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Tuesday Wakeup Call: A visit with A.J.

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

BRADENTON, Fla. — Morning, lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature special guest A.J. Burnett, right here on our station’s spectacular McKechnie Field set.

To listen to the show, just click on TribLIVE Radio. It’s free, easy, no registration. If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or Android, we’ve also got the TribLIVE Radio app.

Also, TribLIVE Radio host Ken Laird will be the media guest. He’s been down here all week, too, and we’ll pick his brain for his observations of these Pirates. And, of course, the local Twitter legend @suckmeter will offer, in his own inimitable manner, the Suck of the Week in Pittsburgh sports.

I want you involved, too. Email: or call me down here at 412-320-7925.

>> Here’s my news notebook from events yesterday at McKechnie.


>> There was no earthly reason to rush Evgeni Malkin back.

There was no earthly reason to scratch Beau Bennett.

There was no earthly reason to dress Tyler Kennedy.

Either that, or the sum of the city rushed to judgment on all of the above and forgot that the guys running this franchise usually are pretty good at what they do.

>> Want to know why Mike Lange is in the Hall of Fame?

Move to the 1:40 mark of this audio clip for his call on Sidney Crosby’s goal. It’s a beautiful thing.

>> How does William Gay’s return not portend Keenan Lewis’ departure?

Really been trying to wrap my head around scenarios in which Lewis stays, and I keep coming up empty. Cortez Allen can take over at starting corner and, ideally, add some takeaway dynamic to the defense. Gay can be the nickel back and provide depth. And the money the Steelers might have paid Lewis would go to, say, a wide receiver or running back.

If anything, you can now be positive Lewis wouldn’t stay at market rate. The Steelers will set their price and stick to it unconditionally. Someone will top them.

>> Ladies and gentlemen, the utter disintegration of ESPN within a single 87-second clip …

What, you don’t believe the disintegration will happen?

Well, then, what about actual competition?

That’s what happens when smart business people smell blood.

>> Oh, and happy birthday to that random gorgeous girl in front of Ottawa’s Parliament building last month …

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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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