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Morning Java: Why critical coverage matters

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column lays it all on the Steelers’ O-line … but attempts to do so fairly.

Here’s my full conversation with Ramon Foster on the topic yesterday.

Here’s the TribLIVE Radio show monologue on that and more …

Here’s some of what Jonathan Dwyer and Jarvis Jones had to say before practice …

Here’s our full Steelers coverage, including the latest on Le’Veon Bell, a personal day for Ben Roethlisberger, the mess at center and more by myself and Alan Robinson.

Here’s James Harrison’s feelings about Monday. Ralph Paulk is in Cincinnati.

Here’s other Bengals news from the Enquirer.

>> This story turned my stomach in the professional sense.

Short version, Steve Spurrier didn’t like what a long-respected columnist at The State, a major newspaper, was writing about his South Carolina football team. So, after embarrassing the columnist then refusing to speak with him, he then approached the newspaper about not only getting the guy off the but then handpicking the columnist who’d replace him.

I could go off on a rant here that would set your reading device ablaze, but I’ll pass. Because to me, the loss here is so obvious that’s insulting to point it out.

All I’ll say is this: Be careful what you wish for when complaining about critical coverage of your favorite team. And yeah, that includes baseball teams that lose for 20 years in a row.

Because one day all you’ll be left with is and all of the stories and viewpoints having to be cleared through the teams they’re writing about.

And any team supporter dumb enough to think that was a good idea will finally realize that critical coverage is anything but counter-productive to that team winning.

>> Seems like the city was cursing Tuukka Rask only yesterday, but thanks to the lockout squeezing on one end and the Olympics on the other, here it is just like that: The Penguins open training camp today at Consol.

I know, right?

But there were Tomas Vokoun, Jussi Jokinen and others reporting and posing for team photos yesterday, with an official first-session ice time today of 9 a.m. (Not open to the public.)

There’s a comprehensive preview in our print edition, by Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe, and you can find some of that online. But trust me, this one’s better in your hands.

You’ll also find the latest on soon-to-be-goner Matt Niskanen … or is he?

I’ll be at Consol today, of course, and write the Friday column from there.

>> The Pirates lower the broom on the Rangers. Rob Biertempfel reports from Arlington.

Here’s our full Pirates coverage.

Here’s Rangers news from the Dallas Morning News, Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Pitt’s opposing coach Saturday will make a homecoming. Jerry DiPaola reports.

>> Penn State seeks third-down help. Chris Adamski has it.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m. And on Sunday night, I’ll join Mark Kaboly, Mark Madden and host Alby Oxenreiter on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word.

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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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