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Wakeup Call: Pitt turns over familiar leaf

Brief and to the Point …

>> My Friday column looks at the Pirates’ upcoming acquisition of A.J. Burnett. And yes, to repeat the theme from all week on the blog, it will happen. Relax.

>> Covered the Pitt-West Virginia game late last night, and I’ve got to tell you: People who don’t think this is a rivalry worth preserving haven’t participated in it. What an atmosphere.

But oh, what a rotten game. And that was largely because the Panthers committed 17 turnovers, several of them totally unforced. Just throwing the ball into outer space.

Brought that up with Jamie Dixon, and he didn’t wholly agree with my use of “unforced” in this context: “I’d say it was a lack of patience. We pushed right into a defense, we didn’t pull back, we rushed things. To me, that’s a lack of patience. We’ve got to get back to that.”

The Panthers are 4-10 in the Big East. Wow.

>> This was an odd answer from West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, describing his team’s inability to pass well in the early minutes: “We looked like the Pirates, just tossing the ball around the infield.”

I’d love to tell you I definitively knew what he meant, whether it was just an innocuous reference to light tossing as opposed to serious passing, or whether it was a dig at the Pirates. A couple other people I asked in that room were equally unsure. My inclination upon hearing it was that it was harmless, but again, I can’t know that.

>> A fine exclusive interview of Art Rooney II, by our Rob Rossi, can be found on the site. Rooney gets defensive about the charge of meddling, but he does so without explaining how Bruce Arians was fired against the clear wishes of just about everyone.

I can’t begin to tell you how much my image of the Steelers has changed the past few months.

>> If you aren’t old enough to know about Gary Carter, the great Expos and Mets catcher who died yesterday at 57, this video will tell you plenty. That’s the greatest play in any All-Star Game in any sport.

>> Here is the chat transcript from yesterday. Thanks to all who chipped in.

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