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First Call: Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger fills in as WVU mascot; Andy Dalton likely d
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First Call: Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger fills in as WVU mascot; Andy Dalton likely done with Bengals

[/url]TIM BENZ   | Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:34 a.m.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, poses with the West Virginia Mountaineer Mascot before West Virginia’s NCAA college basketball game against Kansas on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va.

 

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It’s a football-heavy “First Call” today. Ben Roethlisberger and his beard were on display in Morgantown Tuesday. It looks like Andy Dalton is out in Cincinnati. And being a Browns and Bengals fan isn’t an excuse to get high in Ohio after all.


New gig?
If Ben Roethlisberger is looking for some off-season work until the NFL season begins, he may have found it.
He can be a backup for the West Virginia Mountaineer mascot.
The Steelers quarterback was courtside in Morgantown Tuesday night for WVU’s game against third-ranked Kansas. He was there with wide receiver Ryan Switzer.
Oh, and the Mountaineer mascot.
But with Big Ben’s big beard, could you tell the difference between the two?

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Roethlisberger wasn’t a lucky charm, though. The No. 14 Mountaineers lost 58-49.


Buckeye bongs
Being a fan of the Cleveland Browns or the Cincinnati Bengals is tough.
But don’t expect to mellow out with a little bud in the Buckeye State after a rough loss on a Sunday afternoon.
An Ohio medical board committee met Wednesday. And it reviewed several petitions regarding conditions that could help Ohio residents take advantage of a 2016 law that allowed them to buy marijuana medicinally.
One state resident petitioned that being a “Browns/Bengals fan” should be considered a reason to get medical-grade marijuana in an effort to calm down after so many bad losses.
Since Cleveland got its franchise back in 1999 after being moved to Baltimore, neither franchise has won a playoff game.
But the petition failed. Much like most NFL games in Ohio, it went up in smoke.


Dalton is done
Speaking of the Bengals, it looks like Andy Dalton’s days in Cincinnati are over.
The team is expected to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick in the NFL draft.
And according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Bengals are willing to help facilitate a trade to an organization that suits Dalton to clear the way.
“They’re not going to do anything that puts him in a bad spot or that he does not agree with going forward,” Rapoport reported on Wednesday.
Dalton is in the final season of a six-year, $96 million contract. It carries a cap hit of $17.7 million in 2020. That money is not guaranteed.
So an outright release could happen, too.


Bieniemy back with friends?
A lot of people have wondered when Eric Bieniemy would get his head coaching shot in the NFL.
It may come in college instead.
The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator is an alum of Colorado. The Buffaloes just lost their head coach, Mel Tucker, to Michigan State.
Bieniemy was a star running back for the Buffs from 1987-90. He had also been the running backs coach and offensive coordinator for the university before going to the NFL.
And now 9News’ Mike Klis reports that the school has reached out to Bieniemy to gauge his interest.
Via a source, Klis reports “there is preliminary mutual interest between CU and Bieniemy.”


Good showing
ESPN put together its list of top-10 “coolest” NHL goals ever.
The Penguins are featured three times.
Sidney Crosby’s double-tap goal in 2018 against the Montreal Canadiens is on the list. Jaromir Jagr cracks the top 10 for his effort against the Blackhawks in the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals. And Mario Lemieux splitting the Minnesota North stars defense in the 1991 Cup Final is featured, too.

Click the link to find out the order.
But don’t get mad at me when you find out who hold the top spot!










Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@tribweb.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.
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