John Mehno

Heyward loss another blow to Steelers’ ‘D’

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Like Sunday’s last-minute Steelers loss to the Dallas Cowboys wasn’t bad enough, the hangover lingers. The announcement came Tuesday that defensive end Cam Heyward is finished for the season because of a torn pectoral muscle sustained on Sunday. Heyward is ...

Once-vaunted ‘D’ missing in action

PITTSBURGH — People used to go to Steelers’ games and yell, “Dee-fense!” They can still do that, but they need to change the punctuation: “Dee-fense?” That’s the relevant question after Sunday’s endlessly entertaining game against the Dallas Cowboys turned into a hugely ...

Steelers need rookies to grow up in hurry

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers issue their players standard uniforms, and not one of them has a trainee badge on it. You get to the NFL, you go right into the fast lane. Apparently this has been a problem for the Steelers, and could be one reason this team is a mere 4-4 in advance of this ...

Not much to like for Pittsburgh

Commentary PITTSBURGH —Sweeping up after an awful Steelers performance in Baltimore: n Thirteen penalties are too many under any circumstances. When the number is that high, you assume that maybe some of them came from edgy play that crossed the line. That would have been one ...

Get ready for a world full of Cubs

PITTSBURGH — All hail the Chicago Cubs, loveable losers no more. In fact, they’re probably on their way to becoming insufferable winners. Their first World Series victory in 108 years will undoubtedly lead to a high media profile. Cubs players will be as ubiquitous on commercials as ...

Long-time Pirates employee was a true treasure

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Sally O’Leary went to work for the Pirates in 1964. She continued to work for them pretty much until the day she died last week at 82. She started as the secretary in the public relations department, moved up to assistant media relations director, and spent ...

Ben wants a No. 12? Cool down

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Hey there, Buddy!         There’s a concern that professional sports are becoming too chummy, a theory boosted last week with the footage of Ben Roethlisberger asking Tom Brady for his jersey. Snooping cameras caught the conversation between the ...

Pick and underdog, Cubs or Tribe

Commentary PITTSBURGH — If you have a rooting interest in the World Series, which way does it lean? By the way, this acknowledges that a lot of people have been unplugged (word on loan from the Clint Hurdle collection) from baseball for about a month and won’t re-engage (yep, Hurdle ...

Failure abundant in latest Pittsburgh loss

PITTSBURGH — This was all about things the Steelers were lacking on Sunday, and Ben Roethlisberger was only one item on that list. Roethlisberger was on the sideline in sweats after undergoing knee surgery last Monday, just another spectator for the frustrating 27-16 loss to the New England ...

Belichick could pass Noll soon

PITTSBURGH — Bill Belichick is in town, and you know that means: The scowl, the beady eyes and the hoodie with the sleeves chopped off. There’s one other thing, too, and that’s the impressive success since he took over the Patriots in 2000. Belichick has been to the Super Bowl six ...

Injuries aren’t always what they seem

PITTSBURGH - If we've learned anything in the last few weeks, it's that a disabling injury isn't always obvious.It looked like Ben Roethlisberger had merely gotten bumped in Sunday's game at Miami, nothing serious. He continued to play, although he was limping.But when the tests were done, it ...

Mehno: Big Ben’s comments show maturation

PITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger was taking one for the team last week when he suggested that Steelers' practices are too physical.That isn't a factor for quarterbacks, who are off limits for any contact. Even James Harrison understands and accepts that policy.Roethlisberger said on his weekly ...

Anniversary of Maz’s HR coming up

PITTSBURGH - Tomorrow is the 56th anniversary of the greatest moment in Pittsburgh professional sports.It was 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, 1960 when Bill Mazeroski drove a hanging slider over the left field wall at Forbes Field to win the 1960 World Series for the Pirates.Two favorite ...

Brown terrific, now needs to be smart

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers have an injury report as thick as a John Grisham novel, but the biggest issue is the gyrations of a wide receiver?First, be thankful that Antonio Brown is around to cause this debate. He is arguably the best receiver in the NFL and, along with Ben Roethlisberger, the ...

Injury list could start to be a factor

PITTSBURGH - Specific comments on random headlines:n Mike Tomlin has another lengthy Steelers injury report.The Steelers did fine last week despite missing three starters, but this is getting dangerous.The deeper a team mines its depth chart, the more peril there is. The Steelers strictly ...

Steelers answer the bell with decisive victory

PITTSBURGH - Mike Tomlin billed it "Redemption Sunday," and he wasn't kidding.As proclamations go, it worked out a lot better than his promise to "unleash hell" a few years ago, which the Steelers followed with a stretch run flop that left them outside the playoffs.One week after they did ...

Cole, Liriano failed Bucs in rotation

PITTSBURGH - Let's not overcook this (a phrase on loan from the Clint Hurdle Collection).Here's why the Pirates are going home instead of to the playoffs:n Their No. 1 and 2 starting pitchers failed, and two of their middle of the order hitters did likewise.You can point fingers in a lot of ...

Much can change in pro football in one week

PITTSBURGH - "We stunk. We all stunk."There you have it. Pro football is a complex game, but Ben Roethlisberger needed only five words to sum up what happened to the Steelers in Philadelphia on Sunday.No sense in trying to fluff it up. Anyone who saw the game knew the Steelers were equally ...

Keeping Nova unlikely for Bucs

PITTSBURGH - Here's the dilemma: The Pirates need a veteran pitcher to anchor a 2017 rotation that will probably be short on experience.Ivan Nova, who might be the prize of the limited free agent market this winter, is already here.Reports say he's looking for a five-year deal worth $70 ...

Showing frustration part of Brown

PITTSBURGH - Things were pretty ducky for the Steelers on a rainy Sunday.They beat the Cincinnati Bengals despite not playing their best game, and they came away from the game with a non-existent injury report.Of course, there's always something, and this time it was Antonio Brown's ...