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Flying High: Duck Hodges Victorious in Debut

by Matthew John Milligan
A mix of ho-​hum performances sprinkled in with a few eyebrow raisers made up the week six slate. The unbeaten 49ers and Patriots took care of business, the Saints kept marching on, and the Cowboys’ spiral continues. Even Washington got a win, albeit to the Dolphins.

NFL Dilemma: Replay vs. Slow Play

by Matthew John Milligan
The NFL has a unique problem on its hands. While other sports are coming up with clever ways to speed up their games, the NFL has managed to make their product slower. Some of it is for the better; referees should be empowered to make the correct call and replay…

Steelers Declaw Bengals; League Taking Stance on Safety

by Matthew John Milligan
The league’s stance on safety was made loud and clear this week: recklessness will absolutely not be tolerated.

The Lost Pulitzer

by Marino Parascenzo
The Pittsburgh Post-​Gazette has won five Pulitzer Prizes. It should have been six.

NFL Week Three: No Fantasy for the AFC North

by Matthew John Milligan
Close football games made for some exciting headlines after the week three Sunday slate. For the second week in a row, nine games were decided by one score or less, with a handful coming down to the final minute.

NFL Week Two: Quarterbacks Under Siege

by Matthew John Milligan
There are a number of variables that play into the Super Bowl equation. You have to win the close games — a win’s a win whether by 30 points or by 3. You have to be lucky — moments that happen in the blink of an eye can decide the fate of entire football…

Your Fantasy Football Guide to Week One

by Matthew John Milligan
So you played John Ross over Davante Adams, and benched Aaron Rodgers for Lamar Jackson’s five touchdown performance? Me neither.

The NFL: Week One Report

It’s hard not to think of a horse race during NFL opening week. With all the analytics in the world at our disposal, there are still underdogs who come out of nowhere and overwhelming favorites who stumble right out of the gate.

For the Joy of It

by Samuel Hazo
I recently read that the audience for baseball is shrinking. The author did not cite any particular franchises or cities where there were fewer fans in the stands, nor did he cite any reasons or statistics.

Moment in the Sun

by Steve Schlossman
One hundred years ago, Pittsburgh native son S. Davidson Herron defied expectations that rising young superstar Bobby Jones was too much for him and won the prestigious National Amateur championship at Oakmont Country Club, shocking the golf world in the process.

Best Stadium in Baseball

It was a bone chilling January afternoon when Kevin McClatchy climbed to the top of Three Rivers Stadium in 1996. McClatchy, the new owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, posed for some magazine photographs with the cavernous soup-​bowl-​shaped stadium that within two years would become rubble. He smiled frequently, shivering in…

Is It Okay for My Growing Son to Lift Weights?

Question: “My son will be entering his freshman year of high school in September. He plays sports and is interested in getting stronger. What are your thoughts on lifting weights for a teenage child who is still growing? I’ve heard it is dangerous. Should he simply wait until he is…

Ageless Wisdom: Dick Groat, 87

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

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

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…
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