Thursday’s “First Call” features NFL schedule-reveal creativity. The Le’Veon Bell bobblehead. And a Major League Baseball statistic you’ve never seen before.
Well, it’s official now.
It wasn’t before. But it is now.
Le’Veon Bell is no longer a Pittsburgh Steeler. He is a New York Jet.
Why is it official now? He has his own Jets bobblehead.
That’s why. That’s what matters.
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) April 17, 2019
If they really wanted to make the bobblehead lifelike, there should’ve been a mini Adisa Bakari bobblehead on Bell’s right shoulder whispering bad contract advice in his ear.
The Eastern Conference top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning got eliminated in four games by the Blue Jackets.
Could another No. 8 seed win?
It sure looks that way. Because the Avalanche now have a 3-1 series lead on the Flames. Mikko Rantanen scored in overtime last night to push Calgary to the brink of elimination.
Mikko Rantanen with the bullet.
Avs lead Calgary, 3-1. pic.twitter.com/fXHn9oHjTx
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 18, 2019
Game 5 is Friday in Calgary.
Whoa! I know that sweep was rough. But it seems the Lightning team Twitter account is taking things hard.
We don’t have any words and we know you don’t want to hear them.
We understand your anger, your frustration, your sadness. Everything you’re feeling – we get it.
This isn’t the ending we imagined, and certainly not the one we wanted. Thank you for being there the entire way.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 17, 2019
Yikes! Come back from the ledge.
Actually, come to think of it, there’s another Eastern Conference team that could’ve posted those same words and felt justified in doing so.
Here is your totally obscure MLB stat of the year. And it is only April.
Joey Votto just popped out to 1B for the 1st time in his career …
In his 6,828th plate appearance. 😱 pic.twitter.com/rw6cBgTAMy
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 17, 2019
A few questions on this.
Who was in charge of figuring that out? Is that a record? That feels like something Tony Gwynn or Ted Williams may have done, too. How is that possible for a left-handed hitter?
Here’s how it looked.
For anyone curious, here is Joey Votto popping out to 1st base for the first time in his career, on his 6,828th plate appearance! pic.twitter.com/bo41PrC4zV
— GSC (@GSC_Hear2Win) April 17, 2019
You just watched history, folks! Exciting, right?
Every team Twitter account in the NFL did a Twitter schedule release montage.
Props to the Chargers for creativity. They announced their team schedule with bad stock footage attached to every team.
Should we REALLY make our schedule release video with stock footage?
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— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 18, 2019
Kudos for coming up with something for “Titans.” The Falcons jumped on the “Game of Thrones” bandwagon.
Football is coming.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) April 17, 2019
Naturally, the Steelers channeled Mr. Rogers with a little help from Bill Hillgrove.
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Let’s head to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe for our 2019 schedule… pic.twitter.com/blrW7zjwsW
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 18, 2019