With Brown, take the good with the bad

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PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown signed a contract with the Steelers worth $73 million just eight months ago.

That money did not buy happiness.

Brown was in a foul mood during Sunday’s victory at Baltimore when he got wide open and Ben Roethlisberger failed to spot him.

Brown went to the sideline and tossed what appeared to be an empty Gatorade cooler. He was yelling as he stomped in front of the bench. At one point, he shrugged himself free of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, much in the same way a day care student doesn’t want to be anywhere near Miss Jennifer when he’s having a tantrum.

It was quite an explosion.

If it wasn’t noticed much in the moment, it was addressed on Tuesday by both Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin. Neither thought very much of Brown’s display of temper.

But this is part of what the Steelers bought with their $73 million. They got a talented receiver, one of the NFL’s very best. But they also got an occasionally petulant employee who doesn’t use the best judgment. Remember last year’slive webcast from the locker room?

Brown has every right to be frustrated. He worked to get free of the defense. Had Roethlisberger spotted him and hit him with a pass, it likely would have gone for a touchdown.

But the quarterback doesn’t always see everything as a play unfolds. That falls under the category of “things happen,” and Brown has been around long enough to know that.

So in the guise of just wanting what’s best for the team, Brown staged another “look at me” moment.

For $73 million.

Last week

The best part of the Steelers’ game was that Le’Veon Bell looked like his old self for the first time this season.

Now the Steelers need Roethlisberger and Martavis Bryant to get up to speed, too. Then maybe some of those 30-point games will happen.

And the winner is …

Congratulations to Travis Snowberger of Duncansville for accurately forecasting the Pirates would win 75 games. He won the annual Guess How Many Games The Pirates Will Win contest, and will receive a box of leftover promotional stuff.

Byron Ferg also predicted 75 wins, but Travis won on the tiebreaker by coming closer on the number of home runs (151) the Pirates would hit.

Full contest details at the “Mainly Mehno” blog at altoonamirror.com. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Mehno can be reached at johnmehnocolumn@gmail.com

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