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Tuesday Wakeup Call: Brooks Orpik, special guest

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature special guest Brooks Orpik. 

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.

The Trib’s Mark Kaboly will the media guest, sharing wisdom about the Steelers on what could be another really pivotal day. 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 at 412-320-7925.


>> Not going to lie. I love the Ramon Foster signing. If we can all agree that the Steelers’ offensive line is already young enough — Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Mike Adams, Marcus Gilbert are the rest — and we can all agree that its biggest issue has been staying healthy, I’m signing the guy who stays on the field.

Foster might not be able to bench-press what Willie Colon does. Few humans can. But the job is about doing the job. And the stats site Pro Football Focus says Foster allowed only two sacks all season long.

The key phrase there being “all season long.”

Terrific decision by Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin. But with many miles to go.

>> Some of those miles will covered by 4 p.m. today.

>> Want some idea of how big the Penguins’ matchup is tonight with the visiting Bruins?

Check these Power Rankings.

Wait, on second thought, don’t check that. What empty Jofa would have thought to move the Ducks ahead of the Blackhawks? Or anyone ahead of the Blackhawks? Because they lost a game?

Why do we ever write or read those kinds of rankings?

Anyway, yes, it’s a big game. Nice test for a team that’s on a roll, but will have to face Zdeno Chara without, one, Evgeni Malkin to present matchup difficulties and, two, a head coach who would match up lines, anyway.

>> Did you catch the bizarre shootout attempt by the Senators’ Kaspars Daugavins last night?

Pretty nifty, but Tuukka Rask’s effort was more than a match.

>> Pitt’s Steven Adams is a cool kid. Hope that came across in my radio interview with him a month ago. But this thing where he’s fine with one-on-ones but runs from the group — and trust me, as I and a few other reporters staked out the Pitt team bus yesterday outside the Pete, he essentially fled as his name was being called — is a bit odd.

I try not to make bridges between how an athlete functions with the media and actual performance. It’s usually off base. But I’ll still find it independently interesting to see what he does in this Big East Tournament, the first real pressure situation he’ll have faced.

Oh, and I’ll have much, much more on Pitt hoops tomorrow, the day the tourney opens.

>> In the meantime, in case you missed it very late last night, Notre Dame hoops will join Pitt and Syracuse in the ACC, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. Not entirely shocking, but still …

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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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