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Wakeup Call: Shot heard round the world

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Friday column rates Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps among the truly transcendent athletes in history. But can they — like Muhammad, Michael and Mario off that list — show a great sequel?

These Olympics will tell.

Would love to hear from you about other athletes you might place on that list. I have only eight there. It’s hardly complete, hardly intended to be.

>> In a separate news piece, I describe why London’s massive security makes it feel like you need to be 13 feet tall to see anything here.

>> I heard about this little hit in Houston. Boy, how I heard.

Watched the video a few times after waking up, I’ll admit. I’d mentioned to you guys yesterday that Marte’s promotion meant a lot to a lot of people and was heartened to see Clint Hurdle bring this up last night, as documented in Rob Biertempfel’s exceptional game story. You guys already know my feelings about Marte’s potential, but let this underscore some of what I’ve related in the past about Hurdle and the awareness he shows of his people and situations.

Also liked hearing John Wehner describe on that feed how Marte wasn’t “afraid” of the at-bat.

No, he wasn’t.

The kid can do a lot of special things. Born baseball specimen.

>> Leadoff again?

Well, if you can come up with a better answer, I’m all ears.

>> Love the Steelers’ power play with Mike Wallace. They know they’re holding all the cards, and now maybe Wallace and Bus Cook will get it.

Besides, when nearly everyone who knows Wallace has told reporters in Latrobe that he’s going to show up soon, why bend over in the slightest right now?

Clearly, Wallace has — not all that shrewdly — let teammates know they weren’t far apart.

Let’s hope he’s a quicker study with Todd Haley’s new playbook than he is with the art of hardball negotiations with the Steelers. I suspect we’ll find out both very soon.

>> We will have our weekly chat today at noon. Your time, of course. I’ll be at the Opening Ceremony throughout the night, probably catching up on the Zs earlier on. Some of us don’t sleep on planes, and we pay a dear price for it.

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