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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


>> The Friday column tells the tale of one truly extraordinary athlete and person.

He’s also a guy who could use a dentist right about now, actually …

I could go on about Pascal Dupuis, about how he’s the most self-made athlete I’ve ever covered, about how he’s also among the most selfless, most humble, most unassuming and yet most confident individuals. Of his place in hockey and his lot in life.

Writing about people like this is truly one of the perks of the job.

Goalies have to adjust to new defensive systems, too. Beat writer Rob Rossi has that.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage, including Beau Bennett back on ice.

Here’s Blue Jackets news from the Columbus Dispatch.

Here are official game highlights from

>> If you didn’t stay up way late last night, and if you happen to be among those still looking at the NFL standings, the Bengals lost on an OT safety in Miami. The Cincinnati Enquirer is cited.

This has nothing to do with the Steelers, so please keep it in that context: The Bengals are nothing special. The Ravens are less than that. The Browns are even less than that. The AFC North is as awful as it’s been in a long, long time.

Also, anyone who thinks Andy Dalton is on the precipice of joining some quarterback elite — and yeah, I heard and read some of that entering the season — needs to take a hard look at that OT. He couldn’t handle the Miami rush, couldn’t sufficiently track A.J. Green on deep routes and, ultimately, couldn’t get rid of the football in the ultimate get-rid-of-the-football scenario.

By the way, that’s Cameron Wake up there in the pic. He had three sacks for the Dolphins, including the OT beauty. That’s one big-time ballplayer.

The Steelers will see him Dec. 8 at Heinz Field.

>> Meanwhile, it’s been a ‘challenging’ year for the Steelers’ rookies, by beat writer Alan Robinson.

The pains of the O-line persist, by Ralph Paulk.

The Pats hate being pressed? Mark Kaboly asks, but I’ll answer this much: If New England prefers that its receivers get ample room coming off the line, they’re in for a treat Sunday.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s Patriots news from the Boston Globe.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Justin Morneau tells Travis Sawchik he doesn’t expect to hear from the Pirates.

>> Looking ahead to Pitt and Georgia Tech, by Jerry DiPaola.

>> Doing likewise with Penn State, by Chris Adamski.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m and, just a few minutes after that, we’ll get started with the weekly chat at noon. Remember, you can submit entries — into the actual chat field, please — as soon as you see the post.

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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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