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Wakeup Call: Answer the questions, Penguins

DENVER – Some sporting thoughts from a mile high …

>> My Monday column eulogizes the Steelers. I’ll let it stand on its own.

>> This has nothing to do with anything, but am I the only one put off by Maurkice Pouncey aggressively peddling — through Twitter and Facebook — T-shirts commemorating his Pro Bowl selection while his team was, you know, fighting for its life without him?

He even did it within an hour of the conclusion of the game last night, including a racial slur as part of one of his tweets. More than a few tweeters called him out on it, and he came back viciously and vulgarly.

Take a look for yourself.

If he was hacked, he might want to clear that up quickly.

>> It’s well past time that the Penguins drop this ludicrous policy of not discussing the statuses of Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and anyone else with a concussion. These aren’t secrets that present any competitive advantage — all other 29 NHL teams know — and it wouldn’t take much to simply give regular updates on symptoms, level of exercise and the like.

Not asking for definitive timetables.

Certainly not calling for anyone to be rushed back.

But answers are imperative and, yes, deserved by the fans and especially by the players in the locker room. They don’t sound as if they know much more than anyone else. This team is experiencing an astounding, unprecedented rash of injury with Jordan Staal, James Neal and Craig Adams now out. They need to know what they have and how best to move forward.

>> If Crosby is actually fine, the Penguins should let that be known, too.

>> Oh, if only Tino Sunseri’s snaps Saturday were his last in a Pitt uniform.

There is much to loath about Todd Graham’s tenure with the Panthers, but his criticism of Sunseri isn’t one of them. If you listened to his interviews consistently, you’ll hear that he actually bit his tongue about Sunseri, contrary to the now-popular myth that he threw Sunseri under the bus.

Another coach might have actually gotten behind the wheel of that bus.

Figuratively speaking, of course.

>> Bill O’Brien might someday provide inspiration for Penn State and its football program, but it won’t be through his oration. If you’re scoring introductory news conferences, I’ll give Paul Chryst an 8, O’Brien a 5.

>> Flying home today, then off to Boston later in the week.

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