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Our Olympics coverage lights up today

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

The Trib’s five-page Olympic preview runs in your Sunday paper, and it was the result of a pretty big effort by an awful lot of people not named me.

My contribution is an analysis of why these Games will be more visible, more accessible than any in history. Some of the information in there might surprise you a little, especially if you’re among the many Americans who don’t see the world past our borders.

You can also catch up with McKeesport’s Swin Cash, our best hope for local gold. That piece is by our Meredith Qualls, who also put together this intensively detailed list of all our locals. And I do mean all. We even included out-of-towners who attended Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia or any of our regional universities.

Also, columnist Joe Starkey weighs in on the hoops. Not for real, of course. That’s how old men rip apart foot ligaments ‘n at.

I’ll be leaving Wednesday for London, where I plan to cover all 32 sports simutaneously and file a report on every event around the clock.

Well, either that or I’ll just write a column a day and get to as many events as humanly possible for other news coverage. I’ll also be blogging and all the other goofy stuff I do on the Internet, from Twitter to Facebook to Instagram to Sulia.

I hope to hear from you through that, as well.

It’s the biggest sporting event in the world by such a wide margin that there isn’t a close second, and I can’t express how excited I am for the 17 days over there.


  1. DemonDachshund says:

    No offense, DK, but they have the Summer Olympics every 4 years.

    It’s been 20 years since the Pirates were this much fun to watch.

    And while I’m happy for you to get to go and cover an event like this, I selfishly would rather have you covering the trade deadline. I might tune into the Olympics on a Bucco off day, but that’s about it. Sports that we’re supposed to care about once every 4 years… Weeeee.

    We’ll miss you. Be safe, and have fun.

    DK: I respect that. I can promise you that, while covering the world’s biggest sporting event and the Opening Ceremony of 204 nations, the trade deadline just won’t seem nearly as big.

  2. Karen22 says:

    Sounds as if you need clones, Dejan! Have a fabulous trip, and come home when the Bucs are 20 games over .500! (I, too, am struggling to figure out how to simultaneously watch the Pirates and the Olympics…never had this dilemma before).

  3. Eric Bowser says:


    Have a great trip to London! Hopefully, there won’t be a coffee shortage while you are there.

  4. JClare says:


    Glad you are excited about covering the Olympics. However, I would rather be set on fire (with the Olympic Torch) than to miss the next 17 days of baseball. Enjoy.


  5. Bizrow says:

    Dejan, have fun and its a well earned honor for you.

    Do they have Starbucks in London?

    DK: Oh, yeah. Quite a few. One in the shadow of the Tower Bridge, one of the world’s great Starbucks locations.

  6. Drew71 says:

    “Some of the information in there might surprise you a little, especially if you’re among the many Americans who don’t see the world past our borders.”


    I don’t know, but THAT came across as kind of snooty.

    “Many” must leave out baseball, hockey, basketball, and boxing fans since we know that so many of the best athletes from these sports come from – and often still play in – other nations. And let’s not forget the world’s most popular sport, soccer, in which nearly all the best athletes come from and play in other nations. And it must leave out people who don’t follow sports but many other lines, such as literature, history, cooking, art and architecture. Among many other pursuits.

    That said, I truly hope you enjoy the experience.

    I guess I will be one of the few to enjoy it from a distance.

    DK: Nah, not snooty at all, Drew. “Many” doesn’t mean “most.” Wasn’t attaching a percentage to it or anything like that. Many means many.

    What’s with the hyper-sensitivity around here of late?

  7. JohninOshkosh says:

    “Give a wrong time, stop a traffic line.”

    Looking forward to your great coverage. Congratulations on the honor.

  8. Bizrow says:

    I’m sure most have heard, sounds pretty omnious for PSU, sounds like sanctions “unprecedent” or some such per the reports, are coming out tomorrow at 9

  9. Drew71 says:

    Thanks Biz. Hadn’t heard. Just found this…

    Doesn’t really add anything to what you posted.

  10. Drew71 says:

    Here’s a story that HINTS at something new…

    Note the unnamed source saying “I’ve never seen anything like it”, presumably meaning the sanctions.

    So if there is any semblance to accuracy with this unnamed source, I’d point out two things. If the sanctions are of a type that no one has ever seen:
    – Then it would not be a usual package of probation, post season exclusions, and scholarship losses, which are often seen, and
    – It would not be the death penalty, which has been seen, if only once.

    Something unique for a unique situation?

    I have posted before that I don’t CARE (in a disgusted sort of way) what happens to the football program. But I care about Penn State.

