First call: Injury to Penguins' Justin Schultz could be as bad as you think
In Monday's "First Call," the reports on Justin Schultz's injury are as bad as you expected. James Conner did good things before the game in Cincinnati even started. Gerrit Cole had a rough night in Boston.
As bad as we thought?
The injury to Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz on Saturday night was ugly.
Borderline NSFW warning here.
I know what you're thinking. No. No one's leg should bend like that. And the Penguins have yet to announce the diagnosis. But TSN is reporting that those who were fearing a fracture may be right.
No official word yet from PIT on specifics of left leg/ankle injury suffered by Justin Schultz last night but speculation is it's a fracture. Timeline TBD but it's obviously going to be significant.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 14, 2018
As McKenzie went on to say, depending on the nature and the extent of the break, the treatment and rehab may actually be easier for Schultz than some potential ligament injuries.
Regardless, the Penguins will likely be without their second-best offensive defenseman for an extended period.
Pregame and postgame wins
James Conner did some excellent things on the field Sunday. He had 129 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
He was a star during pregame warm-ups, too. Look at how he made the day of this fellow cancer survivor at Paul Brown Stadium.
After the game, Conner played it smart on Twitter, too. Le'Veon Bell — who may return to the team this week — tweeted some praise for his former backup.
damn james— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) October 14, 2018
Conner, who could've taken his response in any number of directions, played it straight. He even threw some praise back at Bell.
been watchin L Bell tape ! https://t.co/Ha9ccFv48k— James Conner (@JamesConner_) October 14, 2018
Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger had a slight tinge of sarcasm in his response.
Ben Roethlisberger on James Conner, in jest: "What a great game, but I know it's his last game for us, because Le'Veon's coming back." pic.twitter.com/roOcMoEW7c— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 14, 2018
Whenever Bell arrives, it's just going to be so delicious!
Cole train derailed
Former Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was fabulous in his first postseason start with Houston against Cleveland in the American League Divisional Series. He won the game, striking out 12 and walking none.
Sunday didn't go as well in Boston.
Welp, that didn't take long.The Red Sox jump on Gerrit Cole and the Astros early! pic.twitter.com/0nap8k9FTO— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 14, 2018
The Red Sox got to Cole early. He yielded two earned runs in the first inning. He gave up three in the third. Cole also committed an error.
The Astros lost Game 2 of the ALCS, 7-5. The series is tied at a game apiece. It heads back to Houston on Tuesday.
That's a bad look
For as athletic as some people can be, the act of throwing is a little different. It has nothing to do with size, speed or even strength. It's just a mechanical discipline as opposed to a genetic gift.
We've seen that reality manifest with some pretty awful first-pitch attempts on MLB diamonds over the years. Remember John Wall and Carl Lewis?
Well, this one involved an attempt to throw a football. Watch UFC superstar Conor McGregor try to throw a football in Dallas yesterday.
Use the laces, Conor!
John Wall — Have you seen me throw a baseball?! I may be the only athlete that can't throw a ball from another sport properlyConor McGregor — Hold my Guinness pic.twitter.com/mlUbPMLCUk— ™️ (@TommySledge) October 14, 2018
Yikes! He may be able to throw haymakers. But he can't throw a spiral. I'm not going to ever tell him that to his face, of course. But feel free to use that line directly to him if you have the chance.
C'mon, now. That's an insult!
They're moving in herds
Iowa State's football team may have ruined West Virginia's season. But the school's band made my weekend.
Check out their rendition of Jurassic Park at halftime of the game this weekend between the Cyclones and the Mountaineers.
The Iowa State band won Week 7 pic.twitter.com/mkLDjTHThU— ESPN (@espn) October 14, 2018
How do they top that next week? "Jaws," maybe?
We're gonna need a bigger tuba.