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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column uncovers the Penguins’ real plan for a Sidney Crosby winger. And it might not be a Crosby winger at all.

>> A small slice of my conversation with top prospect Simon Despres

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4DL_vzbPZA

Poor kid did that whole session with hiccups, then sat and talked to me while he still had hiccups, then walked by me again 10 minutes later and informed me he still had hiccups.

Hiccups and defensemen don’t go well together!

>> Oh, and you’ll see the column describes Joe Morrow’s suddenly Thor-like hair, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this shot, too …

In general, Morrow struck me as a lot different than last year. More confident, outspoken.

If you haven’t seen this kid or Scott Harrington play, they’re well worth your lack of admission to the free session Saturday. Terrific feel for the game, both of them.

>> So, Pittsburgh produced the nation’s second-highest TV rating for the Home Run Derby?

Yeah, really.

It’s yet another sign of how much of an audience Major League Baseball was missing while kowtowing to the Yankees and Red Sox and ignoring nearly everyone else over the past couple decades.

And you know, maybe somebody’s embarrassed about that. Read this official MLB press release about Derby ratings, and tell me what word is curiously missing from it. I’ll spot you the P.

>> The Louis Freeh investigation into Penn State’s handling of Jerry Sandusky is due for a Thursday release, and this could be the big one.

I’ve maintained a consistent position throughout this of waiting for as many facts as possible before sharing any kind of view. The only exception I made was in calling for the firings of Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Joe Paterno shortly after this broke. Firings aren’t legal judgments. They can be made simply to protect an institution or corporation.

But again, this could be the big one as far as weighing real guilt.

 
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