Sports

Ageless Wisdom: Dick Groat, 87

by John Beale
Dick Groat, 87, shares his path to becoming a professional athlete, golf course operator and broadcaster.

Know when to hold ‘em: Le’Veon Bell stares down the Steelers

by Matthew John Milligan
In poker, a player holding cards that he or she knows cannot be beaten is deemed to have “the nuts.” It’s the best possible position — without question, you cannot lose.

Hits and Hugs: The Evolution of Roller Derby

by Teake Zuidema
Cheswick, May 12, 2018: It happens about 10 minutes into the first half of the game between the Steel Hurtin’ — the A-​team of the Steel City Roller Derby — and the Chattanooga Roller Girls. Three big Chattanooga blockers, arms locked firmly together, are just about to smack Zorra, the tall jammer for the…

Rob Ruck Examines Football the Samoan Way

by Jody DiPerna
The thing to understand about Rob Ruck is that he’s a runner — a distance runner and a daily runner. He’s the type of guy to run the Pittsburgh marathon a bunch of times, and when he is not running, he is at loose ends and out of sync. This devoted runner…

Steelers Start Your Engines

by Matthew John Milligan
As summer moves along, the big NFL machine quietly starts its engine. Training camps kick off across the league this week, with the Steelers setting up shop for their 53rd season at St. Vincent College in Latrobe. Most starting positions on the offense are set, but there are a few…

Steelers Add Key Players Who Should See Playing Time

The 2018 NFL draft is in the books. The league again elected to feature a number of former NFL players to make team selections, perhaps to quell the booing of Commissioner Roger Goodell. It didn’t make a difference.

Our Changing Pastime

by John W. Miller
On a snowy night, I’m tossing winter batting practice in a gym to nine-​year-​old boys who play for Steel City Select, an elite Pittsburgh travel baseball club.

Things Seem Great with the Steelers, But…

Something’s missing. That seems to be the general feeling among pundits of late, even as the Steelers sit comfortably atop the AFC North with a 3-​game lead over the Ravens.

Steelers Ready to Go: Breaking Down the 53

The Steelers trimmed their roster to 53 by the Saturday deadline, and the acquisitions of cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Vance McDonald signal that this team is built to win now. Ben Roethlisberger has already mulled retirement once, James Harrison can only hold off retirement for so long, and…

Steelers Rundown: Progress Report After Two Preseason Games

The Steelers are halfway through the preseason, and all signs are pointing to another electric season on both sides of the ball. Here are a few notes from Pittsburgh’s victories over the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants, as well as some training camp observations from Latrobe.

Unfair to Athletes?

Speaking of high school football, as I am, I knew of a chemistry teacher who was so tough, so mean — or at least mean-​looking — that he produced decades of superb students. Not that I’m advocating mean as a teaching method, but he was so good that college chemistry professors could pick his…

Sailing into the Fray

by Douglas Heuck
In May, my older sister emailed, wondering if I’d be sailing in the nationals, which this year would be where we spend summers in Michigan. I’d been considering it, but there were two impediments — pulling together a four-​man crew and the spinnaker. No problem with the crew, but flying a spinnaker…

“The Slide” chronicles the tough years of the Pittsburgh Pirates

by Fred Shaw
For some locals, October 17, 1979 was the date parents all over southwestern PA let their kids stay up late. That night baseball fans young and old got to witness Willie “Pops” Stargell homering against the Baltimore Orioles, propelling the Pittsburgh Pirates to their most-​recent World Series title. The sound…

A Modest Proposal

Mother Nature has a sense of humor and the soul of Monet. The change in the yard was startling. In just a week it went from being a crabgrass plantation to a breathtaking carpet of fluffy, soft-​white clover, a pastel hand-​delivered from the French master himself. But lawns are supposed…

The Lure of Fishing

by Douglas Heuck
One of my earliest memories was Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s big home with its very high ceilings in Cincinnati. I was 4, and my aunt gave me a tackle box. As I examined the various fishing lures, my father said, “Be careful that the first fish you catch isn’t…
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