John Mehno

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 ...

Wondering what Brown was thinking

PITTSBURGH — If Antonio Brown actually was driving over 100 miles per hour on a suburban highway last week, it begs this question: Why? Was he late for an appointment? Was his Porsche fresh from a tune-up and he was anxious to test it? Did a soccer mom in a mini-van challenge him to a ...

Thursday means money for the NFL

PITTSBURGH — Steelers Sunday comes early this week. In fact, the home game against the Carolina Panthers will be on Thursday night. The good news is once it’s over, the players and staff will have extra time to recover before the next game, Nov. 18 at Jacksonville. That’s the extent ...

Bell’s presence couldn’t hurt team

PITTSBURGH — Aw, who needs Le’Veon Bell, right? That’s been the prevailing sentiment lately as Bell’s contract holdout continues with no end or logic in sight. His absence has coincided with some record-setting work by replacement James Conner. In last Sunday’s game against ...

Steelers make no moves at deadline

PITTSBURGH — Good news. The NFL trading deadline passed Tuesday afternoon, and that ended all the crackpot Le’Veon Bell trade rumors. He’ll either play for the Steelers, or he’ll stay home and lose in excess of $800,000 every time his erstwhile teammates play a game. The Steelers ...

Steelers play with tragedy on minds

PITTSBURGH — Sunday dawned gray and gloomy in Pittsburgh with a persistent drizzle. It was one of those days when the elements matched the mood. The Steelers played the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field, just a few miles from the spot where a hideous tragedy was making international ...

Browns not so easy anymore

PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns are in town today, and their visits have usually been as welcome as those from Santa Claus. It’s generally been a nice way for the Steelers to pick up an easy win. Maybe not now, though. The Browns still aren’t good, but they aren’t awful, ...

Steelers need to think about trades

PITTSBURGH — The NFL trading deadline usually passes with scant interest among Steelers fans. This year is different. Patrick Peterson, cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals, has made it known he would like to be traded before the Oct. 30 deadline. This would make perfect sense for the ...

Admission of lack of effort surprising

PITTSBURGH — Manny Machado is being paid $16 million to play baseball. Effort is not necessarily part of that package. Machado, now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, did an interview with Ken Rosenthal last week that is remarkable for being both candid and clueless. Machado, 26, admitted to ...

Cincy LB very far from Burfict

PTTSBURGH — Vontaze Burfict was sneaky dirty this time. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker dropped an elbow on Antonio Brown’s head that TV cameras saw but game officials didn’t. After that, players reported that Burfict yelled across the line of scrimmage, “You’re next” at ...

AFC North feud starts back today

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and Bengals will start mixing it up just past 1 o’clock this afternoon. The relevant question is whether football will be the No. 1 topic of conversation when this one wraps up somewhere around 4 o’clock. The teams have a heated rivalry, and one of the key ...

Oh look … more drama from Brown

PITTSBURGH — Asking the day’s relevant question: Who among us hasn’t tossed an ottoman off a 14th floor balcony in a fit of rage? That bizarre story broke on Tuesday as a man in Florida sued Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, alleging that Brown put his safety in peril by pitching ...

Pittsburgh plays its way in victory

PITTSBURGH — If someone hadn’t seen the Steelers play before Sunday, they may have wondered what all the stress was about. The Steelers rolled to a 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on a summer-like Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. They ran the ball well. They got after the ...

Experts not talking about the Pens

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins opened the season last week, and there was no need to stage a banner-raising ceremony. The Stanley Cup currently belongs to the Washington Capitals, and it doesn’t seem like many people outside of Pittsburgh expect the Penguins to repossess it this spring. The ...

What’s wrong with Pittsburgh?

PITTSBURGH — If this is Wednesday, it’s time to sort through some of the things that happened in the Steelers’ Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens. n Ben Roethlisberger called it a bad day at the office, and it certainly was. His passer rating was a mediocre 72.5, but you ...

Steelers have major problems

PITTSBURGH — We’re one quarter into the 2018 NFL season, and this is abundantly clear: The Steelers have problems. Do they ever. After Sunday night’s 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field, the Steelers are 1-2-1, sharing last place with the Cleveland Browns and looking up ...

Harrison not good with giving advice

PITTSBURGH — So now Steelers Nation has caught up to the rest of the world in viewing James Harrison as Public Enemy No. 1. Harrison turned up on TV last week to advise Le’Veon Bell to report to the Steelers, then claim an injury that would make him unable to play. That would mean Bell ...

Penalties bad part of MNF victory

PITTSBURGH —Here’s the thing about the Steelers’ win.... (TWEET). False start. Replay the lede. Sorry, that’s just a way of acknowledging the start-and-stop nature of the Steelers’ first victory of the season, Monday night in Tampa. At his noon news conference on Tuesday, a ...

Simplifying defense might help Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Football coaches spend hours studying video, looking for any edge they can get. Sometimes they outsmart themselves. There’s reason to believe that could be a factor in the Steelers’ 0-1-1 start, with a tough game in Tampa Bay looming Monday night. As the Kansas City ...

Watching ‘As The Steelers Turn’

PITTSBURGH — This should be an interesting morning at Steelers headquarters. The players are due in this morning to start preparations for Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay. Presumably Antonio Brown will be there, and maybe he can take a detour to Mike Tomlin’s office before he suits up ...