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Wednesday April 23 2014
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It’s all starting to make sense. The Steelers have not made the playoffs the past two seasons. Those two years have seen the team part ways with players who were integral to a sustained run of success that resulted in a pair of Super Bowl championships.

The defense got old and slow, the offense lost firepower and the locker room emptied of the veteran leadership that made the 2000’s so special.

03/31/2014 - 13:40
Tony DeFazio
The NFL is about to have an openly gay player in its ranks. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam—the 2014 Southern Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year—is projected to be selected in the later rounds of this May's NFL Draft.

Can an openly-gay player really fit into a football locker room?

02/28/2014 - 14:53
Tony DeFazio
There was a considerable amount of panic last month when Major League Baseball's winter meetings wound up and the Pirates failed to add any "significant" pieces to their roster.

"Significant" is loosely defined, of course, as the team did add a fifth starter in Edinson Volquez, upgrade their depth behind the plate with Chris Stewart, solidify their infield by bringing back

12/30/2013 - 10:25
Tony DeFazio
The list of Pitt basketball legends is a short one. Charles Smith and Billy Knight are on it, as are Don Hennon, Doc Carlson and people named Charley Hyatt and Claire Cribbs.

More recent Panthers like Brandin Knight and DeJuan Blair have moved onto the list, joined by women’s players like Lorri Johnson, Jennifer Bruce, Shavonte Zellous and Marcedes Walker.

12/08/2013 - 12:38
Tony DeFazio
The Steelers rough start has raised plenty of questions. Does Mike Tomlin have command of the locker room? Is Todd Haley competent? Does Dick LeBeau still have it? Kevin Colbert's draft choices have come into question and the players have come under fire.

One aspect that hasn't been questioned is the one at the top of the ladder.

10/29/2013 - 16:35
Tony DeFazio
Like a fully-loaded semi that has lost its breaks careening down the mountain. Like a powerful locomotive surging down the tracks, its whistle screaming out a warning. Like a 10 ton meteor blistering through the earth’s atmosphere at the speed of sound, burning everything in its path.

That’s the subtlety at which the 2013 Steelers struggles have arrived. It has been a decade since the Steelers had a losing season; 12 years since they’ve missed the playoffs in consecutive years.

09/19/2013 - 21:42
Tony DeFazio
Paul Chryst is now in second season as Pitt’s head football coach. It’s the first time since 2010 that the Panthers will have the same head coach for the second year in a row.

Chryst went through a lot of ups and downs in his first season at the helm.

09/02/2013 - 11:44
Tony DeFazio
It's late-July. The All-Star Game has come and gone. Hockey season is over. The Steelers have yet to report to training camp and the local college campuses are empty.

When I drive through my neighborhood, I can cruise right through the streets, pull right into the drive way and on into the garage.

07/09/2013 - 19:01
Tony DeFazio
Is this the year it’s going to be different for the Pirates? Fans aren’t counting on it, having adopting a hard-earned “won’t get fooled again” attitude. The team, to their credit, is admitting they need to prove their legitimacy.

But this year might be different. There are some indicators—some actual, honest to goodness, baseball-related signs—that the Pirates might be for real.

05/27/2013 - 20:43
Tony DeFazio
Following the Steelers’ draft haul last month, there was considerable talk about how the team deviated from their tried and true ways, stepping boldly into the new era of the NFL by embracing change and living—and drafting—for the now.

Indeed, whether they admit it or not, the Steelers drafted for need last month, checking off glaring need after glaring need as the rounds marched on.

05/02/2013 - 23:13
Tony DeFazio
It’s all starting to make sense. The Steelers have not made the playoffs the past two seasons. Those two years have seen the team part ways with players who were integral to a sustained run of success that resulted in a pair of Super Bowl championships.
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The play of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has a tremendous impact on every game the team plays. Whatever success the Penguins have in the Stanley Cup Playoffs will depend largely on the opposition’s ability to contain No. 87. But he is not doing it alone.
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A champion won't be crowned in the NHL for nearly two months, but the quest for hockey's holy grail begins now. Sixteen teams are lacing up their skates and preparing for the upcoming hunt for the Stanley Cup. Here are the four favorites.
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The newest crop of rookies will enter the NFL on May 8, when the 2014 NFL Draft gets underway at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The Houston Texans own the first selection, and it's a South Carolina defensive end who sits atop PSR's board.
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The Steelers’ offseason additions and subtractions have given a peek into what may be going on in the team’s South Side War Room as the team prepares for one of the deepest drafts in years. Several players have emerged as potential targets for the Black and Gold in 2014.
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Several local players could be off the board before the second round is completed on May 9. Pitt's Aaron Donald is the top prospect, but Penn State has a pair of players who expect to hear their names called early as well.
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The 2014 NFL Draft is shaping up to be one of the deepest in recent memory. But even in the deepest of drafts, there are studs, duds, snubs and flubs. How is one to know if a draft pick is worth cheering for, or if he should be booed mercilessly?
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