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Morning Java: Top 2013 column topics

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> On this New Year’s Eve — or First Night, if you’re into the local festivities — thought it would be fun to count up all the column topics for 2013, now that all 203 have been written and filed. So here goes:

Penguins, 62
Steelers, 55
Pirates, 52
Pitt basketball, 8
Pitt football, 5
Penn State football, 3
Olympics, 2
Riverhounds, 2
Duquesne basketball, 1
Other/notes, 13

In general, I’m happy with the balance, especially in the context that, if you flip the top two, you’re matching the level of reader interest. The Penguins are a decisive No. 1 here because they went by far the deepest into the playoffs. From April 27-June 9, I wrote 29 Penguins columns in a row, essentially becoming part of the beat team as they advanced into the Eastern Conference final. The Steelers didn’t make the playoffs at all, and the Pirates were out after a week. I don’t track this stuff as the year is going along, but I strive try for a balance among the big three.

What’s at least partially coincidental is that this list is also, by my measure, a pinpoint accounting of reader interest in those topics, provided you flip the top two. But again, the problem with the Steelers is that they were only in action from September through this weekend, just four months.

>> Very late word last night that Bill O’Brien is leaving Penn State for the Texans, by Chris Adamski. We’ll have more as it develops.

>> The Penguins did what they do in New Jersey. Josh Yohe sends us all a postcard from Newark.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here’s Devils news from the Newark Star-Ledger.

Here are official game highlights from Blink and you’ll miss ‘em.

>> Pitt closes its pre-ACC slate by pulling away from Albany. Kevin Gorman reports from the Pete.

I’ll be flying to Raleigh this weekend to cover Pitt’s ACC opener against N.C. State.

>> Five plays the Steelers will regret, by Alan Robinson.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Oh, one other thing: Happy new year to all from the Kovacevic family!

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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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