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Morning Java: 82

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


>> 82.

Rob Biertempfel is in Arlington.

I pretty much emptied my emotions and thoughts with the 82 column last week, just before the team went on this trip, but I’ll add these two right here:

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Andrew McCutchen got it.

What an image those relieved, raised arms will be for fans of this franchise to have for years to come.

BTxXEvmIUAAmsHb.jpg_large 2And let me throw this out there, too: I couldn’t stop thinking of Chuck Tanner during that ninth inning and after it was over. No one — I mean no one — would have enjoyed this more. That man is missed on so many levels, but most especially on any day when it’s OK to feel good about the Pittsburgh Pirates because no one loved them more.

Here’s our full Pirates coverage.

Here’s Rangers news from the Dallas Morning News.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin were busy scouring the recycling bin. Alan Robinson takes names.

>> Our first Steelers Film Session was rated R. Mark Kaboly gives a thumbs-down.

If you couldn’t stay up late Sunday night, here’s what our panel on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word had to say about laying blame on the Steelers …

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s Bengals news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

>> Sidney Crosby does it all, even delivering tickets to longtime season-ticket holders, as he did yesterday and has for years. Rob Rossi checks the captain on the eve of the Penguins’ training camp, which officially begins with a reporting tomorrow and the first full practice Thursday at Consol.

>> Pitt prepares for New Mexico. Jerry DiPaola also looks ahead.

>> I’ll be back with the TribLIVE Radio show tomorrow. Hope you had a chance to catch Kaboly in his debut yesterday. Not surprisingly, it’s wall-to-wall Steelers and loaded with info.

>> It’s over. It’s really over.

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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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