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Wakeup Call: Kopitar, king of Kings

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Brief and to the Point …

>> If you didn’t stay up late enough to see the goal, take a look. It’s golden stuff.

That’s the Kings’ Anze Kopitar, a tremendous talent who some of you know I’ve been practically singing about for several months now. He isn’t the NHL’s best player. He isn’t even its most talented. But I’ll confess to always having had an extra affinity for those players — in any sport — who make the game look easy.

Kopitar does that with nearly every shift. He’s a blast to watch. And when he has the puck on his stick for a breakaway, you can put it in the bank.

>> You’ll want to read Ben Roethlisberger’s remarks to our columnist, Joe Starkey.

I link especially for those of you who thought I made too much of Ben’s much more veiled remarks to me just a week ago.

>> If good pitching > good hitting, then it’s logical that credit for acquiring good pitching > blame for failing at acquiring hitting.

I’ve been as tough as anyone on Neal Huntington the past month, but give the man credit for the pitching you saw tonight — A.J. Burnett (cash-based trade), Jason Grilli (minor-league free agent) and Joel Hanrahan (Nyjer Morgan trade) — and what you’ve seen all season. Management has built, and Ray Searage has coached an OUTSTANDING pitching staff.

>> Burnett has been really good. One of these days, we’ll get past the notion that anytime the Pirates spend a ton of money on a guy, it’s automatically going to be wasted money. If it’s invested right, it looks like this.

>> You had to love Matt Hague’s two-run double, and not just for the outcome.

If you click on the video there, you’ll see he has to reach outside a bit for a Johnny Cueto pitch that the Reds clearly wanted even farther outside. What you don’t see is that the pitch just before that was almost down to the ankles and still somehow drew a strike call from home plate umpire Adrian Johnson.

It takes some doing for a hitter to stay strong on the next low pitch he sees, much less drive it to the opposite field with that kind of authority.

Wonderful at-bat.

>> Kordell Stewart did what?

If ever you’d have imagined an athlete and a city had torched all the bridges, it would be between Slash and this place. People remember all the stuff done to Kordell but not everyone recalls some of the accusations he leveled against the city.

Never mind this public accusation that Tim Tebow was in the NFL only for his skin color …

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQhJTWH3pgQ

>> Our weekly chat will be today at noon.

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