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Thursday Wakeup Call: Two pictures, 2,000 words

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The weekly chat begins at noon, and the platform will be posted right here on this blog. As always, you can begin submitting entries as soon as you see it.

It’s not like we’ll have any shortage of topics to discuss after a really fun night of Pittsburgh sports which … well, let’s leave it to the Trib photographers to tell the tale of two events …


That’s Brenden Morrow going all Gordie Howe on P.K. Subban and the Habs last night as part of a two-goal, one-assist, one-fight, new-folk-hero night at Consol. The photo is taken by our Chaz Palla.


That’s A.J. Burnett going all Nolan Ryan on the Cardinals, pummeling them in his own way with a gesture to the visiting dugout. This photo is taken by our Christopher Horner.

The Trib has a neat way of distributing its photographers, believing that each excels by being assigned more to specific teams, though there is some crossover. Palla is with the Penguins most of the time, Horner with the Pirates all through spring training and beyond. (Both do Steelers, which always take all hands on deck.)

That’s how you get shots like these. They know to be waiting, watching in certain situations, seeking out the best angle and snapping at just the right time.

>> As for the events themselves, I was up at Consol and shot this video with beat writer Rob Rossi

>> Here’s the game story from Consol by Josh Yohe, with priceless material from Morrow. And here’s columnist Joe Starkey’s look at Brooks Orpik’s place with the franchise.

>> And here’s the game story from PNC by Travis Sawchik. If you haven’t heard the name, that’s because he’s a new hire from the Trib. He’ll be working with Rob Biertempfel on the Pirates beat.

I think you’ll like Travis. We passed him through our agenda-o-meter, and he emerged clean as a whistle!

>> It’s a shame the two games were played at the same time, really, especially for the Pirates who will always fall short in that duel with attendance and TV ratings. But it’s also neat that it played out as it did.

>> A peek inside the box at Hunter Gilstrap, the Riverhounds’ experienced (and animated) keeper, by our Jerry DiPaola.

I’ll save the rest for the chat. Hope to see you there!

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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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