The Steelers could be without running back Le’Veon Bell for the first four games of the season. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Bell missed a drug test, which triggered the suspension. Bell has appealed, but no date has been set for the appeal hearing.
Bell was suspended for the first three games of last season after he was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI in the summer of 2014, but he ended up only missing the first two games after an appeal. Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (then a member of the Steelers) was with Bell during the 2014 incident and also was arrested and suspended one game by the league.
Between the suspension and then a season-ending MCL injury, Bell played just six games last season, rushing 113 times for 556 yards and three touchdowns, while catching 24 passes for 136 yards.
DeAngelo Williams and Fitzgerald Toussaint figure to be getting the carries if Bell is out. Williams ran for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, his first in Pittsburgh after nine years in Carolina. Toussaint saw spot duty in five games last season, his first with the Steelers after appearing in four games with the Ravens as a rookie in 2014.
The Steelers — expected to be the Patriots’ biggest challenger in the AFC — already will be without receiver Martavis Bryant for the entire season because of a substance-abuse policy violation.
Late Thursday night, Major Lazer released “Cold Water,” a summer anthem candidate featuring Justin Bieber and MØ on vocals.
Long story short, it’s great and it brings to light one interesting point: All three of these artists might have set the bar impossibly for projects involving one another. “Cold Water” is going to be played nonstop for the next two to six months, yet it isn’t even close to the best of what’s become a growing list of hits made involving at least two of Diplo, Bieber and MØ. That’s absolutely fine.
The creme de la creme is “Where are U Now,” which Diplo and Skrillex put out last summer as Jack U with Bieber. Right up there with it is “Lean On” from Major Lazer (of which Diplo is one third), MØ and DJ Snake. Not to be forgotten, however, is MØ and Diplo’s “Kamikaze” or “XXX 88,” the first song the two did together.
“Cold Water” is going to be gigantic because Diplo, Bieber and MØ have become the James Franco, Seth Rogen and (insert third “Freaks and Geeks” cast member) of pop music: People just want them to do stuff together and it’s going to be beloved no matter. It’s also written by Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, with whom Bieber had major success on last year’s “Love Yourself.”
Much like “Love Yourself,” this song kind of plays it down the middle. There’s no mucked-up-Bieber-turned-dolphin-sounding hook like in “Where Are U Now.” There’s no immediately memorable riff like in “Lean On” or “Kamikaze.” In fact, there’s no break at all from the first chorus to the second verse or from the second chorus to the bridge. In that respect, production and dance breaks can’t carry the day the way they can in so many of Diplo’s hits. Bieber’s vocal performance has to support the song and absolutely does. This is maybe 100 times the performance that he turns in on “Where Are U Now,” a far superior song.
In fact, MO’s bridge might actually be the most “produced”-sounding part of the song. Often times artists sound better with other singers providing harmonies. Diplo knows MØ’s voice is too unique for that method, so what you get is a bridge dripping wet with MØ’s vocals. It’s the best part of the song.
The lack of shiny objects in “Cold Water” isn’t necessarily a bad thing — it just means it’s not going to blow you away on the early listens. Yet it also means that this crew is capable of moving even closer to formulaic Top 40 and it working, because this song 100 percent works.
In summary, Diplo + Bieber, MØ or both of them = fire flames city. You’ll enjoy your weekend because these three just made damn sure of it.
Somewhat reluctantly, Kirk and Gary take calls on who would start a one-game playoff for the Red Sox right now between Steven Wright, Rick Porcello and David Price
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Kirk and Gary Tanguay discuss the Donald Trump speech to close the RNC on Thursday night, and discuss how effective it was. Also, Kirk challenges Hillary Clinton supporters to call and tell him why to vote for her.
Kirk Minihane & Gary Tanguay are in for a Friday edition and open the show discussing members of the media getting into the baseball Hall of Fame, among other bipolar topics.
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Maxim — NBC has hired two up-and-coming Brazilian journalists to join its stable of reporters covering the Olympics, the network announced today.You may know them better as supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio, a former Maxim cover model, and her pal Adriana Lima.The stunning Victoria’s Secret Angels will serve as food and culture correspondents in Rio and their stories will appear mostly on NBC’s after hours coverage, hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
Way to go, NBC Sports. Stick tap to you, Rio 2016. This is how you fend off a pending public relations fiasco. You get ahead of the story by promising the world lingerie models. First it was Gisele Bunchen catwalking it at the Opening Ceremonies, now we’re assured two best remaining Victoria’s Secret Angels sharing their food and culture expertise.
Look, I don’t want to come off as anti-Olympics. Trust me, I’m willing to invest a couple of weeks every fourth August to get into javelin throwing, synchronized swimming and skeet shooting. It’s just that the news out of Rio is so grim between the poopy water, the facilities not being ready and, oh yeah, that revolution going on in the streets, the whole event needs a boost. A shot in the arm. That dose of goodwill that only having the most ridiculously attractive women in the world talking about arroz con pollo and Carnival can provide.
So again, as a viewer, I appreciate NBC learning what the good people of Brazil have known since they invented hot wax: Sex sells. (We could live without Seacrest, though.) So let’s celebrate: