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Morning Java: Hey, Nutting … um, nice job

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The weekly chat will take place right here at noon, as always. Hope to have you at that time, but remember that entries can be submitted as soon as you see the post.

>> Bob Nutting is applauded by Joe Starkey in his column today.

I’ve held this stance since the man took control of the Pirates in 2007, as most of you will know, albeit with questioning individual decisions at appropriate times. Obviously, it hasn’t been a popular position to take.

Some of that comes on personal feel. I trust Nutting. Unlike more than a few folks with the Pirates — and it happens with other teams, too — he’s never lied to me that I’ve known. That carries a lot of weight on this end. Likewise, I’d like to think that trust has been mutual throughout.

That aside, to my mind, it’s surprising that more people haven’t recognized what Nutting has done, not least of which was the all-encompassing, intensive investigation he did on the way the franchise was being run last fall. Much, much change resulted from that, and a lot of eyes — and especially ears — were opened.

Which is kind of how it goes in any workplace when the boss gets ticked.

Suffice it to say I know a lot more about this situation than what’s been printed, because that’s part of how our business works. And it’s absolutely appropriate that Nutting gets his due.

>> The Penguins have another head-coach-in-waiting in John Hynes at Wilkes-Barre. Josh Yohe tells the tale from development camp.

Some of Josh’s interview with Hynes yesterday …

>> The NHL schedule should come out today. This is a nerve-wracking experience for me and, at the risk of conceding way too much about my priorities, I’ll leave it at that.


>> Tough scoreless tie for the Riverhounds last night. Matt Grubba reports from Highmark Stadium.

That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if the club wasn’t — at least a little — looking ahead to Friday’s friendly with Wigan Athletic FC, the current FA Cup champions in England, which has tickets remaining.

And if they weren’t already looking forward to it enough, let’s just say that receiving a formal request from Manchester United for tape of that game — the Reds face Wigan in a couple weeks — ought to do the trick.

Yes, that happened, I’m told.

The world’s most famous sports franchise wants to learn from the Hounds.

>> Candid stuff from Jeff Hartings about playing through concussions while with the Steelers. Included in that link is audio to the source XM Radio interview.

>> Hope to have you in the chat.

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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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