First Name: Cowboys proprietor swats former Steeler; Alex Ovechkin offers damage replace; former RMU president up for NCAA gig?

In Thursday’s “First Name,” Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones jabs an ex-player who additionally was a Pittsburgh Steeler. The Penguins’ playoff image is crystalizing. Alexander Ovechkin supplies a well being replace.

And a stunning new job could possibly be within the works for former Robert Morris College president Chris Howard.

I’m certain the varsity’s hockey followers might be thrilled to listen to about it.

Taco Tuesday

Ex-Steeler Taco Charlton was the topic of some trash speak from considered one of his former employers Tuesday.

Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones took a swipe at Charlton during a pre-draft press conference. Jones appeared earlier than the media along with his son, Stephen (Chief Working Officer/Participant Personnel Director), and coach Mike McCarthy.

At one level, the group was requested who makes the ultimate name on draft alternative choices.

“There’s a number of speak on this enterprise about who makes the decision. Who really makes the decision,” Jerry Jones stated. “Taco was Stephen’s name. [Micah] Parsons is my name.”

Ouch, Jerry! Play good.

In case you could not keep in mind, Charlton was a 2017 first-round choose for the Cowboys who failed to stay in Dallas past September of his third yr. Parsons was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the 12 months in 2021.

Therefore Jones’ sarcasm. Charlton had a not-so-subtle reply on Twitter.

Charlton has made greater than $10.3 million in his profession, $6.9 million of it coming from the Cowboys. He at present is on the Saints roster after enjoying 11 video games with the Steelers final yr, recording 18 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

Silver lining

Regardless that the Penguins misplaced to the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Tuesday, they didn’t lose floor within the race for third place within the Metropolitan Division standings.

That’s as a result of the fourth-place Washington Capitals additionally dropped a 4-1 choice towards the New York Islanders. So meaning the Penguins nonetheless have 101 factors with one recreation left towards the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The Capitals have 100 factors with two video games left. They play the Islanders once more Thursday, and so they play the Rangers on Friday. Each video games are in New York.

Atop the Metro standings, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Rangers 4-3 at Madison Sq. Backyard. In order that sews up first place for the Canes. The Rangers will end second and host the Penguins or Caps, whoever finishes in third place.

The Bruins additionally locked up at the least the highest wild card spot by beating the Florida Panthers 4-2 in Boston.

In consequence, the Pens will both face the Rangers because the Metro’s third-place group, or they’ll be the final group into the postseason because the second wild card. That might imply they’d flip into the Atlantic Division and play Florida who has already locked up residence ice benefit within the Japanese Convention.

Ovi replace

The Capitals performed that recreation towards the Islanders with out Alexander Ovechkin. Their star winger missed the sport due to an upper-body damage.

The 50-goal scorer crashed into the top boards throughout a recreation towards Toronto on Sunday.

“I really feel fairly good. We’ll see,” Ovechkin told NBC Sports when requested whether or not he’d be prepared for the primary spherical. “I’m not going to say sure or no, however proper now we simply (made) a call to not play (tonight) and we’ll see what’s going to occur subsequent recreation.”

Ovechkin performed 77 video games this season to this point. He’s performed at the least that many 13 instances in his profession. He had eight objectives and 12 factors this month earlier than the damage.

Up for consideration?

On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that President Mark Emmert could be stepping down when his substitute is discovered, or no later than June 30, 2023.

Think about the shock of hockey followers at Robert Morris College to see this tweet from ESPN faculty soccer reporter Pete Thamel. He recommended that former RMU President Chris Howard could be a candidate to switch Emmert.

Howard left the university in January to affix Arizona State College as its government vp and chief working officer. That was lower than a month after the varsity reinstated the lads’s and ladies’s hockey applications after Howard minimize them from the varsity’s funds in Could 2021.

The way through which Howard went about eliminating the applications put the varsity getting ready to authorized motion. A number of attorneys — including Jeffery Kessler who efficiently represented Division I athletes leading to a 9-0 Supreme Courtroom ruling towards the NCAA final yr — contacted the varsity making authorized allegations concerning the timing and strategy of how the college initially minimize the groups.

So, yeah, that in all probability deserves a promotion to run the whole NCAA. Why not? I imply, it’s not like he would minimize hockey from each college.

Would he?

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Assessment employees author. You’ll be able to contact Tim at or through Twitter. All tweets could possibly be reposted. All emails are topic to publication until specified in any other case.

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