John Mehno

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 ...

Movement in outfield mostly positive

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 ...

New England simply the best right now

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 ...

Replacing Big Ben will be hard to do

PITTSBURGH — Steelers chairman Art Rooney II allowed last week that maybe it’s time to start looking for a quarterback who could eventually replace Ben Roethlisberger. That’s prudent. It’s also frightening. It was either Einstein or Lombardi who first postulated one of the basic ...

Mehno: Steelers not planning on big changes

PITTSBURGH — Art Rooney II held his annual season-ending chat with reporters on Tuesday, and it wasn’t exactly bubbling over with news. n He doesn’t think Ben Roethlisberger will retire now. n He would like to keep Antonio Brown for a long time. n He doesn’t know if the Steelers ...

Steelers need to keep eyes on the enemy

PITTSBURGH — Back when the Steelers won four Super Bowls in six years, they had a significant rivalry with the Houston Oilers. The Oilers were fond of saying that the path to the Super Bowl ran through Pittsburgh, knowing they’d have a likely showdown with the Steelers in the ...

Pittsburgh can win today if …

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Can the Steelers win in New England today? Of course they can. Will they? Probably not likely. This evening’s game is something of a Super Bowl unto itself, a clash of powers worthy of its own spotlight without those NFC infidels serving as the opening ...

Mehno: Locker room video stunt just plain silly

PITTSBURGH — Keep an eye on Facebook this week. Maybe Antonio Brown will post the Steelers’ game plan for the AFC championship game at New England. It’s hard to know what was going through Brown’s mind when he decided to go live via Facebook from the locker room after the Steelers ...

Winning at Patriots will be much tougher

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are headed to Foxborough this Sunday, but that trip to Kansas City was awfully bumpy. The Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game. That’s Tom Brady against Big Ben, and another confrontation with the ...