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First call: Antonio Brown teases another interview; Mike Tomlin tweets about Mike Munchak

Tim Benz
| Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:58 a.m

In Wednesday’s “First Call,” Tomlin tweets! Guess what it is about. Antonio Brown is not to be outdone. Plus, updates on two major WPIAL stars.

Another interview threat

Antonio Brown’s post-meltdown Instagram interview with James Harrison got scrubbed.

But now the disgruntled Steelers wide receiver is teasing another interview.

As you can see, the details remain foggy.

Brown is right about that first part, though! He has been keeping busy with the “analysis.” And business has been “boomin.”

I know what my numbers looked like last week. Thanks, A.B.

Tomlin tweets

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin sent just his second tweet since September. It was one full of well-wishes to departing offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

The talking points coming from the South Side have been that Munchak is leaving only for family reasons, to be closer to his daughter and granddaughter.

As I wrote on Tuesday, that’s easy to believe. And this rare social media outreach from Tomlin sure goes a long way toward publicly advancing that belief.

But — as I also wrote in that post — it’s just as easy to believe that Munchak’s family investment may not have been as much of an issue if he had been offered a bigger contract, a longer term or a higher position this offseason or after the 2017 campaign.

Two-Way McKay

Remember Brendan McKay? He’s the two-way baseball star from Beaver County who was drafted by Tampa in 2017 with the fourth overall pick.

McKay went from Blackhawk to Louisville attempting to be the next Shohei Ohtani. McKay left college with the continued hope of playing first base and pitching.

Peter Gammons posted this story in “The Athletic” about McKay recently. McKay still wants to do both jobs.

“I’ve been doing both since I was about 12 years old,” McKay says. “It’s never been that big a deal. It’s what I have always done. It’s what I do when I play baseball.”

As Gammons’ numbers show us: “He’s made 23 starts as a professional, with close to two months missed because of the oblique pulls. He’s thrown 981⁄3 innings, has a 2.29 ERA, averaged 5.95 hits per nine innings and has as an astounding 124-19 strikeout-walk ratio.”

As for the hitting, it’s not quite on the same pace.

“McKay has 391 plate appearances in 111 professional games from Hudson Valley to Port Charlotte to Bowling Green. His slash line is .221/.361/.366 with 10 homers and 24 extra-base hits.”

Room for Phil?

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush is transferring to Central Florida.

Wimbush has one year left of eligibility. He can play this season. It is unknown when Black Knights star quarterback McKenzie Milton will be back from his knee injury.

Wimbush lost the starting job to Ian Book, who can play in South Bend for two more seasons.

That could mean Pine-Richland star Phil Jurkovec getting elevated to the primary backup job, even though there had been some published concerns that he may transfer because he feels stuck behind Book.

Perhaps an elevated role on the depth chart may allay any worries he may have.

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