First call: Martavis Bryant vies for reinstatement; Therrien, Yeo to coach Flyers
In “First Call” Tuesday, Martavis Bryant wants to be reinstated in Oakland. Mike Yeo and Michel Therrien are getting reunited in Philadelphia. Gerrit Cole may be finding his groove in Houston. And bees are taking over Cincinnati.
Former Steelers — and Raiders — receiver Martavis Bryant apparently wants a return to the NFL.
Suspended former Steelers/Raiders WR Martavis Bryant told me he’s planning to apply for reinstatement in the coming weeks. Bryant has been arguing with the league that its drug program is not set up to offer players access to proper treatment for mental health issues.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) May 6, 2019
So, based on that tweet, Bryant isn’t applying for reinstatement based on a promise he’ll stay on the straight and narrow. He’s applying based on the premise that the NFL hasn’t done enough to help him to do so to this point.
That’s probably not going to fly, is it?
I can’t see the NFL reinstating Bryant on, essentially, a guilt trip. Bryant is going to have to illustrate contrition and some sort of proof that he is on a good path before he’s allowed back into the league.
Then he can do everything he wants to “help” the NFL better its mental health program, if he really wants that, for reasons beyond leveraging an excuse to get back in the league.
Barack Obama is running for the White House. Amy Winehouse is the hottest singer going. And have you seen that movie “Juno”?
Welcome back to 2008! Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo are back together coaching again. But this time at the other end of the state.
They’ll be assistants together on the same staff in Philadelphia with Alain Vigneault.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) May 6, 2019
Therrien coached the Penguins from December 2005 to February 2009. Yeo was an assistant on his staff. They enjoyed a trip to the Stanley Cup Final together in 2008 before Therrien was fired.
Yeo stayed on the Penguins’ bench and won a ring with Dan Bylsma in 2009. Yeo went on to be the head coach of the Wild and the Blues. Therrien became the head coach of Montreal for a second time between 2012-17.
What’s the buzz?
Monday’s game between the Reds and Giants was delayed 18 minutes yesterday because of a swarm of bees at Great American Ballpark.
BEES AT GABeeP! 🐝
— WLWT (@WLWT) May 6, 2019
There was a similar delay between the two teams in Cincinnati back in 1976. The swarm occurred behind home plate. So, you know, advantage pitcher, I would think.
No word on what caused the incident. One beekeeper told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he suspects there might be an overcrowded hive in the park, perhaps in the hollow of a pipe.
Members of the grounds crew sprayed the area, and the park was cleared of the insects after about 15 minutes.
Then the Reds stung the Giants, 12-4.
Cole train back on track?
While everyone in Pittsburgh is fascinated with the rise of Tyler Glasnow in Tampa, something that has been lost in the mix is that Gerrit Cole is struggling in Houston.
On April 20, the former Pirate gave up eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to fall to 1-3 with a 5.22 ERA. Since then, though, Cole seems to have righted the ship.
Yesterday, the right-hander allowed four runs. But he totaled nine strikeouts and walked no one in 6 1/3 innings en route to a 6-4 win against the Royals. Prior to that, Cole threw seven shutout innings in Minnesota as the Astros were 11-0 winners.
Cole is now 3-4 with an ERA of 4.17, and he leads MLB with 74 strikeouts.