Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Wednesday column is about Sidney Crosby’s indefensible silence. I’ll let the piece speak for itself, other than to say I’ll be diving into the comments, as usual, if anyone wants to discuss.
>> I have other coverage from the Penguins’ 1991 reunion yesterday, a wonderful event of a truly special group of athletes. One line that didn’t make the cut in my report came from Mario Lemieux when asked who is the player who cracks everyone else up.
“Oh, Artie, no question,” 66 replied.
That, of course, is Kevin Stevens. Proof that some things never changed.
Artie, upon spotting me, walks up and barks in his Bah-ston accent, “Hey, what happened to our Pirates? They really fell a-paht, huh?”
Stevens was one of 10 players there yesterday who still call Pittsburgh their home: Lemieux, Jay Caufield, Bob Errey, Phil Bourque, Bryan Trottier, Dave Hannan, Pierre Larouche, Peter Taglianetti, Troy Loney and Randy Hillier. That’s half of the 20 there. Amazing.
>> Not to be missed this morning is Rob Rossi’s exclusive interview with Matt Cooke, a pouring-out-the-heart for the first time for this controversial figure.
>> Yeah, in our print edition, that’s four full pages of hockey in mid-August. I can assure we’re not apologizing. We love the pucks.
>> I would have an awful lot to share on Lawrence Timmons’ highly deserved extension from the Steelers, except that I pretty did that with a Timmons-is-great column two weeks ago. I also would have much to say about why Troy Polamalu should get one, too, except that I did that a month ago.
>> Just so I have this straight: The Pirates crush the Brewers, and an earthquake strikes. The earth returns to its axis, and the Brewers crush the Pirates.