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Monday Wakeup Call: Pitt’s (second) last gasp

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …


>> The Monday column counts the Penguins’ many blessings — not least of which was Joe Vitale’s roof job up there yesterday — with a rather odd collection of tales related to this winning streak now at nine.

Here’s news coverage of beating the Bruins again, by Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe.

And here’s what all three of us Tribbers — and far more important folks — had to say afterward …

>> If you missed it,  the Sunday column took the Sidney Crosby-Mario Lemieux debate and downplayed it, then bit into it, then downplayed it again. Guy can’t make up his mind.

>> Upon writing and filming the above, I took off for the Pete just in time to catch the Pitt hoopsters whooping it up for … an eighth seed?


Well, if there’s anything less meaningful than looking at where the Panthers get seeded or their byes or double-byes, I haven’t seen it. Not much seems to matter.

Beyond that, I kind of liked Talib Zanna’s reaction what I raised the topic with him: “We like this seeding better than our seeding last year.”

How do you say “Touche” in Nigerian?

Here’s news coverage of Pitt’s reaction, by Kevin Gorman at the Pete.

And here’s Dante Taylor’s still badly bruised — but foul-free! — right eye …

I’m delighted to tell you I’ll be with the Panthers all week out in Salt Lake City, the first NCAA tournament I’ll have covered. Very much looking forward to it.

>> Took two months and two time zones of travel, but Mike Tomlin finally deigned to speak with reporters. Our Alan Robinson is in Phoenix at the NFL owners’ meetings.

Sounds like the Steelers are in the market to spend money … they don’t appear to have.

>> I’ll visit with Ken Laird and Guy Junker on TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m.

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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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