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Baseball, football share ‘The Final Word’

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 Bill Phillips and Richie WalshThe Trib will be represented by myself and Rob Biertempfel. Our topics will by led by the Pirates-Diamondbacks series and the Steelers’ second 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 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.

97 Comments

  1. Freaking Hurdle.

  2. I think the Asylum is still in the process of figuring out how to treat the Friday night / Saturday morning Final Word thread for Sunday. I think I’ll use it to fess up to something: Seventy-two wins is where I had put the Pirates for the entire season. Going in, 2013 was feeling about the same to me as 2012, regarding final results. So, hey, I’m playing with the house’s money the rest of the way.

    • I personally think the Asylum is confused about the Final Word.

      First, this thread appears Friday night, for a Sunday night show.
      Second, if it was truly the Final Word, there would have been only one episode. Cant be the Final Word if it happens every week. I think a better name for the show would be “Alby and Dejan’s weekly sports chat”.
      Third, well, I dont have a third. Just wanted to put it here.

      Maybe the show can focus on sports, such as the RiverPuppies, Pitt football, etc.

      Or, they can discuss the workings of Pittsburgh Sports blogs. ;)

  3. I myself had the Pirates around 75 wins.

    I feel better, but only because the Brewers did the Pirates a favor last night. Go Brew Crew!

  4. JAL’s Don’t Worry Be Happy) Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-diB65scQU

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    http://gobuccos.com/pittsburgh-pirate-news/

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsjN0zO-DxI0dHVOMzdPYm9wUEJtdVJ0WWUzVWhFc2c#gid=0

    5 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013draft

    BLOGS and such

    6—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: A Precautionary Tale About Living in Fear of a Collapse

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-a-precautionary-tale-about-living-in-fear-of-a-collapse.html

    Prospect Watch: Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow Dominate With Strikeouts

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/prospect-watch-jameson-taillon-and-tyler-glasnow-dominate-with-strikeouts.html

    Pirates Beat Arizona 6-2 to Expand Playoff Cushion, Match 2011 Win Total

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/pirates-beat-arizona-6-2-to-expand-playoff-cushion-match-2011-win-total.html

    Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Says “There’s Nothing Better” Than Watching Martin

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/pirates-notebook-tony-sanchez-says-theres-nothing-better-than-learning-from-martin.html

    7 Bucs Dugout

    Cole, Gomez, Tabata beat up on Diamondbacks, 6-2

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/8/16/4629676/cole-gomez-tabata-beat-up-on-diamondbacks-6-2

    Andrew Lambo discusses minor-league breakout, big-league pitching

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/8/16/4629350/andrew-lambo-discusses-minor-league-breakout-big-league-pitching

    8 Rumbunter

    Would Justin Morneau Improve The Pirates Offense?

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/08/16/would-justin-morneau-improve-the-pirates-offense/

    9 WHYGAVS

    Game 121: Pirates 6 Diamondbacks 2

    http://www.whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/august-2013/game-121-pirates-6-diamondbacks-2.html

    10 The Green Weenie

    There’s No Place Like Home; Bucs Win 6-2

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2013/08/theres-no-place-like-home-bucs-win-6-2.html

    11 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Pirates 6, DBacks 2

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2013/08/pirates-6-dbacks-2/

    • Don’t Worry Be Happy Bobby McFerrin 1988 McFerrin has won 10 Grammys. mostly in jazz, but this is his only pop hit song

  5. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 Arizona Central

    Arizona Diamondbacks open road trip with loss to Pittsburgh Pirates

    http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/20130816arizona-diamondbacks-road-trip-loss-pittsburgh-pirates.html

    13 Martins Ferry Times Leader

    ‘Candy Man’ likes Pirates’ chances

    http://www.timesleaderonline.com/page/content.detail/id/548637/-Candy-Man–likes-Pirates–chances.html?nav=5013

    14 City of Champions

    Pirates down D-backs at PNC Park

    http://cityofchampionssports.com/2013/08/16/pirates-down-d-backs-at-pnc-park/

    15 Rant Sports

    It’s Put up or Shut up time for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pennant Race

    http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/08/16/its-put-up-or-shut-up-time-for-the-pittsburgh-pirates-in-pennant-race/

    16 CBS Sports

    Pirates vs Diamondbacks Game Preview

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20130817_ARI@PIT

    17 St Louis Post Dispatch

    Westbrook, Cards’ offense both not very good

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/westbrook-cards-offense-both-not-very-good/article_b418819c-f13c-534b-ae0b-6c5d39d5a72e.html

