John Mehno

Steelers’ issues much deeper than they say

PITTSBURGH — Art Rooney II spent a good part of last week evading questions about the suddenly tumultuous Steelers. He’s his father’s son, so he comes by that skill naturally. It was further sharpened when he studied law and learned that expansive candor is rarely a conduit to anything ...

Mehno: Retiring Blass has seen it all with Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Steve Blass didn’t get to end his pitching career on his own terms. He will get that privilege in closing out his broadcasting career, though. Blass announced Tuesday morning that his 34th season in the Pirates’ booth will be his last. He will continue to be associated ...

Mehno: Big Ben’s radio show full of static

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s weekly radio show is on an FM station, but it’s still generating static. Roethlisberger makes himself available for an exclusive interview on KDKA-FM (93.7 The Fan) every Tuesday during the regular season. The session lasts about 15 or 20 ...

Mehno: Brown story not going away soon

PITTSBURGH — Are you sick of the whole Antonio Brown story? Have you OD’d on AB? Too bad, because it doesn’t look like it’s going to go away any time soon. The new NFL “year” doesn’t start for another nine weeks, so it’s not possible to trade him. Since a trade is still ...

Time to pull the plug on Brown

PITTSBURGH — It has now been one week since our lives were irretrievably changed by the Antonio Brown saga. The Steelers have done nothing about it since then, and that’s exactly what they should have done. Take some time, weigh the options, let things settle a bit. Let logic replace ...

Brown issue is Steelers’ top priority

PITTSBURGH — Is this any way to run a football team? That’s the question Steelers owner Art Rooney II must confront as he holds meetings to determine why the Steelers aren’t in the playoffs and what they must do to correct that situation. Since the season ended on Sunday, it has come ...

Time for the year-ending sports quiz

PITTSBURGH — The garland is sagging, the cookies have crumbled and the caramels are all gone from the giant box of chocolates. It’s almost time to put up the new calendar, to go back to work and school and to confront the bleak gloom of winter with no significant vacation time looming. ...

More than bad JuJu to blame

PITTSBURGH—JuJu Smith-Schuster said he was the reason the Steelers lost last Sunday’s game in New Orleans. His sentiments were noble, but incorrect. Make no mistake, Smith-Schuster’s late-game fumble played a key role. But it wasn’t the only reason the Steelers are in a scramble to ...

Pittsburgh, caroling just go together

PITTSBURGH — It’s the most wonderful time of the year, filled with great traditions — overeating, overspending and cursing those made-in-China lights that don’t work. The other custom is to gather the family ‘round the fake fireplace for a group sing of the annual holiday song ...

Mehno: Big Ben upset about injury report

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ three-game losing streak is history, but that didn’t put Ben Roethlisberger in a sunny mood on Tuesday. The quarterback took a few minutes on his day off and used his weekly radio show to complain about a media report that claimed he has cracked ...

Win more important than style points

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers took a lot of mystery out of the bumpy playoff chase on Sunday. They beat the New England Patriots 17-10 in front of a rocking crowd at Heinz Field and demonstrated how simple all the math can actually be. Win and they’re in. If they take care of their own ...

Mehno: Sports betting comes with many perils

PITTSBURGH — If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket for today’s marquee match between the New England Patriots and Steelers, you may want to make a stop on the way to Heinz Field. The Rivers Casino, which is right in the neighborhood, is offering sports betting now. You can drop in and ...

Mehno: Steelers must prevail today at Raiders

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are supposed to win in Oakland this afternoon. Yes, James Conner is out, but the Raiders are 2-10 and haven’t done very much right this season. This game and the season finale at home against Cincinnati are set up on a tee for the Steelers. In between two ...

Anyone miss Le’Veon Bell right now?

PITTSBURGH — James Conner won’t play for the Steelers in this Sunday’s game at Oakland because of an ankle sprain. He’ll be replaced by a committee of running backs so anonymous they could use “Hello, my name is” stick-on tags. Officially it’s Stevan Ridley, Jaylen Samuels and ...

Big Ben needs to be gentle Ben

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger was right about this much: rookie receiver James Washington has to make the catch he didn’t make last Sunday in Denver. He cost the Steelers a touchdown in a game they lost by seven points. But was Roethlisberger right to go public with his criticism of ...

Denver loss could haunt Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers handed a game to the Denver Broncos and may have given away their hopes for a first-round playoff bye in the process. It was painful to watch the parade of mistakes, which included four turnovers. The Steelers could have overcome that number with some takeaways, ...

Denver’s ‘D’ will be a challenge

PITTSBURGH — Sunday? This is Sunday? It’s been one of those weeks where three or four days have seemed like Sunday, so that accounts for the confusion. OK, if this is really Sunday, the Steelers are in Denver and in a potentially troublesome game against the Broncos. The first problem ...

Ugly win a good sign for Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ victory Sunday in Jacksonville was one of their most impressive games of the season, for all the wrong reasons. The defense yielded too many rushing yards (179) to a team that doesn’t pass the ball well. Ben Roethlisberger’s three interceptions helped the ...

Penguins send message with trade

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins made a peculiar trade last week, sending Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings for left wing Tanner Pearson. The odd thing about it is the motivation. General manager Jim Rutherford freely admitted one of his prime reasons for making the deal was to wake up his ...

No Bell ringing in Pittsburgh for the holidays

PITTSBURGH — Santa Claus is still coming to town. Le’Veon Bell isn’t. His long holdout officially ended just past 4 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon when he didn’t show up to sign the contract tender the Steelers offered him months ago. That means Bell won’t play in the NFL anywhere ...