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First call: Terry Bradshaw’s apology; ex-Penguins shine for Blues

Tim Benz
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Terry Bradshaw is revealed by Nick Cannon on “The Masked Singer.”

In Tuesday’s “First Call,” a Terry Bradshaw apology, a potential tight end for the Steelers and some former Penguins stand out in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Bradshaw apologizes

Former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is backtracking on some comments he made during Fox’s “upfront” presentation Monday.

The network NFL host was discussing his time on “The Masked Singer,” and he said, “I love to sing, as all of you know who have my records. Unfortunately, I was kicked off by Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan.”

The only problems with that quote is that Ken Jeong is of Korean heritage and Alan Thicke has been dead for more than two years. Robin Thicke is the judge Bradshaw was referencing.

Actually, blaming the judges isn’t right either, as the audience voted who was unmasked per week. So it appears Bradshaw was totally spot-on everywhere in that comment.

At least Jeong got an apology.

“I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I’ve known for some time,” he said in a statement to Variety. “I’ve spoken to him about the importance of cultural respect and apologized for my offensive comments. I would like to also apologize to the Asian-American community for my insensitivity.”


Ready for Rudolph?

Many in Pittsburgh have wondered whether the Steelers may be interested in Kyle Rudolph, should he become available.

Minnesota’s tight end is a potential salary-cap casualty. The Vikings have less than $1 million in cap space, and Rudolph in is the final year of a deal that is slated to pay him $7.6 million.

Head coach Mike Zimmer certainly isn’t shutting the door on the notion of a trade or releasing the Pro Bowler.

It may be tough for the Steelers to figure out a trade from a salary-cap perspective. But if Rudolph is released, they should try to figure out a way to sign him.

Among NFL tight ends, Rudolph was seventh in catches (64) and 10th in yards (634) last year.


Tracking Trace

The Ravens are hyping up Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley.

McSorley will like that. He has expressed a desire to be a quarterback beyond all else in the NFL.

There has been lots of talk about him taking on a gadget role in Baltimore akin to what Taysom Hill has in New Orleans.

But given Lamar Jackson’s desire to run, he’ll be exposed to injury. And McSorley may be called up to take some snaps.

Robert Griffin III is also on the Baltimore roster.


Big night for former Penguins

St. Louis tied their Western Conference Finals series at one game apiece against San Jose.

The Blues won Game 2 Monday night, 4-2. And some former Penguins helped.

Robert Bortuzzo scored on a backhander to break a 2-2 tie late in the second period.

That was Bortuzzo’s first career postseason goal. Oskar Sundqvist chipped in, too, adding to the lead.

That’s Sundqvist’s third goal of the playoffs.

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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