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“Somebody needs to tell Rashard to lay off the Twitter for a bit.” That was the text that PSR contributing writer Anthony Jaskulski sent to me earlier this month, shortly after hearing the the news about Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall and his less-than-well-thought-out posts on the social media website Twitter.

By now, we're all familiar with Mendenhall's thoughts on Osama bin Laden, 9-11, the NFL Lockout, the slave-trade and other matters.

05/06/2011 - 10:47
Tony DeFazio
Not long after Sidney Crosby left the Penguins line-up with concussion problems, it became clear that No. 87's head case was not going to be a short-term issue. Most Penguins fans—not strangers to serious health-scares and even outright tragedy within the organization—reacted appropriately.

The general thinking was along the lines of, “The Pens will miss Sid, but let's get the kid healthy and see what they can do without him.”

04/04/2011 - 17:16
Tony DeFazio
Pitt will not get past the second-round of the NCAA Tournament this season. Not because the team was not talented enough. Not because Gilbert Brown, who was brilliant all night against eighth-seeded Butler, didn't make both foul shots at the end of the game.

And not because Nas Robinson committed a bad, late foul.

03/19/2011 - 22:38
Tony DeFazio
It's March. In many cities, that means spring is in the air and baseball is around the corner. In Pittsburgh—or at least in Oakland—it means basketball. Big time basketball. Elite basketball.

The Pitt Panthers enter this March ranked fourth in the nation, leading a ridiculously rugged and multifaceted Big East Conference by two games and hot on the heels of their second No.

02/25/2011 - 13:01
Tony DeFazio
It's been a long time since I actively wished I was a professional athlete. Bills, work, family and real life in general have taken the place of fall afternoons spent wishing I was Jack Lambert.

But I have to admit there were a few hours on a recent Sunday evening where I found myself wishing I was a 25-year-old blond-haired kid from Forney, Texas named Caleb.

01/27/2011 - 23:08
Tony DeFazio
Pitt, West Virginia and Maryland enter 2011 with new football coaches. In West Virginia's case, the new guy won't officially take over until 2012, but the new regime is in place and the change is underway.

Whether the three programs even needed new coaches is up for debate, although legitimate cases can be made for each dismissal.

01/12/2011 - 09:31
Tony DeFazio
In the wake of the sobering news regarding new Pitt football coach Mike Haywood's domestic violence arrest on Friday, the university's leadership (if indeed such an animal even exists) needs to act swiftly.

Pitt has no choice but to fire Haywood immediately.

12/31/2010 - 22:59
Tony DeFazio
Let 'em play. That seems to be what Steeler Nation wants, after all. Just let 'em play.

Stop calling personal fouls for perceived late hits (it's taking away from the players' aggression), don't worry so much about helmet-to-helmet contact (because it's going to happen anyway), let pl

11/26/2010 - 10:44
Tony DeFazio
On the morning of Oct. 25, the NFL was feeling pretty good about itself after a Sunday of squeaky-clean play.

The proceeding week had been a wild one for the league. Three players made highlight reels with big, nasty-looking hits, causing the NFL to review film and ultimately rule the plays illegal.

11/03/2010 - 21:24
Tony DeFazio
James Harrison and Steelers fans are way off target with their complaints about his fine for hitting Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

James Harrison, the city of Pittsburgh is behind you.

10/20/2010 - 17:18
Tony DeFazio
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