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I was in a minor league press box in Charlotte, NC, last month, taking in one of Gregory Polanco’s final triple-A games. A colleague, upon learning I was from Pittsburgh, approached me with a question.

“Why can’t Sidney Crosby ever win anything?” he asked. “Does he fail so miserably all the time because he’s just too soft?”

06/26/2014 - 16:57
Tony DeFazio
Another day, another lawsuit. Life in today’s NFL. More than 600 former players are part of a class-action lawsuit that says the league administered addictive pain killers to players without proper prescriptions or medical supervision, and with little or no explanation of the risks and dangers.

A portion of the complaint reads, “the NFL has intentionally, recklessly, and negligently developed a culture of drug misuse, substituting players’ health for profit.”

06/06/2014 - 11:17
Tony DeFazio
There are nine players on the 2013-14 Penguins team that have their names on the Stanley Cup. All nine won the Cup with the Penguins in 2009; Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz and Rob Scuderi also won championships in Carolina, Anaheim and Los Angeles respectively.

The Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy in North American pro sports, one of the most difficult to earn and perhaps the most revered. The Cup is steeped in tradition; not only do t

05/01/2014 - 19:54
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.

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
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