    18 PBC Site

    After Bucs regain lead, Cole stifles D-backs

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_08_16_arimlb_pitmlb_1&mode=recap_home&c_id=pit

    Notebook: Wandy feels good after 35-pitch simulated game

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130816&content_id=57204480&notebook_id=57205166&vkey=notebook_pit&c_id=pit

    SPORTS WEBSITES

    19 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Chapman blows save, ends winning streak

    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130816/SPT04/308160163/Chapman-blows-save-ends-winning-streak?nclick_check=1

    20 Fangraphs

    Who Wants Jacoby Ellsbury?

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/an-early-look-at-jacoby-ellsburys-potential-suitors/

  6. Hoka Hey everyone,

    Pirates win…Pirates win! LXXII down and just X to go….

    Yes GM Neal and Mgr. Clint ….82 wins does make a difference!
    .
    PS: Playing @ PNC Park does make a difference too! :-)
    .
    PSS: Fun to see those Cards and Reds lose on the same night.
    .
    Beat Em Bucs !!

  7. In yesterday’s chat, Dejan wrote regarding pitt’s “debut in the ACC, which otherwise isn’t all that loaded.”

    I have no ax to grind but thought I’d check the ACC’s preseason rankings.

    Two ACC teams are getting some love for outside chances to the BCS championship game: Clemson at #8 and Florida State at #12.

    Depth? Three other ACC teams received votes for (but are not in) the Top 25: Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina. And Georgia Tech is not bad, coming off SIXTEEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS of making a bowl game. Since 1997.

    That’s six pretty good to very good teams. Yeah, the other eight teams pretty much stink. And yeah, preseason polls are often meaningless.

    But pitt plays five of those six ACC teams. They get a break with Clemson, but Notre Dame is on the schedule, too.

    So is the ACC such a weak sister this year? Probably depends on those four just below the preseason Top 25.

    But how does it look for pitt? Six tough games. With a new QB who hasn’t played since 1997 and Qs at running back.

    If they sneak one win from those six, but lose one of the softies (don’t they always?), pitt is 6-6. Of the six tough games, the opponent may be favored in each.

    That kinda seems like the realistic top end for them: six wins. And I think five is more likely than seven. And that’s my prediction…5-7.

    Deal with it. Hope Is Not A Strategy.

  8. Chapman with a blown save giving up a walk off homerun. AND he declines to be available to the press afterward. Too good!

  9. Big win by the Bucs last night, folks, on a day where the Cardinals showed up very flat vs. the Cubbies and Cincinnati finally blew one of the close ones they have been using to get back in this race the last 10 games or so.

    First, the Bucs. Cole pitched great, except for the one rough inning. I felt the ump decided to make it tough on him vs. Goldschmidt and Hill there. He had 3 pitches to them at the knees that were strikes all night, except that inning. Unfortunately, it happens. Maybe the ump was just being a bit inconsistent. Regardless, the hitters came through. Cutch, Marte, Walker, Tabby, Pedro – all had big hits and hit the ball hard. Jeanmar Gomez was terrific again, as he has been almost all year. What a find he was. Got him for a bag of batting practice balls and a case of Yoohoo, I think.

    Cardinals looked flatter than flat. Cubs are .500 vs. Cards this year, while allowing the Reds to walk all over them. Baseball. Go figure.

    Reds blew a chance to hang at 2.5 with us. Too bad for them. Chapman blew a big save. The Reds TV team went AWOL and apparently didn’t want to accept reality for awhile. Brandon Phillips dropped a pop fly in short RC that the OF could have caught pretty easily. But, if Brandon had allowed that he would not have had a chance at an ESPN Web Gem, and we know that is the most important thing there.

    Good start to the weekend! 39,031 watched the Bucs win in the sub-38,000 capacity ball park! Bucco Nation is all in! Keep it up tonight, guys!

  10. Did you see Harper got hit twice more by the Braves. 15 game lead and their taking target practice on the kid and not a single pitcher from the Nats is doing anything about it.

  11. We argue all the time here about how confident people are about the Bucs. Some people fear a collapse, and some say we are leading the division and have a great record. But, let’s face it, the reason not everyone is supremely confident of this bunch is the lack of dominant, convincing victories on a regular basis. Those kinds of efforts, stacked one on top of another breed confidence for the fan base and team. Last night was a great performance – the kind that really good teams have at home when they need to right the ship. It would be great if they could take the DBacks down 3 straight to the tune of about 17-5. That would set us on a good course headed back on the road.

