By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
Morning, Lunatics …
>> I call special attention this morning to colleague Joe Starkey’s Tuesday column on Dave Parker, the Pirates’ MVP right fielder of the 1970s, and his biggest battle.
Best wishes to the Cobra.
>> Saw this figure the other day: The NFL has suspended 16 players for performance-enhancing drugs in 2013.
Did you know that?
Better question: Can you name a single one of them?
If not, why do you suppose it is, given the NFL’s stature in our sporting society — No. 1 by such a distance that No. 2 should be left blank — that football avoided all the big, ugly headlines we’re seeing all over the country this morning related to baseball’s latest scandal?
Could it be that the NFL simply issues a press release, the guy gets suspended, and that’s that?
No dragging out a drama over months?
Roger Goodell is rightly criticized for a lot, but give him huge props for keeping his PED manhunt a lot more discreet than Bud Selig has, even as the NFL has taken significant steps toward, you know, not ignoring steroids anymore.
Here’s the Trib’s coverage of the Biogenesis scandal.
>> The Pirates face the Fish again, and all that pitching.
Here’s Marlins coverage from the Miami Herald.
Here are official game highlights from MLB.com.
And here is what all the gang on WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word’ thought of the Pirates staying in first …
>> Markus Wheaton is catching up quickly in Latrobe, writes Alan Robinson. If Wheaton somehow can work his way onto the field in something more than four-wide sets, that would be a boon for the Steelers.
Also, Cortez Allen insists he’ll be ready for the opener.
Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert have switched tackles.
And there’s a new no-purses policy at Heinz.
>> That’s all for this morning. It was a light Monday, and I’ll be off again today. The radio show is tomorrow, as is my next trip to the ballpark.