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Tuesday Wakeup Call: James Robinson, Pitt point guard

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature special guest James Robinson, Pitt’s bright freshman point guard. Kid talks just the way he plays, fun and relaxed

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 Josh Yohe will the media guest, sharing wisdom about the Penguins right after covering their skate and that of the Capitals over at Consol. 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.

>> Here’s a bit of a chat with another Pitt freshman, Steven Adams

Have I mentioned that Adams really, really hates group interviews?

Well, he did fine with this one. It was only a couple of us there, but you could tell it didn’t faze him at all.

>> The Steelers knew Rashard Mendenhall was playing with a bum knee because he came back too soon?

And that’s Mendenhall’s fault?

>> Tough break for the Duquesne women being left out of NCAAs. Would have been a school first. And, as Suzie McConnell-Serio suggested last night, it would have easily been justified. The Dukes had a 23-7 record, better than a ton of teams, and they beat ranked teams in West Virginia and Delaware, and lost by one point to the two A-10 teams that did get chosen.

Again, that’s tough. At the same time, the Dukes knew they had to do at least something at the A-10 tournament, and going out in the quarters wasn’t it.

Maybe next year. Still mostly a younger team.

>> Gerrit Cole was sent to the minors. No surprise there, nor any cause for disappointment.

It did, however, provide another verbal gem from the GM: “Everybody’s going to speculate why he’s being sent out, and they’re wrong,” Neal Huntington said.

Good Lord. So all of you who speculated that the Pirates might send Cole to the minors because he’s not ready to be a top-of-the-rotation starter — the GM’s own description — you were wrong.


Setting that aside, let me say this again: There was no way, no how, no chance whatsoever Cole was going to open this season with the Pirates. None. They know that, and you should, too. When pitching coach Ray Searage two weeks ago was running through a list of potential fifth-starter candidates, and he rattled off five or six names without citing Cole, that’s not a clue. That’s a glaring red neon sign.

The Pirates actually made an intelligent decision and did so for exactly the right reason.

Why not just be honest about it? Or at least not get all indignant over it?


>> You make the call from this awesome footage out of the Swiss Elite Hockey League yesterday …

The puck quite literally breaks in two. Half goes in the net, the other half doesn’t. The referees, even though there is no international rule governing broken pucks, correctly ruled that it was no goal.

Any guesses as to why?

>> I’ll be flying out to Salt Lake City later tonight, but the show will come first. Hope you can check it out.

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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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