First Call: Antonio Brown dissed in boxing challenge; potential Penguins trade target scores; Larry Fitzgerald wins – TribLIVE

In Monday’s “First Call,” Antonio Brown’s potential boxing opponent throws an internet haymaker. The XFL’s ratings are off to a good start. A crazy mascot dunk. Larry Fitzgerald wins a title. And watching a potential Penguins trade prospect.


A.B. KO’d in video

Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is passing the time until he gets back into football. He is potentially partaking in a boxing match against YouTube celebrity Logan Paul.

Paul has gone down this path before, fighting KSI — another YouTube rapper and entertainer — to a draw and a loss in the past.

It’d be the first sanctioned fight for Brown if it happens.

And Paul is doing whatever he can to bait Brown. He put together a video over the weekend where he mocks Brown’s recent arrest, makes fun of his finances and absence from the NFL, and calls out his emotional meltdown when he allegedly threw furniture off of his balcony in Florida.

Paul’s rap also mocks Brown’s own recent single “Whole Lotta Money.” Throughout the video, Paul alternates between wearing a Tom Brady jersey and a JuJu Smith-Schuster jersey, both clear attempts to taunt Brown.

If only he also had worn a Bruce Arians-style Kangol hat and an Emmanuel Sanders jersey, the mockery would’ve been complete.

It’s not at all safe for work. So put the earbuds in or turn the volume down. But if you enjoy seeing A.B. get dissed, you’ll have a laugh.

Meanwhile, Brown posted this link of him training on Sunday.

I’m going to get sucked into buying this fight, aren’t I?


So far, so good

The XFL’s television ratings for its first weekend are pretty good.

According to MSN.com, the debut of the AAF only averaged 2.9 million.

The site points out that more people watched the Seattle versus D.C. game than Lakers-Warriors in the NBA, “which aired on ABC in primetime on Saturday night, and averaged a notch over 2 million viewers.”

That’s great. But keep in mind, the XFL had good ratings when it was originally launched in 2001, as well. But they lost half the audience for Week 2.


A second title for Fitz

Former Pitt football star Larry Fitzgerald is coming back for at least one more NFL season.

When he retires, it seems like he’s potentially got a celebrity golf career looming.

Over the weekend, the Cardinals receiver won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am. It’s the second time he won it.

Fitzgerald was paired with Kevin Streelman as his pro. They shot 33-under par for the tournament. They topped Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and pro Phil Mickelson by five strokes.

They also won the 2018 event.


Eying Athanasiou

A name that is drawing interest on the trade market for Penguins fans of late is Andreas Athanasiou.

It’s believed by some that he could play center or wing in Pittsburgh.

The Detroit forward has speed and skill. He was a 30-goal scorer last year. But thanks to injury and ineffectiveness, he only had six this season heading into play Sunday against the Boston Bruins.

Athanasiou broke a 20-game goalless slump with this score in that game.

He added an empty-netter as well and the Wings upset the Bruins 3-1.


You’ve come a long way, baby

It wasn’t that long ago when Cosmo, the BYU mascot, suffered internet humiliation when his head came flying off during a stunt at a football game.

Well, like all great athletes, Cosmo has bounced back. Take a look at this dunk he had from the three-point line.

Check it out in slow motion, too.

OK, “Swoop,” from the University of Utah. The ball is in your court. And you have wings!

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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