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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, 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. JAL says:

    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

  2. JAL says:

    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. JAL says:

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

  4. Jandy says:

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

  5. JoeyBats says:

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

  6. blazer says:

    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.

  7. theplanisworking says:

    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.


  8. Arriba Wilver says:


  9. Arriba Wilver says:

    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.

  10. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry to hear your plight.
    I cant get away from Bob Walk………. the way he talks about food, I swear he is replacing Pauls Deen on Food Network.

    Good Luck going to Nats Park.

  11. JAL says:

    Also Boston

  12. JAL says:

    Welcome to my area. Enjoy the game today.

  13. theplanisworking says:

    and Genesis, when they reduced to three members.

    Music seemed so much better back then.

  14. Thundercrack says:

    Nevrett haunts my dream.

    Have a great time.

  15. Barb says:

    Amen to that. I didn’t think I would become like my parents (gulp) but today’s music is well…not music. As my dad told me – “Your music is just noise.” :)

  16. 21sthebest says:


  17. Reading says:

    “That ball is HAMMERED deep to left … and it is caught five feet before the warning track.”

  18. Someone needs to replace her. Might as well be Walkie.

    Enjoy the game, AW.

  19. JohninOshkosh says:

    If you see Justice Sotomayor, blow her a kiss for me.

    Have fun at what looks like a beautiful park. Get the Rockies, right ?

  20. JohninOshkosh says:

    It was a good night for Scott Boras.

  21. stuart66 says:

    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

  22. JohnS says:

    Every single game. I have never heard a play by play guy with worse depth perception.

  23. theplanisworking says:

    It is a tribute to the Nature Boy Ric Flair, a pro wrestler.
    He does the WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO thing as part of his schtick.

    Normally, he does it when he either:
    1) chops an opponents chest really hard, or
    2) is “ahead” in his matches, and wants the crowd to respond.

    I find it amusing that fans would pay tribute to a fake wrestler at a real sporting event.
    When Dejan returns, I say we all go WOOOOOOOOOOOOO for kicks. ;)

  24. Jim S. says:

    Loved Genesis, Plan. I liked Gabriel and also the prolific Phil Collins.

  25. Jim S. says:

    Have fun, Arriba. I have not been to Nats Park yet, but it is on the bucket list.

  26. Barb says:

    +many :)

  27. Karen22 says:

    Got that right…or WRONG, Mr. Neverett. He’s just soooo bad!

  28. Jim S. says:

    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.

  29. “Nature Boy Dejan” Kovaejffjgmk———pronounced just like it’s spelled

  30. 21sthebest says:

    Nothing special, IMO.

  31. theplanisworking says:


  32. You should hear it in minor league parks. Worse because they’re half empty and hollow.

    Gone are the days when you could go to the game and hear the announcers broadcasting from people’s hand-held, transistor radios.

    Now, it’s all these noises and parts of songs and phrases from TV shows.

  33. JohninOshkosh says:

    I have been to more parks that no longer exist than parks that do. My bucket list is lengthy.

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    Thanks, JAL. Are you going to be at the game Sunday?

  35. Thundercrack says:

    You missed seeing Ross the Boss pitch today.

  36. 21sthebest says:

    Nice outing. Hit 94 a few times.

  37. Jandy says:


  38. stuart66 says:

    Would it then be safe to assume that, like pro wrestling, it appeals to 8 and 9 year olds?


  39. stuart66 says:

    Hi Lucky, I have noticed that it is more pronounced on nights when there is lesser attendance, but It seems to me that you can hear it even in the full parks.

    I guess it won’t end until we have a few human sacrifices.

    LUB (Laugh under breath)


  40. theplanisworking says:

    You could be right.

    Except grown men do the WOOOOO, so I cant explain it……..

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