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Thursday Wakeup Call: Steelers ‘weren’t really together?’

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Morning, lunatics …

>> The weekly chat will begin at noon, as always, though you can begin submitted entries as early as 6 a.m. Hope to have you aboard.

>> One subject certain to come up will be Antonio Brown’s ludicrous popoff on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ yesterday about the Steelers not being ‘really together’ last season. He goes on to describe how the Ravens were more together and, thus, were better.

Anyone buying that?

I’ll save my thoughts for the chat, but here’s what Ike Taylor had to say on the topic during his weekly TribLIVE Radio show Tuesday.

>> There are many bad things to say about the Penguins’ lack of defense and discipline in the excruciating loss to the Flyers last night, and there aren’t enough bad things to say about that last goal on Tomas Vokoun.

But if I might pick one nit from the pile, does it ever occur to anyone that maybe Evgeni Malkin wouldn’t be so irritated by Sean Couturier if they weren’t on the ice together all the time during a home game in which the home coach has the line change?

Let’s not throw the backup out with the bath water.

A lot went wrong in that game, and that includes Dan Bylsma’s blatant refusal to match lines and to let Peter Laviolette essentially do as he pleases.

Here, just look at the official NHL scoresheet and zoom in on Philadelphia’s even-strength goals. Look who was on the ice for the Flyers and for the Penguins, and try to explain.

>> If the coaches kept Couturier off Malkin, maybe this wouldn’t be necessary …

>> Quite the exchange of quotes between Tanner Glass and Daniel Briere.

>> Columnist Joe Starkey carves up Jamie Dixon’s many problems.

>> Olympics in Pittsburgh? Hey, they asked.

>> Bob Nutting is ‘incredibly optimistic.’

>> Here’s a podcast of my TribLIVE Radio guest appearance yesterday discussing the Penguins’ goaltenders and Jason Grilli’s honesty.

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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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