob hair, Orange and Black, Flyer prime.

Seriously, look at this dirty trip and tell me that's not just Hartnell-tastic!?


No "Justise," No Peace

That was dirty, right? Well, this is dirty in a whole different kind of way.

I give you Justise Winslow turning Marquese Chriss into a poster .

Ok, that wasn't dirty. That was filthy.


Everybody does Uber part-time these days

"Baby Driver" was pretty good. Barstool has obtained exclusive footage of the sequel.

If you think this page is going to ignore the occasional pandering puppy GIF, you've come to the wrong place.

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