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Wakeup Call: Fleury looking fatigued?


Brief and to the Point …

>> My Wednesday column takes on the increasingly popular comparisons between the current Penguins and other great teams from the franchise’s past. Notable among them, of course: 1993.

Which team do you feel was best, especially if you subscribe to Phil Bourque’s theory in there?

>> That was Marc-Andre Fleury’s 63rd game last night, which might or might not explain giving up five goals on 18 shots to the Islanders. The outcome itself doesn’t matter much to me, but it should be of concern that this team is primed for a long playoff run, which can take up to two months. Numerologists will back me on this: A goalie does wear down. It’s not as scientific as counting a pitcher’s pitches, but the games and the saves and the kicks in the head from Paul Martin do add up.

Was this worth it?

This was a CBC analysis on the topic in October.

>> More than two months after the Steelers’ loss in Denver, Mike Tomlin finally did his first public interviews yesterday at the NFL meetings in Florida.

You can find the results of that questioning on our Steelers page, including Tomlin asking himself the biggie about who hired Todd Haley.

If he knew it was of such great interest to us all, why stay silent for two months?

>> Pedro Alvarez singled off Cliff Lee – a liner into center — and struck out three more times yesterday. He has struck out 18 times and walked once in 39 at-bats. He batted .191 last season. He patently ignored management’s open request to play winter ball.

But it’s only some scurrilous “rumor” that he could open the season in the minors.

Who could ever start such a ridiculous thing?

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