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Vacation thread: Merry Christmas

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

I’m off all week but will return Sunday to cover Steelers-Browns. Feel free to use this thread as a daily discussion forum. Game posts will go up as usual.

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 more, including 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 top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. Let me just go ahead and get the obvious out of the way here, I’m from Pittsburgh and I love the Steelers. In no way am I trying to be biased here or anything(wink,wink). But seriously, in my head my rational of thinking makes total sense as to why Andy Reid SHOULD play his starters. I’m not going to lie to you at all, I sat here with a some chicken wings and some whiskey, at the pleading of my family to not have a note pad and an iPhone and an iPad going back and forth for like an hour. Now mind you before you make judgement my entire family is from Pittsburgh, from my great-great grandparents to my grandparents etc. So my family is die hard, Pens, Pirates and Steelers.

    Ok, now to my point. This is why Andy Reid SHOULD play his starters Sunday. We all remember watching or seeing the Chiefs on NFL Network or whatever the first 9 weeks. Most observers were probably like ” Super Bowl ” and that’s ok because let’s be honest, if the Steelers started off that way…………well lets just say there would be 20 different versions of ” here we go ” and ” the Steelers Polka “. And we ( or anyone who is <— me!) wouldn't be calling for Woodley's, Taylor's, Clark's and dare I say it……wait for it….Troys job. That is a different subject for another time, lets focus on my point for now.

    Look at the Chiefs body of work, all though with a very good record right now locked into the 5th seed. This should come as a surprise, and let me explain. The Chiefs in there first 9 games went 9-0 with only playing one division game against the Raiders. The Chiefs went 9-0 into their bye week, but look deeper than that, 7 out of those 9 teams have losing records or are not a playoff team. Their last 6 games, against Denver (2) and SD and IND are all loses. Their wins coming against Oakland and Washington, 2 teams that are not impressive or making the playoffs. The most interesting fact of their schedule out of their first 10 games only 1 team is in the playoffs and as you read this two of them play on Sunday which means 1 will not make it.

    Now lets look at their Defense and Offense , in the first 9 games they gave up 12.33 points per game and scored 27.67 points per game. In the last 6 games they have scored 31.83 points per game and gave up 27.83 points per game.Looks very deceiving doesn't it? Even though the offense scored 1.15 points more per game the defense gave up 13.37 points more per game, remember with 4 games coming against division opponents. Now why in the world would Andy want to let the Chargers WALK into the playoffs with the chances of playing them again, and also let his team walk ( and I do mean walk) into the playoffs 2-5??? Not smart Andy, not smart all. Play your starters, hey you beat US in the preseason!!! #dontbescaredandy

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Posthumous Oscar needs to be given to Darren McGavin. Every year I marvel at his outstanding performance as “the old man”

  3. Merry Christmas everyone.

  4. Merry Christmas DK and also to all the yinzers out there!

  5. I tripe-dog-dare you all to have a Merry Christmas!

  6. String of break ins reported last night. Intruder was green and last seen carrying the roast beast and last can of who-hash. Known accomplices include max the dog who can be identified by the horn tied to his head. If seen please notify the Who-police.

  7. Merry Christmas to all

  8. Merry Christmas everyone.

  9. Merry Christmas.

    May all your dreams come true.

  10. Dang!! No 1st Baseman with pop and a glove under the tree. I looked twice!

    Maybe he got dropped off at my Mom’s house. I’ll check when I see her later.

  11. Merry Christmas all.

    I was asked in a different thread if I lived in Baltimore. I do not. I live near the belly of the beast – Severn, MD

    I didn’t read the article, but saw the title “No Quit in Steelers Nose Tackle……” And perhaps I have no right to comment on it, since much can be lost in translation by just reading the title. However, I find it disturbing that a professional is praised because he – well – tries. Isn’t that something we should expect of a pro?

  12. I am SO excited that Professor Tanaka may be coming to MLB.

    With that little bag of salt, I guess he’s now a pitcher.

    I’m sure that Ringside Jandy is gonna give him what-for.

  13. Merry Christmas to DK and all our fellow lunatics. May the new year be filled with first basemen, nose tackles and indestructible Penguins!

  14. So, will there be threads for all 5 of the NBA games today?

    Daughter got a Karaoke machine under the tree. By end of Xmas, I will know the words to all of One Direction’s hits. Thanks a lot, Santa. I can’t get her to play London Calling.

  15. Christmas greetings, everybody. No passes or pucks today. Only peace to all who can avoid the NBA.

  16. A tip of the hat to Alan Robinson for working on Christmas Day to give us two Steeler articles.

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