By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
>> The weekly chat will rise up right here on this blog at noon. The post should go up around 8 a.m., which is when entries can be submitted.
Please bear in mind, entries go in the chat field, not in the comments section.
>> As our overly alliterative headline up there illustrates, we have fallout from Pitt’s mass exodus, including video below of Jamie Dixon’s media session …
>> We’ve got local reaction to the Mike Rice fiasco at Rutgers.
>> We also have the precipitous fall-off of the Penguins from that 15-game winning streak, the latest in the form of a total egg laid at the Garden last night.
My thoroughly superficial analysis: Anyone, including the athletes themselves, who are questioning anything about this team after two totally blah efforts needs to get a grip. Happens. Move on.
Oh, and if you seek precedent, here’s what happened to the Blackhawks in their first game after that big season-opening streak. Somehow, they survived it.
>> Finally, in the lone bright spot of the day emanating from the least likely place, we have Wandy Rodriguez’s magnificent final pitch before getting the hook last night.
Here’s a one-minute highlight clip that finishes with it.
And here’s Karen Price’s game story that describes it.
>> I’ll be at PNC Park all morning and afternoon, working toward a Friday column.