First Call: 1 Steeler loves his ‘Madden’ rating; Penguins legend Ron Francis gets new gig
In Wednesday’s “First Call,” at least one Steeler is happy with his EA Sports “Madden NFL 20” ranking. Brooks Koepka is big-timing Tiger Woods. And a new gig for a Penguins legend.
The EA Sports ratings are out for this year’s “Madden NFL 20” video game. And everybody is mad at them.
You can’t go on Twitter without seeing NFL players ticked off over how they are rated. Look at Steelers cornerback Joe Haden, for instance.
He was an 84, outside of the top 20 for cornerbacks. And he’s not happy about it.
Smh! Do they even watch tape!?!? No disrespect to my fellow CB’s but I know what I bring 2 the table. https://t.co/LCR67w9ulG
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) July 15, 2019
But there’s at least one guy who doesn’t mind his rating and is actually happy about it. Steelers rookie running back Benny Snell apparently was thrilled to find out he was given a 69.
EA Sports ratings adjuster Dustin Smith told NFL Network that Snell actually thanked him for giving him a rating that high because he thought he was going to be somewhere in the 30s.
“He was elated,” Smith said. “Couldn’t be happier.”
Speaking of those ratings, Aaron Donald appears motivated by them, even though he was one of only four players to get a coveted 99 mark.
The former Pitt Panther posted this video of his footwork technique. In it, one of his assistants is reminding him that he “only” got a 95 for footwork in his Madden rating.
.@AaronDonald97's footwork is not fair. That man is 280 pounds
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 15, 2019
If that’s a 95, what does a 99 look like?
If you want NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana’s house, you can have it.
For $28.9 million.
The Ringgold product is selling his 500-acre European-style estate in California’s wine country.
— WSJ Mansion (@WSJRealEstate) July 14, 2019
Maybe he’ll downsize to a pleasant two-bedroom ranch back in New Eagle or Monongahela.
The 49ers legend initially put the house on the market back in 2009 for $49 million … get it?
Here’s the description from the The Wall Street Journal, “the Montanas’ 9,700-square-foot, three-bedroom home has lots of European details, including a small moat and bridge out front. Inspired by the monasteries and historic villas the couple saw while traveling around Europe, it also has two turreted towers, elaborate wood-beamed and vaulted ceilings, carved statues, tapestries and large fireplaces, including one featuring a fresco of the Montana family crest.”
See you in Seattle
Penguins Hall of Famer Ron Francis reportedly has a new job.
The Seattle Times reports that Francis will be the general manager of the new Seattle franchise.
Francis was GM in Carolina from 2014-18. But they never made the playoffs.
The former Penguins center played in the NHL for 22 seasons and is fifth all-time in points.
Seattle starts play in the 2021-22 season.
How big is Brooks Koepka now?
Big enough to blow off Tiger Woods.
During media availability prior to the British Open, the former king of golf claimed he reached out to the new guy on the throne. Woods wanted to see if Koepka was interested in playing a practice round on the tournament’s Royal Portrush course.
And Koepka blew off the text.
Tiger Woods texted Brooks Koepka to ask him if he'd want to play a practice round together.
Brooks didn't respond.
This guy means business. pic.twitter.com/XBlvogPWpO
— SI Golf (@SI_Golf) July 16, 2019
Based on the Masters, Tiger still may be good enough to win in Northern Ireland. I wouldn’t give him any tips, either, if I was Koepka.