Blogs | Sports | News
Dejan Kovacevic's Blog

Pittsburgh sports talk with the Trib columnist

Morning Java: Pittsburgh’s Mount Rushmore

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column is about Chuck Noll and what he did for Pittsburgh. If you read only one thing I write all year, I hope it’s this.

There were a lot of points in this piece I debated with people I trust, not least of whom was Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, and I appreciate all the input. I didn’t want to offer high praise lightly. I didn’t want to miss others from the past who deserved similar citation. Needless to say, the part in particular about Pittsburgh’s all-time Mount Rushmore up there — not for sports, but related to the city — could never produce universal agreement. But know, please, that it wasn’t just whipped up on a whim. Some unbelievably accomplished men and women were left off, most notably, in my view, Thomas Starzl.

At any rate, that paragraph really wasn’t what the column was about. It was merely aimed at supporting the broader point.

I look forward to hearing from you on the topic.

Below is Trib designer Matt Rosenberg’s two-page spread for the column in this morning’s sports section:


Mr. Noll is lauded as a ‘teacher’ during his public viewing, by Bob Cohn.

Mr. Noll’s team-first approach fostered winning, by Steelers beat man Alan Robinson.

Mr. Noll was a winner without peer, by columnist Joe Starkey.

Mr. Noll was loved by people from all walks, by Megan Harris.

Mr. Noll is embraced by social media, by Mike Palm.

Mr. Noll’s funeral arrangements.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page, our Steel Mill blog, and our photo gallery commemorating Mr. Noll’s life.

Also, WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word last night was dedicated entirely to Mr. Noll.

>> Vance Worley pitches well, but the Pirates really throw one away. Travis Sawchik reports from Miami.

Gerrit Cole passes key tests, by Sawchik.

The defense must improve, by David Golebiewski.

A late-round riser in the system, by John Lembo in Bradenton.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Marlins news from the Miami Herald.

Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Here are official game highlights on

>> Dan Bylsma was more than just a coach to many here, by Jason Mackey.

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

>> Here’s the official World Cup 2014 page and the U.S. Soccer page.

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

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

Please Enter Your Facebook App ID. Required for FB Comments. Click here for FB Comments Settings page

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.

Other blogs
Sports:Steel Mill | Chipped Ice | Bucco Blog | iPreps | Pitt Locker Room | Penn State Sports
News: Backstory | Doug Oster on Gardening | Off-Road Politics | Flowback | ICycle  

» Top Sports
» Top News
» Top Breaking News