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Wakeup Call: Don’t cry for Cassidy

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Monday column is about Cassidy Krug’s final dive.

The Olympics can be terribly cruel.

>> They also can be tremendously exciting.

>> Are there seriously people comparing the speed of football players to Usain Bolt?

How arrogant.

The race is the 100 meters. It’s been run on a track, with blocks, with a start gun, and the start itself has been part of the skill in terms of testing fast reaction time. Fast means fast all-around.

If anyone thinks Mike Wallace or any football player can beat Bolt in a race — track, grass or anywhere — I can guarantee you’d get a really strong argument … from that player. It’s dead wrong.

>> I hear from back home that, for the first time in Major League Baseball history, a team that’s 4.5 games out has been eliminated from first place in the opening week of August. Quite a feat.

Why is it every time the Pirates lose — or even have a lousy inning — it’s The Collapse?

>> Remember that strange thought process related to the Penguins where Evgeni Malkin was league MVP but Marc-Andre Fleury was team MVP?

How long until we hear similar stuff regarding Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett?

>> Anyone fussing over McCutchen retaliation doesn’t appreciate how long baseball players remember stuff like that. Has to be the right time.

>> I’ll make my weekly appearance on TribLIVE Radio today at noon, but I’m betting those cheapskates will call collect.

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