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Wakeup Call: Fair is fair with cheap shots

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My Friday column is on Pitt’s Todd Graham, who is being buried ridiculously prematurely. I am eager to hear your views on this, especially as it relates to Graham’s handling of Tino Sunseri and the quarterback position throughout the season.

>> This cheap shot happened late in the Penguins-Capitals game last night …


That’s Washington’s John Carlson clearly taking aim at Matt Cooke’s head, then felling him. It’s the textbook definition of the play the NHL has said it wants to abolish. It happened near the puck. Four officials were on the ice. None called a penalty, even though all four have the right to call a major.

Brendan Shanahan needs to make up for that.

And I couldn’t care less that Cooke has been a dirty player. If anything, this is a chance for the league to send a strong message that fair is fair. Shanahan had such a chance earlier this season when Calgary’s Cory Sarich similarly felled Cooke, but Shanahan blew it that time. Here’s his chance to get it right.

>> Something stinks with the Capitals, and not just their play.

>> Here is the chat transcript from yesterday. Thanks to our friend Milo for the “softball!”

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