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Wakeup Call: 87 + 66 = We’re all spoiled

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My extra Tuesday column is about Sidney Crosby’s remarkable comeback, a night that no follower of the Penguins is likely to forget.

>> Really, this is worth a second bullet point. Amazing night.

I covered Mario Lemieux’s comeback game, and I’ll say that there was more drama attached to this one because, unlike Crosby, the fan base really did accept that Lemieux was done and never coming back. Seeing him on the ice that night was surreal.

But this will find its own special place.

>> Found this comment from Brooks Orpik to be interesting, regarding Crosby: “I think everybody in the room would be lying if they said they weren’t wondering when Sid was coming back. He’s been with us in practice for so long now that I think everyone was kind of wondering. We didn’t have any more information than you guys had. So, it was kind of one of those things that you let it be and when it happens it happens. I think everybody was … definitely ready for it to happen. I guess that’s how we’ll put it.”

I’ve said it before: The man’s as honest as they come.

>> Ben Roethlisberger’s thumb is going to be a hotter topic than now by week’s end, but it’s difficult to digest that it could keep him from playing in Kansas City if he’s ready to throw right now. Sounds like they’re just being cautious.

On the other hand, the Bears found out yesterday that their QB, Jay Cutler, needs surgery on his broken thumb and could go to IR.

>> Just because the Pirates lower the bar doesn’t mean the arguments should follow suit.

If you think Clint Barmes is an upgrade over Ronny Cedeno, a strong case can be made for that. If you think Barmes is the caliber of shortstop who’s good enough to help this particular team clinch a playoff spot, with a pitch-to-contact staff, that’s a much harder case to make. And if you think Barmes is worth $10.5 million over two years, then you’re probably beyond reason.

If you want to set fair expectations for the Pirates, look around, not within.

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