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Morning Java: Sochi > Vancouver

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

SOCHI, Russia — Доброе утро, Lunatiks …

>> The Friday column assesses the organization level of the Sochi Games in a way that might surprise … well, just about anyone who isn’t here and isn’t willfully looking to complain.

Here’s the related video I shot for WPXI-TV that aired on the Channel 11 News last night …

I also wrote a news story about the ‘Ring of Steel’ security system on the eve of today’s Opening Ceremony.

This was the Trib’s Olympics preview column that ran Sunday.

Here’s the Trib’s Olympics page, now modified, as this blog was a while ago, to accent mobile performance.

Here’s the official Sochi 2014 page.

Here’s the official U.S. Olympic team page.

And here’s NBC’s Olympics page with all the videos and highlights.

>> The great Ralph Kiner dies at 91. The Pirates and Pittsburgh have lost one of the city’s all-time most popular athletes. Bob Cohn has the obituary.

A trivia question that underscores the Kiner legend for you baseball trivia buffs: Kiner led or tied the National League in home runs seven times. Only one player did that more. Answer at end.

Flashing back to the future, the Pirates are projected to regress in 2014, per Travis Sawchik. I’d be curious to see, of course, how many of those same spreadsheets forecast 94 wins in 2013.

>> Kris Letang’s mysterious illness isn’t life-threatening, according to Rob Rossi’s sources, but the Penguins are staying quiet.

Here’s the Trib’s Penguins page, with a neat feature on how the Penguins’ equipment is being created and transported over here for the Olympics.

Here’s Rangers news from the New York Post. The Penguins wrap up their pre-Sochi schedule tonight at Consol.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Ryan Clark claims some of the Steelers smoked marijuana to relieve pain and stress. Alan Robinson reports.

>> Talib Zanna’s bum ankle exposed a glaring Pitt weaknessKevin Gorman reports.

>> On the Kiner trivia, some of you might have reflexively gone with Babe Ruth in forgetting that he did his damage in the American League.

The answer is one Michael Jack Schmidt, who led the National League in home runs eight times.

>> We will have our weekly chat, as always, right here at noon Pittsburgh time. I’ll be getting ready for bed, but there’s this Nescafe machine downstairs that churns out all the caffeine your little rubles can command.

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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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