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Wakeup Call: Dan and Dave, move over

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column brings the first of my two-part Reporter’s Decathlon. I’ve done this in past Olympics. Basically, it’s just cover 10 random – preferably off-the-beaten-path – sports, then offer a few observations of each. It can be fun and, from a purely selfish perspective, gives a fuller feel for the Games.

Hope you like it. If so, the second part – the other five sports – will run tomorrow.

Below is my snap shot of the gold-medal men’s track cycling finish …

>> I also hope you enjoy our Alan Robinson asking the Steelers for today’s feature if they could take on Usain Bolt. Really telling stuff in there from Antonio Brown.

>> I won’t profess to know any more about how David DeCastro and Mike Adams have fared in Latrobe than what’s been written. But I do know that anyone passing judgment – good or bad – on rookie offensive linemen in their first camp who weren’t able to participate in OTAs … that’s pretty wild.

Maurkice Pouncey was an instant hit. Maybe that’s what some expected. Pouncey was rare.

>> When one of your best players costs you the game, you just move on. It happens. Nothing of value to analyze or dissect. That’s it.

>> Starling Marte does special things.

>> Having heard what amounts to my iPod played at the Opening Ceremony — Clash, Sex Pistols, New Order — it’s hardly surprising to find that the music scene here is as vibrant and vital as ever.

The Olympic Park embraces that with a concept called Park Live for major acts to perform, and a smaller stage near the cycling velodrome is home to the more offbeat stuff. I’ve spent a decent amount of time at the latter, including taking in a full set by a riveting punk/folk/ska/whatever group called Tankus the Henge.

But it can found everywhere. Three young men with a guitar, bass and drums set up shop outside the busy London Bridge rail station the other night. Totally spontaneous but drew a nice little crowd.

The next Smiths?

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