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Wakeup Call: Haley’s first impression

Brief and to the Point …

>> My Friday column looks at why no one wants the Pirates’ money this winter.

>> Todd Haley smiled and smiled and spoke gently about his excitement at joining the Steelers and “coming home” in the process. Good for him. He came across quite well, from my perspective in that room over on the South Side. I was a little weirded out by Mike Tomlin’s huge smile through the whole thing, but Haley did fine. He made a good first impression.

That doesn’t alter my skepticism about the hire, as well as what went into it. But longtime readers can attest I’m always open-minded. It could be that Haley’s harsh lessons in Kansas City, accompanied by that chance to come home, will change some of what we’ve heard and read by now. It also could be evident, if he achieves this, that Kansas City was more responsible for Haley’s oddities than Haley himself.

We’ll see.

>> If 2011 was the year of the concussion in Pittsburgh sports, then 2012 is shaping up as the year of the high ankle sprain. Add Tyler Kennedy to the list. And add yet another frustrating injury for the Penguins. I know Kennedy wasn’t getting much done, but Kennedy at his best looked to me to be just around the corner. That would have been a welcome development.

>> The Winnipeg Jets will play here tomorrow, for the first time since March 5, 1996. As the Trib’s Manitoba bureau chief, of course, I’ll be on the scene to cover the historic occasion. Celebrate responsibly.

>> If you don’t yet love the Jets, you might after seeing what they did in Washington last night.

>> Thick detail here on Sidney Crosby’s injury. Or what might be his injury.

>> Here is the chat transcript from yesterday. The session had a record 753 live participants. And by that, I mean a record for any chat on any topic I’ve conducted anywhere. That’s really cool, and I’m deeply indebted to those who pop in there.

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