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Wakeup Call: Manning bracing for bad?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

DENVER — Brief and to the Point …

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>> The Thursday feature from the Broncos’ camp is … well, whatever it is that Peyton Manning seems to want out here about his health.

Tough read on him. Really was.

>> You might have heard that James Harrison greeted a polite, professional question from a reporter yesterday about his playing status with, “Out of my face!”

I tell you guys this a lot, but this sort of thing happens all … the … time.

Not a big deal.

And you know what else isn’t a big deal?

When guys like Harrison retire and miss all the attention they once were afforded by their standing in the community.

>> If you’re going to complain about the Pirates’ low attendance in the past week-plus, do it for the right reasons.

>> After the club easily took the final two from the Astros, I’d have to guess there was even more gnashing of teeth over the loss Monday.

Save it.

If the Pirates end up running through this weekend as they just did the past two games, you can thank that loss for having refocused them. No doubt in my mind now, in hindsight, that whatever all that intensity was before the game Tuesday was of the positive varietly.

The Cubs have lost five in a row, but they’re not as bad as the Astros. Not with Starlin Castro, a handful of other hitters, better starting pitching and a dynamic closer in Carlos Marmol. And the Jeff Samardzija-James McDonald matchup Saturday night doesn’t exactly favor the home side. It’s not like Houston at all.

Long, long way to go. But maybe some were woken up just now.

>> One and a half. Feel free to mourn the demise of the 2012 Pirates.

>> We’ll have our weekly chat today at noon. Wear black.

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