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Wakeup Call: All these big watches

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Friday column is on badminton.

No, really, it is.

But it also gets into a broader issue from which all sports could learn, given the real mess of a controversy here about throwing matches.


>> London has strange weather. Unlike Pittsburgh, where a rain will be accompanied by very steady cloud cover, it’ll rain here out of nowhere.

That’s how it was yesterday at Olympic Park.

>> It’s easy to get the impression Londoners are keen on keeping the time. And it’s not just because of (the real) Big Ben.

All of the men wear watches, and I mean a higher ratio than I’ve seen anywhere in the world. Really big watches, too, the kind that look like they’d weigh the arm down.

Not sure why, but if I had to guess it’s that the British are, true to the stereotype, extremely punctual. That’s best exemplified by the remarkable train system, above and below ground, that’s been almost error-free in shuttling around the tens of thousands of visitors in addition to the 8 million residents.

If a train is delayed by even one minute, a voice comes over the PA system in the station to apologize.

No kidding.

Imagine having that job with the Port Authority.

>> If you missed my stuff from yesterday on social media: This was stuff on the Pirates’ futile play for Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. As well as specifics of the Padres’ ask on Chase Headley.

>> Very, very easy to rank this as the Pirates’ biggest series since that one with the Braves about 19 years back, no?

Could be double-value, too, if they do well. The obvious is in the standings, given that they’re 3 1/2 back. But the other is that the Reds could use some cooling down. Well as the Pirates have been playing, the Reds have been just ridiculous. Even without Joey Votto for a big chunk of that time.

>> We’ll resume the weekly chats after I get back. Tried it, just won’t work from here.

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