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Tim Benz

A ton to choose from for “U mad, bro?” this week!

I had so much material from you folks about the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the New England Patriots, I could’ve gone entirely down that path.

But with Antonio Brown’s defection to New England, the Pirates bullpen fight, and the shenanigans in Cleveland, I decided to spread our wings.

Joe was pretty ticked off after the Steelers’ season-opening loss to the Patriots.

Ironically, sources tell me that the Patriots were jamming the headsets again. This time translating the defensive signals to Mandarin.

That’s why they had to give the green dot to T.J. Watt at the last minute.

Jim sent an email with guns blazing against coach Mike Tomlin.

Another season but more of the same old-same old!! Another Tomlin team that doesn’t look like it is ready to play a game.

Jim, to be fair, this is new for Tomlin.

Usually Tomlin’s squads look unprepared and undermotivated against the bad teams.

The Patriots are good. The Steelers usually just lose to them because New England is better.

So maybe the ol’ Stillers have changed up more than you think.

William sent me this email regarding Antonio Brown.

“NFL contracts still protect the players’ interests but no longer protect those of the franchise. Oakland was taken. Lost two draft picks for nothing. Brown weaseled his way out of contracts he signed with two NFL franchises and won big. He should be sued for breach of contract and the owners should demand that their interests be protected from such chicanery in the next CBA.”

Teams wouldn’t sue an individual player for breach of contract. But they may go through arbitration to recoup signing bonuses.

Your other point, though, is one I strongly echo. I’ve been saying since the Le’Veon Bell saga began, it’s time for the NFL to start offering short-term, non-negotiable guarantees to players.

The players will think these deals will protect them. Which, of course, they would.

But based on the actions of players such as Brown, Bell, Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon of late, teams may be the ones winding up with more protection in the end.

And that’s a good thing.

Here is a slightly more elaborate conspiracy theory about Brown from a guy named Joe.

AB is not a pariah. He is our Yinzer Candidate. We can’t beat New England in the playoffs so drastic measures had to be taken.

Those three days he disappeared during Week 17? He was being reprogrammed and having the latest mind-control software implanted by the Steelers. They couldn’t just release him and have New England pick him up. Too obvious.

So the Steelers trade him somewhere innocuous like Oakland to get everyone off their trail.

The frozen feet thing was the first test. They knew the software worked.

The Steelers have been setting him off all summer, leading to “Crackergate” and his release from Oakland, knowing that the Patriots would sign literally anyone if it would help them win a game.

They timed it so he wouldn’t be able to play against them. AB is now where he was meant to be all along — with the Patriots and totally under Steeler control.

Tell me I’m wrong.

No, Joe. You are right. I can’t believe I didn’t see it. It’s all plain as day.

Now, how do we get Donte Moncrief to the Ravens?

“Big Ern” (great Twitter handle, by the way) tweeted me about that Pirates bullpen fight between Kyle Crick and Felipe Vazquez. As a result, Crick busted a finger and is done for the season.

Based on Crick’s lack of control this season, I’m going assume he swung at Vazquez, missed and hit the wall.

Russ has a thought about Odell Beckham Jr.’s Watchgate situation.

Russ, it’s not a matter of “if.” It’s “when”?

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