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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.


  1. Todd says:

    Hi Dejan, hope you are enjoying the World Cup play.
    1. do you have any “positive” or encouraging examples of Rutherford’s recent trade/personnel history? It seems like Shero did well in the recent dealings involving our new GM.
    2. Is the 7 th goal the chili goal in world cup play?

  2. TK says:

    Since the chat is over, I have to ask:

    Didn’t Crosby already have a vacation during the playoffs?

  3. Mike says:

    Just like when Therrien came to Pens and changed the culture Bylsma put icing on top, will short term coach and GM be enough to set up a new culture?

  4. dennis g says:

    Saying it over the air or in print does not make it so. Admittedly Pedro has had very few hot streaks in his tenure with the Pirates and really nothing to mention that would ever exceed our expectations for him, but he is a different person when he hits a homer. He is positively glowing in the dugout, participating in “the Toro” and enjoying himself, smiling all the while. So to say that he has the same stoic demeanor, hot or cold, is simply not the case. I do not expect that he will go to the Yankees; I simply hope that he does. I think he will be happier.

    As for Coach Noll being the greatest coach of all time, I can’t help but wonder why it is not enough to let his record and those of other great coaches speak for them. I personally value Coach Noll as one of the best who ever coached as I do the man he played for, Coach Brown. Both men have a continuous record of success. (Though as a defensive coordinator for Shula Coach Noll did have that one slipup in the Super Bowl.) He may have learned as much about how not to coach a team from Coach Brown as he did about the right way to do it, as their approaches were very different, but as teachers extraordinaire they were very similar. Another fellow who was drafted and played for Coach Brown was Don Shula.

    The best record of achievement that both men hold is a consistent approach of hiring the best available players and coaches regardless of race. The Browns were one of the first teams to play Blacks, some of whom played for Coach Brown in the service. Coach Brown also was one of the first to play Blacks in high school where he took a downtrodden Masillon H.S. to 5 straight undefeated seasons. Coach Noll was one of the first to start a Black man at quarterback or to hire a Black person as a defensive coordinator.

    The fact is there have been many, many great coaches at every level in the history of football and Chuck Noll was a great coach. We can all celebrate his greatness without having to bicker about who was the greatest.

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