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Wakeup Call: No more BROKEN NECK

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MUNCIE, Ind. — Brief and to the Point …

>> My Wednesday column is about God. And warfare and revolution and Kardashians and the Beard.

If that doesn’t make any sense — and it couldn’t — here are some images I snapped at Media Day …

Brett Keisel interviews Patriots fullback Lousaka Polite — formerly of Pitt — on behalf of his sponsor. Check the column for the hair-raising details.

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That’s Ines Saenz, the briefly famous Azteca reporter. She hasn’t toned it down much. (What’s up with that photographer turning and giving me the evil eye, anyway? He snapped a pic right before I did!)

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Tom Brady, the main attraction. Oh, and that reminds me: Here’s my brief news item and video with him.

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>> The Sidney Crosby saga clearly won’t settle itself until he’s scoring goals against the Islanders again.

Now, the neck deemed broken by a specialist in Los Angeles was deemed not broken by another specialist in Philadelphia, after which the specialist in Los Angeles concurred and was put in a supervisory capacity of the whole process.

Got all that?

The agent tells a national Canadian network about two fractured vertebrae on Saturday, the Penguins rush out a release confirming only a “neck injury,” then 72 hours later, it’s all 100 percent definitive.

Believe me, I get it when I hear from fans flustered by this stuff.

That said, good for the Penguins’ higher-ups for getting it right Monday and Tuesday. Mario Lemieux and team president David Morehouse accompanied Crosby and his agent, Pat Brisson, to Philadelphia for that trip. That’s a whole lot of muscle to watch a doctor examine existing scans, but it also sends a powerful message to all concerned — and by that I mean mostly internally — that working together is important. That’s outstanding, especially on 66’s part.

In my column Monday, above any other point, I urged all parties to make this happen. I also emphasized repeatedly the BROKEN NECK diagnosis — that’s what you call a break in the C1 and C2 areas — to further stress the urgency of addressing it. I’m not nearly stupid enough to think the column had anything to do with how Monday and Tuesday played out. If you just think about the logistics of it, that’s close to impossible. But I’m still encouraged for the team and its captain that it happened.

>> Eight-game winning streak?

So much for Crosby’s concern about being a distraction to the team.

 
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