    • Their longest losing steak of the year is 4 games. That builds my confidence in this team. I’m convinced they’re good.

      • Longest losing streak is 4 games; playoffs come around and that would be the time they find another 4 game streak!!!!

      • I am as well, Thunder. I was just saying I can see how some people still have doubts due to the nature of the wins. Last night was dominant, I felt. But, hey, a win is a win is a win. They all count the same.

    • Well said, Jim. I used the term “margin for error” after the 14 inning loss, in part because of all the close games the Pirates play and (fortunately) win many. It was nice to have a two run lead going into the 7th, and then Tabata’s HR was icing on the cake.

      • That’s what I meant, Tom. I’m definitely of the opinion they have been a solid team all year. But, I am just thinking one of the reasons a decent portion of the fan base continues to fear Collapse III is that we live on the edge in a lot of games. So, it is easy to say a lot of our wins could have gone the other way. I’m not complaining. But, last night felt really good.

  12. for those who follow Penn State from Wall Street Journal

    How Penn State Football Survived

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323455104579014553720253962.html

  13. I was at the game last night. Great win for the Bucs, and picking up a game on both Cards and Reds was gravy. Now I may or may not qualify for the OMC that was mentioned here yesterday or Thursday, but here goes.
    While I am happy that the team is doing well at the gate, another enthusiastic sellout crowd, I miss the days od 20,000 or less at the park. The constant parade of people going up and down the aisles is distracting and makes the game hard to follow. Going between innings is not a problem, but during the action is a disservice to the fans who truly are there to enjoy the game.

    • cosmo, I’m glad there are big crowds but I totally get (and agree with) the constant parade of people going up & down. It drives me crazy.

      When I complained to an usher last year he told me that they were told to stop people at the top of the aisle, but also keep the concourse clear of people waiting.
      Not sure how you do that…..

      • maybe they need to add a few true fan only sections, like the all you can eat seats.

      • When I came in from out of town for 2 games in the Marlins series, the ushers definitely held people from coming down until after each batter.

        • Really? What section were you in? Because that would be new. Not the normal experience from the last several years, at least, I assure you, in the seats near the field.

          • 109 one night and 110 the other. The usher held everyone up while the at bat took place, and then let people go. I thought it worked pretty well, although as mentioned above, you have to start stacking people somewhere. So, the concourse near the aisles got a little congested.

            Reminds me of the old Yogi Berra line about the restaurant that no one goes to any more because it too popular. PNC is the place to be, but it does make for more congestion everywhere in there.

  14. BIG THANK YOU to Jandy for re-posting for me yesterday.
    Gonna need another re-post today from one of you fine folks on here.
    Thanks in advance!

    SATURDAY OVER/UNDER!!!

    ******PLEASE READ WHAT IS WRITTEN BELOW******
    PLEASE PLACE YOUR “WAGERS” AS REPLIES IN THIS COMMENT BOX
    Makes my job a helluva lot easier when I don’t have to hunt to find everyone’s “wagers”

    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.

    NEW PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED!!!

    Today’s Line
    Total HITS by Andrew Lambo in today’s game
    Line is 0.5
    ***This line will be valid even if Lambo does not start***

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    72 Down, only 10 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

    • I’ll take 100 on the under. No way he starts what Jose hit a home run last night.

      I’ll be road tripping later this coming week. Heading up to Comerica to see the Twins/Tigers game on Wednesday evening. This is the first of, hopefully, many exciting trips to different parks around the nation. The wife and I are going to start tripping to different parks over the next couple of summers to see if we can pick up all 30 of the MLB parks, and Detriot will be park number 2, as we are officially starting this adventure with the Bucs/Snakes game this afternoon. Even picked up one of those MLB Ballpark Pass-Port books to get validated for each stadium we go to. We are pretty excited about this adventure. If time permits, we are considering a Sunday trip to Cleveland this season to pick up Progressive Field. If not, that will come off the list next summer.

      • sounds like fun, enjoy

      • Very cool.

      • Comerica is a great place to watch a game. I saw the Tigers beat the Cardinals 2-1 in 10 innings on a ground ball that took about 10 hops up the middle. Nice stadium, good food. Progressive Field is nice too, but I haven’t been there in about 10 years.

