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Wakeup Call: Hey, mate, LOOK LEFT!

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Monday column wonders if Michael Phelps and Jordyn Wieber falter, who might step up in their stead for the United States?

>> Aussie fan came into the Pittsburgh bureau for Olympics coverage, based conveniently near the Tower Bridge, and brought along her marsupial pal. This was last night, and it’s real.

>> The signs are everywhere on the streets here warning pedestrians: LOOK RIGHT.

That’s for us silly foreigners who repeatedly forget that the British drive on the wrong – sorry, the left – side of the rode, with steering wheels on the right side of the car. Still, you see countless people looking left, then right, just as we have all our lives.

What the British fail to take into account is how badly the stray Pittsburgher has it, given that we not only look left but we’re also born and bred jaywalkers.

>> If you’re looking at recent comparables in wondering why the Pirates chose Kevin Correia for the pen, don’t bother. They’ve been talking about him all summer like a ticking time bomb. Must be one of those underlying, peripheral things.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t see Correia as the solution. I’m just not so sure he’s as much of a problem as management has seen for a while now.

>> For Correia to demand a trade in the middle of a pennant race stinks on ice. Buyer beware.

>> The Steelers are going to win this power play with Mike Wallace. We’ve known that even before all their apparent grandstanding in Latrobe. They always win.

But they’d do well not to toss Wallace overboard in the process. I’m not talking about a trade. I’m talking about having him in camp or on the team disenchanted. Wag your finger all you like, but a happy athlete is a productive athlete. An athlete who feels like he’s part of something is going to be more invested.

If you believe that all the hymns Mike Tomlin was singing about Antonio Brown don’t happen without Wallace taking most of the double-coverage, you need to rewind the video and take another look.

>> The Olympic overlords at NBC informed me rather rudely — while interviewing Swin Cash after her basketball game this weekend — that I can’t shoot video because only the rights-holder can do that in the media zone.

I’ll have all kinds of video up here for you throughout the week. Didn’t take much thought to ask the athlete to answer a few questions out of that zone.

>> I’d keep typing, but I hear NBC’s about to preview Jesse Owens’ big race tonight.

>> I’ll make my weekly appearance on the online TribLIVE Radio today at noon, logistics willing.

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