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Tuesday Wakeup Call: One of our own in Boston

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature Brandon Sutter of the Penguins. The Trib’s Mark Kaboly will the media guest, and he and I will debate the Emmanuel Sanders match. And, of course, local Twitter icon @suckmeter will do his thing.

I want you involved, too. Email or call 412-320-7925.


>> Honestly, that’s about all I’ve got in the way of sports. Prayers and thoughts to all affected in Boston, as well as appreciation to the heroic first-responders and best of luck to law enforcement officials.

In the interim, a stark reminder of how close these tragedies tend to touch from one of our very own blog denizens, which I proudly share here in its entirety …


Dear Dejan,

I’ve been reading your work on a daily basis for years. I had to leave the Pittsburgh area nine years ago and have missed it terribly. When you did the best-parts-of-Pittsburgh series, I teared up when I read about the “boomerangs.” Each morning I wake up, read some Scripture and have the privilege of reading your blog.

Tomorrow seems extra special. Today, I was at the Boston Marathon with my wife. We made our way to see a friend at the finish line around 2:47 p.m. We passed Exeter Street and were within 100 feet of the first explosion. I grabbed my wife and ran. We stumbled after the second explosion but made it out of the area with just a couple of minor cuts. I called my dad in Pittsburgh to let him know what happened and that we loved everyone because I had no idea what would happen next. We walked the length of the city to get a cab to take us home. We are all right considering everything.  

This really reminded me that life is a gift from God and our families are the precious jewel. Hug your wife and kids a little tighter today, and remember us boomerangs who never forget the joy of Pittsburgh!

Patrick T. Keeley
Pastor Youth & Family
Community Church of East Gloucester

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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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