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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

The joint venture between WPXI and Trib Total Media into sports TV continues Sunday night at 11:35 p.m. with the latest episode of The Final Word.

>> Who’s on: WPXI contributors will be Alby Oxenreiter and Richie WalshThe Trib will be represented by myself and Alan Robinson. Our topics will by led by the Pirates’ hold on first place and the Steelers’ first preseason game.

>> How to participate: Each week, we also take comments from viewers through 20-second videos you submit on The Final Word’s Facebook page, as well as comments to The Final World’s Twitter account

>> Where to watch: In addition to the regular broadcast on WPXI-TV, we have WPXI’s live online stream for Pittsburgh’s many out-of-town sports fans, as well as video podcasts available on both outlets’ Web sites.

Here’s last week’s episode.

Really hope to have you, not only watching but also joining in!

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.


  1. JAL says:

    JAL’s 33rd of August 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: Is the “Proven Closer” Era Over?

    Prospect Watch: Three Hit Nights For Dilson Herrera and Wyatt Mathisen

    West Virginia Drops Lakewood For 19th Time; Barnes Likely Out For the Year

    7 Bucs Dugout

    Francisco Liriano gives up 10 runs in blowout loss


    Game 115: Rockies 10 Pirates 1

    9 Rant Sports

    Should Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Jason Grilli In Offseason?

    10 Rumbunter

    Pirates and Playoffs

    11 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Rockies 10 Pirates 1

  2. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 USA Today

    The Pirates’ feel-good success story has a bad side

    13 Purple Row

    Rockies 10, Pirates 1: The offense monster hath awaken

    14 Press & Sun-Bulletin

    Endicott native Johnny Logan, 1957 World Series champion, dies

    15 Denver Post

    Rockies rout Pirates to kick off homestand as offense reawakens

    16 CBS Sports

    Pirates at Rockies: Game Preview

    17 Sports Illustrated

    Where are the races? NL playoff field all but locked up

    18 PBC Site

    Liriano shaky as Bucs drop opener at Coors

    Notebook: McCutchen exits opener vs. Rockies in sixth


    19 KDKA

    What Denver Media Is Saying About Homecoming For Hurdle, Barmes

    20 Fangraphs

    Dave Parker Was, And Is, The Man

    21 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Bernie: Cardinals facing longer odds of winning division

  3. JAL says:

    33rd of August Waylon Jennings cover of a Mickey Newbury song

  4. John Lease says:

    Josh Harrison has a career ERA of 0.00, tied with Abraham Nunez.

  5. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ve been remiss in not thanking you for Julie London the other day. So, thank you for Julie London the other day. :)

  6. Drew71 says:

    Hi Frank.

    Hi Dejan.

    Hi Thunder.

    That should just about do it.

    Somebody has to take the fall for last night.

  7. Brandie says:

    Hi Drew.

    I’ll take the fall.

  8. Arriba Wilver says:

    HELLO . . . Drewman.

    Hi Brandie.

  9. Brandie says:


    What a bizarre night at the old ballyard. I saw a drunk woman hit on my father in law, in front of my mother in law, and a benches clearing brawl involving your Altoona Curve and the dreaded Harrisburg Senators. Hilarious!

  10. Thundercrack says:

    Rios traded to the Rangers.
    Liriano and the Bucs get roughed up in Colorado

    Obviously the slide is starting.

  11. theplanisworking says:


    saw your post last night.
    Hope you had fun.
    Sorry a drunk caused grief, even though you said it was funny.

    Hope to see you on here later.
    Have to run.
    Have fun.

    Oh, hi everybody, whether you are watching us or not.


  12. Brandie says:

    Time to find a bridge…

  13. Arriba Wilver says:

    Sounds like more fun than the game in Colorado. :-)

  14. Rough night last night on the old blogola and in Altoona, too, it seems.

    Bucs get whipped 10-1 in a 3-inning game and some troll picks on 3 of the nicest people on the blog, Jandy, JRay and Oshkosh.

    One to forget.

    Today will be better.

  15. Brandie says:

    Wise words, Revvie Baby! :-)

  16. Your father-in-law is probably about my age. Tell him your mother-in-law is probably “proud for him” as they say here in KY, even if she might not admit it. My wife still gets jealous, although there is no reason to and never has been. (Just ask Drew).

    Drunk or not, it’s uplifting to both of them.


  17. War Horse says:

    Hi Plan,
    The Pirates bumper sticker arrived today perfectly intact. No creases in the mail. Very well packed. Thank you. It will soon be gracing the wrong side of the road traffic in Surrey.

  18. Brandie says:

    Yesterday was his birthday, my father’s birthday,my dad’s sister’s birthday, and my parents 40th wedding anniversary. I found the whole thing hilarious. What a birthday present.

  19. Brandie says:

    Then I find out that Matt Spaeth is out 8-10 weeks with a Liscfranc injury. Sheesh!

  20. Saw that on the morning thread. Must have drained your pocketbook for gifts. :)

    Our 41st is this month.

    We had only been married 20 years the last time the Pirates had a winning season. I’m sure my wife doesn’t know that stat.

