PITTSBURGH — There’s a lot to like about Steelers rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, beyond his name.
(By the way, his given name is “John Sherman” and “JuJu” came from his aunt).
He’s enthusiastic. He works hard. He rides his bike to work because he came here without a ...
PITTSBURGH — If Mike Tomlin sticks to his plan, Martavis Bryant will stay on the sideline tonight in Detroit, somewhere between the table full of Gatorade cups and the kicker’s practice screen.
(They’re letting him make the trip, which makes sense. Imagine what trouble he could get into ...
PITTSBURGH — OK, Martavis Bryant shouldn’t be the lead of this column.
What has he done? He’s the Steelers’ third-leading receiver, and he has modest numbers. He’s caught 18 passes in seven games, averaging 13 yards per reception. His longest catch has been for 51 yards, ...
PITTSBURGH — We’re still a month or so away from ski season, but I’m going to head down this particular slippery slope anyway.
Official disclaimer: This is not a political statement or column. This is still the sports section, and let’s give thanks for that.
Before Donald ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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: ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...