By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
LONDON – Top of the morning, Lunatics …
>> The Thursday column is a convoluted collection of random thoughts from an increasingly cluttered mind. And I dare say, even though I lead with Ben Roethlisberger, the signature item exposes my serious man-crush on Olli Maatta.
Here’s some of the talk I had with the Penguins’ top prospect the other night …
Marc-Andre Fleury finished strong, Josh Yohe writes from Detroit.
Here’s our full Penguins coverage.
Here are official game highlights from NHL.com.
And as long as we’re momentarily distracted by pucks, this is as good a place as any to set up the unveiling of Penn State’s state-of-the-art arena. Chris Adamski reports from State College.
He’s got a cool video with that, too …
I’d love to see a game there during the inaugural season, and I’ll apologize now to those who asked if I could cover the opener next week. I will be there for football the next day, but the schedule doesn’t work for hockey this time. Anyway, best wishes to the Nittany Lions on the bold initiative.
>> So much for the Central? The Pirates fall three back. Rob Biertempfel reports from Chicago.
Will the Cubs ever rise up? History isn’t with them, obviously. Travis Sawchik has that.
Here’s our full Pirates coverage.
Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Here are official game highlights from MLB.com.
>> Yeah, both teams will be 0-3, and I won’t be the only trying to come up with derisive nicknames for the event such as Relegation Bowl. But the broader picture of being back here at the site of the 2012 Olympics is seeing how the Brits respond to our national pastime. That’ll be the Friday column.
Here’s our full Steelers coverage. They’ll be landing here tomorrow morning.
Here’s the latest on the Vikings from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
>> Apologies to all for the delayed Morning Java posting, but I’m pretty sure I was somewhere over Iceland when it usually goes up.
There’ll be much more from here in the shadows of both Big Bens over the next few days, and I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to it all even after having spent a month here last summer.
Not least of the experience will be the incredible sight of seeing Pittsburgh’s signature franchise playing in the world signature’s stadium …