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Wakeup Call: Give Martin his due


Brief and to the Point …

>> My Wednesday column retells Pittsburgh’s own version of Linsanity, not so long ago. And trust me when I tell you this couldn’t have happened to a better human being.

>> Another leaf of the Civic Arena came crashing down. And it hit so hard that the reader who took this pic felt it on the 57th floor of the U.S. Steel Tower.

That’s 2 3/4 down, and about five more to go. Looks like really dangerous work, doesn’t it?

>> The Penguins’ 2-0 shutout of the Rangers had many strong performances, not least of which was a livelier-than-usual feel in the building. Not quite a playoff atmosphere, but one of the better ones.

Even amid all that, I’ll single out Paul Martin here for playing a fine defensive game in the immediate aftermath of another minus-4 mess Sunday in Buffalo. He wasn’t great — I’ve certainly pointed that out enough this season — but even being good is a big uptick, and he was very good.

I asked Martin afterward what will be key to staying on top of his game: “For me, I’m at my best when I’m just playing, skating, not getting too worried what people are saying. Maybe I’ve been thinking too much. If I had the answer, it would be a lot easier. I’m just trying to find it.”

>> Marc-Andre Fleury wants a goal badly. Did you see, when the Rangers dumped it in with a minute to go, but it sailed over his head?

“Oh, I know,” he said in a playfully pained tone. “Someday.”

>> If Todd Haley had a sense of humor, he’d go to Ben Roethlisberger’s house and do this …


Wait, what? They’ve talked already?

Never mind.

>> This is a reminder: Our Pirates page is loaded with spring training stuff. Stories, photo galleries, videos, the blog, other links, all on one page.

>> Your turn: What would you like to see a column about, something off the beaten path?

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