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You’ll get ‘The Final Word’ on Pirates, Pens

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

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.

>> Who’s on: WPXI contributors will be Alby Oxenreiter and Bill PhillipsThe Trib will be represented by myself and Rob Rossi. Our topics will be led by the Pirates’ continued strong play, but we’ll also talk some Penguins in advance of a momentous few days on the personnel front.

>> How to participate: Each week, we also take comments from viewers through 20-second videos you submit on The Final Word’s Facebook page, as well as comments to The Final World’s Twitter account

>> Where to watch: In addition to the regular broadcast on WPXI-TV, 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.

Here’s last week’s episode.

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

This also will kind of function as my reentry into the work force. The column, blog and all that other stuff will be back Monday morning.

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.


  1. JAL’s Wheel in the Sky Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    5 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker

    BLOGS and such

    6—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: The Ten Most Unbelievable Things About The 2013 Season

    Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim

    Prospect Watch: Barnes With a Big Day, Jhang Homers Again

    7 Bucs Dugout

    Bucs Dugout Podcast: The Reds, the rotation, Pedro Alvarez and Giancarlo Stanton

    #Hurdled: Are the Pirates sacrificing more than average?


    Game 74: Pirates 5 Angels 2

    Pedro Alvarez is on fire, but nothing is changing

    9 The Green Weenie

    Brandon Cumpton: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    10 Rumbunter

    Tony Sanchez Joining Pittsburgh Pirates

    11 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Pirates 5, Angels 2

    • Wheel in the Sky Journey 1978 Journey was the most successful of the “power ballad” groups of the era

      • Steve Perry had a hell of a voice. Love the song.

        • Only after going thru many personnel changes did Journey achieve success. And they fired their co-founder and former lead vocalist to do so, I think. Others included in the successful “power ballad” group……….. Kansas, Foreigner, Asia, Styx. Those were the days.


  2. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 LA Times

    Angels fall to Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2,0,1314018.story

    13 Yahoo Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Why Jeff Locke Deserves to (but Won’t) Make the All-Star Team

    14 The Republic

    Local boy makes good: Gerrit Cole stays unbeaten in majors in Pirates’ 5-2 win over Angels–Angels

    15 Door County Advocate

    Cordier reaching new heights with Pirates organization

    16 CBS Sports

    Pirates vs Angels Game Preview

    17 Halo Hangout

    Weaver, Miscue Spell Doom for Angels in Series Opener

    18 PBC Site

    SoCal native Cole bests Weaver at Angel Stadium

    Notebook: A Locke for the All-Star Game?


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Cot’s Contracts and the Compensation Browser

    20 Fangraphs

    Nate Schierholtz is Worth Going After

  3. Hoka Hey everyone,
    Gotta love Mr. Gerrit Cole. STAY HEALTHY, please.
    PS: Keep up the great work Jordy Mercer….. :-)
    Beat ‘Em Bucs!

  4. In just wishing that the Buccos would go 5-4 on this road trip seems like a good deal now that they are 3-2 already. Split the next 4 and we are still looking good, I can still see them winning 3 out of 4 though so hopefully that pays off better.

  5. So, I’m in Alexandria, VA this weekend for a wedding. Last night we were at the Feed & Grain in Old Alexandria for an “after rehearsal dinner” party. Bunch of big screen TV’s. my friend , father of the groom, says to me, “look the Pirates are on against the Angels.” Sure enough, look up and there’s Cutch. So, without really watching I kept up. Turns out it was on Root, and Paul Alexander comes on after. My first reaction to that? I can’t even get away from Paul Alexander by leaving the state?

    Tomorrow will be my first visit to Nats Park to see the Nationals play.

    The National pastime.

  6. It was a good night for Scott Boras.

  7. Gene Collier wrote a column in today’s PG where he calls for screening the people seated behind home plate to eliminate the truly annoying like “cell phone morons”. Interestingly, several commenters reacted by saying that nothing annoys like the Wooos now heard in many ball parks beside PNC.

    Question what motivates these Woo, Wussy fools? Is it just to be annoying? Is it grown males trying to imitate the voices of young girls? If so, they are certainly succeeding in all of those things. Personally, I’d like to be able to authorize stadium ushers to implement the death penalty for anyone caught doing this.

    Normally not so aggressive Stuart

  8. Liriano may have a tougher draw tonight. He will be pitching against a team that has faced him before, and they may be more prepared than some of the NL opponents that he has dominated. But, really, if he throws a high % of strikes and makes them work for their runs, I like his chances to hold them to 2 or 3 runs over 6/7 innings.

    Maybe we are on the verge of breaking out in a big way with the bats. Pedro is on a roll, Marte has been stroking the ball, and Jordy crushed a homer. I liked GIJ’s approach last night.

    I think we may go to the wire tonight, and I always like our bullpen in those types of games.

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