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Wakeup Call: Donald Fehr hearts salary caps

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column wonders what’s happened to the Pirates’ fans of late.

As one genius on Twitter shot at me late last night, “ohhhhhhhhhhh dejan went to the olympics and now he’s too good for pirates.”

Or something.

>> That photo above is the great work of our photographer Chris Horner, this after I emailed him during the game what the column would be about. Extra effort appreciated.

>> Hockey’s labor situation appeared to make progress yesterday in Toronto when the players’ union, now led by Donald Fehr, offered what sounded like a much more reasonable plan than the owners’ original proposal.

And it didn’t include any mention of abolishing the salary cap.

Sorry, but after following baseball labor for a lot of years, it’s going to take me a couple days to process Fehr being OK with the cap. We’re talking about the guy who refused to agree to a salary floor for teams like the Pirates because he feared that, philosophically, if he agreed to a floor, he’d agree to a cap.

This man said yes to a cap.

>> Out in Latrobe, Mike Tomlin admonished a couple of the Steelers’ players for fighting during a two-minute drill. His primary complaint: They fought rather than being concerned about clock management.

There have been eight fights in camp now, including some that have risked injury to important players.

Allowing that isn’t exactly shrewd.

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