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Wakeup Call: Tower of torture

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Tuesday column goes after my new friends at NBC for their horse-and-buggy approach to covering these Olympics. I don’t get to see what they’re doing, obviously, but I’m aware of the ridiculous delays.

Moreover, I’m seeing at least a little of what the BBC is doing here, and it’s just outstanding. So professional. So in-depth. And yes, so live. You’d love it.

>> If you’ve never visited Tower of London, know in advance it’s not for the faint of heart. Once you finish seeing the first torture chamber and think it’s pretty neat, you move on to the next room where they’d rip people’s limbs apart to the next where … you get the idea.

The fortress itself is an amazing structure, proudly preserved and efficiently run. There are imitation Beefeaters and other re-enactors that lighten things up a little, as well as numerous other excellent displays.

Just be prepared to have your faith in 15th century civilization shaken a little.

>> Been pounding this drum since early May, and today’s not the day to stop: The Pirates need to get a bat by the deadline today, or management will have let this team down.

Here’s why.

Chances like this cannot be wasted. Not now, not ever.

No excuses. Get it done. Corner outfield or first base. Either works.

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