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First Name: Ex-NFL star heard ‘rumblings’ of Steelers’ curiosity in Aaron Rodgers; Devils mock Flyers elimination

The Pittsburgh Steelers had been dragged into the pre-draft Aaron Rodgers drama in Inexperienced Bay. Guess who did the dragging!

It was a enjoyable night time for Penguins followers on a number of ranges. The Pirates are getting their first take a look at the St. Louis Cardinals. And an attention-grabbing story from the Duquesne basketball workforce.

All that in Friday’s “First Name.”

Ocho thought so

Within the pre-draft hours Thursday afternoon, there was a lot dialogue in regards to the Inexperienced Bay Packers buying and selling disgruntled quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Like many people within the soccer world, former Cincinnati Bengals vast receiver Chad Johnson tweeted that he felt the San Francisco 49ers could be one of many groups eager about buying him. However they nonetheless have Jimmy Garoppolo, and so they drafted North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, too.

In order that guess didn’t work out so properly for Ocho Cinco. To this point, neither did his different guess — his good pals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

You recognize what? If Ben Roethlisberger retires after 2021 and Aaron Rodgers continues to be ticked off in Inexperienced Bay, I might consider this tweet.

The truth is, I would tweet it first.

However I don’t know what Ocho Cinco was getting at with this one. What was Rodgers going to do? Again up Massive Ben? Have Roethlisberger as his backup? Would they commerce Roethlisberger to Inexperienced Bay straight up?

Have been they going to run a five-quarterback offense with these two, Dwayne Haskins, Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs?

Sorry, Ocho. Get again to me in March 2022 if Roethlisberger retires, and let’s reinvestigate this.

The icing on the cupcake

As if beating the Washington Capitals 5-4 in additional time Thursday (to clinch a playoff spot, no much less) wasn’t enjoyable sufficient for Penguins followers, it occurred on the identical night time that the Philadelphia Flyers had been mathematically eradicated from the NHL playoffs.

They misplaced 5-3 to the New Jersey Devils whereas the Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2. So, the Flyers are formally out. And the Devils had been very humble in regards to the course of.

The New York Islanders additionally shut out the New York Rangers 4-0.

In order of Friday morning, the East playoff race appears like this (with the highest 4 making the playoffs):

1. Washington Capitals: 69 factors (in 50 video games)

2. Pittsburgh Penguins: 69 factors (in 51 video games)

3. New York Islanders: 65 factors

4. Boston Bruins: 64 factors

5. New York Rangers: 58 factors

How are they doing it?

Lots of people are questioning how the Pirates have managed to get by means of the primary 24 video games at 12-12.

Consider it or not, comparable questions might be requested of the St. Louis Cardinals. The 2 groups open a three-game set Friday.

St. Louis is available in as 13-12. They beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 in 10 innings Thursday to inch above .500.

They usually’ve executed it with out notably sizzling begins from Paul Goldschmidt (.224/3 residence runs) and Nolan Arenado (.247/4 residence runs). Catcher Yadier Molina has 5 homers. However he’s on the 10-day injured listing with a foot drawback. Outfielder Dylan Carlson has been good, too (.286/.871 OPS).

The Cardinals are solely twenty third in baseball in workforce batting common at .221. However they’re eleventh in runs scored at 110. And the pitching employees is in the course of the pack in workforce ERA — fifteenth at 4.01.

The Pirates will see the highest two pitchers for the Playing cards this 12 months within the first two video games. John Gant pitches Friday towards J.T. Brubaker for the Pirtaes. Gant has the workforce’s lowest ERA for starters at 2.25. St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty matches up towards Trevor Cahill Saturday. Flaherty is 4-0 with a 3.18 ERA and a 27:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Veteran Adam Wainwright has struggled. He’ll throw Sunday with an 0-3 file and a 4.08 ERA.

That’s dedication

Duquesne basketball participant Mounir Hima is kind of a narrative. The 6-foot-11 freshman is fasting through the month of Ramadan. However he isn’t backing off his coaching routine. The college tweeted out this video to indicate his routine.

In different Dukes information, assistant coach Ashton Gibbs is leaving this system. The Pitt product goes to teach on the Phelps Prep Faculty in Malvern, Pa.

Gibbs performed 4 years for the Panthers from 2008-12 and coached for 2 years on the Bluff.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Evaluation employees author. You’ll be able to contact Tim at or through Twitter. All tweets may very well be reposted. All emails are topic to publication except specified in any other case.

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