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Wakeup Call: The second coming … or comeback

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Brief and to the Point …

>> My Friday column is based off an interview with Clint Hurdle yesterday in Fort Myers, but it’s something I’ve been planning for several months. Very interested in your feedback.

Of all the adjectives I’ve ever used in relation to Hurdle, “un-Pirate-like” still fits best.

>> The Notebook is led by Garrett Jones’ hitting approach, and I’ve got some extra right here …

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsZionGwcHA

>> Sidney Crosby’s Broadway return turned out to be a mish-mash of line combinations, some limited ice time and a solitary assist.

But forget that, and look at the net result, even beyond blowing out the Rangers. Look at the talent on the ice with the equally welcome return of Kris Letang. Look at the structure, the discipline. Then remind yourself that this winning streak that just hit 10 might have been only the beginning of what’s to come.

>> I get that a lot of people were furious about the officiating in the Syracuse-UNC-Asheville game back home. From what I could see here on TV, they had a right to be.

But I’ll add that I’m uncomfortable with how casually people can accuse referees of malicious intent. In some of what I saw and read, it seemed totally permissible to accuse these referees of helping the NCAA push its favored team through the bracket.

That is a serious charge. The most scandalous in sports. It shouldn’t be tossed around for something like this any more than it should have been at Jerry Meals.

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