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Wakeup Call: Ben, this is Todd … Todd, Ben

Brief and to the Point …

>> Ben Roethlisberger told the Trib’s Mark Kaboly yesterday he has yet to hear from the Steelers’ new offensive coordinator, Todd Haley. “He still hasn’t called yet,” Roethlisberger said, strongly implying the first move should be Haley’s.

He’s absolutely right. In any sports setting, the new coach reaches out to his or her players, not the other way around. This would appear to be absurdly obvious.

What in the world is going on over there on the South Side?

Is anyone running the team?

Can’t anyone step in to introduce the two?

You know, I took some heat for my column a couple weeks ago that panned the process that led to Haley’s hiring, as well as the hire itself. And I made the case while focusing solely on his personality issues.

I left open the possibility that things could change. So far, they haven’t.

>> Did you like what A.J. Burnett had to say to reporters yesterday in Bradenton?

I sure did. He sounded genuinely excited about the change, referring once to “the joy of the game.” Nice.

>> Let me remind this morning that the Trib is all over spring training, in print and online. One stop I’ll share this morning is Rob Biertempfel’s Bucco Blog.

>> Among many reasons the Penguins will have their hands full tonight against the Rangers is New York’s power play. These guys have been working the puck down low brilliantly, tic-tac-toe stuff, easy layups.

What’s that you say, the Penguins’ net-front defense will be put to the test again?

Yep.

>> I have a really fun column set for you on Wednesday. At the least, I had fun doing it.

 
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