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Morning Java: Taking Ben’s temperature

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

CINCINNATI — Morning, Lunatics …


>> The Tuesday column picks apart the Steelers’ performance here last night, especially as it relates to the franchise quarterback.

Here’s some of what Ben Roethlisberger thought of it …

Our full team coverage from Paul Brown Stadium includes …

The game story by Alan Robinson, with a Troy Polamalu quote you won’t want to miss.

Inside the lines by Mark Kaboly.

News of the night by Ralph Paulk.

The Bengals’ perspective includes actually using rookies, by Rory Glynn.

Photo gallery by Chaz Palla.

And the Cincinnati Enquirer is equally loaded with Bengals news.


>> Meanwhile, back at PNC, the Pirates were mowed down by the Padres. Rob Biertempfel reports.

Here’s our full Pirates coverage.

Here’s Padres news from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here are official game highlights from


>> Meanwhile, back at Consol, the Penguins lost to the Red Wings with Sidney Crosby making his preseason debut. Rob Rossi reports.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here are official game highlights from

And here’s what our panel from WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word had to say about the challenge Marc-Andre Fleury faces this winter and beyond …

>> Pitt gears up for Duke, an actual historic rival. Jerry DiPaola updates.

>> I’ll call in to TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. to help while away the four-hour drive home.

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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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