  21. Brandie says:

    Our 16th is this month. My in-laws 41st is this month as well. Happy Anniversary Revvie!

  22. Thx. Same to ‘ya!

  23. Drew71 says:

    We recently celebrated our 25th.

    Three of the best years of my life.

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    Heading downtown for bunch of walking around our great city, I’ll snap some pictures of Pirates fans jumping off the bridge after last night’s 10-1 loss.

    Hoping the weather stays great and kids don’t have any meltdowns so we can stay until dark, I really want to get some great pictures from Mt. Washington.

  25. :D

    But you’ve got those nice kids. Had to be more than 3 years.

  26. Thundercrack says:

    Did anyone see Mo Rivera vs M Cabrera last night?

    I switched over to that game and wanted to see Rivera get the save.
    Cabrera fouled a pitch off his knee and then his leg. He was having trouble walking and then blasted a game tying homer to centerfield. It looked like even Rivera couldn’t believe it.
    And our friend Lyle Overbay missed a pop foul in that inning.

    We’re still allowed to talk baseball here, right ?

  27. JAL says:


  28. Sisyphus says:

    I already tried jumping off of a bridge, but it was only one of those little bridges that you put over a tiny brook in your garden, so it didn’t work.

  29. According to that troll last night, it’s sports only. You don’t want to talk about anniversaries?

    Your percentage just got better.

  30. Arriba Wilver says:

    I remember about a decade or so ago there was talk of 3 or 4 young golfers that could give Tiger a run for his money in the years ahead. Two of them were Adam Scott and Justin Rose. Took them awhile, but it’s nice seeing them have some success now (even if they aren’t American).

  31. Drew71 says:

    Only if you are able to.

    When are you gonna start?

  32. Chuck H says:

    Every team in MLB has had a game or two like the one last night in Denver. A ten run loss or a one run loss still only counts one game in the standings. It so happens that #2 also
    lost yesterday to the Cubbies, so it didn’t cost us any ground. Just don’t let it happen
    again tonight. GO, BUCS!!!

  33. Chuck H says:

    Last night’s performance also pointed out that we are still the worst team at hitting
    with RISP. Those first couple of innings, we had so many chances with less than two outs and the bases loaded, and all we could come up with was a measly sac fly and one run,
    It would make me and a lot of Pirate fans and supporters happy to see that one of the
    Indy hitters would be given a chance to show what he has. The Rios non deal makes me question the integrity of the Pirate management. They apparently didn’t even try to fix
    the problem with right field.

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think Pirate fans would like Bernie Miklasz’s column in JAL’s Link 21. Especially after last night.

  35. Dadtackular says:

    Brilliant!! Josh Harrison gets called up for help at right field and pitching! Thank you BMTIB!

  36. Bob Hasis says:

    Chuck, you can question the integrity of management, and possibly be spot on with that. Last night’s game had nothing to do with “the problem in right field”, the crutch a lot of people use to express their indignation at a loss. The help you were hoping for there is subjective and hypothetical.

    We have brought up “one of the Indy hitters”; we actually brought up two, JHay and AP. I still have yet to see the opportunity that Presley should be getting, but for the moment I can live with platooning Presley and Tabby. JHay and Presley provide perpetual hustle and energy, which we need, while Marte and Cutch provide that also with a heckuva lot of speed. But I digress.

    We lost in large part because Liriano had a terrible game. Pedro was himself, failing in the clutch against a lefty pitcher, and Gaby was Gaby. Martin left some runners out there too, but I would NEVER point a finger at him – not this year for sure.

    As I said last night, I would not have been angry with CH if gave Pedro the night off, and used JHay. Who knows if that would have influenced the outcome – even a little.

    But to continually force Pedro into those situations usually doesn’t work.

    And one last point, to call Mercer’s sac. fly measly, isn’t real accurate. It was almost a grand salami!

  37. Bob Hasis says:

    But I do know what you meant!

  38. JAL says:

    When looking at Liriano’s line last night thought back to May 2012 when AJ gave up 12 runs in 2.2 innings. Meaningless then and meaningless now.

  39. Dadtackular says:


  40. Chuck H says:

    To Bob Hasis: I didn’t mean they should fix right field because of last night’s game. I
    mean it’s been a problem all season, but we keep on winning in spite of it.
    GO, BUCS!!!

  41. Bob Hasis says:

    Yes, maybe. It’s no more of a problem than Pedro facing a lefty, or when Martin sits out, or when Marte looks silly swinging at low outside curves or sliders that he isn’t even looking at, or when Barmes is not in his “July hot streak” at bat, or when we were forced to endure Snider in right field which gave the position a bad name, etc.

    If they want to fix it (try to fix it), try using Presley; if you don’t like that try using Tabby; if you don’t like that, platoon them.

    Those are the options now. I’d even favor a Presley – JHay platoon reluctantly. However looking at tonight’s lineup, it appears they are going with Tabby. Let’s see how it works.

  42. theplanisworking says:

    Um, that wasnt me.

    Playoffs does the betting window and prizes.

    Next time you see him, thank him. :)

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