John Mehno

Mehno: Steelers keep making news in bad ways

PITTSBURGH — Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert tries to avoid public comment, and now we know why. He isn’t very good at it. His assessment of the team as Ben Roethlisberger and “52 kids” didn’t go over well with anyone, especially the players who aren’t Roethlisberger and ...

New additions won’t make big difference

PITTSBURGH — The NHL locked the doors Monday afternoon, freezing rosters with the trade deadline. The Penguins did some minor tinkering, which speaks to their big picture. They don’t need an overhaul. They mostly need previously reliable veterans to play to the level they’ve achieved ...

Pens’ Rutherford faces tough call

PITTSBURGH — The NHL trade deadline arrives tomorrow afternoon. General manager Jim Rutherford has a troubled and inconsistent team, and no clear idea of what to do with it. The salary cap makes it difficult to deal, and Rutherford has to wonder if there’s the kind of trade that can ...

Mehno: Steelers must hope to get value for AB

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and Antonio Brown reached an important agreement on Tuesday. They apparently agreed that Brown shouldn’t play for the Steelers anymore. At least that was the version Brown released via social media after he and his representatives met with Steelers chairman Art ...

Like it or not, Brown tells the truth

PITTSBURGH — At last, a Tweet from Antonio Brown that makes sense. Asked for the root of his conflict with Ben Roethlisberger, Brown responded via Twitter: “No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. ...

Star receiver leaving town all ablaze

PITTSBURGH — There are a lot of bridges in Pittsburgh, and Antonio Brown seems to be intent on burning all of them. On Tuesday, he failed to show for a hearing on the charge of excessive speeding. Wherever he was, he Tweeted a farewell to Steelers Nation. The funny thing about that is he ...

DH in NL will be reality

PITTSBURGH — It doesn’t matter if you protest or sign an online petition or wear a T-shirt that expresses your sentiments. The designated hitter is coming to the National League. It supposedly won’t happen until 2022 at the earliest but make no mistake: It’s going to happen. The ...

Mehno: Pick your 6: Steelers or Pats better?

PITTSBURGH — The score is tied 6-6, and we’re supposed to declare a winner? The New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl, matching the Steelers’ total and spurring plenty of debate. Who’s better? The Steelers won their first four in six years. Six great years of drafting ...

Mehno: Brown saga baffling on all accounts

PITTSBURGH — Bill Cowher suggested the whole Antonio Brown mess could be settled with a meeting. Put Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger and Brown in a room and let them talk things out, Cowher said. That presumes Brown is still based on planet Earth, which is not a safe bet based on his ...

Mehno: Sorry doesn’t cut it for Saints fans

PITTSBURGH — Whoops! Sorry about that. That’s the sort of thing you might say when you accidentally bump someone’s cart while you’re checking the price of the Ritz crackers in the supermarket. No harm, no big deal. Those words don’t seem adequate when stakes are higher. No ...

Brown not worth all the drama

PITTSBURGH — It was another mildly interesting week in the mysterious life of Antonio Brown. Several teammates chimed in to say they would be willing to welcome Brown back to the Steelers. If Brown has any interest in that scenario, it’s not evident. Posting a photo of himself in a San ...

Mehno: NFL has terrific weekend

PITTSBURGH — If you can pardon the mixed metaphor, the NFL hit it out of the park with Conference Championship weekend. In other words, it was a real slam dunk. The games were fabulous, the drama was compelling, the outcomes were in doubt until overtime, and there was even some ...

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 ...