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Morning Java: Which Pouncey is the real one?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

NEW YORK — Morning, Lunatics …


>> The Monday column writes off Major League Baseball’s Futures Game, but also off something that happened far away a long time ago.

Here’s some of my talk with Gregory Polanco, the column subject …

And with Dilson Herrera, the Colombian infielder who was the Pirates’ other prospect here …

Things didn’t go so well for the parent club or Gerrit Cole back home. Karen Price reports.

But Mark Melancon became the fifth All-Star, no doubt to render my Sunday column somewhat dated only hours after publication. Rob Biertempfel reports.

>> Either Maurkice Pouncey is an idiot, or he’s really bright. But it’s becoming increasingly clear he isn’t anything in between.

Honestly, I can’t figure him out.

To see him on the field with the Steelers is no different than how he is in the locker room. Exceptionally intelligent at a position that demands it. Exceptionally mature in that he assumed not only the starting center’s job right away as a rookie, but also an unquestioned leadership role. He’s almost like an extra assistant coach, to borrow the football phrase.

But man, this Aaron Hernandez thing, that’s the behavior of an idiot.

That hawking of Pouncey-ware on his Twitter account within an hour or so of the Steelers losing the Super Bowl, that’s the behavior of an idiot.

He and brother Mike have some explaining to do, to be kind. No, this isn’t a crime. Free world, free speech and all that. But specifically where the Steelers are concerned, Mike Tomlin has admonished his players up, down and sideways this offseason to stay the hell out of the headlines. No problems. No drama.

And then this.

Just think, if Maurkice had his way, they’d both be Steelers right now.

Here’s the Trib’s coverage by Mark Kaboly.

>> When you see a bunch of track stars getting busted for dumping in rapid succession, there tends to be more to come. So far, the sport’s been spared the biggest name of all, but that’s kind of the elephant in the room now.

>> WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word’ featured Biertempfel and Jerry DiPaola.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m.

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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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