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Morning Java: Tomlin, togetherness and TK

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


>> The Thursday column takes on the Mike Tomlin saga, now that all the facts are out and the NFL’s penalty has been meted.

Looking forward to your feedback, as always.

>> The $100,000 fine is covered by Alan Robinson.

A sampling of locker room reaction, by video producer Justin Labar

Mike Wallace talks candidly about his year with Todd Haley, by Mark Kaboly.

Random randomness from the scene: If Tomlin was bugged by anything, he sure wasn’t letting it show. Bounced through the locker room at one point, beaming a big smile and shouted, “Let’s stick together!” I can’t and won’t assume what he meant, but it was in quite the upbeat tone. … The media scene around Ryan Clark was pretty funny in that he just pulls up a folding chair, leans back, and the cameras and microphones all come scurrying to hear what he was to say. … Didn’t realize I’d get the day’s money quote out of Clark when I asked simply if he found it fair that the NFL would delay its decision on docking draft picks: “It’s not supposed to be fair. It’s Roger Goodell. When has he been fair?” … LaMarr Woodley continues to make a sight of himself in the locker room, loudly berating or jabbing reporters as he passes through. Which is understandable, really, in light of the reporters being the ones responsible for a $61.5 million starting player losing his job. … Woodley was a limited participant in practice, by the way. Makes him iffy for a third straight game due to a soft-tissue injury, the kind that almost everyone in pro sports believes can be prevented through solid conditioning. … Cam Heyward, on how the Steelers avoided the Tomlin stuff: “We watch cartoons.” Never asked which ones. Terrible reporting. Woodley’s right.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s Dolphins news from the Miami Herald.

Here are official game highlights from

>> The Penguins get a superb test tonight from the soaring Sharks, winners of six in a row. But there will be a touch of sentimentality, too, in Tyler Kennedy’s return, by Josh Yohe.

Our Subway Final Word panel on WPXI-TV looked at the Penguins’ many injury issues …

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here’s Sharks news from the San Jose Mercury News.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Pitt’s Aaron Donald is the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year, Jerry DiPaola reports, and that might be just the beginning.


>> Duquesne needs a second-half surge and Tra’Vaughn White’s 22 to take out UMBC. Chris Harlan reports from Palumbo.

>> The Pirates’ Travis Snider has foot surgery, by Rob Biertempfel.

>> I’ll be with the hockey team in the morning and deep into the night, and right back to the dentist in between. Determined to take a healthy mouth to Russia.

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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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