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Wakeup Call: Like pulling teeth

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> I understand that Joel Hanrahan had quite the escape there in the ninth, with three straight Ks after putting Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder aboard. Good for him. He deserved something like that after how terrific he’s been all summer.

Me, I saw none of it. Had a tooth removed. Might not be very talkative for a while, but I’ll be functional enough to conduct our weekly chat today at noon.

>> It’s amazing, the percentage of people who expressed really strong feelings about my Sidney Crosby’s silence column yesterday, only to then admit they hadn’t actually read it.

What is that?

>> On that note, good for Crosby, his agent and the Penguins that they were able to get together to put out that press release last night. Our Rob Rossi has the details.

To repeat what I wrote yesterday, I couldn’t care less if he ever spoke publicly or if the information ever became public. That wasn’t the point of the column. Rather, it was to underscore a lack of communication between the captain, the team’s officials and even his teammates, one that I can assure you — emphatically — was beginning to frustrate many on the Penguins’ end.

It’s encouraging that they put out the release, one that clearly was done in lockstep. And, without playing doctor here, I thought it was kind of encouraging to read that reference to Crosby being on the path to a “full recovery.” Unless I’m mistaken, that’s a new one on this front.

>> I’m working on a Friday column about Pitt QB Tino Sunseri, one I hope you’ll like. His is an interesting case, of a QB who really didn’t perform as well as his numbers last year and now is the centerpiece of an entirely different offense.

>> See you in the chat.

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