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Tuesday Wakeup Call: All the broadcasts

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature special guest Tony Watson of the Pirates’ outstanding bullpen.

To listen, just click on the link above. It’s free, easy, no signup. One click, and we’re on. If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or Android, we’ve got the upgraded TribLIVE Radio app. Also free and easy and everything else.

The Trib’s Rob Rossi will be the media guest, discussing the Penguins’ many lingering injuries and the Stanley Cup races down the stretch. And, of course, the local Twitter monolith @suckmeter will offer the Suck of the Week in Pittsburgh sports.

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

>> If you missed it yesterday, WPXI-TV and Trib Total Media are teaming up for a new Sunday night sports show that will be called The Final Word. It debuts this very Sunday at 11:35 p.m.

I am quite excited about this, as well as the people with whom we’ll be working.

>> You will not believe this garbage from the Ottawa Sun. I’ll leave it at that.

Well, no, I won’t. Let’s just say this: No self-respecting editor in any part of the world clears that piece to run. The author’s going to be embarrassed about this from coast to coast, no question. And he’ll deserve it. But the editor has ultimate responsibility.

I’ll have to shower if I keep talking about this, so …

>> Attended the Steelers’ the pre-draft news conference with Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert over on the South Side yesterday. Much on that topic over the next 24 hours.

>> So let’s count this up: The Penguins played last night in Ottawa without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Mark Eaton … and beat a desperate group of Senators seamlessly, 3-1.

Ask me, and it’s because they lucked out in that lottery.

>> The dream lives. I could either spend my next two weeks in one of my favorite places on the planet, or I could spend it in New York.


>> Imaginative shot of Andrew McCutchen during pregame in Philly last night, from Getty Images.

>> You know, in the Monday column, I came perilously close to describing A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez as if they’ll go a combined 50-10 this year. But the difficult loss last night in Philly should remind that they won’t always get it done, either.

A.J.’s kan odd case right now. He’s got what the catchers have told me is the best sinker of his life, but it’s easy to tell he’s using it to miss bats rather than to induce grounders. As a result, he’s striking out a ton of people — which is wonderful — but also running up his pitch count. He had 101 through five innings last night.

Not sure what Ray Searage can do here. Hard to tell a terrific veteran to stop whiffing people when your stuff is great. But harder still to take the ball from him after five.

>> What’s the worst job in America? One new survey brings the glum news.

>> Hope you can tune in today. As always, video and podcast will be up here shortly afterward.

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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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