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First call: Shannon Sharpe flip-flops on Antonio Brown; new Steeler says ‘screw the Patriots’

Tim Benz
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Shannon Sharpe now says Antonio Brown is a problem.

In “First Call” Tuesday, calling out Shannon Sharpe for his Antonio Brown double talk. A new Steeler comes into Pittsburgh with Patriots hate in his heart. And Chris Davis sets the 0-fer mark.


Now that’s a 180

If NFL coaches knew Shannon Sharpe could backpedal like this, he might have played cornerback instead of tight end.

Remember when Sharpe tried to make the Steelers locker room discord sound like it was Ben Roethlisberger’s fault back in January on FS1?

Well, until James Harrison eventually corrected him, of course.

Then he did it again in February. This time he took shots at Steelers fans, too, saying he had no problem with Antonio Brown’s “owner’s mentality” comment about his former quarterback.

But now JuJu Smith-Schuster is the latest victim of Brown going scorched-earth on his former locker room in a social media exchange last weekend. Suddenly, Sharpe is making Brown out to be the bad guy.

The whole time, in each clip, Skip Bayless is acting as Sharpe’s nodding “yes man,” failing to call him out for his inconsistency.

They know their shows are on tape, right?


This will work well in Pittsburgh

Want to endear yourself to the Pittsburgh football fanbase?

Kicking off your tenure with “screw the Patriots” is normally a good start.

That’s what new Steeler Steven Nelson had to say about the Pats with FS1’s Kristine Leahy. She asked the former Chiefs defensive back about losing to New England in the AFC Championship game.

“I was like ‘screw the Patriots,’ because we should’ve been in the Super Bowl. Kudos to them for making it, but I wanted the Rams to win,” Nelson said.

He also says intercepting Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield was his favorite play of his career.

When Nelson eventually gets a number, we’ll let you know so you can order that jersey ASAP.


Tough times

Chris Davis set the record, folks.

The Baltimore out-machine is now 0 for 49 dating to last season. That’s the longest dry spell in the history of baseball for a position player.

Dodgers infielder Eugenio Velez set the previous record at 0 for 46 in 2011.

The struggling Orioles first baseman was hitless in five at-bats in a 12-4 win against Oakland to set the futility record, even though he hit three line drives on the evening.

Davis is in the fourth season of a $161 million, seven-year contract.


Another chance

Ray Shero is staying on as the general manager in New Jersey.

This news comes in the wake of 51 losses for the Devils this season.

The team made the announcement without any sort of terms being revealed. Shero took that job in 2015 after he was fired by the Penguins following the 2014 season.

The club also extended coach John Hynes.


Nine-point play?

You thought that AAF 4th-and-15 conversion was nutty when the NFL considered adopting it?

That was nothing. Check out this idea for conversions from the XFL.

• No kicks.

• One-point conversion tries would come from a scrimmage play at the 2-yard line.

• Two-point conversion tries would come from the 5.

• Three-point conversion tries would come from the 10.

Instead of going after the Arena Football League, maybe Giants owner John Mara should’ve said, “Who are we, the XFL?”

But anything to keep the gamblers interested, 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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