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Tuesday Wakeup Call: Special. Guest. Crank. Shaft.

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Tuesday column in advance of Game 4 reduces hockey analysis to pretty much its most basic — and often baseless — foundation: HIT SOMEBODY.

Yeah, I know. You’re welcome.

Here are some thoughts from Brenden Morrow on the matter …

And from Jarome Iginla

And here’s our full Trib coverage from Long Island, led by beat man Rob Rossi. Headlining in there is a look at how much Brooks Orpik means to this blue line.

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature special guest Douglas ‘Crankshaft’ Murray.

There will also be an opening rant on all the opportunities the NHL squanders to promote some of its most positive storylines, including a couple in this very series. Rossi will be the media guest, bringing you the latest from the Penguins’ room. And the local Twitter legend @suckmeter will offer the Suck of the Week with a puckish perspective, as well.

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.

I want you involved, too.

Email: sportstalk@tribweb.com

Call: 412-320-7925.

>> Mean Joe Greene calls it a career in retiring from the Steelers’ front office.

Never waste a breath with anyone debating the franchise’s greatest player. At least not beyond having them read up on No. 75’s career, especially as it relates to his arrival in Pittsburgh and — along with Chuck Noll — engineering the greatest loser-to-winner transformation sports will ever know.

Mean Joe played a starring role in this, too, of course …

Here’s some great background on maybe the most famous commercial in television history by our Kevin Gorman from 2009.

>> The Pirates are playing the Mariners in a two-game series. In early May. That’s weird.

By the way, for baseball fans who aren’t seeing our weekly page dedicated to the sport in every Sunday paper, you’re missing out on some neat stuff, not least of which is a rotating feature examining a different minor-league affiliate each week.

This was the West Virginia feature from a couple days ago.

>> Hope to hear from you on the air today!

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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