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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> Today marks the opening of the Steelers’ three-day minicamp on the South Side, of course, and the TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature an interview with one of the participants. Which is to say, I’ll get someone on the spot, then tweet out the name as soon as I do.

Also, I’ll begin with a few thoughts on where the Penguins are headed this summer, a few more on Gerrit Cole’s Pittsburgh debut, and we’ll discuss with Trib hockey writer Josh Yohe the upcoming Cup final between the Bruins and Hawks.

Oh, and don’t miss a very special @Suckmeter segment dedicated to the Penguins’ fans.

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

I want you involved, too …


Call: 412-320-7925.

>> The past week has seen a couple milestones for the blog. Last Thursday marked our record day for unique visitors, a day when we had the usual Morning Java, the weekly chat and an extra blog-only column on Marc-Andre Fleury. And yesterday brought the single most visitors ever to one post, the Morning Java entry on trading Kris Letang.

I’ll say it a million times over: Thank you, Penguins fans. Your trust means more than I can say.

 >> Mike Tomlin’s top offseason priority has been conditioning — can’t imagine why — and today might offer the best early test for all that.

What it won’t have, of course, is Ben Roethlisberger throwing to his receivers, which is a bigger loss than most seem to be conceding. Not the end of the world, mind you, but any chance to take that newfound QB/coordinator spirit of cooperation out onto the field and execute plays is one you’d embrace.

>> Barring something significant on the hockey front — which still can’t be ruled out — I’ll be over at PNC Park tonight to write about Cole.

This was our Cole segment on The Final Word a couple nights ago …

This was my column on Cole when I visited him at the Arizona Fall League in 2011.

And this was my column on Cole from Bradenton this spring.

>> Hope you can tune in — and call! — to the show today.

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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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