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Morning Java: What’s round on the ends and high in the middle?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column celebrates the spirit of, um, cheeriness surrounding the Penguins all winter long by wondering aloud what manner of apocalypse will befall the franchise with a loss to the Blue Jackets.

Here’s some of my talk after the 82nd game last night with :

The story of the 52nd win, by beat man Rob Rossi.

Sidney Crosby and others get a break, by Rossi.

How the Penguins will or won’t advance, by Rossi.

The defensive prospect pipeline runneth over, by Jonathan Bombulie in Wilkes-Barre.

Here’s the first-round schedule.

A look ahead to the Columbus series, by Jason Mackey.

Blogginess from the scene: Not much to say because it wasn’t much of a game. Or anything else. … Most unfortunate to see Tanner Glass engage the lunatic Chris Neil in a first-period fight, but says a lot about why Glass is so respected by his teammates. … All the necessary disclaimers out of the way, I’m still seeing Beau Bennett force too many obvious passes onto opponents’ blades. … Kris Letang’s endurance is just ridiculous. The guy can skate all day, all night and never look any different. … The Penguins used to give out their team awards on the ice before the final home game. Now, it’s been reduced to some lame video presentation between the second and third periods, when no one is in their seats. … Honestly, not much else to say from here. There’ll be plenty in the days ahead.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

Here’s Blue Jackets news from the Columbus Dispatch.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The Pirates lost in Milwaukee. Rinse, repeat. Rob Biertempfel reports from the House of Horrors.

Here come those Reds … from last place? Biertempfel looks ahead.

Pitching prospect turned hitting prospect Stetson Allie continues to climb. Bob Cohn reports from Altoona.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog.

Here’s Brewers news from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer. It’s going to be an Ohio kind of week in these parts. Browns busy?

Here are official game highlights on

>> The Steelers’ depth is a work in progress, by Alan Robinson.

>> Our panel on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word had too much fun late last night. I was joined by Robinson, Mark Madden and Alby Oxenreiter.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

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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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