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Wakeup Call: Astros, Cubs and no more in Milwaukee

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Monday column counts the ways in which Paul Chryst has to dramatically improve Pitt before their next game … which is Thursday against the defending Big East champs.

Here’s some of what Tino Sunseri had to say late Saturday night …

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXrLNYicESc

>> If you missed Joe Starkey’s Sunday column on the Penn State opener, it’s a wonderful look at the overarching storyline of the day.

Can’t begin to understand why Bill O’Brien would allow Jay Paterno to be mingling with the athletes, including Matt McGloin, on game day. That’s not a knock on Paterno or his character. It’s just that he’s not on the staff anymore.

I understand O’Brien can’t control everything. If Franco Harris wants to share luxury suites with cardboard cutouts, that’s a bit out of the head coach’s purvey. But he most certainly needs to take care of football facilities and locker rooms.

>> Do the Nittany Lions have a playmaker besides Allen Robinson?

>> This was neat: Geno Smith goes 33 of 37 for 323 yards, four TDs and no picks for West Virginia, plus 65 yards rushing, and Dana Holgorsen announced yesterday that the Mountaineers’ offense player of the week was … Shawne Alston.

Alston did rush for 123 yards and a couple TDs, and the award doesn’t matter much at all. I point this out only to illustrate the potency of that offense.

I know it was Marshall. I don’t care. Of Smith’s four incompletions, one was a spike, another a clear drop.

Great way to open a Heisman conversation.

>> The Pirates’ next six games are at home, three against the awful Astros and three against the awful Cubs. They’re all of 1 1/2 games out of the wild card.

But never mind all that. The Pirates are toast.

>> Brock Holt had more intelligent at-bats over the past two days than Rod Barajas, Clint Barmes and Josh Harrison — combined — over the past two months.

Kid looks really smart up there.

By all means, sit him down.

>> I’ll make my weekly appearance on TribLIVE Radio tomorrow at noon.

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