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Morning Java: Only one problem with No. 71

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


>> The Wednesday column is built off a long talk I had with Evgeni Malkin very late Monday after the Anaheim game. And it winds up building to a single conclusion about his first-quarter slump.

Really look forward to your feedback on this one, as it hardly provides all the answers.

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 2-3 p.m. — will cover all sorts of ground, including Malkin, but we’ll go heaviest on the suddenly resurgent Steelers. In particular, I’ll open with a look at what’s gone right amid so much else going wrong.

Call me at 412-320-7925 or email

To listen, just click on the link above. If you’re mobile, try the TribLIVE Radio app.

>> The Penguins are in D.C. tonight with first place on the line and a better-than-ever Alexander Ovechkin waiting. This could be fun. Josh Yohe reports.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here’s Capitals news from the Washington Post.

Here are official game highlights from

>> How much longer will the Steelers’ offense ride shotgun? Alan Robinson reports.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s Browns news from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Pitt’s Aaron Donald is a richly deserving finalist for college football’s Outland Award, by Jerry DiPaola.

>> Some Penn State seniors won’t use their final year of eligibility, by Chris Adamski.

>> Let me offer here my thanks for the many of you who took time to go through the 10 columns yesterday, and I can promise you every syllable was read and weighed. Means a lot.

It already has me reconsidering at least one column I was sure I’d toss out, and that’s the Hey, baseball, can you hear us? from Oct. 10. It was done in a hurry, roughly 45 minutes, but that’s no excuse for failing to make a central point until four paragraphs from the end. I see that as a fatal flaw in there and, to be honest, really kind of hate it for that reason alone.

I do appreciate and understand that a lot of people will find it moving on subject matter alone, but to repeat from yesterday, that really doesn’t factor into these contests and stuff. The judges aren’t Pirates fans, and they almost surely aren’t even Pittsburghers. They’re looking at reporting, writing, delivery, viewpoint support, etc.

My own favorite in that bracket, just head of the one on Olympic wrestling, was The Paternos’ sad, squeaky reply from Feb. 10, and I was heartened to see so many of you cite both the wrestling and that one. Funny, but the Penn State one took me even less than 45 minutes to write even though it wasn’t on deadline. Just poured right out, never gave it a second glance and hit send. Weird. Happens very rarely.

Thanks yet again.

>> I’ll be with the Steelers in the morning, then on to the show. In addition to Penguins-Capitals, both Pitt and Duquesne hoops have home games.

I will not have a Thursday column. Joe Starkey and I switched days because of the Malkin interview.

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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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