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Tim Benz, Columnist

First Call: Antonio Brown gets into Twitter spat with Eric Weddle

Tim Benz
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Steelers receiver Antonio Brown stiff-arms the Ravens’ Eric Weddle in the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at Heinz Field.

Friday’s “First Call” features another Antonio Brown Twitter spat. A major rules change to basketball may be coming. And we’ve found the ugliest sports fan tattoo of all time.

Which is to say, we have found the best sports fan tattoo of all time.


Cat fight!

Former wide receiver Antonio Brown and Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle went at each other on the field quite often in the AFC. Weddle was with the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, and Brown was with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now they are hissing at each other on social media.

They are relegated to swatting at each other on Twitter since it is tough to take the aggression out on the field seeing as Brown has pretty much alienated himself from the entire NFL.

Weddle didn’t want to talk about his back and forth with his former rival when reporters asked him about it after practice Thursday.

I always think that’s funny. These athletes will go public with their statements on social media but then won’t explain them when asked to do so by the actual media.

They know that they can’t “no comment” away what’s already been posted, right?

It doesn’t work that way.

By the way, these two would have played each other if Brown had remained with the Steelers. Los Angeles comes to Heinz Field on Nov. 10.


That’s a good look

We’ve seen some Pittsburghers with some interesting sports tattoos.

But this guy from Philadelphia takes the cake. He was spotted in Green Bay at the Thursday night football game.

Note the special planning to get the Philly Phanatic’s mouth over his belly button.

That’s a special kind of dedication to detail. Does he shoot lint out of it or something?


Nailers need new ice

The Wheeling Nailers can’t make any ice.

That’s a problem, seeing as how they are, well, a professional hockey team.

According to WTOV, the Penguins ECHL affiliate is dealing with some busted refrigeration at WesBanco Arena.

Via Jaime Baker: “WesBanco is working with outside contractors to try to put in portable ice that can be used for the season.

Arena officials determined Wednesday night that the system will not be able to be fixed in the next few weeks.”

The Nailers are moving their training camp practices to Printscape Arena at Southpointe and their first preseason game has been shifted to Fort Wayne.


That’s new

Are you someone who hates seeing lots of free throws at basketball games?

Well, the NBA’s G League has come up with an attempt to minimize them.

The problem is, the plan may not minimize the number of actual trips to the line.

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the G League is experimenting with a new plan this season. Trips to the free throw line will include only a single foul shot that will be worth one, two or three points depending on the nature of the foul leading to the attempt.

In other words, if you get fouled driving to the hoop, your one free throw is worth the two points of your original shot.

If you get fouled trying to hit a three, your one free throw is worth all three points.

Hence, one-point free throws would now only count in “and-one” situations and technical fouls.

However traditional free throw rules will go back in place for the final two minutes of regulation and overtime, officials said.

Initially, I said, either do it the same way the whole game or don’t do it at all. But the hope is to increase game flow and shorten the length of games. And the decision makers seem to think that the risk-reward of fouling goes more toward the trailing team in late game situations if there is just one shot. So that’s why they are shifting back to the old way of doing things in the final minutes.

I get it. It moves the game along once the clock has been stopped. But I’m not sure it will really decrease the number of fouls. And the stopping of the game for one shot versus two or three shots isn’t really all that different.


Long live the King

The King is gone!

“King Felix” Hernandez pitched his final game with the Seattle Mariners last night, and he left the mound to thunderous applause.

Hernandez’s contract is up, and it doesn’t appear that he will be back with Seattle next season, although he says he wants to continue pitching.

Hernandez lost the game to the Oakland A’s 4-1. His record dropped to 1-8 and his ERA is 6.40.

That’s a far cry from his glory days when he won a Cy Young, twirled a perfect game and went to six all-star games.

But he spent all 15 seasons of his career in Seattle and left the mound to a standing ovation.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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