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Wakeup Call: Meddling owners? Yes, please!


Brief and to the Point …

>> You call that a vacation?

Thanks to all who tended to the place in my absence, especially Joe with his indispensable links.

>> My Monday column takes a closer look at Sidney Crosby’s BROKEN NECK. Or at least it takes a closer look at his BROKEN NECK than some doctors might have.

>> The Penguins are 7-0 since my last Crosby column, so this might prove pivotal in one direction or the other. Then again, maybe not. My own view is that the Penguins actually started playing better with the 1-0 loss in Washington that was the last of the six-game losing streak that preceded this current streak.

>> One facet of the new column is the hope that Mario Lemieux gets involved in getting the Penguins and the Crosby camp on the same page in his recovery.

Getting ownership involved isn’t a revolutionary idea, which might be good to repeat to anyone howling about Art Rooney II having the audacity to make a personnel move within the company he runs. I have no issue whatsoever with his dumping Bruce Arians, and I say that independent of Arians’ merits. All too often in football, maybe more than other sports, the head coach really gets invested in his assistants, even to the point where shortcomings are overlooked or ignored. Within the Steelers’ structure, Kevin Colbert doesn’t have the authority to make a move like that. Only Rooney does. And he did. Big deal.

>> On the topic of meddling owners, do many of those same critics deride Bob Nutting for not being involved enough with the Pirates?

>> I’m also not buying this notion that the Steelers did something vicious in describing Arians’ departure as a retirement. This is a common courtesy when there is amenable parting of the ways in any workforce, to allow someone to resign or retire. Looks a lot better than an outright firing on the resume.

Go back and look at Arians’ comments in the York paper. He expressly acknowledges going along with this.

>> I had a couple questions for Nasir Robinson after Pitt’s big win over No. 9 Georgetown Saturday …


>> I’ll be back with my weekly TribLIVE Radio appearance today at 11:30 a.m.

>> Later tonight, I’ll be driving out to Indianapolis for six full days of Super Bowl coverage. Always a fun gig to cover the country’s biggest sporting event.

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