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Wednesday Wakeup Call: The chase begins

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Wednesday column spins some randomly collected yarn into … well, you’ll see … it’s about Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight.

One part is about this crazy guy, goes by Crankshaft


Another is about the Islanders’ bronzed rear ends …


And another is about this extraordinary young lady serving our nation in Afghanistan …


Like I said, it’s kind of all over the place, even the heart of Asia. Hope you like.

Anyway, we should know by late morning whether or not Sidney Crosby will play. And we should know by midnight whether or not Evgeni Malkin will be all the way back, as well.

>> Yesterday’s TribLIVE Radio show podcast featured Jarome Iginla, and the opening rant on Root Sports’ handling of the Penguins and Pirates is on video …

>> The Pirates again lost in Milwaukee, again ate seven figures to cut a player.

Jonathan Sanchez’s $1.375 million contract was purchased — and thus guaranteed — on March 27, this after he had an 8.07 ERA last season and a 5.50 ERA in spring training after being briefly set aside to deal with major mechanical issues. This season, his ERA was 11.85.

Who needs adjectives?

>> Le’Veon Bell gets the close-up treatment from Alan Robinson this morning. Kind of turned up my nose at the Steelers’ second-rounder, but staying open-minded and liking more and more of what I hear. In particular is the background of how lousy that Michigan State line was in front of him.

>> I’ll be up at Consol morning, noon and night and, again, this is how it’s going to be for as long as the Pittsburgh entry into this tournament stays alive.

Very much looking forward to it. Nothing at all like an NHL postseason.

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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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