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Feeling it on ‘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 Alby Oxenreiter and Bill PhillipsThe Trib will be represented by myself and Mark Kaboly. Our topics will by led by the Pirates’ battle for first, the Steelers’ final cuts and the opening weekend of college football.

>> 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 along, 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.


  1. What a game for an opening weekend.

    University of Georgia (5)
    Clemson (8)

    Both in the preseason discussion for the national championship game.

    That discussion ends around midnight for one of them.

  2. JAL’s Gold Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    BLOGS and such

    4—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: The Other Trade Deadline, and Playoff Rosters

    Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead

    Prospect Watch: Kingham and Glasnow Finish Their Regular Seasons Strong

    Pirates Notebook: The Growth of Cole

    5 Bucs Dugout

    Liriano, Jones help Pirates whip Cardinals, 5-0

    6 Rumbunter

    Sunday Spot Start: The Case For Kris Johnson

    Marlon Byrd: The Difference Maker


    Game 134: Pirates 5 Cardinals 0

    8 The Green Weenie

    Cards Have No Answer For Liriano and Jones; Bucs Win Opener 5-0

    9 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Pirates 5, Cards 0

  3. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    10 City of Champions

    Pittsburgh Pirates facing harsh realities of a pennant chase

    11 KDKA

    John Wehner: Can Pirates Play Under Pressure?

    12 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates Have City Ready to Explode over Pennant Race

    13 The Globe and Mail

    Baseball storylines to watch in the stretch run

    14 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Arroyo has another Coors nightmare

    15 Miami Herald

    Pirates quietly approaching end of The Streak

    16 CBS Sports

    Cardinals-Pirates Gam Preview

    17 St Louis Post Dispatch

    Pittsburgh blanks Cards, forces tie at first place

    18 PBC Site

    Pirates tie Cardinals for first behind Liriano’s gem

    Notebook: Grilli to make pair of Double-A rehab starts


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Baseball’s Year Without Suspense

    20 Fangraphs

    Relief Pitching in Context

  4. Tim Tebow survived the Pats latest round of cuts (to 68) and is STILL ON THE TEAM!!!(!!!)

    Now back to your regular programming.

    • wow….after his last showing I thought for sure he was gone…

      • They (Owner & Coach) like him, and he is unlikely to shoot anybody.

      • His last showing, Thursday night, was okay. Played the second half, so both with and against scrubs, and went 6-11 for 90 yards, two TD passes and one INT in the Pats 39-28 preseason “victory” over the Giants. Also ran 6 times for 30 yards.

        Okay for a potential third stringer or possible development squad member. Certainly not to be confused with a starter or solid backup. But also not Tebow-Awful.

        Unfortunately for him, he was Tebow-Awful in preseason “games” one and two. Did not play in three.

        Wouldn’t terribly surprise me to see Tebow cut in the last cutdown and NE try to re-sign him to their development squad.

        • there is no good football reason for tebow to be anywhere close to any team’s roster… no idea what the Pats are doing, maybe it’s one last hurrah for Josh McDaniels and Tim Tebow. The faster Tim gets on with his “life’s work” the better.

      • The Pats just like the attention. ;-)

    • Devine intervention

    • Very diversified Drew today.

    • He has been cut…

  5. Hoka Hey everyone!
    Pirates win…Pirates win!!! ….LXXVIII wins down, …and IIII to go.
    Yes, GM Neal and Mgr. Clint ….82 wins DOES make a difference.
    Beat Em’ Bucs !
    Hoka Hey everyone!
    Pirates win…Pirates win!!! ….LXXVIII wins down, …and IIII to go.
    Yes, GM Neal and Mgr. Clint ….82 wins DOES make a difference.
    Beat Em’ Bucs !
    PS: Great to see Mr. Jones back among the living BATS !!

  6. Great night at the yard last night. My wife the Cards fan pretty quiet. Going again tomorrow.

  7. Tough assignment for your Bobcats today, Radio Wave.

    I’ll be at Camp Randall today. Badgers are 44.5 point favorites against UMass.

    Which means they will struggle.

    I’d love to see your Bobcats pull the opening game upset just like they did last year at State College. I’ll be rooting for them. Louisville better not take them lightly.

  8. J-girl wine-bibbing again. :D

    Oh well, 10 years is worth it.

    Shame the SEC is down this year, Drew.

    (that ought to get a response from Drewolito)

  9. Dejan. I think you should post the pitt game thread a coupla days early. So their fans can have two days of chest thumping hope.

    Before the Mayans strike their program down.

  10. Drewman Did you see DK is going to make a prediction on the Steelers season? I hope he predicts not making the playoffs.

  11. Toledo earns one first down and then punts to end their first possession.

    Florida drives 84 yards, mostly smash mouthed, for a 6 minute TD drive.

    Toledo’s second drive is not much of one. Third and Long turns into Four and Out.

    5:03 in the first, 7-0 Gators.

  12. I just want to declare here, publicly, that I have “Man Love” for Garrett Jones!!

    May he go 3/4 and drive in another 4 ribbies tonight. I’m even OK with another homer.

  13. Tweet out there Bucs pick up Morneau for Presley

  14. Welcome to Pittsburgh Justin Morneau.

  15. Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick 26s
    For what it’s worth, Justin Morneau is a career .249 hitter with .727 OPS in September. Easily his worst month. #pirates

    I’m still stoked but blah.

  16. New thread up

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