John Mehno

Bryant needs to go at end of season

Commentary PITTSBURGH — It doesn’t matter whether Martavis Bryant asked the Steelers to trade him. This should be his last year with the team. Bryant is an exceptional talent. Unfortunately, his ability has been undermined by the lack of professionalism that has plagued his ...

MLB replay gets one wrong

PITTSBURGH — Replay in baseball became a good idea around the time that Jerry Meals blew an easy home plate call and cost the Pirates a game. If everyone could see it was the wrong call, why not correct it? Even Meals admitted his mistake the next day, long after it was too late to do ...

Pens were perfect for DC trip

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins stopped by the White House on Tuesday, and they were the perfect guests. They graciously accepted congratulations for their second consecutive Stanley Cup, they dropped off a gift for the President, and they behaved themselves. There were no controversial ...

Steelers lacking production from their star quarterback

PITTSBURGH — Quarterbacks always get too much blame when a team loses. Not this time. This one is on Ben Roethlisberger. He threw five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, in Sunday’s 30-9 Steelers’ loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that shocked the crowd at Heinz Field Sunday ...

Brown contributes to news cycle

PITTSBURGH — The tough thing about covering the NFL is that once a week schedule, which means large shovels are often needed to fill all the 24-hour news cycles between games. From one Sunday to the next, there’s a lot more talk than action. That’s why you get stuff like “keys to ...

With Brown, take the good with the bad

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown signed a contract with the Steelers worth $73 million just eight months ago. That money did not buy happiness. Brown was in a foul mood during Sunday’s victory at Baltimore when he got wide open and Ben Roethlisberger failed to spot him. Brown went ...

Bucs don’t need total makeover

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The Pirates drop the curtain on a second straight disappointing season today, one that keeps them south of .500 again. Culprits abound, but the biggest reason the Pirates were a non-factor was their offense. Some of the young starting pitchers sputtered on fumes ...

Too many numbers can ruin things

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Sports statistics are everywhere. The explosion is so profound, we’re all lucky decimal points are round and less dangerous as shrapnel. When Bob Prince called the Pirates games a million years ago, he wouldn’t even give a batting average for the first six weeks ...

Younger is better for Steelers

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Two games into the season, James Harrison has played a total of four snaps for the Steelers. All of those came in the season opener at Cleveland. He didn’t get on the field last Sunday against Minnesota. Naturally, this came up as the second question during Mike ...

Having two qbs not helping Panthers

Commentary PITTSBURGH — There’s no way to spin anything good out of being on the wrong end of 59-21 score, as Pitt was against Oklahoma State on Saturday. n Pitt apparently has two quarterbacks, senior transfer Max Browne and redshirt freshman Ben DiNucci. It’s true what they say: ...

Maybe Bell did need to practice

Commentary PITTSBURGH — A handful (or two) of takeaways from the NFL’s first weekend: n Practice may not make perfect, but it’s helpful. That’s especially true for a player who skipped training camp. Clearly Le’Veon Bell could have used more than a week’s worth of practice for ...

Ex-49ers QB made anthem relevant again

Commentary PITTSBURGH — There’s a full NFL schedule today, which means the potential for national anthem protests is abundant. Here’s the thing about the perceived sanctity of the anthem: It was purged from most sports broadcasts years ago. Unless it’s a celebrity performance or ...

Pirates make correct call on extensions

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates handed out a couple of long-term contracts on Tuesday, and the celebration seems to be limited to the men who received them. Manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington both got new four-year deals. Based on a quick scan of talk radio and a few ...

Skipper, GM sign 4-year contract extensions

PITTSBURGH — Now that the Pirates have their management team in place for the next four years, they can get to work on the big task. They have to figure out how to reach the level of success they did in 2013-15 when they qualified for the playoffs as a wild card. It’s not easy, but ...

CB Haden worth the risk for Steelers

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The Steelers made the splash of the week by signing cornerback Joe Haden shortly after the Cleveland Browns released him. There are a couple of ways to look at this. 1. The Steelers were able to acquire a quality player to beef up their iffy secondary. 2. The ...

Too much for first Steelers HOF

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Now we know who the Steelers will induct into their new Hall of Honor. Just about everybody. The inaugural class was announced Tuesday, and there were 27 names — 23 Hall of Fame members and four others. It says here that was a mistake. The first class ...

After holdout, Bell better be ready

Commentary PITTSBURGH — There’s no mystery about what Le’Veon Bell’s end game is. He wants to be paid a lot of money. He’s not wrong about that, either. If he’s not the best running back in the NFL, it wouldn’t take long to list the ones who are ahead of him. He’s cornered ...

Conner’s debut good enough

PITTSBURGH — James Conner’s preseason debut with the Steelers last Sunday served its purpose. It gave him a chance to get on the field after missing a lot of training camp with a shoulder injury. It gave him a chance to work out any jitters or anxiousness he had at playing pro football ...

Conveniently, ‘Cobra’ leaves out important details

PITTSBURGH — AT&T SportsNet has a relatively new one-hour special (“Cobra”) on former Pirates outfielder Dave Parker. Parker is 66 now, and his life has taken a sad turn. He has Parkinson’s Disease, and the program shows what a fight it is. The player who was once the most ...

Rooney Sr. needs to go in first

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are an organization with an abundance of history they’ve largely ignored. That is changing with the creation of a team Hall of Honor. The first inductees will be revealed on Aug. 29. These kinds of things are great for debate and can kill hours on ...