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Wakeup Call: Disgraceful

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> We’ll have our weekly chat today at noon, so I’ll save most of my baseball-related invective for that.

I’ll say this much now: The Pirates’ plunge, for a second consecutive year, with barely a peep uttered either time, is disgraceful.

It’s premature to jump ahead and start talking about jobs. The hard mathematical fact is that the team is still, somehow, astoundingly just 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot. I don’t believe they’ll get it, and I don’t believe they’ve earned being in that position being how the pack has fallen back. But it’s still there.

>> Let me say this bluntly: Anyone who thinks Neil Walker isn’t doing his very best to return is dead wrong. It’s killing him to be out.

Man, people can be stupid.

>> Looking for a happy baseball scene?

Here, check out Winnipeg’s own version of Greg Brown, calling this walkoff blast for the independent Goldeyes two nights ago …


>> The dumbest lockout ever moved a step closer to reality.

The NHL’s only real problem financially is a handful of teams struggling to spend up to payroll minimum. The Coyotes and Panthers, stand out. Well, if the owners aren’t willing to share revenues — and it’s clear they’ve spurned the players on that front — then move one of those teams to Seattle.

Here’s why.

The other can go to Quebec. The Panthers have a hard lease in Sunrise, but all leases can be broken.

No point sustaining failures. Ask Atlanta and Winnipeg.

>> LaMarr Woodley predicts the Steelers ‘won’t be 0-2.’

Believe him?

I’d feel almost as strongly as he does if our Mark Kaboly hadn’t computed that the defense blitzed Woodley only 10 times on Peyton Manning the other night.

Much more in the chat.

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