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Morning Java: Small opportunity with ESPN I’m excited about

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Wednesday column tries to pry a whole lot of hands of the preseason panic button.

Yes, that’s preseason panic button.

Or, as Ben Roethlisberger described it when I asked about that very topic …

Which doesn’t mean, of course, that the Steelers don’t have to perform better than they have to this point. They’ve actually got to do so in a hurry, as Ryan Clark told our Alan Robinson.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

>> Proud to let you know here that I’ve signed a contract with ESPN to appear as a regular contributor on Keith Olbermann’s new show that debuts Monday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.

Nothing, and I mean nothing, is changing with my role at Trib Total Media or with anything else I’m currently doing. Total status quo.

I’ll be on the show once a week, not necessarily on a set date, as one of a handful of rotating sports columnists from around the country. The segment will be about four minutes, and it could cover pretty much any sports topic imaginable, I’m told. All of the video work for the segment will be shot from a studio in Pittsburgh.

I’d be lying if I didn’t confess to you that I’m excited about this.

>> The Pirates put up eight runs and still pitched great. Travis Sawchik is in San Diego.

Here’s the rest of our baseball coverage.

Here’s Padres news from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here are official game highlights from

>> I’ll have a separate post up in the late morning for today’s TribLIVE Radio show at 2 p.m.

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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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