John Mehno

Mehno: Pitt hoops has some serious problems

PITTSBURGH — Pitt’s basketball program has fallen on hard times. That much is indisputable. The Panthers don’t win very much, and their home court is three-quarters empty for some games. The issue here is how can the university fix the program and make Pitt basketball a hot ticket ...

Mehno: Steelers shouldn’t pay Bell big bucks

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers seem to be heading toward a long-term contract agreement with Le’Veon Bell. It could cost them about $15 million per season for the services of one of the best running backs in the NFL. Here’s a better idea: Put the franchise player label on Bell for the 2018 ...

Mehno: Super Bowl provides lots of stories

PITTSBURGH — The football wasn’t always letter perfect, but the entertainment value of Super Bowl 52 was off the charts. Some small observations from the big game: n Who could have predicted a huge play would be a pass Tom Brady didn’t catch rather than one he threw? n Option pass ...

Mehno: It’s time for Chief Wahoo to go away

PITTSBURGH — Chief Wahoo is retiring. More accurately, Chief Wahoo is being retired. The Cleveland Indians announced they will eliminate the cartoon Chief from their uniform at the end of the upcoming season. The Chief has been a focal point for protests for years now. Native American ...

Mehno: XFL sounds like terrible idea … again

PITTSBURGH — Vince McMahon is talking about bringing back the XFL. McMahon has millions from his World Wrestling Entertainment business, which gives him plenty of money to blow on a bad idea like an NFL alterative that would run in the spring and early summer. There may be an appetite for ...

Pens may want to start a win streak

PITTSBURGH — A few months ago the debate question was whether the Penguins could win a third consecutive Stanley Cup. Now the question is whether they’ll make the playoffs. The Penguins have enough talent to catch fire and cruise comfortably into the postseason field. But that spark ...

Experience will help Steelers deal with Bell

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers have to ask themselves a $50 million (at least) question: Is Le’Veon Bell a knucklehead? It seems to be trending that way, and that’s a big (at least $50 million) problem. Bell is a premier running back and a perfect fit for the Steelers, who also use his ...

All Bucs fans can do is wait-and-see

PITTSBURGH — Spoiler alert: Steelers lost. OK, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the Pirates and the two trades that wrapped around a depressing sports weekend in Pittsburgh. Gerrit Cole was the first to go, and that set up Monday’s trade of Andrew McCutchen to the ...

Mehno: This one was a nightmare defeat

PITTSBURGH — Let’s dig way down and see if we can’t find something positive to say about the debacle that defrosted at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon. Maybe the Steelers spared their fans another heartbreak in New England by exiting the playoffs early. Sunday’s final was Jacksonville ...

Forming a plan for success

PITTSBURGH — Getting to the AFC Championship game is as easy as 1-2-3 for the Steelers as they play the Jacksonville Jaguars this afternoon. 1. Contain Blake Bortles. He’s the kind of quarterback whose legs are more dangerous than his arm. 2. No big plays. The Steelers defense has been ...

Mehno: Football delivers great weekend

PITTSBURGH — What a weekend of football. It was perfectly timed because the weather was miserable. It took courage (and a parka) to open the door just long enough to scoop up the Mirror and bring it inside. The NFL got off to a slow start with Tennessee at Kansas City, but that picked up ...

Nothing like drama in the ’Burgh

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are very good at what they do, which is why they’re one of four teams sitting out this playoff weekend with a first-round bye. They’re good at something else, too — keeping secrets. When they released James Harrison shortly before they left for their Dec. ...

Steelers’ OC winds up on injury report

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers don’t even have a game this weekend, but they were all over the headlines on Tuesday. It started with the vague and peculiar announcement that offensive coordinator Todd Haley hasn’t been able to report for work because of a hip injury. The Steelers ...

Steelers avoid major injuries

PITTSBURGH — If you could overlook the icicles forming on your eyebrows, this was just like NFL preseason football. The stars were on the sideline and the subs had the field. That’s the way it worked for Sunday afternoon’s regular season finale between the Cleveland Browns and ...

Test your knowledge of the year past

PITTSBURGH — It’s that time again: the last week in the last month. Time to vacuum the pine needles, hunt for 75 percent discounts on picked-over Christmas merchandise and — oh yes, thank you, Lord — send the kids back to school. But before any of that happens, it’s time to tackle ...

Intrigue now added to AFC playoffs

PITTSBURGH — As if there weren’t already enough intrigue between the Steelers and New England Patriots. The one-sided rivalry took another interesting turn Monday afternoon with the news that James Harrison had signed with the Patriots. Although he spent an inconsequential 2013 season ...

Holiday sports songs rock!

PITTSBURGH — Andy Williams was right. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for family and feasting and fun and this year there’s even a full menu of football. It’s been a tradition for several years now to mark the occasion in this corner with a fresh batch of ...

Don’t hate me, but call was right

PITTSBURGH — Sorry, conspiracy theorists. The NFL got it right. The issue on the call that helped send the Steelers to defeat against the New England Patriots was the NFL’s illogical and impossibly-nitpicking rule. That should probably be changed, and maybe it will be addressed the next ...

Mehno: Rotten ending to tremendous game

PITTSBURGH—It was Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger, a match-up of Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Yet the takeaway from their showdown game is an endless discussion of NFL replay policy. That’s a shame, because the New England Patriots’ 27-24 victory over the Steelers at Heinz Field Sunday ...

Pats look human for one night

PITTSBURGH — If you watched the Monday night NFL game, you saw that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are capable of a bad game. Are they capable of two bad ones in a row? That’s the question as the Patriots head to Heinz Field late Sunday afternoon for their heavyweight battle ...