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Morning Java: The art of the shot

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Do-It-Yourself Tuesday feature seeks out your help, as I have in the past, in paring down columns that get submitted by the Trib for contest entries. This isn’t to say these are all awesome or anything like that. I have no doubt they aren’t. But I have to get it down to five, and any input you can offer would be wonderful.

Here they are, in chronological order …

Feb. 10: The Paternos’ sad, squeaky reply

Feb. 12: Wrestling isn’t down for count yet

March 16: Crosby vs. Lemieux? Beyond compare

March 21: Dixon has questions to answer

June 7: For Penguins, a stubborn failure

Aug. 1: Can Pirates grasp what they’re doing for our city?

Sept. 4: No more Buccaneer tears

Sept. 29: Chaotic Steelers a bloody mess

Oct. 2: Hey, baseball, can you hear us?

Oct. 10: Don’t dare bury these Pirates

This is asking a lot, I know, but try to assess independently of what might be a favorite topic or even whether or not you agree. It’s really based on quality of the actual column — or lack thereof — and nothing else.

And thank you very, very much in advance.


>> The Penguins’ newest callup does in the Ducks. Josh Yohe has the game story from Consol.

Here’s some of what Brian Gibbons had to say …

Random randomness from the event: I was at Consol, too, albeit not writing off the event. … There aren’t many things more unfathomable in the NHL than a team of the Penguins’ pedigree nearly going a full first period without a shot, but it nearly happened. Beau Bennett needed, of course, a breakaway to try the first, and even he nearly whiffed wide. … That said, sure was funny how, as soon as the club began shooting and going to the net and all that other new-wave stuff, the goals came in waves. … Mentioned to Marc-Andre Fleury that, when he’s playing with this much economy of motion, he makes his saves look almost boring. In particular, I cited that great blocker stop on Andrew Cogliano that’s pictured above. “It’s not always as easy as it looks,” Fleury came back. “It’s important that you don’t go all over the place, but there’s a lot that goes into it.” … Man, Ben Lovejoy played a terrific game for Anaheim. Just saying. … Really didn’t understand Bennett moving up with Crosby, mostly because I saw the first line maintaining good pressure with Pascal Dupuis up there. Didn’t see anything last night to change my mind. … James Neal needs a goal something fierce. Really pressing. … Classy of the Penguins to recognize Teemu Selanne with the scoreboard tribute halfway through the first. Also classy of the more knowledgeable hockey fans in the crowd to warmly applaud for No. 8.

Here’s a not-to-be-missed Selanne interview by Yohe. You’ll like this.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here’s Ducks news from the Orange County Register.

Here are official game highlights from

>> It has to be encouraging for the Steelers that Ben Roethlisberger was sacked only once Sunday. Alan Robinson reports.

The indispensable Steelers Film Session by Mark Kaboly tracks the patchwork O-line.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s Browns news from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Pitt football is set for change going into Syracuse, by Jerry DiPaola.

Here’s what we had to say about the Panthers on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word this week …

>> The Pirates promote a hitting coach from within, by Travis Sawchik.

>> I’m off today. Back at it tomorrow with the radio show.

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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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