ST. PAUL, Minn. — Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> I have a couple pieces this morning from the NHL Entry Draft, one of them a case for the Penguins and Jaromir Jagr each giving a little to get a deal done, the other a feature on first-round pick Joe Morrow.
I’d be lying if I didn’t confess to you that it was fun to be here. Used to cover drafts all the time, and it’s a scene unlike any other with all these kids and their families in suits and ties, holding their breath until the last name is called. Few things in sports are sadder than the faces of those in attendance who don’t get picked.
>> Stat of the day: Four Pittsburgh kids went in the first 64 picks, exactly the same number of Russians taken. Raise your hand if you ever saw that coming.
>> I am told that the baseball club has fared quite well in my absence.
>> I’m flying home this morning and will appear on KDKA-TV’s “Sports Showdown” much later tonight. Maybe I’ll see some ball in between.