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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> No column today because I switched days with Joe Starkey. Here’s his view on Ben Roethlisberger, Todd Haley and the no-huddle.

>>  Roethlisberger continues to embarrass NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport by stating he’ll do whatever it takes, including financially, to stay with the Steelers. Alan Robinson reports.

And how about this gem from the QB: “We’re always excited to see what Ian’s gonna make up this week.”

The defense’s fear factor is ‘dwindling a little bit,’ Larry Foote tells Robinson.

I discussed the Steelers’ sudden swagger to open the radio show yesterday …

I also asked Jason Worilds a couple Qs over at South Side HQ …

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s Browns news from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Here are official game highlights from


>> The Penguins dialed up the D with a brilliant, four-touches-in-two-seconds power-play goal and a superlative team-wide shutout. Rob Rossi reports from D.C.

Before the game, Alexander Ovechkin shared some strong observations on Evgeni Malkin exclusively with Rossi.

And a terrific insider blog entry from Rossi to boot. That’s a hat trick.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here’s Capitals news from the Washington Post.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Pitt feasts off Durand Johnson’s threes to top Lehigh. Kevin Gorman was there.

>> Duquesne and Ovie Soko take down Albany. Chris Harlan was there.

>> In football, Pitt’s Lafayette Pitts is rising up, by Jerry DiPaola.

>> Penn State needs more from the O-line, by Chris Adamski.

>> The Pirates set their 40-man by adding a whole lot of Latin American talent. Travis Sawchik reports.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

I’ll also be writing about the Steelers for the Friday column. And the Sunday column. And the Monday column, off the game in Cleveland. And the Thanksgiving column. And the Black Friday column off the night game in Baltimore.

It’s football season ‘n at.

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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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