      • tdb, you are my official hero! Wish I could do that with you. I think my current list of MLB parks is 25. But, that counts old and new in the same cities. So, Pittsburgh x 2, Cincy x 2, etc.

        Great adventure for you and your wife. Enjoy!

  15. From 24/7′s Notes: (talking about resigning McCutchen)
    “Nutting said. “We love having those guys with the club, (but), you know, in the reality, nobody keeps every player. The Yankees don’t, the Red Sox don’t, and the Pirates don’t.”

    I HATE that kind of quote!!
    I HATED it when Neil Huntington threw around his ’27 Yankees quote!

    These guys don’t EVEN ATTEMPT to compete with clubs like Yankees and Red Sox, yet they use them in their quotes when they want to make a splash.

    TWO-FACED!!!!

    CHEAP, UNINTELLIGENT DESPICABLE QUOTES!!!

    Bob Nutting and BMTIB get a pass because of the unexpected team performance this year (after 5 years of shoddy performance by both Nutting and Huntington———and who can forget drunken Frank and the Stroll Inn public relations coups) . . . . . . . but WINNING does not change my contempt for their defensive attempt in relations with and talking down to the Western Pa. community. More comatose John Russell?

    I am not yet a win-whore.

    • Billy Groat………………

      Thank God you wrote this!
      I have always been suspicious of every move and quote from the BMTIB!!!!

      Until something happens, I NEVER give them the benefit of the doubt!

      :D

    • Groat I agree;

      But he’s talking on national TV. He wasn’t talking on WPXI or KDKA to a local audience. He was speaking on a broader scale. Do you want to connect to your audience by comparing your team to the Royals or Astros or do you want to make sure they understand that even the most popular teams don’t keep all their players.

      So while I agree that if he was speaking to a western PA audience it would be a smack in the face but the fact remains he was speaking to a national audience.

    • I’m just a whore!

      Seriously, excellent post, Groat.

      Two,four, six, eight, who do we appreciate?
      Groat! Groat! Groat!

  16. Totally unrelated to sports but related to an article on the trib; I’m a freaking weekly traveler and had no clue that the airport was logging my license plate number.

    How is this even legal??

    I looked at every parking stub I have received over the past 4 months and not one mention of tags being logged. No signs as you enter the airport.

    I’m all for the concept of its to help people find their cars when they return or help police but there is another side of this that bothers me. Who else has access to this information? And now that its public that this company logs these plates how possible is their system of being hacked? Think about a hacked data base of license plate numbers sitting at the airport. Pretty much tells you that there is a good chance that the location that the owner of that car lives might be empty.

    Really freaking aggravates me. Why not have bars do this or the Pirates and Steelers so that way they can help the drunk fans find their cars too?

  17. Everybody ready for the Ryan Braun Magical Apology Tour ?

  18. Can someone tell me what/where is the all-you-can-eat section at PNC? I’ve seen it mentioned a few times on here now.

    • The all-you-can-eat seats are a gimmick employed by many teams to sell seats when non-competitive teams play your home team.

      For $47, you get a ticket, and the ability to go to the consession stands unlimited times for dogs, pretzels, sodas, etc. This is great if you have hungry teenagers, but personally I get an upset stomach with most ballpark food.

      Its really a marketing ploy to sell some tickets……….. like everything else, it does benefit some fans.

      • Thanks Plan. They didn’t have that the last time I was there for a game. I could eat $47 worth of Primanti Bros & QSL wings though!!! I ASSume that beer is extra, since it wouldn’t take much to break the bank there.

        • I brought my son to see the Marlins, and my brother and his son came down from Connecticut to join us. My nephew picked up 2 Primanti’s sandwiches and drinks for him and my brother. As he was walking back to his seat, he got bumped accidentally, and one of the sandwiches fell off his tray, then the tray’s weight immediately shifted, and down went the other one and the cokes. An usher was on it in under 10 seconds to clean up the mess. After he cleaned it up, he had my nephew follow him to a side door of Primanti’s, where he had the order completely replaced for free. Very nice thing!

        • those options are not available in the AYCE seats.

        • The AYCE seats are overrated, in my opinion. Just very basic ballpark fare. Hot dogs, burgers, peanuts, pop, etc. No specialty options like primanti’s or quaker steak. No beer, obviously. Plus, there’s a 4 or 5 item max at a time, so to get more you have to get back in line, which can be lengthy if it’s a sold out game. If you’re that hungry before the game, just do the casino buffet down the street.

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