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Wakeup Call: Playoffs? They’re talkin’ ’bout playoffs?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column is highlighted by an exclusive interview with Scott Boras, whose cooperation and candor I’ve valued for many years.

>> There’s a college football playoff?

No, really, someone finally came to their senses.

It will be just four teams, and it won’t start until 2014, but let there be no doubt that this is more than just a breakthrough. It’s the start of something truly special, the day when, after nearly a century of polls, computers and other stupidity, there will actually be an NCAA Division I football champion.

Would you rather have eight teams?

Absolutely, if only because you’d give a more realistic chance to the occasional undefeated Boise State type of school. The last thing you want to see in a four-team format is a fifth that’s undefeated but somehow still gets omitted by the model in place. Eight would almost guarantee that not happening.

But that’s getting greedy.

>> The best five words in the AP coverage of this news: “Automatically qualified status is gone.”

So much for the overblown fears that the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC would take over the world or that the Big 12 and SEC would achieve something conclusive with their new bowl game that now will be just another of the rotating semifinal venues. And I’ll repeat now with greater emphasis what I wrote in a May 25 column: Pitt will have no less a chance to make the national championship game out of the ACC — maybe even more — than a team in the Big Ten or SEC, by simple virtue of having an easier path toward going undefeated or even 11-1.

>> The NHL will finally begin collective bargaining Friday in New York. Today in Chicago, the NHLPA will put out a list of 30 players who will participate in the process. Expect Sidney Crosby to be involved in the process.

I can tell you from having just a couple playful debates with the captain that he’s really into this kind of stuff. Could see him taking a lead role.

>> Gerrit Cole, the Pirates’ No. 1 overall pick last year, had quite the scare last night in Harrisburg with a line drive to the neck. But word from the Patriot-News sounds encouraging.

>> Want to see an easy to way to poke a hornet’s nest online?

Watch this … but stand back … Starling Marte, anyone?

(Cackles madly as he flees for cover!)

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