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.
>> The Pirates are seeing Reds. Rob 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 MLB.com.
>> 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 NHL.com.
>> 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.