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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
PITTSBURGH — On the first weekend without football since September, the focus shifts to baseball.
The Pirates welcome pitchers and catchers to workouts tomorrow after a sleepy offseason.
They’re counting on plenty of in-house improvement, and they’ll try to jump-start that process ...
PITTSBURGH — Are the New England Patriots the best ever?
Who knows? That’s a barstool argument that has no real answer. Pro football is always changing and evolving, so comparisons to the past are hard, if not impossible.
Are they the best now?
Absolutely. Coach Bill Belichick and ...