The planet’s premier sporting event opens today with the World Cup match at 11 a.m. Pittsburgh time, with host Russia taking the traditional kickoff against Saudi Arabia in Moscow. And being honest, it feels a little weird to have something that big happening without our site having a chance to really report on it since, you know, there’s no local tie at all.
That said, be sure that a good portion of our staff will be watching and popping in to the comments on the daily Let’s Talk feed, where I’ll also be posting the schedule and other updates.
Oh, and Matt Grubba and Matt Sunday, our two biggest soccer nuts, offer up an all-World Cup Morning Java today. I’ve got a Daily Shot two-minute podcast on the U.S. national failure. Sunday’s focusing his Live Qs at 5 today on his picks. And if you missed it, Grubba collected the Riverhounds’ thoughts on the tournament over the weekend.
Also, go Serbia! (And Iceland!)
• I’ve got a full-length Grind column from the Steelers’ minicamp, based on one-on-one chats I had Wednesday with Ben Roethlisberger and his entire offensive line. There’s one more session today, beginning at 1:30 p.m., and Dale Lolley will have it covered.
• The Pirates, having yet again spared themselves a sweep in Phoenix, get today off, then resume bad baseball tomorrow with a home series against the Reds. With Lance Lysowski coming off a weeklong trip, I’ll pick up the coverage tomorrow, and Chris Bradford will take the weekend.
• I made my weekly visit to the 105.9 the X studios and Mark Madden yesterday, and the podcast is right here.
• Since we restructured our gifts-for-veterans program three weeks ago, we’ve connected 54 military veterans with free one-year subscriptions. Thanks to those who bought the gifts and, of course, to those who’ve served our country. And on that note, for the first time, we’re below $200 in the veteran pool. It’s actually at $107, as we had one purchased and three claimed yesterday. (Thanks, Dennis, for the purchase!) If you’d like to participate, that can happen right here.
MILLER LITE LIVE Qs AT 5
• Monday: Below Deck, by Bradford
• Tuesday: Cartoon Canon, by Ullman
• Wednesday: Favorites & Likes, by Haase
• Thursday: Buried Treasure, by Wolper
• Friday: Friday Insider, by staff
• Saturday: Site Stuff, by staff
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