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Monday Wakeup Call: Head-hunting for Moose

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Morning, lunatics …

>> The Monday column attempts — really hard — to go into yesterday’s Paterno Report release with an open mind. Judge for yourself how that went.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the column with the fellas.

>> If you missed it Sunday, this was my column on NHL fighting on the rise.

>> Getting down about losing to the Devils doesn’t make much sense. Never has.
They’ve been making good teams look bad for such a long time, and that’s doubly true if they get an early lead.

Cue script.

Anyway, it sure worked out well for Mr. Moose …

Johan Hedberg, one of the greatest people I’ve encountered on this job, happened to give me the greatest quote I’ve ever gotten from an athlete after a game. It was right after his NHL debut in Tampa, March of 2000. He lost, and the Penguins lost, and he sat on a stool in the middle of the room. (No stall for the newbie.)

I asked how he felt.

“I’m sad.”

Hedberg thought he was done. That was it. He’d have one chance as an older minor-league recall, he was the emergency guy only after the Penguins’ top had been felled by injury, and he’d be sent right back down.

Or so he thought.

Good things, indeed, happen to good people.

>> Also from the if-you-missed-it-Sunday file: Andrew McCutchen shares quite a bit with our Rob Biertempfel. There’s a vid, too. … Why would anyone complain about a Pitt-Florida State football opener? That’s what our Joe Starkey asked. … Marc-Andre Fleury is passing out upgrade vouchers.

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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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