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 NFL.com.
>> 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 NHL.com.
>> 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.