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Monday Wakeup Call: Score one for the AFC North

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Morning, one and all …

>> The Monday column relays impressions from a good talk with Jamie Dixon over the weekend at the Pete. There is little that we know but much to like of the Panthers right now.

>> Don’t want to say I called it, but … well, um, I kind of did.

Not so much the outcome. No big deal on that. But the tone and tenor of how the Ravens bullied their way past the Niners in every way was so very AFC North of them that — I’ll be honest — it was fun to watch. Kind of reminded me of watching the NCAA tournament in hoops and seeing the difference in schools based on how their conferences play.

Our Alan Robinson files his Super Bowl gamer from New Orleans.

>> Imagine what Charlie Batch is thinking this morning.

>> Fire Dan Bylsma. And shoot his horse, too.

No, in all seriousness, the Penguins, including the coach, are to be commended for clearly figuring out an awful lot over the weekend. Neither the Devils nor the Capitals were at their best, obviously, but your club looked a lot tighter, a lot more organized, and that doesn’t happen by accident.

For that matter, credit Ray Shero for a surprisingly promising find in Zach Boychuck and for giving a chance to Robert Bortuzzo.

>> If you missed it over the weekend, Rob Rossi and staff photog Chaz Palla had exclusive access to the NHL’s new video room for player safety. Neat stuff here.


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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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