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Thursday Wakeup Call: Fallout, fiasco, fall-off, far-out pitch

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.

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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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