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Friday Wakeup Call: I’ll take Ravens, by a scratch and claw

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Morning, one and all …

>> The Friday column looks at the world’s biggest sporting event … and then sizes up many of the sporting events that are actually bigger. Funny how that can work when you look a bit beyond your back yard.

If you can think of other events than those cited here, I’m all ears.

But please note that Trib page designer Matt Rosenberg went the extra mile and uncovered a hot action photo of a cricket star to go with the print version …

>> I suppose I could break down the Super Bowl mimicking Ron Jaworski and discussing hours of “film” I’d watched of the Ravens and 49ers, and I’d use all kinds of fancy football terminology to lend it an air of officiality.

Instead, I’ll just say this: The Ravens will win because they understand blood.

Oh, I’m sure the 49ers have had their share of serious scraps. But I’m just as sure they don’t engage in them 4-6 times a year. There are divisions in football with better talent than the AFC North, but there aren’t any that have the viciousness of the games that most of the four teams play.

That’s not me talking. That’s pretty much any football person you can find.

The Ravens know how to win those games, even though they don’t always. They know how. They’ve been there.

I brought this up with the Steelers’ Ramon Foster on the radio show last week, and he agreed emphatically and without hesitation.

Maybe if the 49ers were more like the Packers who beat the Steelers a couple years ago, I could see that not mattering. But they aren’t. Fact is, San Francisco plays a far more in-your-face style than that Green Bay team did. Which means they’ll also have to win that way.

I’ll take the team that’s been there.

>> The chat transcript included stuff on Steelers, Penguins, Pitt hoops and a bit of baseball.

>> Fire Dan Bylsma.

>> I’ll focus on Pitt hoops for the Monday column, upon return. May your weekend be swell.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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