    If this is some sort of strong medicine, strong rehabilitation with some form painful verification, something unique and absolutely targeting the unusual issues involved, strong enough to be meaningful…with a focus on cleaning up…I would be all for that. Whatever that is.

  11. Drew71 says:

    I should have written…”Then it would not JUST be a usual package…”

    I kinda expect some of that tied to whatever they announce.

    And note. All of what I wrote is based on trying to read between the lines of what an unnamed source was quoted as saying. Speculation to the extreme.

  12. aglebagel says:

    Great stuff, Dejan. Will you be staying in London or its version of Muncie? Seeing as my family moved from Atlanta a few years before their Olmypics and I started school at BYU just a year after the Salt Lake Olympics, I’m pretty jealous of those who get the chance to be a part of it.

    Maybe it’s because of my ADHD, but while many complain about the fact that we’re only supposed to care about these sports once every four years, that’s part of the reason I love the Olympics. With the 24/7/365 news cycle on each of our “regular” sports, I’m excited to see something else for a change and get to know some new athletes.

    In terms of “seeing beyond our borders,” NBC does a pretty nice job of acquainting us with the U.S. squad, so it’s easy to fall into the trap of just rooting for the people we know. Usain Bolt has brought about some progress though. It’s pretty rare to see a foreign athlete play a large role in NBC’s advertising for the Olympics, and he deserves every second of it. I think I’m even more eager to see if he can step it up on the big stage again than I am Phelps.

    DK: I’ll be staying in London, though out by Gatwick airport. It is, indeed, a special experience. And a great thing to cover.

  13. Bizrow says:

    ESPN just reported a source “has never seen anything like the penalties” that are going to be announced tomorrow.

    I hate ESPN, seems like every 5 minutes they show the shot of the statute being moved away from the stadium

  14. Bizrow says:

    Sorry, Drew, did not refresh before I posted

  15. Bizrow says:

    Good point about the death penalty, its been done before

    Unless they pile on other stuff, the NCAA is not, or does not appear, to be reasonable about a lot of things.

    Do as I say and not as I do

    Just get a free tattoo and find out

  16. Drew71 says:

    Another headline…”Bryce Harper returns as Nats split DH with Braves”

    I loved that headline. I know what they meant. And I know it’s the National League.

    But I love the image of two teams splitting a designated hitter. Literally.

  17. aglebagel says:

    If you want to look “beyond our borders,” here’s someone to cheer for who doesn’t have any borders to call home:

    DK: Phenomenal tale. Read about it yesterday.

  18. Bizrow says:

    Game thread is up

  19. Thundercrack says:

    “if you’re among the many Americans who don’t see the world past our borders.”

    Snooty, yes. But some of us don’t see the world past the border of Allegheny County.
    And are still proud Americans.

    DK, wake me up when you get back from the Olympics.

    DK: Like I said … many.

  20. RobertoForever says:

    I love the Olympics. Especially the team handball, the water polo and the decathalon.

    And thank goodness that NBC finally has 4 or 5 channels to show different events. Maybe one of them will get some airtime. That, or I can allegedly watch it online, as there are reports that they will stream all events online.

    Safe travels. Hope the Brits security measures are at their usual outstanding level. Seems to be alot of folks in the world interested in sending messages right now.

    DK: Check my story, RF. The streaming is explained. And thanks to you and everyone else for the kind wishes. Can’t say I’ve wasted much time worrying about security. The Olympics are always tight.

  21. Drew71 says:

    Can’t get more Many than Thundercrack.

    DK: No, he clearly earned first place in the Many category.

  22. Drew71 says:

    On that, we completely agree.

    And don’t even get me started on the smiley-face-thing

  23. Thundercrack says:

    Hey, I’ve been out of the country. I visit Florida every March.

  24. Drew71 says:

    Ugly American

  25. Arriba Wilver says:

    TC–I think you misspelled “County.”. :-)

  26. RobertoForever says:


    Thanks for the info on streaming. If I recall, a lot of swimming records were set in Beijing, allegedly because of the depth the Chinese built the Olympic pool or something. Any talk about the depth of the British pool or any other factor that will impact records?

  27. Patrick(RI) says:

    I hope you have direct transport from “near Gatwick” to olympics, or you will be shuck in traffic for half your stay!

    Try the coffee at Cafe Valerie – awesome pastries.

  28. MrB says:

    DK, if you want to question the “hyper-sensitivity” around here lately, then start by taking a good long hard look in a mirror.

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