Brief and to the Point …
>> I’ve spent much of this week in training — along with all Trib employees — on our new system that will lead to all kinds of new stuff here, including a new web site and a new blog.
Here’s the part I like most: The overall look and functionality of the blog won’t change much. Just enough to add some pieces. But I’ve always liked the fact that it’s clean, simple and — way above all — it works. I can’t count on two fingers the number of times it’s gone down since I came over last June. That’s nice.
Here’s another part I like: We’ll have the capability to add a lot more features to the comments section in particular, and I know many of you have been pushing for that.
But that’s your area, so I want you to decide what’s there.
Do you want direct-reply features in the threads, meaning you answer another blogger directly?
Do you want like-dislike buttons?
Do you want avatars that are large or small?
The blog will be up and running by mid-April at the very latest, possibly a little sooner, so there’s some time for your input. But soon would work best. Know for sure that I’ll be reading and considering everything you share, as will our web guru Steve Adams and blog queen Lisa Fuqua. They want what you want.
>> Oh, and yeah, it’ll still be free.
>> I wrote it back in January, and I’ll repeat it anew: The Quebec Nordiques will be back, barring yet another absurdly oversized subsidy from the residents of Glendale, Ariz., to keep the Coyotes. The NHL is well past the homework stage on this front, and the city of Quebec is about to stick a shovel in the ground for a new arena patterned after Pittsburgh’s.
That will be eight teams in Canada, the 1980s all over again.
>> Charlie Morton won’t be thrilled at being left behind in extended spring training to open the season. Trust me on that. It’s something he and I discussed at length while I was down there. But one glance at the schedule tells you — as I told him — the extra time could work out best for all concerned.
His outing last night in Port Charlotte looks like it might have confirmed that.
>> If AMC’s fine TV series “The Walking Dead” were embodied in a sports team, it would be your Pitt basketball Panthers, whose season really needs someone to drive a stake through it.
To rank No. 101 in the country?
>> Our weekly chat will be at 1 p.m. today — an hour later than usual — because of an interview I’d doing a little before noon. Figured it would be safer this way.