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Rossi: Ready for some Football Fridays

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Hopefully you read us every day. If so, we appreciate it. Really.

However, no matter how often you pick up the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review or click Triblive.com, know that there is one day when you must treat yourself to our product.

That day is Friday.

“Gameplan” is our high-school football version of Fantasia. It is a must purchase, must read and must keep – and it is best described by high school sports editor Bill Hartlep:

 The annual Trib Total Media high school football preview editions will publish Friday, including the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s 152-page mega tab previewing every team in the WPIAL, City League and Heritage Conference.

The two-section issue also includes two cover features, commentary from Kevin Gorman, breakdowns of all four WPIAL classifications, rankings, players to watch, don’t miss games and stats and standings from the 2013 season.

Trib Total Media writers and photographers from the Pittsburgh Trib, Greensburg Trib, Valley News Dispatch, Leader Times, Daily Courier, McKeesport Daily News, Valley Independent, Blairsville Dispatch and the Gateway Newspapers have been hard at work for the past two months planning, preparing and compiling all the information for these editions.

As always, we hope the readers enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed putting them together.

To view the stories online, visit sports.triblive.com. For stories on individual schools, click on Sports, High Schools and then select an individual school from the drop down menu.

So, yinz have some reading to do. Enjoy.

Photo cluster: Mike Palm, Tribune-Review

Photo cluster: Mike Palm, Tribune-Review

(Oh, by the way: Kevin Gorman’s iPreps blog is all kinds of goodness, so make a habit of checking that every day. I do.)

>> My latest – and hopefully not last – lunch with the coach I spent many years covering is the subject of Friday’s column.

>> Alan Robinson was in Philadelphia for whatever the Steelers want to call that third exhibition game. He has that story, and our Steelers page has the latest on, well, this.

>> Andrew “Lemon Zest” Erickson has owned his Trib summer internship like none before him. Soon he will belong to UCLA, but his latest contribution looks at the newest Pirates reliever.

>> Karen Price is no stranger to hockey barns. She’s at Consol Energy Center covering the P&G Gymnastic Championships.

>> Reality check time. Justin LaBar’s latest wrestling column looks at what Brock Lesnar would do to Hulkamania.

>> Pitt has a starting QB, as Jerry DiPaola reports. Penn State is ready for Ireland, writes Chris Adamski. Bob Cohn isn’t too cool for Twitter. He’s also owning the WVU beat.

So, this column-writing thing interrupted what was a summer break. Not complaining. However, I am taking next week off. The next column will appear September 1.

That said, I’m back anchoring sports on WPXI Friday and Saturday, so that’s your next chance to make fun of my hair.

Be EXCELLENT to each other,

Rossi

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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