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Morning Java: Frowns, Browns and melting down

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column goes in search of a hero. And as such, it somehow winds up extrapolating all of Heath Miller’s considerable worth to that of the Justice League.

And no, I’m not above a brazen either-get-it-or-you-don’t Aquaman reference …

Couple random thoughts from my time over on the South Side: Don’t make too much of this veterans-only meeting, or the 2008 Club, as some have jokingly called it. Ben Roethlisberger described it as the “third or fourth” such meeting the team was having, and Ryan Clark estimated its length in single-digit minutes. … I’ll assume the stubbornness in the room originates with the coaches, but if there’s anyone in any capacity discussing any strategic change, it’s impossible to pick up. … Isaac Redman, on the coming weekend: “If we go out there and win and run the ball like we know we can, all this will change. All this will be forgotten. The talent’s here to do it. I know it is.” … Players can easily avoid media sessions by staying in the adjacent cafeteria. Way more than usual exercised that option. I don’t care, but in case anyone does, there it is.

More from Ben …

Why the passing game can’t connect, by Alan Robinson.

Why the zone-blocking disappeared, by Mark Kaboly.

Why you should plan your parking Sunday, by Bob Cohn.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage, including a Le’Veon Bell update.

Here’s the latest on the Bears from the Chicago Tribune.

>> Oh, Cleveland.

Oh, low-class Browns.

This is beyond any meaningful commentary. But it’s not beyond tremendous radio from up there.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls 2>> Mark Melancon blows it. Not a sentence that exactly rolls off the keyboard, but Rob Biertempfel describes the Pirates’ third loss in a row from PNC Park.

>> Did the Padres solve Melancon? Sure looked like Bud Black and crew were on to something. Travis Sawchik blogs.

>> A.J. Burnett — rightly — shrugs off the whining about his tweet.

>> Bill Mazeroski is auctioning off some of his 1960 mementos.

Here’s our full Pirates coverage.

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

Here are official game highlights from

I’ll be over at PNC Park for the matinee finale and the Friday column. That’ll likely be the last I write baseball until — gasp — our playoff preview section.

>> Tomas Vokoun might exhibit as much team-first selflessness as any athlete I’ve covered. Josh Yohe gets underneath the mask.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Pitt’s linebackers measure upJerry DiPaola updates.

>> Penn State just loves Christian Hackenberg. Chris Adamski updates.

>> The weekly chat is tomorrow at noon, right here on the blog.

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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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