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Morning Java: Imagine if Jarvis outplays James

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 …

Our Steelers beat team has tons of stuff today to prepare you for the game. And the Cincinnati Enquirer is equally loaded with Bengals news.

Elsewhere in the AFC North, the Ravens and Browns didn’t exactly floor their own skeptics. And don’t look now, but there goes Ray Rice.


>> 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’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune, Padres news from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here are official game highlights from


>> 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

>> 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.

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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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