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Monday Wakeup Call: Make your pick

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

>> The Monday column looks at the Pirates’ mental state, as well as that of their surroundings, even as it offers a prediction for how they’ll fare in 2013.

Here’s a neat thing from the workout yesterday. Flicked on the video to start interviewing Jason Grilli and, as you’ll see, he pretty much took it from there …

And here’s our Pirates page, which includes Rob Biertempfel’s Opening Day feature on Grilli, weather/parking updates and all of our Sunday season preview stuff that includes fellow columnist Joe Starkey’s own prediction for the Pirates’ record as well as a full sabremetric breakdown of the entire roster. (Took up a whole page in the Sunday paper!)

Here’s today’s Trib front page …

>> To far larger stuff across the river, where Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with a broken jaw. All the details are in there, brought to you by Rob Rossi. I shared a few thoughts of my own right here on the blog.

>> How the NFL owners’ win in the last labor pact is already clear, by Alan Robinson.

>> Thoughts/prayers to Louisville’s Kevin Ware. My God.

>> Maybe Wichita State wasn’t all bad, upon further review. What is it about beating Pitt in the NCAA Tournament that propels teams to the Final Four?

Oh, almost forgot: In honor of the Francisco Liriano mention in the column …

>> I will not cover the opener. I’m off today.

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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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