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Morning Java: Fun, fireworks … and fresh Friday notes!

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday notes column takes on the value of the Pirates’ pitching, Dan Bylsma’s review of the Stanley Cup Final and more.

>> Spent the afternoon at PNC Park and thoroughly enjoyed the scene, a house packed to the millimeter — pay no heed to the paid attendance count, it was full — and decked out to enjoy the holiday Downtown once it was done. Between that and the Regatta across one river, the Riverhounds’ complete SRO sellout across another river, and other activities, it was a sight to behold.

Oh, and there were fireworks, as you can see from this pic submitted by longtime reader Mike Darnay

>> The Pirates didn’t win, though. Rob Biertempfel reports.

>> The Riverhounds didn’t win, either. Matt Grubba reports.

Highlights from the latter …

>> The Penguins didn’t play, on the ice or in the now-open free agent market. Josh Yohe reports.

>> I’m working on an extra-length Jason Grilli column for Sunday. Hope you can check it out.

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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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