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Morning Java: Time to meet the ‘Wheelers’

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON – Top of the morning, Lunatics …

Couple of pics from our impeccable staff photog Chaz Palla here yesterday, the first one setting the scene on Regent Street, the de facto headquarters of all NFL festivities here this week …


And the one below showing shoppers walking past a window display of someone else’s Big Ben …


The Friday column examines the really odd — and mostly unexplored — relationship between the NFL and London, and it does so with one whale of a random Scottish Claymores reference.

As an aside, that passport guy in the opening asked me if I knew whether the Steelers would be coming through Heathrow or Gatwick. When I told him Gatwick, he said, “Oh, beg pardon. Not Steelers. Wheelers.”

I didn’t correct him. It was too cool. If the Nailers ever get tired of their name …

Anyway, the Wheelers will be out to meet the media here this morning, 11:30 a.m., Greenwich Mean Time. I’ll cover it along with Alan Robinson and Palla, and some of that will be here on the blog.

Here’s our full Wheelers coverage, including offensive linemen noticing the tackle rotation and the latest on Isaac Redman’s concussion.

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

And here, if you’re looking ahead, are and

>> The Pirates are seeing RedsRob Biertempfel reports from Cincinnati.

A playoff ticket mistake is being fixed.

Here’s our full Pirates coverage, including the weekend’s rotation.

Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Here are official game highlights from

>> We’re six days away from the Devils, but first a look at the increased expectations on Beau Bennett this winter by Josh Yohe. He also loves Olli Maatta.

David Morehouse wants the World Juniors. (Hand goes up.)

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here are official game highlights from


>> Jamie Dixon says at Pitt’s basketball intro session the Panthers will try some transition heading into the ACC. Seems like a sharp idea without a big man. Kevin Gorman reports on the men from the Pete.

On the women’s side, Suzie McConnell Serio looks to climb from the ruins … her way. John Harris has it.

>> And don’t forget: The weekly chat will be right here at noon, Pittsburgh Mean Time. Live from the Tower Bridge of London. I kid you not.

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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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