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Morning Java: Two football teams, one HQ

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> Spent a small but productive portion of my Monday with the Steelers and Pitt football, which is, of course, easy to do since they share the same structure over on the South Side …

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Rules between the NFL and NCAA prohibit any actual shared facilities, but the Steelers and Pitt easily circumvented that because, again, all that’s common is the structure. What you see there is actually two of everything, split right down the middle. There are even separate entrances out front, right next to each other. And all else is that way, too, from weight rooms to classrooms to offices.

Think of it as a Siamese football facility, if that isn’t too tacky.

Anyway, I arrived at a bit before 11:30 a.m., checked in with the Steelers’ front desk, stepped outside to do 15 minutes by phone on TribLIVE Radio, was done just in time for the locker room to open at 11:45, went inside, cornered Antonio Brown at his stall for three minutes (for tomorrow’s radio show), then stuck a video camera over the group as Jarvis Jones allowed Pittsburgh to breathe a sigh of relief with the following …

When the group was done, I approached Jones to ask the specifics of the incident itself, and he described it thusly: “I fell on the football, and their guy fell on me. It hurt, man.”

No doubt.

After a couple more hellos, I saw it was 12:02 p.m. and knew Paul Chryst’s pre-Florida State news conference had just begun. Went over there and found a media contingent just as large in numbers, which kind of surprised. Maybe it shouldn’t have. Lots of college reporters and the like. I asked the coach one question toward a column for next Monday, then spent some time with a couple of the student-athletes, and that was it. Back in the car by 12:30 and off to Starbucks.

Having all of our teams so close together is actually a huge blessing compared to the situations in most other cities, where they’re scattered miles apart.

>> If you missed it Sunday, here’s what our panel on WPXI-TV’s The Final Word had to say about Chryst …

Here’s our full Steelers coverage and our full Pitt coverage.

>> The Pirates open up with the Brewers tonight back home. They’d need to sweep the entire six-game homestand to have 82 happen at home, which is unfortunate. The season-ticket holders and other longtime fans deserve to see that for themselves.

So does the guy running Yinzers in the Strip who put up this sign over the weekend …

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Here’s the rest of our baseball coverage.

Here’s the latest Brewers news from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Here are official game highlights from MLB.com.

>> Russia’s strict anti-gay laws already are a big topic, and they’ll be an even bigger one when the Olympic torch is lit in Sochi. Several NHL players, including Sidney Crosby, have spoken on the topic in recent days at their national camps.

>> I’m off today but back at PNC Park tomorrow, right after the radio show at 2.

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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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