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Wakeup Call: Penguins vs. NBA? No contest

DALLAS — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column is about a sports hero in the truest sense.

My deep appreciation to Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson for his time yesterday. Also, a huge thanks to Michael Molinaro, the Blackhawk grad and longtime reader who hooked me up with this amazing individual. 
Anyone wishing to follow Sgt. Olson’s progress on the road to London, check USAShooting.org and USParalymics.org

>> If hockey is the niche sport that so many claim, how to explain the Penguins getting better local TV ratings than any NHL or NBA team?

Better than the Lakers.

Better than the Knicks with Jeremy Lin. (Remember him? BEST STORY EVER!)

Better than the Heat.

Sorry, but that’s not niche. Indoor football or lacrosse is niche. Maybe even MLS is niche. Not hockey.

>> If you don’t believe me, ask … um, Bill Cowher?

>> Credit for this goes to the Penguins and, yes, Root Sports. If the broadcasts were the epic tragedy that some make them out to be, they’d never be able to grow the audience as they have. Root has its issues, for sure, but this is a feather.

Or maybe it’s just Dan Potash’s world, and the rest of us are paying him rent.

>> It’s actually Anze Kopitar’s world, on second thought. What a player.

>> Brad Lincoln over Kevin Correia?

Sure looked like it last night, but what say you?

>> The four days at the U.S. Olympic Media Summit were a nice primer for what’s to come in London, but I know better than to overdo the topic in May. Most of what I got at this Summit was for future use. 
Sgt. Olson’s story couldn’t wait.

>> Thanks to all who serve.

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