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Sunday column: Hungry for more Jarvis, please

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media


The Sunday column isolates on Jarvis Jones, the Steelers’ first-rounder, in his NFL preseason debut that was … eh, I’ll let him describe it …

Would love to hear your thoughts on this from the game: One surprise, one disappointment.

Also in Sunday’s paper from our Steelers coverage team …

>> The game story by our Alan Robinson.

>> Matt Spaeth is out for a whileMark Kaboly reports in the day’s notebook.

>> Here’s the Steel Mill blog, which will be updated often.

>> The daily training camp photo gallery, by staff photog Chaz Palla.

Finally, a reminder that I’ll be part of the panel tonight on WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word,’ and we’ll be talking a lot of football with Richie Walsh, Alby Oxenreiter and Robinson. The show airs at 11:35 p.m.

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 more, including 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 top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. I guess ANYBODY can get a job umpiring a MLB game these days.
    Pathetic beyond words!!

  2. *Hopefully no one minds… I know many of you are fans of Pittsburgh and haven’t been here, so below is a link of many pictures taken while out with my wife and kids. Here’s a day all over the great city of Pittsburgh… just fair warning, 280+ pics.

    * I really dislike baseball in Colorado. It will never be taken serious by this fan.

    * Lose Marte for any amount of time and that’s going to hurt this team. Not even the great Andrew Lambo can replace him.

    * Steelers…. DK was right…. eh.

    * Jacques Martin is an interesting hire for the Penguins. Maybe they’ll address their back-checking by the forwards and special teams.

    • Great pics., Eric. What’s with the ambulance in #291 that doesn’t acknowledge the Bucs?? o) Windows in background do though, so all is well.
      Your son and daughter are adorable. Hope you hug and squeeze them everyday! Has your boy gotten over his bought with vomiting? (That was your son, wasn’t it? Or was it your daughter?) Both of your kids are at a great age. I miss those days with mine, already.

      • Thanks about pics and my kids.

        Ambulance pic was just snapping a picture since it was racing through the street on Mt. Washington. Yeah, Perry (my son) is still having issues. Had some more tests this week, sonogram and upper GI test at Children’s. Just waiting for doctor to call for results. Usually a day doesn’t go by that I don’t hug them at least three times. Once before work, when I get home, and then at bed.

        • + infinity x infinity

        • Sending great vibes to you and yours. Do you think the hire of Jacques Martin will solve the Pens “back choking” issues as well?

          Tee hee, Tee hee!

          • I would hope his presence will be taken seriously and given the assignment to point out to the coaches and players that their routes back to the defensive zone are full of fail.

            As for the choking, that’s going to take Crosby and Malkin to stop that from happening.

    • Eric, Never been to Pittsburgh so am enjoying all the pics. Nice family!

    • Great pictures of the city and your family, Eric. I don’t live in Pittsburgh, but I have been there often enough for work and play to have been lost many times. Looks like your kids were real troopers to have accomplished all of that in a day. Hope your son gets better soon.

    • Agree wholeheartedly about Colorado baseball.

    • As one of those fans who haven’t been there, thanks for the pictures. Much appreciated

  3. Word is day to day for Marte with bruised hand.
    Let’s hope so…..

  4. “Let’s be blunt: If Worilds is starting the real opener, not much is going to change.”
    BAM! DK drops Jason Worilds for a sack! (Coming soon: a DK interview with Jarvis Jones featuring not one, but TWO Steeler LB’s chirping in the background.)

  5. If we could only make that ump day to day…

    • Yeah, I saw that yesterday. Sadly, I don’t think Albert can put the toothpaste back into tube now that Clark said what a lot of people have been thinking. If that case goes to court, Clark’s lawyers will find people and make them testify. I don’t see any happy ending to this. Except Clark playing right field for us!

  6. Does anyone doubt that Pujols ‘personal trainer’ told him exactly what he said?

    I don’t. Personal trainer is a HUGE red flag.

    Pujols body is another.

    His breaking down is a third.

    • I’m leaving room for doubt.

      Albert always struck me as a thoughtful, reasonably intelligent guy. One would think that he could figure out that if there are vocal witnesses, bringing it to light with a lawsuit might be counterproductive.

      Then again if there is just ONE alleged witness who speaks up, and if it can be shown that there is another reason for personal animosity between that witness, the former trainer, and Albert, then this suit could help clear away some of the whispers.

