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First Call: Antonio Brown makes Raiders debut; Pirates pierogies sexist?

Tim Benz
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Fans cheer as the costumed Pierogies take part in the “Great Pierogie Race” between innings at PNC Park.

Thursday’s “First Call” features your first look at Antonio Brown practicing with the Raiders. Tyler Boyd’s stance on free agency. Landry Jones’ release. Jon Bostic’s signing. And sautéed sexism at PNC Park.


Brown’s debut

Antonio Brown made his debut at Raiders organized team activities yesterday.

Here’s your first look at A.B. practicing in Silver and Black.

Brown didn’t speak. So there was no explanation given for why he didn’t participate in Day 1 of OTAs.

That also means he didn’t have a chance to respond to any of the comments made by JuJu Smith-Schuster or Ben Roethlisberger in recent days.

Expect that soon enough.


Pierogi problem

The design of the Pirates’ racing pierogies is sexist.

At least that’s what one Pittsburgh publication suggests.

The City Paper posted a story pointing out that the female pierogies — Jalapeno Hannah and Pizza Penny — ”both have lipstick, mascara, earrings, and a purse.”

“It feels like they gave the pierogies purses and jewelry because it’s how unprepared they imagine women to be to take on any sport,” author Hannah Lynn wrote. “It feels like Hannah and Penny are a small byproduct of how women aren’t taken seriously in athletics.”

The female hot dog in Cleveland also has a purse and make up.

The “racing Anchormen” in San Diego don’t include Vanessa Corningstone.

There are no female characters at all in the Milwaukee racing sausage promotion.

And the racing presidents in Washington don’t have any women represented eith … uh. Well.

Should the popular vote count?

The point is we have made great progress in terms of gender equality in America. We’ve become “woke.” But we may not be ready to push through the mascot plush-ceiling just yet.


Lights out on Landry

Perhaps coincidentally — perhaps — Landry Jones was released by the Raiders on the same day Brown showed up.

We all remember A.B. chewing out Landry Jones on the sideline in Pittsburgh. So that one element of a potentially combustible Oakland locker room has been erased before the “Hard Knocks” cameras arrive.

Hopefully.

Derek Carr will be backed up by Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman.


Beltway Bostic

Former Steelers linebacker Jon Bostic has a new home.

It’s in Washington.

The Redskins were in desperate need of an inside linebacker after Reuben Foster suffered an ACL injury on the first day of OTAs. Foster was supposed to replace the departed Zach Brown, who went to Philadelphia.

Bostic was released after the first season of a two-year contract in Pittsburgh.


Boyd shows

Pitt product Tyler Boyd is about to become a free agent in Cincinnati after this season.

But that isn’t stopping him from practicing in OTAs.

“I’m going to be a team player and go out there and work my tail off,” Boyd told The Athletic. “I’m not going to try to skip out on reps or miss a day. That’s the best approach to it. Typically, a guy trying to come out to a season saying, ‘you have to pay me,’ it shows where the care is going. He is a ‘me’ guy. Or, you are still working and going to be a team guy.”

Boyd will make approximately $980,000 this year. He’ll make tens of millions of dollars in free agency — or an extension with the Bengals — if he has a big year.

In 2018, Boyd set career-highs with 76 catches, 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns.

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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