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Wakeup Call: Olympians posing as puppets

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Thursday column brings the conclusion of the two-part Reporter’s Decathlon, the final five events, concluded by the one you’d least expect me to attend.

Really enjoyed this in a weird way.

>> Getting upset about a multiple-error game is akin to being mad at Jason Grilli: Makes no sense and accomplishes nothing.

The Pirates aren’t that bad of a defensive team. Goofy things happen.

But they surely would be helped by someone stepping up in the broader Joel Hanrahan support role. The apparent depth that seemed to be in place with some combo of Brad Lincoln, Evan Meek and/or Juan Cruz is nowhere to be found. It’s got to be someone on the staff.

A strong August from say, Chris Resop, would do the trick. But his consistency hasn’t been there for the better part of the summer.

>> Makes you appreciate Hanrahan all the more.

>> Trains, trains, trains.

It’s not exaggeration to say I’ve spent at least one-third of these Olympics on one train or another, Underground or Overground, old rail and light rail.

I’m hardly alone. Fans attending the Games are cramming into train cars like sardines. Most of the athletes — even the NBA guys — have used the system. Mostly because there’s little choice. Taxis are plentiful but prohibitively expensive. Cars are … well, you try driving on the wrong side of the road with the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car.

No thanks.

That said, the trains are amazingly efficient despite the overwhelming demand. You’ll almost never wait more than two minutes in the Underground. And if you do, they — sit down for this — apologize.

>> All I have left is the weekend, but it’s a huge one for our Pittsburgh athletes.

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