First Call: Can the Maulers return in the new USFL?; a snag in Robert Morris hockey talks already; Jordan Staal comes up big

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Friday's "First Call" wonders if a return of the Pittsburgh Maulers could be coming. Brandon Saad and Jordan Staal are keeping Pittsburgh hockey fans interested in the NHL playoffs. Gerrit Cole gets burned by an ex-Pirates teammate. And things may already be going backward in the Robert Morris hockey negotiations.
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Friday's "First Call" wonders if a return of the Pittsburgh Maulers could be coming.

Brandon Saad and Jordan Staal are keeping Pittsburgh hockey fans interested in the NHL playoffs. Gerrit Cole gets burned by an ex-Pirates teammate.

And things may already be going backward in the Robert Morris hockey negotiations.

More of the Maulers?

The USFL is coming back. Will the Pittsburgh Maulers be returning with it?

Via Pro Football Talk, "The first incarnation of the USFL failed after three seasons when the league tried to move games to the fall and compete with the NFL in 1986, but plans to relaunch the league were announced on Thursday. Spring League founder and CEO Brian Woods has partnered with FOX Sports to bring the league back as an eight-team operation that will play in spring 2022."

Fox is also apparently getting a stake in operation itself. It's not clear where teams will play or what they will be called. But, according to PFT, the USFL "retains rights to key original team names" from the inaugural version of the league.

So, if Pittsburgh gets a team, yes, the Maulers could be returning. And oh, what a glorious moment that will be.

Bust out your purple and white Mike Rozier No. 30, folks! The original Maulers went 3-15 in 1984, their lone year of existence.

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