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Wakeup Call: Even keel works sometimes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> When teams that we follow start losing a lot, we tend to want to see the coach or manager flip out. We loved it when Jim Leyland flipped the food table, when Bill Cowher freaked on the punter, or when Michel Therrien called his defensemen “soff.” Makes us feel like they’re with us, like they share our disappointment or pain.

It’s rarely the right course, though.

I learned something about Dan Bylsma on this trip through Winnipeg and here. He had every reason to cite excuses. Huge, glaring, you-gotta-be-kidding-me excuses. But he didn’t. In fact, he most often would just change the subject and talk about systems, strategies, energy, etc.

I could go on about the benefits of that, or just show you what the Penguins did here last night.

Very impressive all-around.

>> My Wednesday column takes my Winnipeg/Minnesota experience and somehow makes it all about Pittsburgh, Herb Brooks and Brandon Saad.

>> Is three flights in three days a natural hat trick?

I’m heading this morning out to Phoenix, where the Steelers will be later in the week. Already in the middle of the country and all that.

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