By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
CINCINNATI — Morning, Lunatics …
>> The Monday column counts the many ill-advised moves I’m expecting from the Steelers’ coaches in trying to get the offense moving. Would welcome being wrong and seeing Ben Roethlisberger suddenly airing it out, but not betting on it.
Let’s face it: The defense is going to have to be just as good as the opener, maybe better.
Let’s face this, too: Nothing would feel sweeter for the Steelers — shy of the W itself — than if Jarvis Jones were to outplay James Harrison.
Here’s some of what the first-rounder had to say the other day …
>> The Pirates cut the playoff magic number to six, thanks in large part to a timely basehit off the bench by Justin Morneau, who’s been just as wonderful an addition as Marlon Byrd down the stretch.
This was Morneau afterward …
Here’s our full Pirates coverage. In there you’ll find a thorough look at the team’s defensive plan by Travis Sawchik. Well worth your time.
Here are official game highlights from MLB.com.
>> Almost-for-real hockey broke out in Columbus, as the Penguins opened preseason play with an OT loss but some notable positives. Rob Rossi was on the scene.
Here’s our full Penguins coverage.
Here are official game highlights from NHL.com.
>> Pitt resets after the New Mexico romp. Jerry DiPaola updates.
>> Bill O’Brien wants better tackling … but without practicing it. Chris Adamski tackles it.
>> If you missed it last night, WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word covered Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.