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On this show, ‘The Final Word’ belongs to you

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The joint venture between WPXI and Trib Total Media into sports TV continues Sunday night at 11:35 p.m. with the latest episode of The Final Word.

The discussion will be built on a rotation of WPXI and Trib personalities, but also will be heavy on contributions from you. Each week, we take comments from viewers through videos you submit on The Final Word’s Facebook page, as well as comments to The Final World’s Twitter account. Our topics this week are the Penguins-Islanders climactic weekend, obviously, but we’ll also have Steelers and Pirates in store.

We have WPXI’s live online stream for Pittsburgh’s many out-of-town sports fans, as well as video podcasts available on both outlets’ Web sites.

WPXI contributors will be Alby Oxenreiter and Bill Phillips. The Trib will be represented, too, but we have to see how the weekend plays out before that’s settled. If there is no Game 7, I’ll be on, as well as Rob Rossi.

Here’s last week’s episode from last week.

Really hope to have you not only watching but also joining in!

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.


  1. Justin in Ellwood City says:

    Great first 2 episodes. Must be doing something right because I see Brand X conveniently is changing their program and adding “tweet the show” also started the pull out their big guns, must be a little concerned for their product.

    DK: Just glad you’re watching, Justin. Thank you. Spread the word!

  2. Ghost says:

    I hear the new show has a new intro.

  3. Drew71 says:

    My wife told me I need to get a Personality.

    So I guess I’ll try to stay up and watch.

  4. 21sthebest says:

    Sounds like Tony Sanchez may be on his way to New York, New York.

    Start spreading the news.

  5. Arriba Wilver says:

    Is he bringing his vagabond shoes?

  6. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t know. I’m just hoping that he can make it there.

  7. Patrick(RI) says:

    Just think of all the bar fight opportunities (just kidding, wish him the best).

  8. Ghost says:

    Don’t remember the version with that part in it.

  9. Ghost says:

    Then again, Sid Vicious did do a version of “My Way,” which included the lyric “To thnk, I killed a cat.”

  10. Patrick(ri) says:

    Sorry, I violated the thread to make a wisecrack.

  11. Ghost says:

    Which was all I was doing. :) Wisecracks are greatly appreciated here.

  12. Drew71 says:

    My wife did, too. Seriously.

    Ok. She CLAIMED it was an accident. But in the GARAGE?

    I figure she was working on a spell that went awry.

    Especially for the cat.

    What were we talking about anyway?

  13. Drew71 says:

    Not by me. Dreadfully serious. Always.

    It’s part of my, um, Personality.

  14. 21sthebest says:

    Dogs have personality. And personality goes a long way.

  15. Thundercrack says:

    I know, I know…some people here prefer wisecracks over Thundercracks

  16. Ghost says:

    And some people pull off both in a single post.

  17. Drew71 says:

    Just to demonstrate how stoopid I am…I read TheBest’s post about Sanchez going to New York and thought I Wonder Who They Got In Return?

    No fooling. I even tried to google it.

    Until I remembered, you know, stoopid.

  18. Drew71 says:

    Some don’t

  19. pattonbb says:

    Good for Sanchez. Hope he gets an AB or two.

  20. If he can make it there, he can make anywhere.

  21. Ghost says:

    “You Catholic girls start much too late.”

  22. So what happened. Did neck-lock Grilli finally put Martin on the DL?

    I believe people will like Sanchez. His defense is his strong point right now. He has a good arm and works well with the pitchers. If he can hit ML pitching at all and regain some power, he’ll make a good #2, maybe a starter some day.

  23. Drew71 says:

    Are we doing lyrics? Great!

    Heroin, be the death of me
    Heroin, it’s my wife and it’s my life…
    And I guess that I just don’t know
    And I guess that I just don’t know

    Now THAT’S mainstream.

    Well I’m not the worlds most masculine man
    But I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man
    And so is Lola

    Too bad Frank never sang THOSE

  24. Milo Hamilton says:

    You guys made me watch it, so here …

  25. Milo Hamilton says:

    Frank’s been gone 15 years next Tuesday & he still knows the Mets lost.

  26. Thundercrack says:

    ‘The Mets scored two in the ninth off former Yankee Jose Contreras, including the blast by Valdespin. He crushed a 2-1 pitch into the Pepsi Porch for his third homer, brazenly flipping the bat and admiring his handiwork before sauntering around the bases at a glacial pace.’ – NY Post

    Last night I thought ‘that dude is sure taking his sweet time getting around the bases’.
    I wonder if the Buccos noticed.

  27. Milo Hamilton says:

    1. Sure they noticed.
    2. No chance they’ll do anything about it.

  28. Thundercrack says:

    Terry Collins noticed it too.

    Depending on the score of the game, which Pirate pitcher is in, and if that kid is playing….Valdespin might get one in the ribs

  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thunder my friend, I’m willing to wager you the adult beverage of your choice that never happens. They still haven’t taken care of that Reds thing.

  30. Thundercrack says:

    You’re probably correct. But I also think it depends on who the Pirate pitcher is at the time. And to be clear, I’m not much into the whole ‘seeking retaliation’ thing.

    Now, I have to go get some aspirin. I watched 2 segments of The Final Word and those rapid flying tweets on the left side of the screen gave me a headache.

  31. theplanisworking says:

    You mean wrestlers can sing too? ;)

  32. Milo Hamilton says:


  33. theplanisworking says:

    I have always wondered what “news” he was spreading all those years……

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