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Wakeup Call: Can anybody here score?

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> The chat is today at 1 p.m. Bring your tired, your high-ankle-sprained, your fractured-footed, your Twitter-challenged, and let’s have at it.

>> The Penguins looked a ton more competitive last night in D.C., and it still resulted in nothing more than an egg against Tomas Vokoun. Awfully hard to knock a team after they played that hard.

But …

Take a look at these conference standings. It’s easy to say the Penguins are in the thick of things on the eighth-place bubble. But where it gets a little scary is when you look at the teams just ahead of and just behind them. Out of the 6-7-8 teams, the only one I could see nose-diving is Toronto. Out of the 10-11 teams, I could see Winnipeg falling off, but I also could see a talented Buffalo team taking off.

If the Penguins make it, they’re going to need to go on a nice run at some point fairly soon. Beating the Florida teams would be a swell start.

>> Wasn’t able to catch Pitt hoops while on assignment in Denver, but I watched last night against Rutgers and … wow, seriously?

Twelve field goals?

Thirty-nine points?

At home?

Against Rutgers?

And Nasir Robinson doesn’t get his first bucket until midway through the second half?

It’s not a suspicion anymore: This Pitt team is terrible.

>> Ike Taylor appeared on his self-named show on our TribLIVE Radio yesterday, and he didn’t come close to taking the heat off Ryan Mundy despite being given a chance in the interview by host John Harris.

Mundy and Dick LeBeau share some blame, but Taylor was beaten on the coverage, then missed the tackle. It happens, and I’m not suggesting he does something weird like apologize. (In fact, as our Mark Kaboly researched, he actually had a very good overall year.) But he first let Mundy stand there in Denver and field all the questions, and now has blown another chance to take Mundy off the hook.

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