First Call: Jon Gruden discusses Antonio Brown’s OTA absence; a comical Pirates mishap
In “First Call” Wednesday, Jon Gruden responds to Antonio Brown’s absence in Oakland. A comical Pirates mishap. The Blues win the Western Conference finals with more help from a former Penguin. And someone in Buffalo has O.J. Simpson’s number.
No A.B.? No big deal
That seems to be the reaction from Jon Gruden. The Raiders head coach is downplaying the absence of his newly signed wide receiver.
Brown is a no-show so far at Raiders OTAs. But Gruden is downplaying that topic.
Jon Gruden on Antonio Brown’s absence from today’s voluntary session. Expects to see him back in the next couple of days. pic.twitter.com/VHl9Xyqd3D
— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) May 21, 2019
The workouts are voluntary. And A.B. has posted videos of himself running and working out recently. Plus he posted this item which may be suggesting that he is on the way to practices.
Brown has talked a big game about wanting to get back to football out in Oakland, putting the self-imposed tumult of the offseason behind him.
Brown had a reputation for being all work, all the time with the club in Pittsburgh. That is, until last year at this time. That’s when his attitude toward working within the confines of the Steelers facility really seemed to turn bitter, and Brown was absent until minicamp.
Gruden seems to think things will end better this spring.
Here’s how the Rockies scored their first run.
Daniel Murphy shows us a new way to get out of a rundown. pic.twitter.com/O8m2Hv20TU
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 21, 2019
Yup. You saw that right. Francisco Cervelli threw the ball right off of Daniel Murphy’s helmet.
Way to take one for the team, Daniel.
The Juice is loose
And so is his number.
O.J. Simpson’s No. 32 is being given out again by the Buffalo Bills. No one has worn it since 1977. That was Simpson’s last year in Western New York.
Who is the, uh, lucky guy who gets to wear it?
Senorise Perry. He’s a fourth-year running back who also played in Chicago and Miami.
Simpson didn’t seem put off by the move when he spoke to writer Tim Graham of The Athletic.
“Whatever they decide to do will not change the way I feel about the people of Buffalo and my time spent there,” Simpson said during a phone conversation from Las Vegas.
“I thought it was retired,” Perry said. “But then I was told it was available. Boom, I took it.”
Singing in St. Louis
The St. Louis Blues are going to the Stanley Cup Final.
That hasn’t been said since 1970. But the Blues closed out the Sharks on Tuesday night to claim the Western Conference crown.
And former Penguin David Perron was involved again. He scored the first goal of the game, just a few moments into the first period.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 22, 2019
That’s Perron’s sixth goal of the postseason. St. Louis faces Boston in the Cup final. The Bruins are the same team they played in 1970.
You may remember how that one ended.
Game 1 is Monday in Boston.
Not done yet
After trailing 2-0 to the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals, the Raptors have evened that best-of-seven series at 2-2.
Toronto managed to do so with a 120-102 win on Tuesday night. Kawhi Leonard had the highlight of the game with this dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Kawhi with the dunk on Giannis and one!!! pic.twitter.com/oHJ7MgMBmC
— Basketballfosho (@basketballfosho) May 22, 2019
Leonard had 19 points. Kyle Lowry led the way with 25. Game 5 is 8:30 p.m. Thursday.