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Monday Wakeup Call: To concuss or not to concuss

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The Monday column covers a wonderful game by Sidney Crosby and still seeks more.

Here’s some of our pregame talk on how he’s being used …

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 to discuss the column and more.

>> For anyone who missed it, the Sunday column compared the initial handling of Evgeni Malkin’s concussion-like symptoms to how the Penguins badly bungled the early days with Sidney Crosby.

I’ll hold to that today. Malkin was held out and administered, by all accounts, exemplary treatment leading to the official diagnosis issued late last night that he does, in fact, have a concussion and short-term memory loss.

The Trib’s Rob Rossi reported Sunday morning that Malkin was experiencing severe headaches and mild disorientation. He based that on impeccable sources close to the athlete. I know who they are. If you did, you wouldn’t doubt them for a second. The team responded after the morning skate by having Bylsma deny the headaches and disorientation, explicitly using those terms.

Then came word late last night of the concussion and memory loss.

I’ve only got this in response: I’ve been around the Pittsburgh Penguins, a world-class franchise led by the most world-class individual in Mario Lemieux, for the better part of my adult life. I’m disappointed in how they’ve acted in this specific regard.


>> Which Pitt team did you guess would show up at the Garden?

If it was the one where Tray Woodall takes over, the one where there’s some actual creativity in working the ball inside, the one where they own the boards … you win. Kevin Gorman reports from New York.

>> Quality Steelers draft analysis from Alan Robinson. Not feeling a first-round running back.

>> Columnist Joe Starkey would like it if the Steelers’ players zipped it.

>> Long-term deal for Neil Walker? Yes, please. Rob Biertempfel breaks it down, but I fear he falls well short of the new gold standard for opening sentences in journalism history.

>> Again, on Thursday morning, I’ll be heading to Bradenton for a week of baseball.

>> I’ll leave you with this beauty from Zdeno Chara yesterday, undoubtedly the greatest move in NHL history by anyone 6 feet 9 or taller …

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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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