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First Call: Bill Guerin close to leaving Penguins?; Alex Rodriguez’s SUV robbed

Tim Benz
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Bill Guerin hoists the Stanley Cup after the Penguins beat the Sharks in Game 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Tuesday’s “First Call” takes a look at Bill Guerin’s future, Alex Rodriguez’s stolen jewelry, a kicker who copies “Sid the Kid” and Tate Martell losing another quarterback battle.

Ripple effect?

How does a guy from Raleigh pulling out of a job opportunity in Minnesota impact the hockey team in Pittsburgh?

Here’s how it might.

The Wild interviewed Carolina’s Don Waddell for their vacant general manager job. But he decided to stay with the Hurricanes instead.

Minnesota also interviewed Bill Guerin for that gig. So if Waddell was their first choice, and he has signed an extension to stay with the Hurricanes, might Guerin be the next in line for the post?

It’s possible. Guerin has shown an interest in becoming a GM since retiring as a player. And he has risen through the ranks with the Penguins.

Guerin retired in 2010. After that, he started as a player development coach with the Penguins and in 2014 was promoted to the role of assistant general manager to Jim Rutherford.

Guerin was also the general manager for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL.

Maybe travel lighter?

Has Alex Rodriguez been hanging out with Le’Veon Bell too much?

Actually, this is worse.

At least Bell had $500,000 of jewelry allegedly stolen from his own home by two … uh … female friends.

A-Rod was driving around with that much. The former MLB All-Star was in San Francisco working a game for ESPN.

NBC Bay Area reports that Rodriguez’s driver went to eat at a restaurant, and his SUV was robbed.

Watches, jewelry, a laptop and a camera were among the items reportedly stolen, police said.

Poor guy. He only made $429 million during his baseball career. We may need to get a Kickstarter going for him.

Speaking of throwing money away …

No, I kid. I kid.

But $40 million does sound like a lot for Dak Prescott, doesn’t it? is reporting that is what the Cowboys quarterback wants in a contract extension.

Jane Slater says Prescott declined a $30 million-per-year extension. And she says he wants $10 million more than that.

She adds that the eventual agreed-to number will likely be closer to $34-35 million per year.

Sure that’s more … “reasonable.”

Bad angle

Sidney Crosby scores goals like this all the time.

However, I’ve never seen Chris Boswell kick one in from that angle.

Of course, I’ve never seen him try.

This kid can, though.

That’s Coahoma (Miss.) Community College kicker Jarod Wetzel. And he may be on a plane to Pittsburgh if Boswell misses a kick — from any angle — early this year.

They might be on to something

Tate Martell lost the starting quarterback battle at the University of Miami to Jarren Williams.

That’s a surprise given that he received a hardship transfer after leaving Ohio State. The former Buckeye was expected to win the job in Coral Gables.

The word has been received with much mockery from rival college football fans.

Barstool inferred that perhaps Martell was torn away from his playbook too often because he hooked up with Instagram model Kiki Passo.

Please. College quarterbacks get girls all the time. Like one woman in a bathing suit on social media is really going to be so gorgeous that she distracts a guy from his goal of being the star QB with a renowned team like the Hurric …

Oh, now I understand.

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Yeah, so, anyway. Like I was saying, is football really that important? I mean, come on. It’s just a game, right?

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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