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Wakeup Call: A little help, please

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> Keeping this one a little brief today. Head cold’s getting the best of me.

Could use a little help. I’m supposed to whittle down what I think are the better columns I’ve done from 2011, and I got the list down to six. For those of you who can call reading these, I’d ask that you rank them 1 through 3. That’s all. Those of you who haven’t, by all means, don’t feel compelled.

And don’t be nice here. I’m not looking for nice. It’s just that what a writer likes in his or her own work often isn’t the same as what a reader likes.

Here they are …

Oct. 26, 2011: Put away Sharpie and shake hands

Nov. 22, 2011: Crosby ‘magnifique’ right away

Nov. 9, 2011: At Penn State, they all must go

Dec. 9, 2011: Big Ben makes big stand

Nov. 23, 2011: Baseball sticks it to Pirates

July 18, 2011: Pirates’ fans merit salute

I appreciate this.

>> The Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang news didn’t sound great yesterday. I’ll repeat what I heard about Crosby over the Christmas weekend, and that’s that he’s not that bad. This isn’t comparable to where he was last winter. Unfortunately, I know far less about Letang.

>> I find myself a whole lot less worked up about Jaromir Jagr now than I was over the summer. All he did with his decision to take more money was reaffirm what a lot of people already knew. The news would have been if he’d changed. He hasn’t.

>> I really wonder, though, how people will react to Max Talbot.

Are fans really that shallow and short-sighted to not remember what he did for this franchise?

And even if they are, are they really that poorly informed to not realize the Penguins weren’t going to make Talbot any kind of respectable offer?

>> It’s official: A Pro Bowl selection is close to meaningless this year. No, not because Ike Taylor and Brett Keisel were snubbed, but because Chris Kemoeatu was selected as a third alternate.

Same guy the Steelers demoted to backup duty more than a month ago.

I could go on about Maurkice Pouncey making it — then crowing about it all night long on Twitter — even though he was out of the lineup a ton, but I’ll stop now.

>> We will have our weekly chat today at 1 p.m., an hour later than usual. I need the extra time to interview the Flyers after their morning skate.

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