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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


>> What, you want more than just that outstanding front page by the Trib sports staff and on-site photographer Christopher Horner?

OK, we’ve got more on the Pirates and the P-word from Wrigley …

‘This is something we haven’t done in a whole generation.’ Rob Biertempfel has an above-and-beyond game story from the Confines.

‘Something told me to go there.’ Travis Sawchik breaks down Justin Morneau’s brilliance on the final out. And that’s not hyperbole.

Wait up on that playoff rotation. Sawchik has the news.

An extensive photo gallery from Horner, including this toast to A.J. …


And these matching fist-pumps from Jason Grilli and Russell Martin


And this leaping high-five from the home-run hero …


A video of a hoarse, soaked Clint Hurdle

And a fun talk with franchise lifer Jeff Banister

Here’s our full Pirates coverage.

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights from

>> I’ll be fascinated today by Mike Tomlin’s news conference, and that’s not something anyone says too often. Here’s why: When a reporter asked him last week what would change with the Steelers at 0-2, he tersely responded, “Nothing.” I’m off today, but I’d imagine he’ll get that same question again from someone else.

Digging into the ‘deep hole.’ Alan Robinson brings the shovel.

Ben Roethlisberger felt the Bears’ heat. Mark Kaboly dissects it in another excellent Steelers Film Session.

Takeaways, anyone? Ralph Paulk counts to zero.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s the latest on the Vikings from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

>> Robert Bortuzzo is getting lots of ice. Can he stick with the Penguins? Josh Yohe reports.

Kris Letang was a two-goal force in beating the Blackhawks. Rob Rossi covers.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here are official game highlights from

>> I’m off again today, back at it tomorrow with the radio show, then boarding a plane for a very, very long flight to a very, very special stadium.

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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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