John Mehno

Time will only tell with Art II

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Art Rooney II has been running the Steelers for a while now, so there’s no official change in leadership with the team. The difference is he can no longer walk down the hall and tap into the knowledge his father accumulated over a lifetime in the game. Dan ...

Pirates hurt themselves

PITTSBURGH — Turns out the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals aren’t the Pirates’ most formidable enemy. Instead that distinction applies to the recklessness of their own players. Tuesday brought the shocking news that Starling Marte is suspended for 80 games, the second half of a ...

Dan Rooney was a humble, genuine football man

PITTSBURGH — Of all the things to remember about Dan Rooney, the one that comes to mind immediately is the hot dog line. The Steelers put out a couple of pans of hot dogs in the press room at halftime of games at Heinz Field. Because the hot dogs are free, the line is long, and Dan Rooney ...

It’s tough to repeat in the NHL

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The Penguins have Sidney Crosby and the Columbus Blue Jackets don’t. That should be the difference in their Stanley Cup playoff series, which begins tonight. It won’t be easy, and will probably go six games. The odds are against the Penguins repeating as ...

Bucs’ Hurdle on hot seat? Vegas says yes

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle’s future as Pirates manager seems to have suddenly become a topic for conversation. Last week a Las Vegas betting site established odds on the first manager to be fired this season. It had Hurdle as the favorite. That seems to make no sense. The Pirates had one ...

Sad to see this shining moment

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Big-time college athletics is one of the most corrupt businesses in America, so it seemed appropriate that North Carolina won the NCAA basketball championship. The university has been under fire for academic policies that allowed athletes to take “fake” courses ...

Bucs’ success hangs on 2 scenarios

Commentary PITTSBURGH — There are two overriding questions as the Pirates open the 2017 season in Boston tomorrow: n How good will the starting pitching be? n When/how will the Jung Ho Kang situation be resolved? An unfavorable answer to either could doom the Pirates to a second ...

Feeling lucky about the Pirates?

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The baseball season is nearly upon us, so it’s time to go into the two-minute drill and launch the annual contest. Pardon the mixed sports metaphors, but time is growing short and the contest is a tradition. In the past, the contest has been confined to my blog ...

Mehno: Kang’s bad decisions cost him, Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Who knows where Jung Ho Kang went or what he did on that fateful night that ended with his arrest on DUI charges. But wherever he went or whatever he did, it probably wasn’t worth $5.75 million. That’s how much money would be guaranteed under his contract with the Pirates ...

Message to new Pitt athletic director: Sell, sell, sell

Commentary PITTSBURGH — New Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke has a complex job, but a simple mission: Sell tickets. She will take on the challenge that has baffled so many of her predecessors. She needs to get people to fill Heinz Field for Pitt games the way they do for Steelers ...

Candy Man not always a sweet guy

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Every year the Pirates invite players from their past to serve as guest instructors at spring training. It’s a great PR move. Fans enjoy seeing past pros like Bill Mazeroski and Bill Virdon in uniform again. The instructional aspect is sometimes dubious since a ...

Lawsuit against NFL should be interesting

PITTSBURGH — The phrase keeps recurring: “They handed them out like candy.” That’s what a lot of former NFL players have said about the way teams would distribute pain-killing medication. Prescription-strength pills were abundant and given out freely. Injections were available, ...

Mehno: Pens wrong for handling of fight game

PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t a proud day for the Penguins when they brought Tom Sestito up from the minor leagues to serve as hired muscle in a potentially contentious game in Winnipeg last week. Sestito got into a fight with Chris Thorburn, then earned a four-game suspension from the NHL for ...

The world, a Penguin and a smaller ESPN crew

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Maybe something good will come from the World Baseball Classic after all. The Pirates’ entire starting outfield is participating in the international tournament, so that opens some playing time for prospects like Austin Meadows. They’re only exhibition games, ...

Cole needs to pitch like a No. 1 guy

Commentary PITTSBURGH — You can slice and dice the Pirates’ 2017 outlook countless ways, but it all comes down to this: they need a rebound season from Gerrit Cole. More than anything else, that will determine whether they recover from the 20-game decline they experienced last ...

Brown, Bell are secure, so fix the ‘D’

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Before they made Antonio Brown the highest paid player in the NFL, you have to believe the Steelers made some demands of their own. To sum it up simply, they probably made it clear they don’t want any more knuckleheaded behavior. No webcasts from the locker ...

Baseball should adopt new slogan

PITTSBURGH — They’re trying to speed up baseball, the only major sport not regulated by a clock. The first step is the implementation of the automatic intentional walk. No longer will a batter stand in the box with the bat on his shoulder, watching four pitches deliberately lobbed out of ...

Mehno: MLB should shorten spring training

PITTSBURGH — Exhibition baseball starts this weekend with the Pirates playing the first of their 30 games. That’s about 10 more than they need. Spring training is too long, and has been for a while. There was a time when six weeks of spring training was necessary. Players needed that ...

Mehno: ‘The Animal’ was good man and character

PITTSBURGH — Jim Myers died the other day. George “The Animal” Steele did, too. Even though they were the same person, Myers was just short of his 80th birthday, while Steele had just turned 50. It was all part of a fascinating and profitable double life that ended for one of pro ...

Skipping White House trip not bad

Commentary PITTSBURGH — There are some members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots who will treat their invitation to the White House as junk mail. That’s their right. There is some mild outrage that at least a handful of Patriots players have announced they have no ...