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Monday Wakeup Call: Sports you can do?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Morning, lunatics …

>> The Monday column uncovers the sorry story of the world’s worst curler, a Trib exclusive.

This footage was lifted from the camera of one Abraham “Gord” Zapruder outside the fabled Granite Club and is being shown here on this blog for the very first time.

Warning: Hide the women and children …

On a serious note, I’d like to offer deep thanks to Andrew Paterson, Gary Lawless, Adam Toy and everyone at Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 who made this possible. Above all, thanks to Scott McFadyen, the curling expert who showed tremendous patience and who was kind beyond words with me and my family. It’s an experience none of us will ever forget and our privilege to be on that historic slice of ice.

>> One doesn’t try columns like this to generate traffic, obviously. Fact is, I could connect a string of random vowels, then insert the words Ben Roethlisberger or Sidney Crosby, and it’ll get hit all day and night.

I really believe there is more to this role, whether it’s the soccer, diving or wrestling columns this winter, or even a different way to approach the most popular topics. Sometimes, that’ll turn off a bunch of readers who won’t give it a chance. I get that. I’m no different when flicking through a paper or clicking through a site.

But especially with a fourth weekly column in the mix now, I wouldn’t mind doing more of this type of thing.

Not the curling. The writing.

>> The one-of-a-kind Winnipeg winter backdrop behind one-of-a-kind wife …

>> Nice little trip for the hockey club, especially in the sense that they beat two very different opponents at their own game. The Jets are a big team that grinds it out and feeds off the crowd. The Penguins went even harder and tuned out all the noise. The Sabres are an annoying team that picks scabs and never stops attacking. The Penguins bit back and attacked just fine themselves.

Good teams do this. Contenders do this.

>> If you missed it, this was my Sunday column asking, as politely as possible, if the Ottawa Senators could please shut up about Matt Cooke.

>> Also from Sunday, columnist Joe Starkey lauded the NCAA for clamping down on concussions. Now, Joe asks, what about the NFL and NHL?

>> James Harrison’s future is tackled by our Alan Robinson.

>> Agnus Berenato is feeling the pain of all those losses for the Pitt women’s team. Very much of note in this piece is Steve Pederson’s assessment.

>> The Pitt men take on Notre Dame tonight at the Pete.

>> Bob Nutting says something about playoffs.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 to talk about the column and whatever else is on the collective crania of Ken Laird and Guy Junker.

You can listen live right 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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