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First call: Le'Veon Bell approves of Steelers' loss to Raiders

| Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, 6:03 a.m.
Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin (28) is congratulated by quarterback Derek Carr (4) after scoring against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin (28) is congratulated by quarterback Derek Carr (4) after scoring against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

In Tuesday's "First Call," some groundbreaking moments for a pair of Penguins. Le'Veon Bell is making waves online again. And the Raiders tamp down their own enthusiasm after beating the Steelers.


Le'V is trolling again

Le'Veon Bell is trolling the Steelers on social media once more. This time on their own account.

After the team Instagram account posted the dismal final score of its 24-21 loss in Oakland, the unemployed former Steelers running back "liked" the post.

Bell had to realize that would get noticed if he did it. Clearly, he is making no attempt to be above the fray.

I always wanted to see the Steelers block FOR Bell. I never thought I'd see the day where it would be necessary to make a block OF him on social media.


Ticky-tack

Pfft! Talk about a zebra show. I mean, really? Did this lane violation have to be called?

C'mon ref. Swallow the whistle. That was borderline.


Night of firsts

The Penguins have endured some problems in overtime and the shootout of late.

They had dropped four in a row after regulation until gathering a 2-1 victory in a shootout against the Islanders on Monday.

Jake Guentzel got the game-winner. It was his first shootout attempt.

And goalie Casey DeSmith got the victory in net, his first in overtime or a shootout.

Up next, the Pens are in Chicago on Wednesday. The Blackhawks have just five wins at home this year, the lowest total in the NHL along with the Flyers.


I guess they were embarrassed?

Clearly humiliated that they allowed the AFC North-leading Steelers to hang around into the fourth quarter, the Raiders must've blamed general manager Reggie McKenzie, so they fired him.

OK. It was either because of that or the team's 3-10 record. I'll let you decide.

But seriously, owner Mark Davis couldn't wait a week? How about a day? That was Oakland's biggest win of the season, and they canned the guy less than 24 hours later?

Cold.

McKenzie had been the GM since 2012, and he was under contract until 2021.


Fiery Fournette

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was not happy during the team's loss to Tennessee this week.

He was caught on video confronting a fan behind Jacksonville's bench.

"Facts, you're too old for that. You're too old for that," Fournette said, according to TMZ. "Chill out. I'm not worried about you. You want to come down here? I'll whoop your a**."

I assume these are similar things to what Fournette was yelling at Mike Mitchell last year.

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