      This is not MY opinion of what happened. Just saying it is too early to judge.

      A lesson Jack Clark maybe kinda shoulda taken to heart.

      Because maybe the reason Albert is fading now is he’s been good for a long time and now he’s following the natural progression of a worn down athlete and, yes, age.

      I wonder if AARP will sue me now.

      • I agree, Drew. I have doubts. When I read what Albert said, it wasn’t as damning as what Ghost described the other night. (No offense, Ghost, just a different read). And I didn’t hear what Clark said, but from what I read, he was drawing a lot of conclusions based on a 10 year old conversation (his words). Not willing yet to say “this is a no brainer.”

        • I read it the same way you did AW. Not as damning.

          And I don’t think ‘personal trainer’ is a red flag at all. It seems like most of the professional athletes have them these days. Hey, even regular folks have them…..or use that term.

    • Heck, I’ve had a personal trainer, and my job isn’t remotely physical.

      Not sure what you mean by Pujols’ body… He doesn’t seem all that bulky or anything.

      And as others have said, players typically peak in their late 20s, not at all uncommon for someone to fall apart after 30.

      Not saying Pujols is innocent, but I’m going to need more than Jack Clark’s word that the trainer told him that Pujols cheated to “convict” him.

  7. JAL’s The Worry Song 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: Limiting Gerrit Cole’s Innings Down the Stretch

    Prospect Watch: Rocky Start to Taillon’s Triple-A Career; Meadows and Bell Homer

    P3 Episode 16: What Would the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation Look Like?

    7 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates dodge bullets, but lose 6-4

    Small-market teams are winning with defense

    8 IS Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Charlie Morton finds his groove

    9 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates Can’t Afford To Lose Starling Marte

    10 Morning Sentinel

    PRO BASEBALL: Reid working his way to the bigs

    11 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Rockies 6 Pirates 4

  8. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 Springfield News-Leader

    Booher: Happy days return for ex-Pirate

    13 Purple Row

    MLB scores: 6th inning rally propels Rockies to 6-4 win over Pirates

    14 The Telegraph

    Inconsistent Cardinals prove to be quite puzzling

    15 Denver Post

    Rockies’ Juan Nicasio more efficient in second chance against Pirates

    16 CBS Sports

    Pirates at Rockies: Game Preview

    17 St Louis Post Dispatch

    NL wild-card race has few entries

    18 PBC Site

    Pirates’ fortunes change quickly vs. Rockies

    Notebook: Marte leaves game with injury; Alvarez shaken


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Pulling the Trigger

    20 Fangraphs

    The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Pitches

  9. The Ghost of Jim Tracy.

    He can ruin the Pirates from either dugout.

    Even when he’s not, you know, there.

  10. Morning, Frankie!!!

    Its early, so I really hope you aren’t drinking yet!

    Have a nice day!!!


  11. I’m hoping Jim Furyk can pull off the win today. His par on 18 yesterday was a thing of beauty. After that tee shot, most amateurs, even accomplished ones, would have scored a snowman or better. Like his swing, like that he has a “y” as a vowel in his name and like that he is over forty and still in contention.

    Plus, I want him to beat my wife’s new boyfriend, Adam Scott.

    • As I said yesterday, I like the young guys. But Furyk is a force. I forget which major it was, but the last one he was in contention for, his putting failed him in the end. Every one is different, though. And he does give guys who don’t look like they could be any good hope. I actually played as him with my son on XBox for awhile.

    • Actually, the guy I would really like to see win is Steve Stricker. I stared liking him after seeing him in the last couple Ryder Cups. And I don’t think he’s ever won a Major. Isn’t he from around your parts, John.

  12. Enjoyed the column. Glad you focused on the kid.

    One surprise: the varsity defense holding the Giants’ varsity offense to a field goal after the blocked punt.

    One disappointment: Bell was injured and did not play.

    DK: Thanks on all counts, John.

  13. Surprise was that a player in a serious position battle would be dumb enough to commit two major infractions back to back. Disappointment is the loss of a Steeler tradition; they no longer can afford to value quality depth, which is a consequence of being caught in salary cap hell. For years it seemed like the league would scoop up Steeler rejects when the cutdown dates hit, and that there was almost always a quality backup available when a starter went down. No longer the case. It will also likely have negative effect on special teams, which really can’t afford to get worse.

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