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Vacation thread: 6-16

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

On break all week. The full column/blog/etc. schedule resumes June 24.

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 more, including 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 top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

39 Comments

  1. Sorry was always more of a “SOLID GOLD” Fan

  2. JAL’s Blue Skies Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h03eH51rsuM

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    http://gobuccos.com/pittsburgh-pirate-news/

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsjN0zO-DxI0dHVOMzdPYm9wUEJtdVJ0WWUzVWhFc2c#gid=0

    5 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013draft

    BLOGS and such

    6—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Five Popular Prospects and When They Might Be Promoted

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-five-popular-prospects-and-when-they-might-be-promoted.html

    Pirates Lose to Dodgers 5-3 in Extras: The 10 Big Moments

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/pirates-lose-to-dodgers-5-3-in-extras-the-10-big-moments.html

    Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Strikes Out Seven in Altoona Debut

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/prospect-watch-nick-kingham-strikes-out-seven-in-altoona-debut.html

    7 Bucs Dugout

    What should the Pirates do at shortstop?

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/6/16/4434660/what-should-the-pirates-do-with-the-shortstop-position

    Pirates miss chance at storybook ending, lose 5-3 in 11 innings

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/6/15/4434182/pirates-miss-chance-at-storybook-ending-lose-5-3-in-11-innings

    8 WHYGAVS

    Brandon Cumpton gets a tall task in his big league debut

    http://www.whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/june-2013/brandon-cumpton-gets-a-tall-task-in-his-big-league-debut.html

    9 The Green Weenie

    Bucs A Hit Away, Go Down 5-3 In 11 Innings

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2013/06/bucs-hit-away-go-down-5-3-in-11-innings.html

    10 Rumbunter

    Do The Pittsburgh Pirates Have Too Much Pitching?

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/06/15/do-the-pittsburgh-pirates-have-too-much-pitching/

    Pittsburgh Pirates GM Has His Hands Full

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/06/15/pittsburgh-pirates-gm-has-his-hands-full/

    11 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Dodgers 5, Pirates 3

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2013/06/dodgers-5-pirates-3/

    • Blue Skies Written by Irving Berlin in 1926 the song has become a standard, still appearing on albums today. This is a version by Frank Sinatra.

  3. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 KDKA

    Dodgers Edge Pirates 5-3 In 11

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/06/15/dodgers-edge-pirates-in-11-5-3/

    13 Sports on Earth

    Righting The Pirates’ Ship

    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/50607610/

    14 LA Times

    Dodgers blow lead but recover for 5-3 win over Pirates

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-0616-dodgers-pirates-20130616,0,5896937.story

    15 Detroit Free Press

    The Lowedown: One-hit wonder Brandon Inge already in the history books in Pittsburgh

    http://www.freep.com/article/20130616/SPORTS02/306160086/lowedown-brandon-inge-hoss-radbourn

    16 CBS Sports

    Los Angeles vs Pittsburgh

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20130616_LAD@PIT

    17 Sweetspot

    Fragile Tulowitzki breaks down again

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/37025/fragile-tulowitzki-breaks-down-again

    18 PBC Site

    Comeback bid falls short in 11th in Cumpton’s debut

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_06_15_lanmlb_pitmlb_1&mode=recap_home&c_id=pit

    Notebook: Pirates pull off rehearsed ‘Rudy’ play

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130615&content_id=50722566&notebook_id=50722852&vkey=notebook_pit&c_id=pit

    SPORTS WEBSITES

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Fantasy Mailbag Getting the Big Fish

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=20879

    20 Fangraphs

    The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Pitches

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-worst-of-the-best-the-weeks-wildest-pitches-9/

  4. Have fun Dejan!

  5. He has entrusted the blog to us.

    Who’s gonna tell him we broke his clock?

  6. Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow Dads!

  7. Rask steals another one.
    Rapidly taking over these playoffs…..

    • Yes.

      (I have nothing else to add)

      • Ykniw when I watch the Hawks they remind me a lot of the Pens….
        Able to look ridiculously good for stretches….loaded with talent….then take their foot off the gas, and lunch bucket pluggers like BOS can get back in it.

        I think this may be the Bruins series unless CHI can actually start playing 60 mins in one game (sounds familiar!)….

        • Yup I originally predicted boston in 5. You notice how boston kept their cool last night even after they hit a few posts? No hissy fits no running around out of position trying to chase the puck…and game 1 when Chicago was down a couple goals…same thing they kept their cool stayed in their trap formations when necessary and got back into the game.

          Amazing what good coaching and mature leadership can do…

          • It’s funny too, when you check the Hawks blogs, they are slamming JQ for line combos, having Bollig in there (toughness vs Stalbegs speed), inability to get anything on the PP.

            All the same kinds of discussions we have re DB.

            Funny.

            • (Open wound. Insert salt.)

              Yeah. Funny.

              • Hah! Sorry Drew….I hear ya, it stings.

                Ther are parallels….CHI stars not performing. Coach putting in physical guys not speed guys. PP sucking.

                I think Boston in 6.

            • Atleast they’re not having one defensive breakdown after another…I thought bollig going in smelled fishy too. They could’ve used stalberg in the OT’s.

              • Well I have not much followed the West….but yes it seems JQ is opting for the goal-less but more physical Bollig, over the speedier Stal….

                Then Bollig contributes to the OT winner…so the hysteria ensues!

                To me it was Chi ‘s speed that could make the difference….so a guy like Bollig would be lower on my list…..but JQ I guess has other plans….

        • Ya for sure. It seems like boston forces you to think outside the box a bit. Usually teams that sit back as much as they do don’t have the firepower to make you pay on almost every mistake. You cant force anything against them and you gotta be prepared to win 1-0 or 2-1.

          And considering how much trapping both teams are doing I think its encouraging that the games have been fast, intense AND entertaining. Maybe the pens should take note…

  8. Happy Father’s Day to all my blog Dad buddies. Hope your day is great.
    Gotta get myself busy, making stuffed shells for my outlaws ;)

  9. I thought Kennywood just threw him out.

    He must be in the Pokey.

    No game thread.

    (Pokey.)

  10. Gotta head over to the folks’ house for Father’s Day festivities. Could one of you please re-post this for me if the game thread eventually goes up? Thanks.

    SUNDAY PICK ‘EM LINE

    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.

    NEW PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED!!!

    Today’s Line
    Total HITS ALLOWED by Garret Cole in today’s game
    0-2 (TRIPLE ODDS)
    3-5 (EVEN ODDS)
    6-8 (EVEN ODDS)
    9 or More (Double ODDS)

    Please Note – All games must be considered official games in order for line(s) to be valid. Any postponement, cancellation, or suspension of game(s) will void line(s).

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Standings will be updated this evening!

  11. 50 on 6-8 (and I hope I’m overstating this and am wrong)!

    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all of the loony dads out there.

    GO BUCS!

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