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Morning Java: 81 … one to go

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

Today’s TribLIVE Radio show — 2-3 p.m. — will feature special guest Jack Wilson to talk about the imminent end of the Streak. There might not be anyone who knows it better, given his 1,159 games with the team, all during the PNC Park era.

We’ll also talk with John Glennon, the Titans beat writer for the Tennessean in Nashville, and an old friend I got know well when the Penguins and Predators opened their season in Tokyo about a decade ago. Great guy.

But the show will open with the Pirates and, specifically, your calls on this question: Going back to that fateful night in 1992 and right through today, what one individual do you blame the most for the Streak?

Don’t hold back, either. Call me at 412-320-7925.

If you can’t call, email me at

To listen, just click on the link above. It’s free, easy, no signup. If you’re mobile, try the TribLIVE Radio app.


>> Eighty-one. Travis Sawchik reports from Milwaukee. One to go, with Francisco Liriano pitching.

As something of a primer, here’s my column from last year’s 82 game, with an unforgettable quote from Roberto Clemente Jr. to round it out.

Here’s the rest of our Pirates coverage. Here’s Brewers news from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. And here are official game highlights from

>> Jarvis Jones and Le’Veon Bell will figure prominently in the Steelers’ present, Mike Tomlin made clear in his weekly news conference yesterday. Alan Robinson was there.

That and more is in our Steelers coverage. And here’s Titans news from the Tennessean.

>> When will Paul Chryst find an elite QB like Jameis Winston? Joe Starkey columnizes.

Here’s our full Pitt coverage, by Jerry DiPaola.

>> I’ll be with the Steelers this afternoon, leading up to the show. (Hope to hear from you.) After that, I’ll put the finishing touches on the 82 column I’ve been working on for … oh, I don’t even want to admit.

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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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